Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative

Entrepreneurs Build the Zero Waste Economy in Southeast Ohio

Rural Action hosts a zero waste information workshop

November 15, 2013

Entrepreneurs who look at trash and see treasure will gather to network and learn about resources for building a zero waste economy in southeast Ohio.  The event is being hosted by the Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative whose mission is to support the development of a zero waste economy.

"In a zero waste economy, resources are not buried in a landfill, they are assets for business development," said Kyle O'Keefe, Zero Waste Initiative Coordinator for Rural Action.

During the gathering, a panel of experts will discuss strategies for business planning, securing capital, assessing demand, network building, and creative marketing.  Following the panel, attendees will have time to share their ideas, discuss resources they need, and network with interested parties.

"There are many opportunities for business development in southeast Ohio," said Mike Long, president of Resource 100 and event panelist.  "This event is about building networks and equipping people with resources to turn waste into products."

Potential waste to wealth business opportunities include recycling, composting, construction and demolition, collection and hauling, crafts and cottage industries, materials processing, reuse, repair, and more.  Entrepreneurs and business owners from all over southeast Ohio will attend.

The gathering will take place on December 5h from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Eclipse Company Store in the Plains, OH.  Dinner will be provided with a cash bar to follow the event.  Participation in the event is free, but seating is limited.  Participants must register by emailing erin@ruralaction.org or calling 740-677-4047 ext 28.


Contact: Erin Katherine Sykes, erin@ruralaction.org.