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Summer has flown by, and we can’t believe that fall is nearly here. We’re looking forward to a number of events in the next few months that will be taking various members of our team around the country – and the world! Here’s where you’ll find us over the next few months:

Social Enterprise Alliance and Alternative Staffing Alliance Joint Conference; Denver, September 16-19
Two of our favorite events of the year are joining forces in the Mile-High City this September. The Social Enterprise Alliance Summit15 is a gathering of the most influential social enterprise leaders from around the nation. With more than 30 sessions and 75 speakers, this event will be a great place to learn and connect; check out our recaps of Summit14 for an idea of the types of sessions that will be offered.

The Alternative Staffing Alliance Annual Conference portion of the event will be Sept. 18 and 19, and will feature sessions on topics like supporting and tracking workers’ job retention, and exploring direct hire and contract business. DePaul’s President & CEO, Travis Pearson, will appear on a panel about alternative staffing sales. Never heard of alternative staffing? Learn more here.

B Corp Champions Retreat; Portland/Skamania Lodge, October 13-16
DePaul Industries is pleased to be on the schedule for the opening day of the B Corp Champions Retreat, which is being held in our headquarters city this year! As you may remember, DePaul (which remains a nonprofit organization) established two wholly-owned B Corp subsidiaries in early 2014. One of these B Corps is for our packaging operation, and attendees of the Champions Retreat will tour our Hayden Island packaging facility on the retreat’s opening day (Oct. 13), followed by a discussion about mission-driven hiring.

The Skamania Lodge (in the Columbia River Gorge in Stevenson, Wash., about 45 minutes from Portland) will serve as the headquarters for much of the event. In addition to a variety of sessions, speakers and networking opportunities, the agenda also includes a street fair and concert in Portland on Oct. 15.

Trade Mission with Oregon Governor Kate Brown; China, Vietnam and Japan, October 12-21
Also in October, Pearson will be accompanying Oregon Governor Kate Brown on a trade mission to three Asian countries.

DePaul’s export business, which we began developing just a few years ago, saw significant growth in 2015 and was recognized with the New Exporter Award by the Oregon Consular Corps. We’re currently exporting nuts and dried fruits to China, and looking to expand our export business to other countries and products, including infant formula. We’re honored to accompany the Governor on her first trade mission, and look forward to spreading the word about the wealth of Oregon businesses and products.

Contact us if you’d like to connect at any of these events!