Membership

Ambassador Program

To apply, please contact Bradford Bucknum, Member Relations Associate. Please include a brief paragraph on your experience with SBN, and why you're interested in becoming an Ambassador.

Do you regularly attend SBN events?

Do you find yourself seeking opportunities to further deepen your membership experience?
Do you have well-thought out, practical suggestions regarding SBN Membership?
Do you find yourself acting as the voice or message-bearer of the network?
Do you feel like your participation in the network is an active force in driving member engagement?

If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, you might be an SBN Ambassador. But what is an Ambassador?

“Within every organization there is a small group of committed, loyal members who consistently participate in activities. These are your Super Members. [They] are the ambassadors who attract, connect, and engage both new and existing members. They are passionate about your organization. For them, belonging has become a valued habit.” – Linda Rolf, quwho.com

If this describes your engagement and involvement with SBN, we invite you to consider becoming an Ambassador. (We don’t call them Super Members, because we think all of our members are super!)

Ambassadors are current SBN Members that commit to one year of expanded involvement within our network. Each year, SBN selects a maximum of ten members to serve in this capacity.

Ambassadors are expected to:

1. Attend one Ambassador “Welcome Session.”
2. Attend at least one SBN Member Orientation and represent the network to new and prospective members.
3. Identify and pursue (with the support of the Membership Team) FIVE prospective members.
4. Act as message-bearers of SBN’s mission statement.
5. Remain active in our network by attending events and welcoming and engaging with new, current, and prospective members at events.
6. Attend at least one Ambassador Lunch at the SBN office over the course of your volunteer service year. (We host two each year.)
7. Serve as an Ambassador for at least one year. (Ambassadors can commit to one additional year.)

SBN appreciates all of our members’ commitments to supporting a local, living economy in Philadelphia and believes that our Membership Benefit Menu creates the opportunities to recognize, encourage and value our members. We are also cognizant that there are members who would be willing to serve the network in this enhanced volunteer capacity to both connect deeper within the network and with SBN staff while also supporting the advancement of a welcoming and innovative small business ecosystem in the Greater Philadelphia Area. As a thank-you to Ambassadors, we host two lunches at the SBN office during the year. Additionally, we will publish an interview with you about your business and your SBN experience in our Members-Only Newsletter. Ambassadors will find our Recruitment Toolkit to be a valuable tool in recruiting new SBN Members. 

Meet 2017's SBN Ambassadors

Morgan Berman, Founder, Milkcrate

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Morgan is a multidisciplinary designer whose mission is to promote sustainable design and weave it into the fabric of daily life. She completed her Masters of Science in Sustainable Design at Philadelphia University, where she focused on interactive and industrial design within the broader context of sustainability. Prior to her work as a sustainability advocate and designer, she worked as a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania and as an educator/advocate in women’s health.

Allegra Derengowski, Owner, Birchtree Catering

A self-taught planner and entrepreneur, Allegra focuses on the marketing and development for Birchtree. She participated in two programs in 2016: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, and The Enterprise Center's Scale-Up, where she now serves as an advisory board member. The company's growth has positioned them as industry leaders in Philadelphia, with a reputation for the highest quality food and service at weddings and events.

Gary Downing, President, Happy Cleaning

Happy Cleaning, LLC does natural cleaning for homes and commercial properties. We make our cleaning products that are chemical free. We also teach in the community to businesses, schools, and to individuals about how to make homemade chemical-free cleaning products.

 

Jen Hombach, Community Manager, City CoHo

Jen is passionate about the linkages between people, planet, and profit, and devoted to a societal shift of the "engine" of the economy from the act of consumption to an intention of restoration.

Jessica Levy, Partner, The Blue Door Group

Jessica works in the intersections of theater, education, and civic engagement. With over fifteen years in the nonprofit & public sectors, she has designed and implemented civic participation initiatives, arts-based community programs, and a variety of education, service, and advocacy events. Her work has included immigrant rights organizing, community education, and creating theater with and for a variety of audiences. She currently teaches English through Drama at Temple University and Adult ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) at District 1199c Training & Upgrading Fund. Jessica holds an M.A. in Applied Theater from CUNY and an M.A. in Adult Education & Community Development from the University of Toronto. She is on the Lifetime Arts Creative Aging Roster, a peer-reviewed directory of teaching artists who serve older adults. She has a strong interest in embodied learning, creative placemaking, and the role of the arts in strengthening institutions, communities, and movements.

Jennifer Nichols, President, GreenWeaver Landscapes

Jennifer has been involved in horticulture for over 20 years. She holds a Certificate of Merit in Ornamental Plants and a Certificate of Merit in Landscape Design from Longwood Gardens and is active in continuing education in ecology and landscape design. She also co-teaches the Landscape for Life program at Longwood Gardens. Jennifer annually volunteers as a Site Coordinator for the Chester-Ridley-Crum Watersheds Association stream clean up, held the first Saturday of May. Prior to starting GreenWeaver, she was Vice President of Twin Oaks Landscaping, Inc. of Fairfax, Virginia. Jennifer served on the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia Branch of the Professional Grounds Management Society in 2003, and on the Green Industry Professional Seminar Committee from 1998 to 2004.

 

Bri Parker-Dinan, Founder, Philly Maid Green

Brie is a local entrepreneur, educator, and activist with a mission to empower others to live more sustainably. After receiving her BA in English and Journalism from the University of Delaware in ‘14, Brie moved to Fishtown, where she formed Philly Maid Green, an all-natural cleaning service. They implement 100% eco-friendly practices in every aspect of their business - from their handmade, non-toxic cleaning products and educational workshops, to their low-emissions travel and use of recycled materials. Since 2015, their work has been featured in Generocity, Philly Voice, and the TV show Hoarders. Last year, they became a Green America Certified Business and were voted one of Philly’s best cleaning companies by Expertise.com. As their name implies, Philly Maid Green is not only a cleaning service but also an affordable, education-based initiative working to make Philly green. When she’s not managing the business, Brie can be found hosting educational workshops, participating in environmental activism, or studying for her TEFL certification to teach English abroad. 

Jeanne Weber, Owner, Philadelphia Green Roofs

Jeanne has a BS in landscape architecture from Temple University and has been designing landscapes professionally in the greater Philadelphia region since 1999. She began green roof installation and was accredited as a green roof professional (GRP) in 2009. The company was certified as a woman-owned business in 2013. Together with Ray Nocella she has designed and built over an acre of green roofs in the Delaware Valley.

Alden Zove, President, Cedar Run Landscapes

Alden R. Zove is President of Cedar Run Landscapes which is celebrating its 34th Anniversary this year. Cedar Run specializes in water garden installations, rain water harvesting systems, eco-sensitive design practices including permeable pavements, LED lighting, native plantings and environmentally sensitive maintenance practices. Zove proudly accepted the Greater Philadelphia Sustainable Business Network’s “Triple Bottom Line” Award in 2008 for the company’s efforts in promoting people, planet and profits as a business model.

Zove has an Associates Degree in Horticulture from Temple University and a Bachelors Degree in Plant Science from the University of New Hampshire. He is a Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist, and has served on the Penn State Cooperative Extension Advisory Board in Montgomery County, is a Certified Aquascape Contractor, a member of the Pa. Landscape and Nursery Assoc. and is member of the EP Henry Contractor Select Program.

 
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