The Revolution in Local Investing



           Bring the Message of Locavesting to Your Next Event!

Amy regularly speaks to community groups, economic developers, investors and the general public about the failings of the global financial system and the compelling alternatives taking shape, from Slow Money to crowdfunding to local stock exchanges. Using a mix of real life examples and eye-opening statistics, Amy demonstrates how a small shift in our investments to locally-owned businesses can have an outsize impact on the economy. Locavesting is a more than a call to rethink the way we invest, it is a prescription for rebuilding the economy, one community at a time.

Learn how communities across the country--and the globe--are figuring out how to once again invest in the locally owned enterprises that create jobs, promote shared prosperity and build strong local economies.

“Amy Cortese was the consummate speaker: smart, polished and at-ease with inspiring stories and timely insight, and a warm, accessible presence. The ripple effect of her TEDxMaui talk is being felt in the community, through new business plans, spirited dialogue, and an even greater commitment to the local economy. Thank you, Amy.”

    - Karen Bouris, Curator, TEDxMaui 2012

Amy has been featured in national and regional media, including MSNBC, National Public Radio, Fast Company, Reuters, and many other outlets.

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Upcoming  Appearances

Sept 4: Amy will moderate a panel on Community-based Crowdfunding at SoCap, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. 4pm

Details here.

June 27: Amy will moderate a panel on crowdfinance and alternative lending at the CFGE: Crowdfund Investment & ALT. Finance Summit in NYC.

Details here.

June 20: Amy will moderate a panel on women & entrepreneurship at the Center for Social Innovation in NYC, 6-9pm

Details here.

May 8: Amy will address the National Cooperative Bank’s annual meeting, Washington DC, Corcoran Art Gallery, 6-8pm

April 10-13: Amy is honored to take part in Bainbridge Graduate Institute’s ‘Change Agents in Residence’ program. Bainbridge Island, WA

Details here.

April 11: Amy will give a talk at the Bainbridge Island Public Library, part of its Sustainable Economy Lecture Series. 5:30-7:00pm Bainbridge Island, WA

Details here.

April 9: Amy will be the featured guest at the Seattle Fintech meetup.

6:00-8:00pm Seattle, WA

Details here.

March 20: Amy will discuss the potential for crowdfunding in Adrian, Michigan, the birthplace of Michigan crowdfunding. The Centre, Meeting Room A

Details here.

March 19: Amy will participate on a panel exploring Michigan’s new intrastate crowdfunding law. Michigan’s Capital Conference 2014, Lansing Center, Lansing

Details here.

Feb 3&4: Amy will be in northeast Oregon to speak to groups in La Grande and Joseph about community capital.  

Details here  &  here.

Jan 16 Amy is cohosting MakeImpactNYC, a conference bringing together NYC’s social impact community, and the first-ever Battle of the Boros pitch competition.

Details here.

Dec 3 Amy will speak at a Forward Community Investment event at the Goodman Community Center in Madison, Wisconsin. 5-7pm

Details here.

Nov 19: Amy will moderate a panel about crowdfunding hosted by Slow Money NYC. 6-9 pm

Details here.