West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will meet on Monday, April 9 at Davenport University for an educational and networking luncheon program featuring seperate presentations on building material reuse and people focused solutions for talent development and retention.

Featured speakers are Milinda Ysasi, Executive Director of The Source, Mike Bauer, Founder and CEO of Detroit Audio Lab and Chris Rutherford, Executive Director of Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit.

Registration is closed, however walk-ins will be accepted. 

Photos by Bryan EslerThe SOURCE is a local not-for-profit employee support organization designed to help employees keep their jobs, receive training to enhance their employment, and help employees move into better positions within or across companies.  It accomplishes this by utilizing the best resources of the government, area non-profits, and private employers.

Ysasi is one of West Michigan’s leading voices for employee development and social responsibility.  She will share insights on the need for comprehensive support structures to improve employee performance, retention and address structural inequities in the West Michigan economy.

In a related presentation, Bauer and Rutherford will discuss how their organizations are leveraging buiding deconstruction to forward job creation and circular economy improvements in Detroit.  Architectural Salvage Warehouse is a leading deconstruction firm in Southeast Michigan, salvaging valuable building materials from buildings, offices and industrial spaces for resale and reuse.  Detroit Audio Lab partners with ASW to salvage wood from blighted homes to build high-fidelity speakers, each dated with the address of the building from which it was salvaged.

Sustainable Business Forum April 

Monday, April 9
12 pm to 2 pm
Davenport University Sneden Auditorium
6191 Kraft Ave S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
$15 online / $20 at event Members
$20 online / $25 at event Non-members

12 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Welcome and Introductions
12:40 pm  Leveraging Blight and Building Material Reuse for Job Creation and Circular Value
1:10 pm  People Focused Solutions for Talent Development and Retention.
2 pm Adjourn