BASE Series: Taking Local to the Next Level

Bainbridge Island, WA

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Learn how to communicate the importance of "Legitimate Local" and discover inspired ways to build community through a strong local economy from the founder of a dynamic 40 year old business.

Michael Kanter started his career in natural foods retail in 1971, when he was 20 years old. In 1974 he opened Cambridge Naturals, a locally owned and independent retail store, specializing in natural health products, with his wife, Elizabeth Stagl. His current preferred title is Chief Visionary Officer (yes, CVO), but he also functions as the president of the company. Michael frequently consults with other retailers on ways to thrive in business in an increasingly competitive and more complicated marketplace.   

He is a founding member of Cambridge Local First (CLF) and since 2005 has served on the executive committee. Now over 350 members strong, CLF is part of both the BALLE and AMIBA local economy networks.   

Cambridge Naturals is also a member of INFRA, the Independent Natural Foods Retailers Association. Michael is a founding member of the Slow Money Alliance and is a life-long activist for peace and justice and supports related causes that include a healthier environment and economic fairness. 

Michael speaks often at natural foods trade shows, most recently at Expo East in Baltimore this past September. He is passionate about building community through strong, local economies. In particular, he focuses on the concept of locally-owned and independent businesses being one of the essential pillars of a healthy community.


Building a Sustainable Economy lecture series brought to you by: Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Sustainable Bainbridge, and the Bainbridge Public Library.

Made possible with a grant from the Bainbridge Community Foundation.