Sometime last year, we learned about the US Compost Council - a national non profit trade and professional organization that promotes the recycling of organic matter through composting. Basically anyone who's anyone in the composting industry is part of this very large network of environmentalists and soil lovers. There's tons of great benefits to being a member, one of which is the annual Compost Conference. This year it's located in Atlanta and we get to be a part of it!
Not only are we going as new members and attendees, but we were also accepted into their first ever Emerging Composters Challenge! We applied in December - with probably hundreds of other composting businesses - and we got in! This challenge is a business pitch style competition for up and coming organizations in the compost industry. Nine teams were selected from all over the east coast. We couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity to fine tune our professionalism as well as learn from the top people in the field.
The Compost Conference begins next Tuesday, January 23rd and runs throughout the week. We’ll have a set up that morning where we’ll pitch our business plan to three sets of judges for 5 minutes each. Once everyone has made heir pitch, the judges will decide on three teams to move on to the final round on Wednesday, January 24th. If we’re part of the three teams, we’ll pitch our business plan again during the closing ceremony of the conference on stage in front of the public. Fingers crossed Ranger Nate doesn’t get stage fright!
Wish us luck!