Events

LOCO hosts many events throughout the year designed to connect members and non-members to build relationships, share experiences and build their knowledge.

First Tuesday Business Mixers

Talking Lunch Series

Information Events

First Tuesday Monthly Business Mixers

Our events are hosted by our members. Think factory, store and warehouse tours with good local food, drink and business connections old and new. It’s a chance for our members to get to know each other, strengthen community and leverage our network to support a stronger local economy.

Events are on the first Tuesday of each month. Drinks and food are included in the ticket price. For event notifications, make sure you sign up for our newsletter (bottom right corner).

2015/2016 Series

Our events series has ended for this season. We’ll be back in September for the 2015/2016 series of events. Sign up for our newsletter (bottom right corner) to stay informed or check back here during the summer for more info.

September 1st: AGM & Mixer Hosted by Mills Office Productivity & HAVE Culinary Training Society (374 Powell Street)
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Our September mixer will be preceded by our annual AGM which is open to all member organizations. Member packages will be sent out in August.
5:00-5:30pm  AGM (members only – free)
5:30-8:30pm  Mixer (members, guests of Mills Office Productivity and HAVE Culinary Training Society
Mills Office Productivity is a local family owned business with exceptional customer service and is known for a being a community leader in social responsibility. They have served small and large organizations in the region for many years, including VANOC. Mills has many sustainability achievements to be proud of. They are a certified BCorp. They offer carbon-free electric vehicle or tricycle delivery with SHIFT, and have partnered with FrogBox to deliver office supplies in reusable plastic totes that are returned filled with binders, markers, pens, toner and batteries for Mills to recycle. Mills is located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and has long been committed to supporting social hiring and social enterprises. Mills helped to found HAVE Culinary Catering Society, that provides foodservice job training and work opportunities to individuals in Vancouver who experience barriers to employment. HAVE’s students are youth and adults facing mental and physical disabilities, poverty, addiction and homelessness. Over the past six years they have trained 700+ students with 75%+ gaining steady employment in the tourism and hospitality industry. Buy tickets with the ticket widget below or on the event registration page (mobile).
October 6th: Hosted by Fashion Capsule & Vancouver Fashion Week Main Street Retailers (locations TBC)
FirstTuesdayGraphics_FashionCapsuleFashion Capsule is a the authority on independent BC fashion. They help local and eco designers develop their sales and communications outreach; provide retailers with stylish and earth friendly options; and let shoppers discover, shop and support local design. In business for over 10 years, we are Dress Local advocates and eco fashion aficionados.

Fashion Capsule is LOCO’s main partner in the fashion world, helping us work with Vancouver Fashion Week to focus on BC Local Made clothing. We keep Vancouver Fashion Week going this year by partnering with Fashion Capsule and Main Street retailers for this special event. Buy tickets with the ticket widget below or on the event registration page (mobile).

November 3rd: Hosted by Tradeworks (882 East Cordova Street)
FirstTuesdayGraphics_TradeworksTradeworks has been investing in human capital since 1994. They work with women and other community members with multiple barriers to employment. They provide training in life and employment skills, plus hands-on work experience in carpentry.
As a social enterprise, Tradeworks provides employment training in carpentry for women and youth with multiple barriers to employment. As a retailer, Tradeworks sells high quality engraved wood products perfect for personal and corporate giving. They also custom design and build a wide range of products for garden and backyard. All items are made by staff, graduates and students of the programs that help women and youth with barriers to employment learn a trade and find meaningful work. Tradeworks uses sustainable wood such as reclaimed wood, BC Pine Beetle and FSC certified wood. Buy tickets with the ticket widget below or on the event registration page (mobile).
December 1st: BC Buy Local Week Event Hosted by TBD
January 5th: Hosted by TBD
February 2nd: Hosted by Savoury Chef (1175 Union Street)
FirstTuesdayGraphics_SavouryChefSavoury Chef Foods Ltd. is a high-end catering and event company that specializes in engineering memorable events with unparalleled service, and menus that feature the very best fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.
  • Local Suppliers – From organic product and sustainable seafood to BC proteins, this is the top of our list.
  • Composting – 6 years and running!
  • Compostable delivery packaging – since the beginning.
  • Fuel Efficient Vehicles – Go Ford Transit!

We are proud of where we are from and what we have done, but are always looking forward to see how we can grow and develop while maintaining our sustainable focus on the ingredients and suppliers who have helped us get to where we are.  We are proud to be members of LOCO and invite you over for a bite and a toast of everything that makes this organization so great. Buy tickets with the ticket widget below or on the event registration page (mobile).

March 1st: Hosted by Nucleus Networks Inc. (375–375 Water Street)
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Nucleus Networks Inc. is a Managed IT Services provider that delivers all-inclusive support or customizable a la carte IT services. Nucleus manages all things IT related, which allows our clients to focus on their core business. They are a team of dedicated, local resources that has over a decade of experience delivering industry-leading IT services to a variety of clients across all industries. With offices located in Victoria, Vancouver, and Toronto, Nucleus can provide IT Services to clients across Canada. All this with no contracts and no onboarding fees! Buy tickets with the ticket widget below or on the event registration page (mobile).
April 5th: Hosted by TBD
May 3rd: Hosted by TBD
June 7th: Hosted by TBD

Talking Lunch Series

Share lunch, learn and discover over a quick lunch in this series of roundtable events.

Bring your own lunch or order ahead to have Bites on Bikes deliver a sandwich for you.
**Past events included Talking Food Producers (Feb 20, 2013), Talking Greenware for restaurants (Nov 14, 2012),  Talking Social Enterprise (Jun 19, 2013) and Struggles with Commercial Real Estate (Feb 27th 2014)**

Information Events

From time to time, we organize events on topics to local support local purchasing practices or to help support/grow local businesses.

**Past events included Introduction to  ESOPs: Employe Share Ownership Plans (April 2014)**