By Ronny Bell
Since 1978 Seattle Tilth has been inspiring and educating people to grow food organically, conserve natural resources and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community. The Seattle Tilth Food Hub provides the critical services of helping local farmers develop new markets coordinate their efforts and streamline logistics so that they could sell into the Puget sound market efficiently. The overall goal is to create a sustainable alternative food distribution system that streamlines operations and maximizes profits for small local farmer, while meeting market demand for fresh local produce.
In the last three years STFH has doubled the number of small farmers and customers, tripled sales of produce to local markets within Puget Sound and are on track to reach financial sustainability by 2018.
SLICE Finance connects lenders seeking impact-investing opportunities and borrowers seeking manageable student loans through an online, peer-to-peer lending platform. By combining peer-to-peer lending with higher education funding, SLICE Finance redefines how students fund their education and provides the everyday lender access to impact investing opportunities.
In 2011, student loan debt surpassed $1 trillion. Education is a catalyst for success and Slice Finance makes getting a degree more accessible by utilizing their peer-to-peer loaning platform to enable alumni, friends and family to fund a student loan. As a peer-to peer platform Slice offers the unique benefit of connecting the borrower and lender to determine their terms based on individual needs. Slice Finance is a women-owned business passionate about social change, financial innovation and personal empowerment.
Whoever says all Soap are created equal hasn’t yet heard of Snohomish Soap Company. Not only are their soaps gloriously natural, a delight to the senses, attractively packaged, but they are ethically produced by “stay at home” moms. This unique production models enables a mom to stay home with her child with every purchase of Snohomish Soap Company’s products.
The sky is the limit for this women owned venture and the marketplace is agreeing; in the last 6 month two large regional retailers have begun to distrubite their soap and a national chain will be joining soon. Simply put, Snohomish Soap Company provides affordable, natural indulgence with a conscience.
Ronny Bell, co-founder and CEO is well known as the founder of Pioneer Organics, which he established in 1997; by the time of its sale in March 2008, this Seattle- and Portland-based company had grown into the nation's largest organic home-delivery grocer. Ronny's career reflects a firm commitment to community and environmental stewardship—for example, incorporating alternative-energy vehicles into Pioneer's delivery fleet as early as 1999. Ronny won the Seattle Mayor's Small Business Award in 2002, and was honored as one of Puget Sound Business Journal's 40 Under 40 in 2003. He served as a Board member to The Interra Project in 2008, was a member of the Tilth Producers Advisory Board from 2005-2008, and has been a Slow Food Seattle Board member since 2003. Ronny studied History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, from which he graduated in 1995.