Friends General Conference

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Quakers & Business Conference

photo by Joanne Clapp Fullagar

Bringing the Spirit to Life through Quaker Business

Early Quakers who were in trade used their faith as inspiration for how to run their businesses.  There were guidelines in Faith and Practice on how to run their business, covering items such as keeping good accounts and paying back debt on time.  Quaker business people became known for their integrity and fair trading. A wide range of modern Quakers still seek to express Spirit and bring our testimonies to life through our businesses and work communities and face many of the same political, economic and social challenges of early Quakers in business.

The growing Quakers and Business (America) group brings together a diverse community of Quakers who see business as a vehicle for expressing our Truth. At this second annual pre-conference, join other Quakers who have a mind and heart for business to explore what it means to be a Quaker business, and how we can bring Spirit to life in our businesses.

We want to create a welcoming space for those Quakers who feel drawn to the business world and create the opportunity to form connections with others that will last beyond this year’s workshop. There will be time for breaking into smaller groups and connecting with others who have similar businesses and common interests.   

The Quakers and Business Group is open to all Quakers who have a heart and mind for business, and who are interested or are already applying Quaker principles to their work and life. Open to Gathering registrants and also those not staying for the Gathering.

Where and When

The Quakers & Business Conference takes place at Western Carolina University, 50 miles west of Ahseville, NC,  immediately before the FGC Gathering.  The Conference begins Friday July 3 with check-in (3-7 pm) and dinner (6-7 pm). It ends with lunch on Sunday July 5.  Conference registrants may choose to also register for the FGC Gathering which begins Sunday evening.
FGC is arranging for transportation between the Asheville airport and campus on July 3 and 4.  Read more about airport transportation. Conference registrants departing July 5 will need to to call the Gathering office to arrange for airport transportation.


The costs of the conference include

  • $80 conference fee
  • up to six pre-Gathering cafeteria meals ($48 for six pre-purchased meals)
  • on campus housing  (ranging from $6/person/night for camping to $40/person/night for a single air conditioned room)

On-campus housing is available to conference registrants regardless of whether they are staying for the FGC Gathering.  A Friend registering for both events will be assigned the same room for both events. 

See conference housing prices in the Early Arrival Room Fee table.

Childcare Is Available

If you are bringing children eighth grade or younger to the Gathering, childcare is available for the retreat.  You will only need to pay for housing and meals for your child.  Read more about childcare for pre-Gathering events.

How to Register

Registration opens April 1 and closes June 19. Late fees begin June 1. 

To register for both the Gathering and the Q&B Conference, choose the “Quakers & Business Conference” while completing your Gathering registration form.

To register for the Quakers & Business Conference only, please call the Gathering Office at 215-561-1700, option 2 on the menu. Please allow about 30 minutes to register by phone.


Send requests for scholarship assistance to the Quakers & Business Conference organizer