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Quakers & Business Conference

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This information is for 2019. Please check back in early winter 2020 for information about 2020 Pre-Gathering events.

The 2019 Quakers and Business pre-conference bridges our experience of Quakerism with the lives of business owners who are weaving the practice of their faith into the operation of their business. We will begin with a look at historical Quaker economic philosophy and how this approach might impact Quaker business owners today.

We’ll examine how our truth influences the way we run our businesses and how this truth shows up as ministry in the wider world as it impacts innovation, the fabric of our communities, and the people who make the operation of these businesses possible.

Join us for lively conversations, meaningful connections, and powerful stories from Quakers business owners from both large companies and small businesses. We look forward to discovering the common themes in your experience of business with those of our speakers and how the role of entrepreneurship plays in Quakerism today.

Scholarships are available for the Q&B Pre-conference. Open to Gathering registrants and also those not staying for the Gathering.

Where and When

The Quakers & Business Conference takes place immediately before the FGC Gathering at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. The Conference begins Friday, June 28, 2019 at 7:00pm and ends Sunday, June 30 at noon. Conference registrants may choose to also register for the FGC Gathering which begins Sunday evening.
Transportation is available from the Des Moines Airport (DSM) and Ottumwa Amtrak Station.  Read more about transportation.


The costs of the conference are:

  • Conference fee is $140 and includes Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday breakfast (financial aid is available)
  • on campus housing
  • 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, childcare is available during the conference. You will only need to pay for housing and meals for your child. If you have signed up for Quakers & Business and not the Gathering you will still need to fill out the parental permission form in order to utilize the Children’s Center during the pre-gathering times. Read more about childcare for pre-Gathering events.

How to Register

Registration opens April 1 and closes June 10. 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, select "Pre-Gathering Event Only" and then choose the “Quakers & Business Conference” while completing your Gathering registration form.


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