Sustainability

The Environment and Small Business

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Innovative Bike Light Company Swims With Sharks and Comes Out a Winner

When you have a solid business idea, you sometime need to turn to multiple sources of funding to transform it into a going concern. For the founders of one California …

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Steve McHugh

Cancer Survivor Opens Restaurant That Gives Back

Snug in San Antonio’s ultrahip Pearl Brewery complex, a collection of shops, restaurants, and even a culinary institute housed in the now-defunct brewery buildings — you’ll find a gastropub-style restaurant …

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5 Tips for Going Paperless

Want to lower your overhead by 30 to 40 percent? Switch from paper to electronic documents, advises Matt Peterson, president and CEO of eFileCabinet. “Going paperless allows you to [be more …

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nancy nadel

Former Politician Turns to Sweet Business

“As a policymaker, I spent a lot of time on economic development,” says Nancy Nadel, who served on the city council of Oakland, Calif., for 16 years before retiring in …

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jan stephens

Going Organic Adds Value to Hand-Printed Clothing Line

Artists and serial entrepreneurs Jan and Gary Stephens have long taken pride in their ecological lifestyle. The couple lives “off the grid” outside Willits, Calif., in a passive solar envelope …

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Starbucks Supply-Chain Program Holds Lessons for Small Businesses

Shortly after New Year’s, as customers craving warmth and comfort descended on a Starbucks in frigid North Canton, Ohio, store manager Beth Shelton was nowhere in sight. She was flying …

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A Pop-Up Bakery With a Social Mission

Using a pop-up business model, the Depressed Cake Shop works to spread awareness of mental illnesses worldwide. Local bakers from London to Kuala Lumpur donate cookies and cakes — often …

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cotton cloud futon

Futon Store Owner Buys Her Own Cotton Factory and Improves Bottom Line

“You have to absolutely love what you’re doing,” says entrepreneur Terri Treat. The owner of Cotton Cloud Futons in Portland, Ore., is so passionate about her business, she bought the …

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“Zentrepreneur” John Murphy on Running a Peaceful, Meaningful Business

“Not every entrepreneur is making good change, and not every entrepreneur is at peace — balanced, so to speak — and living in the now,” says John Murphy, a self-proclaimed …

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Volunteering Is Good for Your Small Business

Think that donating your time to a worthy cause will benefit you personally but not professionally? Think again. Engaging in activities that support your community can produce tangible rewards for …

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How Entrepreneurs Can Serve the Planet

Steve Strauss is a proponent of starting up businesses and uplifting people who live in poverty. The Portland, Ore.-based consultant merges his two passions in Planet Entrepreneur, a book he …

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justen garrity

Compost Fuels an Iraq Vet’s Future

When Justen Garrity (pictured) returned home in 2009, after serving five years in the U.S. Army, including assignments in Iraq and South Korea, he found himself unemployed in one of the worst job …

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matt slutsky

How Change.org Turns a Profit by Doing Social Good

Change.org, a website that spurs collective social action by hosting online petitions, has become a profitable business by working to change society for the better. Founded in 2006 by Ben …

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Jesse Pete & Gerry

How Going Green Can Make Your Business Money

Fourth-generation egg farmer Jesse Laflamme says going organic saved the family business. “We were nearly out of business,” says Laflamme (pictured), co-owner and CEO of Pete and Gerry’s Organics in New Hampshire. “My …

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Mom’s Market Uses Green Incentives to Drive Sales

Energy costs are a constant headache for many small-business owners. Even after cutting any wasteful usage, your monthly bill may keep rising with the prices of gas and electricity. But there …

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