Sustainability

The Environment and Small Business

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Easy, Cost-Effective Ways to Make Your Business More Eco-Friendly

Former baseball player Mike Piazza once starred in a shampoo commercial in which he declared, “I don’t mind looking good, as long as it doesn’t take too much effort.” Many …

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5 Apps for Making Your Office Paperless

The average U.S. office worker uses some 10,000 sheets of copy paper annually, according to a widely reported Environmental Protection Agency estimate. Those 20 reams of pulp per employee represent …

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Moxie Jean Finds Success in Used Baby Clothes

Anyone who’s been around babies knows that they quickly outgrow every item of clothing. One cost-effective strategy for keeping a kid well-dressed is recycling, either by accepting hand-me-downs from family …

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6 Steps to a Paperless Workplace

Some small-business owners are hesitant to shift to a paperless workplace because the transition seems overwhelming. But the switch doesn’t have to happen overnight. If you need motivation to get started, …

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Koorosh Zaerpoor

From Corporate Engineers to Sustainable Farmers

Tales of corporate executives who dream of transforming their passions into small businesses are common. But those who are able to realize their dream while maintaining a career and a …

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5 Reasons to Bring Potted Plants to the Office

If you have a green thumb, you may want to consider bringing a few houseplants to the office. These natural air filters can create a healthier, happier work environment, according …

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5 Entrepreneurial Endeavors Powered by the Wind

The lure of small-scale wind generation is spreading beyond isolated rural homesteads to urban subdivisions and small businesses. For example, officials in Sioux City, Iowa, recently changed zoning laws to …

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Bryan Burkhart

Flower Service Cultivates Managers and Revenue Growth with SEED

Just three years ago, Bryan Burkhart knew nothing about flowers. But now Burkhart (pictured) spends his days as CEO of H.Bloom, a floral service that sends fresh-cut bouquets to more …

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5 Ways to Cut Costs Without Outsourcing

Outsourcing contracts are down 19 percent, according to this recent report, with many U.S. companies bringing operations back home. This is generally good news for the nation’s economy, but some …

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Cleaning for a Good Cause Made Possible by Intuit

After serving eight years in the U.S. Navy, Danielle McCray wanted to start her own business as both a way to give back to her community of Florence, South Carolina, …

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Ramon Alvarez

Ramon Alvarez Takes On Detroit with Electric Vehicles

Fascinated with cars all his life, Ramon Alvarez is finally realizing one of his longtime dreams: bringing affordable electric vehicles to the masses. “My conviction and my passion … fuel …

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EchoSign

7 Digital Signing Apps for Contracts and Other Agreements

Leaving a paper trail is so 20th century. Using an electronic John Hancock to sign digital documents can save you time, money, and the environment. Digital signatures got their legitimate …

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5 Ways to Steer Clear of False Advertising

Now that outspoken consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren has won her bid for the U.S. Senate, business leaders nationwide are anticipating increased scrutiny of their practices to make sure they’re complying …

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5 Ways “Lean” Operations Can Save You Money

Few businesses are more efficient than the makers of automobiles. In the late 1980s, an MIT research team coined the phrase “lean manufacturing” to describe Toyota’s streamlined operations. Today, “lean” …

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7 Ways to Cut Your Workplace Water Bills

Water rates are on the rise in the U.S., thanks in part to record-breaking drought conditions in many parts of the country. A 2011 study on commercial water consumption revealed …

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