The Environment and Small Business

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Is Your Small Business Prepared for a Disaster?

Floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy destroy everything in their paths, including businesses. Yet disaster recovery planning is something many small-business owners put off, opting to …


6 Ways to Attract Cyclists to Your Business

Think that catering to cyclists is a waste of time? Think again. According to a 2011 study [PDF] released by Portland State University, two-wheeled traffic can boost sales at bars, …

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How a Fiber Artist Keeps It Together with Weave

Jamie Chan may be the busiest person you don’t know. She and her husband, Blas Herrera, run several arts-and-crafts- related businesses in San Francisco. She makes her own line of …

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Meat and Greet: Specialty Butchers Take to the Streets

Carnivores, rejoice! Local meat purveyors want your business, and they’re willing to come to your neighborhood to get it. An increasing number of artisans and entrepreneurs are mobilizing the traditional …

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3 Reasons to Adopt Fair Trade Practices [VIDEO]

Can adopting fair trade practices lead to better business? Paul Rice thinks so. Rice is the founder and CEO of Fair Trade USA, a nonprofit that inspects and monitors products …

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Reach Green Consumers through an Online Marketplace

Gaining traction in a recovering economy presents a challenge for even the greenest of small businesses. Your company may already demonstrate leadership in social and environmental sustainability through responsible operations. …

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4 Benefits of Taking Your Small Business Paperless

Paper memos, old-fashioned faxes, and other types of print correspondence are virtually unnecessary in 2012. In fact, many online services can help you reduce or even eliminate your consumption of …

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Eco-Business Owner Jeremy Litchfield Turns Trash into Treasure

Five years ago, a personal experience inspired Jeremy Litchfield to launch his own line of high-performance athletic gear. The avid runner had worn a new running shirt for the first …

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Going Green: Small Steps Can Lead to Big Changes

“Going green” as a small business can involve projects that require a major capital investment, such as installing solar panels or a new roof. However, although large-scale undertakings will undoubtedly …

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How Annie’s Built Its Brand on Natural Ingredients

When it comes to soups, cereals, and crackers, U.S. consumers may choose among dozens of retail products. Most chain grocers stock big-name brands, such as Kraft, Kellogg’s, and Campbell’s. So, …

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Sustainable Direct Services: Bringing Green Practices to Your Clients

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to run an office or a retail store to benefit from taking a more sustainable approach to your business. Companies that provide services …

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Greening Your Office Printing and Copying

Printing and copying can account for significant amounts of office waste. Reducing your use of paper and ink can help you to lower the overhead costs for your company — …

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Sustainable Practices Earn Dry Cleaner Local Acclaim

The Cleanery is New Mexico’s only Green Business Bureau-certified dry cleaner. Its green practices not only have helped the company to avoid many of the environmental and health concerns associated with …

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5 Ways to Save on Postage

Small business-owners who still rely on snail mail for marketing will feel the pinch once again Jan. 22 when the U.S. Postal Service’s new pricing takes effect. Anticipating the rate …

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Building Green Awareness: Educating Employees about Sustainability

Educating staff members about sustainability can prove to be a challenge for any management or human resources team. Yet employee engagement is a crucial to the success of your company’s …

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