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How Flexible Work Schedules Can Benefit Your Small Business

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Work-life balance. Flex-time. Job-sharing. Summer hours. Perhaps these buzzwords help explain why you started your own business in the first place: You grew tired of operating on someone else’s unyielding clock. As your small enterprise grows, it’s important to remember how stifling that was and to avoid re-creating it for your employees. Eight out of [...]
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Three (Free!) Expert Sustainability Sources

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Not every sole proprietor or small-business owner cares to invest time or money in attending one of the sustainability conferences suggested last week. The good news: You don’t have to go anywhere — or spend a dime — to hear what the experts have to say. Many of their inspiring talks and innovative ideas are [...]
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11 Conferences to Inspire Your Sustainability Efforts in 2011

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So you’ve resolved to make your enterprise more sustainable this year. Now what? Greening your small business and planning for its financial success will require some work, but you can simplify your efforts by establishing helpful new contacts, gathering data, and seeking out working examples and inspiration. Professional conferences offer an opportunity to do all [...]
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SBA Website Updated with a Slew of Sustainability Resources

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The U.S. Small Business Administration recently retooled its website to make its tools and resources more accessible to the nearly 30 million enterprises nationwide that are eligible for its services. Launched just before Christmas, the improved SBA.gov offers improved design, navigation, and — most importantly — more helpful content for businesses in all industries. In [...]
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Small Business Sinks Its Teeth Into the Locavore Movement

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Sourcing food that’s local and sustainable may be the hottest restaurant industry trend in 2011, a sign that America’s appetite for fresh ingredients from small, regional producers continues to grow. The USDA now counts more than 6,100 farmers markets in operation nationwide, up 16 percent from 2009, with nearly 900 open during the winter months. [...]
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What the New Federal Food Safety Rules Mean for Small Producers

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Many independent food producers breathed a sigh of relief this week when Congress finally passed the contentious FDA Food Safety Modernization Act with an amendment exempting small enterprises that sell directly to consumers, retailers, or restaurants in the same state or within a 275-mile radius. Farmers and others had feared that, if they were forced [...]
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Sustainability Can Help Small Businesses Win City Contracts

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Looking to tap into the billions of dollars that municipal governments spend annually on goods and services, from break-room coffee to janitorial help? Being a local, sustainable small business may give you an edge over the competition, especially if you’re in Ohio. The city of Cleveland this fall enacted what’s believed to be the first [...]
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5 Ways to Use Less Paper (and Save Money) Around the Office

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Reducing or eliminating paper at the office has so many potential business benefits that it’s hard to believe companies of every size still consume so much of it. According to CNN, American workers print, copy, and fax trillions of sheets of paper per year. When you consider the other pulp products — sticky notes, notepads, envelopes, [...]
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