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10 Ways Going Green Saves Your Business Money

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Creating a business that incorporates green thinking can lead to more revenue as well as cost savings. Find out ten ways to run a green small business.
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Starbucks Supply-Chain Program Holds Lessons for Small Businesses

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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 south on company business to the sunny hills of Costa Rica. Her trip wasn’t just another employee perk, but rather a chance to take part [...]
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A Pop-Up Bakery With a Social Mission

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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 frosted in somber tones — that sell for $3 to $5 each. The temporary shops operate out of art galleries or empty storefronts, preferably in [...]
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Futon Store Owner Buys Her Own Cotton Factory and Improves Bottom Line

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“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 Seattle factory that made the batting for its mattresses, futons, and other goods. Now Treat is a manufacturer as well as a retailer. “I’ve always [...]
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Volunteering Is Good for Your Small Business

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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 your small business, in terms of networking, brand-building, fostering customer loyalty, and recruiting quality employees. Specifically, volunteer work can: Build and strengthen interpersonal relationships — [...]
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How Entrepreneurs Can Serve the Planet

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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 edited and co-wrote with 13 other members of the World Entrepreneurship Forum. Through case studies and real-life examples, the authors strive to inspire entrepreneurs to [...]
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Compost Fuels an Iraq Vet’s Future

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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 markets in decades. He quickly realized that he would have to use the leadership skills he had acquired in the military to create his own [...]
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How Change.org Turns a Profit by Doing Social Good

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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 Rattray and Mark Dimas, the company — which started making money in 2011 — today employs some 200 people worldwide. Its mission is to help [...]