New Intuit Green Grants for Small Businesses

by Laura Messerschmitt on June 14, 2010

As part of Intuit’s celebration of Earth Day 2010, we introduced the Local Hero Challenge, a small business sustainability assesment tool. It was developed in partnership with B Lab, a non-profit that certifies and supports a new type of company, called B Corporations, which use the power of business to solve social and environmental issues. The Local Hero Challenge looks at five attributes – environment, consumers, community, employees and accountability – to help small business owners assess and promote the positive impact their business has on their community.

Sustainability 101 - Kaplan EduNeering/Seventh Generation Sustainability InstituteNow we’re expanding our support for small business owners who want to try new ways to make their business more sustainable by awarding Intuit Green Grants. Each Intuit Green Grant includes $500 and Sustainability 101, an interactive online course offered by the Kaplan EduNeering/Seventh Generation Sustainability Institute. The Sustainability 101 course teaches new processes and initiatives that will contribute to the sustainability of both your company and the well-being of all.

Nomination Process: Before 11:59pm PT on July 18, 2010, visit http://lovealocalbusiness.localherochallenge.net/register.php and follow the instructions to complete the Local Hero Challenge registration form and 10-question survey. You will have successfully completed the nomination process once you see the page with assessment results, including a Local Hero Challenge badge for your website or blog. Limit one nomination per business. One person may nominate multiple businesses using seperate Local Hero Challenge registrations with a unique email address for each business.

Bonus Nomination: Earn a bonus nomination for your business by adding a post to Intuit’s Facebook Wall including your business name, city, state, and the name of the badge that your business earned after completing the Local Hero Challenge sustainability survey, e.g. “Yeah! Twister’s Sports in Mountain View, CA earned the Mentor badge in the Local Hero Challenge.” (Note: You must “fan” or “like” Intuit on Facebook to post to Intuit’s Facebook Wall.)

Grant Recipient Selection – Intuit will randomly select one (1) winner per week from among all eligible nominations received prior to 11:59pm PT on each of the following weekly deadlines:

Eligibility and Requirements - Owners of businesses who are legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia. Employees of Intuit, Inc, the Kaplan EduNeering/Seventh Generation Sustainability Institute, B Lab and their immediate family members (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members. Winners will be contacted by Intuit via an email with the subject line “Congratulations! You are the Winner of an Intuit Green Grant” sent to the email address provided in the Local Hero Challenge registration form. In addition, winners names will be posted on the Intuit Small Business blog. Within ten (10) days the winner must reply via email with their mailing address, telephone number, and confirmation that they will accept the Intuit Green Grant.

Other Intuit Small Business Grants: Intuit’s Love A Local Business grant competition awards grants ranging in value from $5,000 to $30,000. Learn more about the competition and nominate your business at LoveALocalBusiness.com.

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