Call for Applications: Acterra’s 2013 Business Environmental Awards

Acterra, an environmental non-profit organization located in Silicon Valley, CA, is accepting applications for its 2013 Business Environmental Awards. All businesses and public agencies located in the following Bay Area counties are eligible to apply: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz County. Non-profits may also apply if environmental work is not their central mission.

This year’s categories are: Environmental Project, Environmental Innovation, Sustainable Built Environment, and the Acterra Award for Sustainability.

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Microfinance: Does it Work in America?

Most Americans are familiar with the word microfinance, having heard it primarily in reference to people living in developing nations in South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In these regions, microfinance institutions (MFIs) loan poor individuals – who might otherwise never find a lender or investor – sums ranging from $100 to $5,000 to start an enterprise or simply to improve their lives. But what about America?

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Telluride Venture Accelerator: Inspiring Innovation, Investing in Success

As the title indicates, Telluride Venture Accelerator (TVA) wants to invest in the success of your entrepreneurial endeavor. The 2013 year will be its inaugural season and you can apply to be a participant in this program through November 15, 2012. If you’ve ever started a business, you know first-hand how difficult it is. There are a bazillion little things that come up which may have never crossed your mind. Ultimately, every entrepreneur wants to get their product to the…

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Top 5 Ways to Save Energy in the Office

For those that want to go sustainable within the office setting and save money, there are all kinds of options to reduce waste and pollution, adopt a circular production cycle (recycling) in lieu of the traditional linear path (that leads to the landfill), and of course, conserve resources. Here are just a few of the best options for saving on energy in your office.

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Three Ways to Lower Costs and Boost Profits by Going Greener

Every business wants to increase revenue and cut expenses. How about if you do both of those things, and help the planet at the same time? How? By going greener in your business. Yes, I know—you’ve heard for years: “I’d love to go green but it’s too expensive and difficult!” Maybe you’ve even said this. The good news is that’s nonsense. Done the right way, going greener can be easy, cheap, and profitable.

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Making Winters Safer And Keeping The Environment Healthy

Eco-conscious small businesses can take precautions this winter to ensure staff and visitors to their premises stay safe, while having the peace of mind that their de-icing activities involving rock salt are not having a negative impact on the environment. Even better, eco-friendly practices can be readily adapted to be used in a domestic setting too, so ecopreneurs who work at home can get in on the act too. Sensible de-icing practices are important – and useful – because they balance…

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Making “Green” A Part Of Your Product or Service Bundle

In many industries and demographic regions, companies find themselves in the less than desirable situation of competing on price because their product or service has become so common place and customers are so focused on it. When this occurs, it can be tough for a business to expand and gain market share without squeezing their margins to the point where it becomes unsustainable.
There is another option, however, and it is one that more and more business owners and managers are becoming aware of: product and service bundles. Bundling essentially means putting more than one product or service together into a single offering and it has the effect of removing you from the price arena where all your competitors are.

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