Etsy the online marketplace for handmade goods is not only helping fledgling artists make money and popularizing the “buy handmade” movement. It is stroking entrepreneurs! This excellent infographic via Mashable sums up the impact that Etsy is having on small home entrepreneurs. What are the 5 ways Etsy fuels entrepreneurs?
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One of the biggest issues preventing the wide-spread adoption of a paperless office is old habits. People are simply accustomed to using paper for a variety of things. While new technologies are emerging daily, they take time to gain acceptance and mainstream popularity.
Original paperless office systems were technical, expensive and required extensive chances and planning within the office. Newer systems are streamlined, easy to use and simple to set up. While the paperless office might not be the main way of operating a business in the next month or year, it is closer to reality than ever before.
Mexico’s most important cleantech competition officially launched nearly a month ago, and after over 30 hours of business training in seminars and workshops, the 128 green entrepreneurs presented their business models during the first elimination round.
San Francisco has it, so does Boston, London, Australia and South Africa, and now Mexico. Cleantech competitions have turned into a global trend over night, creating a forum where entrepreneurs can showcase their inventions, share ideas, learn from their peers and experts, and best of all, get financed. In its third edition, the Cleantech Challenge Mexico seeks to once again support Mexican cleantech and green entrepreneurs to kick-start their businesses.
Following the City Council’s 7-1 vote in favor, Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle signed SB2511, a bill banning plastic bags in retail stores yesterday across Honolulu County, which comprises the island of Oahu and Hawaii’s capitol city of Honolulu. What makes the bill’s passage extra significant is that Hawaii’s other counties had previously banned plastic bags, meaning that Hawaii has just officially enacted the first full statewide ban on plastic bags in the nation.
Are you an entrepreneur who believes you can make a positive impact in the world without going broke? Are you a conscious business owner who finds attracting more clients or sell more products an ongoing struggle? Have you always longed to create a purpose driven business, but you are not quite sure how to do it, or don’t know what you want to sell?
Whether you are an aspiring social entrepreneur or already have a conscious, socially responsible business you want to take to the next level, you will get valuable information just by attending this FREE virtual event series- The Green Business Entrepreneurs Success Summit
The Carrotmob movement has grown. And how. Carrotmob has now had over 200 campaigns around the world, in over 20 different countries. The community leaders and organizations who are responsible for putting together these campaigns have been looking for more help and support. Enter version 2.0.
My colleague and friend Karen Lee (aka Ecokaren and editor of our sister site Green Living Ideas) was invited to give a talk on “How to Green Your Business and Save Money” at Dreamers into Doers Annual Conference. This event sponsored by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) took place in NYC last week. Dreamers into Doers is a Martha Stewart community that celebrates talented and creative women who turn their dreams into careers they love.
New research shows a significant number of Americans plan to cut their paper consumption in half in the next 5-10 years. That’s one of the findings of a new survey of 1,000 Americans conducted by TNS global on behalf of Nitro – the maker of PDF products. Nitro developed the survey to find out why offices have not gone paperless in the age of iPhones, tablets, and computers.
Money and the environment. You may think that one kind of green has absolutely nothing to do with the other, but that’s not entirely true. The very premise of greener living (and in your case, greener working) is to find a way to accomplish tasks more efficiently and to cut waste. Coincidentally, this is exactly the kind of thinking that could be saving you money as an entrepreneur.
2011 was full of good news for social entrepreneurs. And 2012 promises to be even more exciting. Here is what I think social innovators will build upon in the New Year! We saw social enterprises created out of cooperatives and clean tech. Non-profits came out of their comfort zones and many for-profit companies took on a more holistic vision. The local and occupy movement created opportunities, previously un-imagined. Overall, social entrepreneurship came of age and is raring to go into 2012!
A carbon footprint is an estimate that helps an individual or organization understand their impact on the environment over time. A carbon footprint is determined by taking stock of a person or organization’s greenhouse gas emissions and waste over the course of a lifetime. If you are looking to reduce your business’s negative impact on […]
To highlight some of the ways small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) contribute to market innovation, IBM and GOOD teamed up to produce this co-sponsored infographic that looks at recent findings published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, an international think tank. The research study outlined the many ways that SMEs may be small in size, but are often able to raise the bar for innovation.
Small and medium sized business are the hot-seats of innovation and sustainability. What is going to spur on the small-business era? Young entrepreneurs hold the most promise.
According to a new study by the Kauffman Foundation, more than half of Americans aged 18 to 34 want to start their own company, but just 8 percent of them own businesses now, with the biggest barriers being- a lack of access to credit and an undue amount of risk.
United By Blue (UBB) is an ocean-friendly brand of apparel that, for every product sold, removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways around the world. Their business model is so innovative that it was named one of the finalists on The Wall Street Journal’s most innovative small business competition. The eco-friendly clothing company is gearing up for the holiday season with new products and great holiday deals.
How can businesses build a better brand? John Friedman points out seven ways companies, big and small can build a reputation that lasts. Companies spend thousands of dollars building their brands and defining their reputations – often using superlative terms. But as Socrates pointed out – actions speak louder than words. And when it comes to reputation- “The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” How can you build a better, more effective brand?
The GoGreen Conference brings together businesses for one day to discuss sustainable business practices on a regional level. The conference caters to both established companies and start-ups who want their businesses to be more sustainable without sacrificing profits.