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Free Webinar: The Secrets to Starting a Great, Green Business

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Two experts give you the inside story of the green businesses to start today and how to do it. 

 

Green is not a fad and it’s more than the right thing to do.  Green businesses are some of the biggest and best business opportunities around today, with opportunities for practically anyone. 

 

In a free one hour webinar on November 11 at 4:00 PM, Glenn Croston and Jim Simcoe lay out the secrets to starting your own green business, including:

  • The 10 trends driving green business growth
  • The biggest opportunities today
  • Finding the opportunity that’s right for you
  • The 7 assumptions about green that can hold you back
  • How to market your business on a budget
  • Eight low cost green steps to take today
  • How green boosts profits
  • The 7 keys every investor needs to hear

 

Who should listen in?  Sign-up if you’re:

  • Looking for the next big thing
  • Uncertain about the economy
  • Seeking to boost profits for my existing business
  • Looking for a new direction with greater meaning

 

As the founder of EcoLife Consulting, Jim Simcoe works with green entrepreneurs to provide practical guidance based on real-life experience.  He knows what works because he’s been there and done it himself. 

 

Glenn Croston is the founder of Starting Up Green (www.StartingUpGreen.com), and the author of “75 Green Businesses” and “Starting Green”, spelling out the hottest green businesses to start today, how to start them, and how to make them successful.  He’s also the creator of the Green Biz Blast, helping businesses connect, and the Ecopreneur’s Startup Kit. 

Book Review: “Build a Green Small Business” by Scott Cooney

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Sometimes a book really resonates with how you think about things.  That’s the feeling that I got when I read “Build a Green Small Business” by Scott Cooney recently.  Cooney’s book is full of great businesses that a wide range of entrepreneurs can pursue. The many intriguing businesses outlined include “Organic Foods Caterer”, “Wedding and Event Planner”, “Green Shuttle Services”, “Printer Cartridge Refiller Store”, and many others.  One of the questions people ask me is “What kind of business can I start?”  I don’t think that there is a one size fits all answer to this question because everyone is unique, but with such a broad range of ideas, there is bound to be something for everyone. 

 

Green or not, these businesses still must deal with the practical issues like attracting customers and setting the right price.  For each business Cooney provides a description of the idea, how to green it, how to green it, how to find customers, and deciding how much to charge.  For all of these the advice is simple and practical, and interspersed with stories of successful green entrepreneurs.

 

When I met Cooney recently and we talked for a bit, we found that we share many ideas.  Like Cooney, I believe that there is no choice to be made between the economy and the environment.  Green businesses, particularly the small ones, are the engines that hold the key to helping both the economy and the environment in this critical time.  What I like the most about this book is that it is talking about practical solutions rather than problems.  We need more solutions these days.   If you are looking for a new direction in your business life, one that holds financial promise and the connection to a greater purpose, “Build a Green Small Business” might hold the solution you’ve been looking for.