Within a small business, the costs involved in obtaining inventory can be among the largest and most important to balance in a budget. In addition, many business owners get into trouble with their cash flows either because of a lack of adequate inventory when it is needed or alternately a surplus that they cannot translate into cash quickly enough to meet their needs. The financing of a small business gets a lot easier the lower inventory costs become, so if there is a possibility that business owners can replace some of their inventory suppliers with lower cost alternatives without sacrificing quality, then they should seriously investigate those possibilities. Buying locally can be a viable strategy for keeping inventory costs as low as possible. One of the strongest benefits of buying locally produced inventory is in the costs associated with shipping, which will usually be a lot lower the closer that a supplier is to a small business’s locations. The price of shipping can fluctuate as well

This not another Earth Day post. This is a post-Earth Day reminder to small business owners that, just because it’s not an official day of recognition for the health of our planet, it doesn’t mean that they should forget the promises they made to themselves in a fit of green tinged zeal a day ago. Like New Year’s resolutions, Earth Day promises carry a lot of potential but amount to nothing if never acted upon. Here are some ways that you can act on those promises you made, without costing your business or your productivity. Add some plants to your business environment. We can’t stress enough how great plants are for your office. They can manage stress, reduce your overall carbon footprint, they look great, and are often easy to take care of. What’s not to like? Create an off switch policy. One of the biggest problems leading to energy waste in small business environments is simply not turning off lights and other electronic appliances that are

Loan your lightbulbs a break

Tuesday, 19, March , 2013 by

  Last week we learned about World Water Day a United Nations sanctioned event that celebrates the importance of Water in our world. Today we will learn about another international initiative toward going green — Earth Hour. The World Wildlife Federation started Earth Hour in 2007, encouraging individuals and businesses around the world to shut off their lights for one hours. They saw the hour as a way to bring awareness to green issues like global warming — and it’s worked According to examiner.com, “In 2012, 7001 cities and towns in 152 countries in all seven continents participated in Earth Hour – the largest number ever.” This year’s event will take place on Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 p.m. For business wishing to participate, examiner.com recommends telling, “employees, customers, vendors and business associates about Earth Hour and your participation in the event, and suggest that they participate as well.” The official “How To Guide To Take Action On  And Beyond Earth Hour” asks people to fist, care through

Last week we learned that experts believe sports teams and arenas have a tremendous opportunity to impact sustainability efforts. We learned that Google has plans to not be “evil” by making making their campus additions green. We also met President Obama’s advisor on green jobs as he tried to get word out about his projects through CNN and Fortune. On Monday, GreenBiz.com wrote, “Walmart has reported that it has delivered a 20 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions since 2005, beating its target one year ahead of schedule.” With 200 million customers shopping at Walmart’s around the world each week  and 2.2 million global employees, the retail giant has perhaps the best opportunity to influence the way average Americans approach sustainability. Walmart’s emissions success, however, is on a percentage bases. In real terms emissions are up from 2005. GreenBiz.com reports, “Walmart’s overall emissions have risen since 2005 as a result of the continued global expansion of the retail giant. Emissions totaled 22 million tons in 2010, the

Google to get greener

Friday, 08, March , 2013 by

Tech giant Google is in the process of expanding its 1 million square foot Mountain View campus to 2 million square feet. As with all things Google does there is a tremendous amount of speculation regarding the office complex. Will there be employee housing? Will every employee get her own nap pod or his own yellow slide? Will you have to answer one of the company’s infamous brain teaser style interview questions to enter?  Google for its part has long kept many details of campus expansion plans close to the vest. An article from SustainableBusiness.com highlights a bit of what is known. Not about slides or food or access but about green design: The design includes green roofs, one will have a cafe The first phase of the project involved retrofitting old buildings, now they are moving to new construction The new buildings and roofs will be connected by bridges The buildings will use radiant heat The buildings will use solar power Related on The Horizon

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