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How Being Green Can Save Your Small Business Money

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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IBM saved $26.8 million in energy expenses in 2009 as a result of company wide conservation efforts that surpassed corporate targets.  How did they do it?  Last year, 1,900 energy conservation projects at 270 IBM facilities around the world helped deliver savings in energy consumption that were equivalent to 5.4 percent of the company's total energy use.
 

Newsbyte: SAP Introduces Social Sabbatical Program to Foster Leadership Development

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(3BL Media) Walldorf, Germany - July 10, 2012 - SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced a social sabbatical program as an innovative learning opportunity for SAP employees to contribute their time and talent to helping entrepreneurs and small businesses in emerging markets.

Better CSR Advice for SMEs

A report from Berlin
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Six years ago we didn’t think we’d see 100 CSR for SME experts in one room any time soon. It was worth the wait.

The Dangerous Debt Ceiling Dance

The Politics of Economics and more tall tales...
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This past week, the words of founding father, Thomas Jefferson came to mind: “The credit and fate of the nation seems to hang on the desperate throes and plunges of gambling scoundrels.” That was 1792 and over two centuries later, we are still held hostage to the throes and plunges of scoundrels. Shocking as it may be to contemplate, America has been levered up since its inception. Somehow we have become the world’s greatest economic power despite this. Alexander Hamilton believed that debt was actually good for the nation and banked our future on it.

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This past week, the words of founding father, Thomas Jefferson came to mind: “The credit and fate of the nation seems to hang on the desperate throes and plunges of gambling scoundrels.” That was 1792 and over two centuries later, we are still held hostage to the throes and plunges of scoundrels. Shocking as it may be to contemplate, America has been levered up since its inception. Somehow we have become the world’s greatest economic power despite this. Alexander Hamilton believed that debt was actually good for the nation and banked our future on it.

Small Business Guide to Kick Your Green Initiatives Up a Notch

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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According to the post, Why It’s Time to Kick Your Green Initiatives Up a Notch, “results of the second-annual Sustainability & Innovation Survey of global corporate leaders by MIT’s Sloan Management Review and Boston Consulting Group suggest that green practices are taking firm root in the business world.

Sustainability: It is Not Just a ‘Big Business’ Advantage

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Small business enterprises and entrepreneurships currently represent over 50% of worldwide employment and this figure continues to expand both in the US and globally.  With more self-starters and small businesses leaders playing a larger role in the world economy, this evolving business demographic is now strategically positioned to play a significant role in the future of business sustainability.

Mission Aligned Exits - What's Your Method?

Success stories and investment opportunities at Spring Venture Fair
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The Investors' Circle network invested more than $12 million into for-profit social and environmental enterprises in 2012 with aims to move even more in 2013.  Join one of the most active angel networks in the US (HALO Report) on May 8-9 in San Francisco to hear vetted pitches from 15 high-impact deals that are seeking investment and engage in a due diligence process right away. 

A Hidden Gem: Wave Maker Newsletter Promoting Sustainable Business

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Misconceptions of business sustainability as a passing trend are quickly falling by the wayside. Larger organizations, traditionally mistaken as burdened with a primary responsibility as change agents in the water, carbon, environment and climate change solutions are now shifting the burden to include suppliers and small businesses.

Why Small Business May Change the Face of Sustainability

Blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Small business owners and entrepreneurs now makeup over half of worldwide employment, and these numbers continue to grow as the US and global economy shows signs of recovery.  With a dramatic increase in new jobs falling into this category, the traditional face of small business is changing dramatically.  With it, so too may be the qualities and measures of sustainable business.
 

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