How to Jumpstart Your Business in A Sustainable Economy? Free Virtual Event

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

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Start-Up Accelerator and Incubator Programs for Social Entrepreneurs

Start-Up Accelerator and Incubator Programs for Social Entrepreneurs via Innov8social With the success of Y Combinator there has been a steady rise in the number of accelerator programs available for start-up entrepreneurs. Social entrepreneurs can now seek assistance from accelerator programs specifically designed to help build cause-based businesses that generate profit and seek to operate beyond a single bottom line. Here are a few we came across. Feel free to add others in the comments section. Also, you can find a list…

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Eileen Fisher's Business Grant Program Seeks Applications From Women Entrepreneurs

The EILEEN FISHER Women’s Business Grant program seeks applicants from women-owned businesses that combine the key principles of social consciousness, sustainability, and innovation.

This year, Eileen Fisher Inc. will award up to 5 grants of $12,500 each. On-line applications will be posted on March 1st, 2012 on the Eileen Fisher, Inc. web site. The deadline is May 15th 2012 at 11:59 EST. To apply for this grant, your business must be: innovative, 100% women owned and produce products that foster environmental and economic health in the community.

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Recyclebank Increases User Engagement Through Gaming Tools

Recyclebank®, the company that rewards people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from local and national businesses, has selected Badgeville’s Behavior Platform and Social Fabric to add sophisticated gamification techniques and online social experiences to enhance the online experience for its members, while increasing user engagement.

A pioneer in combining gaming mechanics with environmental good, Recyclebank has been recognized for using gamification to initiate changes in consumer behavior to help create a more sustainable future.

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Showcase Your Green Business On Ecopreneurist Through Featured Posting

The editorial team at Ecopreneurist is excited to introduce a brand new sponsored feature called “Your Idea: In Focus”. This paid platform will serve as a launching pad for the best ideas in sustainable business and eco-entrepreneurship!

There is a ton of awesomeness going on in the eco-business world, and unfortunately we cannot cover it all. So here is a way you can feature the next big thing on Ecopreneurist. If you have a great story on how your business or product can help the green business mission, here is your chance to reach our readers!

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8 Trends That Will Impact Social Entrepreneurs in 2012

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!

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What Non-Profits Can Learn From Coca-Cola?

Melinda Gates, through her travels for the Gates Foundation in the developing world, sees that poverty-stricken areas do not have a lot of things we take for granted- clean surroundings, clean water, sanitation or electricity. But she is astounded by what they do have- Coke. At TEDxChange, Melinda Gates makes a provocative case for nonprofits taking a cue from corporations such as Coca-Cola, whose plugged-in, global network of marketers and distributors ensures that every remote village wants — and can get — a Coke. Why shouldn’t this work for condoms, sanitation, vaccinations too?

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What Can Eco-Entrepreneurs Learn From Steve Jobs?

Steve Jobs, the most influential innovator of our times is no more. Today, his biography came out and I, like many others, am waiting to get my hands on it! What made Steve Jobs, Steve Jobs? What gave him that charisma? How did he have so many fans, so many people who swear by his products and are ready to believe- if it came out of Apple Inc, it had to be great. What was it? Marketing? Technology? Quality? Innovation? How did he make people connect with his product. He created a business and a following, most entrepreneurs can only dream of. How did he do all this?

The life and times of Steve Jobs is a life-long case study. But there are some very key insights into how he built one of the most successful companies ever. Some of these are key to entrepreneurs, especially eco and social entrepreneurs who can get carried away by only the righteousness of their goals.

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The Janum Marketplace Tackles Supply Chain Issues and Greenwashing in Consumer Products

Ever wondered where your favorite eco-friendly item came from or what its supply chain actually looked like? I sure do. Supply chains have become so complex and convoluted these days, there is no wonder that it is the number one issue that plaques sustainability initiatives and fosters greenwashing claims. One entrepreneur from San Francisco, Julian Coleman, probably also had the same questions when he founded Janum.

Janum is a unique online marketplace launched September 15, 2011, with the aim of making long supply chains transparent so that consumers, brands and producers all benefit. For every product sold on Janum the company shows consumers, through facts and videos, the places and people that made them, the fabrication steps, the ingredients and their impact on human and environmental health.

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