Microenterprise Leaders Working to Help Small Businesses Affected by US Financial Crisis

As credit tightens up and business conditions worsen in what has now been officially declared as a recession, small businesses that rely on funding are the first to suffer. Responding to the sharp economic downturn facing the nation, a group of seven leading nonprofits that offer lending and support services to small businesses are taking swift actions to help entrepreneurs challenged by higher costs, declining sales, and tightening credit.

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Renewable Energy, Obama And The Credit Crunch

[social_buttons]The Washington Post brings to light just how big an impact Obama’s pledge will have for renewable energy companies. We’re already seeing high profile interest in funding entrepreneurs in solar, wind and alternative energy; early next year we could see a boom! President-elect Barack Obama wants the nation to derive 10 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2012, up from 2 percent today. That comes on top of the global push for green power, making wind and…

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Think of Your Exit, When You Start Your Green Business

Many entrepreneurs are starting green businesses now, but a number got their start a few years ago and are already thinking about moving on. Willem Maas started GreenHomeGuide.com back in 2004 and sold it this summer to the U.S. Green Building Council, developers of the LEED rating system.  I asked Willem to share his experience with Ecopreneurist readers, and the following is my interview with him. Leah: How did you think about your ultimate exit when you were starting GreenHomeGuide?…

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Vote for the Forbes.com “Boost Your Business” Winner

It’s time to vote for the Forbes.com “Boost Your Business” contest winner. One for recently formed small company (several of which are green startups) will win $100,000 and lots of great PR.  Five finalists have been whittled down from over 1,500 applicants, and it is time to pick the winner. It is a chance to test your business analysis skills. Which company do you think can generate the greatest return on that $100,000 investment?  At Forbes.com, you can read the finalists’…

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Sustainable Business Strategies in a Recession

Maybe the title should instead read “How to Fail at ‘Greening’ Your Business”. Often times companies seem to approach “green” or eco-friendly as just another product attribute that can simply be added to packaging or website to reach the “green” consumer segment. In the rush to be eco-friendly, and due to the typical structure of many organizations, the marketing team will take the lead of the greening effort and, in the interest of time & energy, they’ll create a brilliant…

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Blue Investing – Is It Safe To Go Back Into Water?

This post is submitted by Paul O’Callaghan, founding CEO of the Clean Tech consultancy, O2 Environmental Inc. and lecturer on Environmental Protection Technology at Kwantlen University. The prospect of ‘Peak Water’ is stimulating both investment and innovation in the water sector. More and more water technology start-ups are receiving venture capital funding and at the same time, a number of investment groups are offering specific water funds.  So how safe a bet is water? [social_buttons] The magazine Inc.com just ran an excellent article…

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Do the Big 3 Need a Bailout?

The following is guest post submitted to me by the ecopreneurs over at Grow and Make – The Sustainable Living Store. Currently, lobbyists working for Chrysler and General Motors are working to encourage the US Congress to direct part of the $170 billion bail-out to help Chrysler and GM merge into a new car company. The bail-out is intended to help the financial industry recover from the current hemorrhaging taking place and to ensure a stable consolidation. The argument the…

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The Perfect (Eco) Pitch to Investors

I’m a fan of The Funded, an online community of entrepreneurs to research, rate, and review funding sources worldwide. It’s a great example of a venture that promotes transparency and allows entrepreneurs to help each write business plans, share ideas and ultimately obtain funding. A recent post discussed what the entrepreneur seeking funding should bring to an investor meeting. Answer: a deck that will take no more than 20-30 minutes to get through and cover the following points: The ten…

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A Breakthrough Technology to Transform CO2 into Fuel

Carbon Sciences, the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) into high value, earth-friendly products such as precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) is now developing a breakthrough technology to transform CO2 into the basic fuel building blocks required to produce gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other portable fuels.

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