July 2017 Business Tip of the Month
Tip of the Month Presented by Joule Energy:
This month, local net zero company, Joule Energy, shares with us a great tip to help anyone -- at home or at work -- save money through making the switch to LED lighting.
1. Upgrading to LED lighting can save businesses and organizations 50-80% in lighting expenses!
2. LED light quality is closer to natural sunlight, which creates a more pleasant working environment with more productive employees, at the office, and happier students, at school.
June 2017 Business Tip of the Month
Tip of the Month Presented by Hollygrove Market + Farm:
This month, Hollygrove Market + Farm shares with us 6 amazing reasons to Support, Buy, and Eat Local!
1. Connect to the growers of the food you consume
2. Support local rural and urban farmers
3. Strengthen the local economy
4. Reduce food costs
5. Reduce travel distance (carbon footprint) for growers
6. Learn to eat seasonally and enjoy the freshest, healthiest, tastiest food around! Continue reading
BATON ROUGE, La. — On Wednesday night, Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the 2017 Louisiana Small Business Award winners at an event honoring small business leaders who exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit of Louisiana. The winners were honored in a private reception at the Governor’s Mansion. Continue reading
Recent studies from Forbes, Harvard Business School and McKinsey, have the business world buzzing about diversity. The findings of these studies cite, that diverse organizations are more innovative and grow faster, earn more, and are better at problem solving.
The question is, once you have managed to hire a diverse staff, how do you get the most from your diversity?
Getting a bunch of different people in a room together is not in itself magical, creating an environment that cultivates and affirms all of those people’s differences is where the magic starts. Continue reading
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Are you as smart as a 3rd grader? When it comes to recycling, adults can take a cue from children: the simpler the task, the more likely it is to be done. Take recycling for instance: young students may not yet be able to understand the complexities of landfill engineering and how to prevent leachate from contaminating underground aquifers, but they know that the less stuff you bury in the ground the better for the earth! Give them a simple way to recycle items and they’ll gladly participate.
Restoration Thrift: The Social and Environmental Benefits of Secondhand Clothing.
10,500,000 tons! That is the amount of clothing Americans send to landfills each year. This is due, in part, to the fact that we buy five times as much clothing as we did in 1980. On top of this, our old clothing is filling up landfills since we only recycle or donate 15% of it.Continue reading
Why Circle Food Store Buys LocalWhether you are buying food for yourself, your family, or your business, buying local is the best way to support a sustainable economy that keeps food dollars circulating within our own communities. Circle Food Store has been dedicated to promoting fresh, local produce and products for over 78 years. In fact, even before Circle Food Store was a full-service grocery store, the owners were produce salesmen who sold fresh & local produce from their produce cart at the very site that the store stands today. Their decision to buy local is a commitment to participate in a more sustainable, self-supporting economy for the region. Since reopening after Katrina, Circle Food Store has rededicated itself to:
- Building relationships with multiple local farms and food producers to provide not only fresh produce, but also products produced from these farms such as local honey, syrups, and even hot sauce.
- Educating the community on the importance of eating local, healthy products.
- Switched beef and veal suppliers to a local rancher right outside of Louisiana to offer fresher beef directly to consumers a few days after being slaughtered and cut by Circle’s in-house butcher.
- Local foods are more fresh and ripe. - Since they don’t have to travel as far as food from other areas, local foods are produced, picked, and available for purchase FAST! So they stay fresh and better tasting long after purchase!
- Local food is healthier! - Essential nutrients are less likely to be lost during transit and long commutes.
- Local foods are more transparent! This means you are able to learn exactly what is used to grow and produce your foods. It’s also easier to build and maintain direct relationships with your farmers and producers, allowing you to have a greater connection to your community.