If you want to go green, tips can be found online

July 03, 2009|By BOB POOR, Local SCORE education coordinator

Q: We are a small five-person business interested in learning more about proactive efforts to protect the environment. Any suggestions on where we can find helpful information on the topic?

A: Being environmentally conscious is not just good for the earth, it is good for your business as well. Studies show that consumers are increasingly attracted to businesses that want to get greener.

A great resource for small businesses is, a service of the Washington, D.C.-based Green Business Network. GreenBiz offers a full range of hands-on help, from how to finance greater manufacturing efficiency to alternative cleaning solvents and processes.

The GreenBiz site provides descriptions and links to nearly 100 helpful organizations and Web sites. There also are hundreds of books and reports geared to specific industries. Take time to explore the site for a wealth of news, tools and tips on going green. Select "Small Business" in the "Resource Wizard" pull-down menu for topics geared specifically to small businesses.


Another useful resource is the Small Business Environmental Home Page - - which helps business owners tap into pollution-prevention assistance programs of all types nationwide. It also offers a list of links to state environmental agencies and small business programs.

Purchasing environmentally friendly office products also has become easier, thanks to the growing awareness of major office product suppliers. Whether you shop in their stores or online, you'll find a wide range of recycled paper products, energy-saving devices and equipment, and even furniture crafted from sustainable resources.

To learn more about operating issues facing your small business, call the local SCORE chapter at 301-739-2015, ext. 103, or go online to Counseling services are free and confidential.

Robert A. "Bob" Poor is a local small business owner/operator. He is chairman of the local SCORE chapter, a small-business counselor and a regular contributor to the Ask SCORE column.

Questions may be e-mailed to him at or by mail in care of The Herald-Mail, P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741, ATTN: Ask SCORE column.

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