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Local Investment Opportunities Networks

You know it's important to "buy local." What if you could also invest local?

As the Slow Money investment movement grows, Local Investment Opportunity Networks, or LIONs are springing up across the country in places as diverse as: Port Townsend, WA, Portland, OR, Ithaca, NY, New York City, and Madison, WI. A LION is simply a way to connect local investors with local businesses that need loans. It’s a potent alternative to Wall Street.

5 Ways to Engage Green Customers with Your Green Business

Small business owners face many challenges, but we don't stay in business long without finding green customers to purchase our positive product or service. A 2009 Edelman survey found that 83 percent of consumers would change their consumption habits if it could help make the world a better place to live – and 61 percent of people have chosen to buy a brand that supports a good cause even if it wasn't the cheapest one. So, how to connect with these consumers?

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Featured Certification

Beluga makes the following demands regarding environmental policies of companies and institutions that want to be accredited by Beluga:  The policy must be visible and made known to all employees of the company or institution. It must be accessible to the public and on the Net. It must be in accordance with the nature, scope and environmental impact of the operation, manufactured products or services of the company or institution. It must include an obligation to follow relevant laws and regulations concerning environmental matters as well as other detailed requirements that the company has agreed to fulfil. It shall be criticized and reviewed at least once a year. It shall be goal-linked and aimed at improvements and preventive pollution measures in respect to the aspects of the operation that have the most environmental impact. It shall be the responsibility of the environmental manager or other specific person at the institution or company, who will at the same time also be the link person with Beluga. If possible, 5-10 auxiliary aims should also be presented which the concerned party intends to use to carry out it’s environmental policy. Beluga sets a requirement for the premises of the concerned party to be clean and tidy.
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