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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 Product

Bend high quality copper wire with marbles into two beautiful, sturdy wands. Blow huge bubbles, decorate a garden or use for magic! This eco art kit provides hours of fun with friends & family, and it includes a bonus project--the box turns into a frame for your finished artwork! Includes copper wire, wooden wand sticks, glass marbles, jig patterns, bubble recipe and ideas sheet. You provide pliers wire cutters. For optional jig, you provide nails, small piece of wood and hammer. Assembled at Goodwill Industries of South-Central Wisconsin. Ages 8 and up.

Featured Certification

The Green Masters Program is an objective, points-based recognition program that enables Wisconsin businesses of all sizes and from all sectors to understand what needs to be done to justifiably claim that they are “on the road to sustainability.” Developed by the WI Sustainable Business Council and Wisconsin business, in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin, the Green Masters Program helps to recognize Wisconsin’s sustainability leaders and encourage continuous improvement.
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