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How to make your home-based business greener

Mother Earth News / Jennifer Tuohy / 25 June 2018

Taking steps to make your business “greener” is a win/win. It can help your bottom line, improve your company’s image and promote a healthier planet. As the owner of a home-based business, you have an advantage over most companies: Your carbon footprint is already smaller thanks to cutting out a daily commute and the expense of heating, cooling and lighting an extra space. Use this head-start wisely and be sure to implement a “Green Policy,” even if you’re your only employee.

A Green Policy is a simple list of the things you do or plan to do in your office to achieve a more sustainable environment. Write it down and promote it on your website and in your company brochure to demonstrate to your clients and vendors the efforts you’re making. Here are some steps you can take and policies you can implement to make your home-based business a green one.

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Small businesses can save your community

Strong Towns / Quint Studer / 31 July 2018

Over the past few decades, most communities have had their “pillars” pulled out from under them. Big institutions like banks, hospitals, and newspapers used to be locally owned. Their owners lived and worked in the same place. Their children went to the local schools. As a consequence, their leaders were deeply invested in the community and worked hard to keep it vibrant.

But over the years, large corporations have bought up many of these pillar institutions and consolidated them. It’s now common for the owners of these organizations to live elsewhere, often in bigger cities where corporate headquarters are located. Smaller communities no longer have the benefit of business leaders with a deep personal connection to the place.

This is a natural part of change. And all change brings opportunities along with losses.

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Farming hub Homestead Organics going out of business

CBC News / Matthew Kupfer / 07 April 2018

A major organic seed, feed and milling company headquartered in eastern Ontario is going to close its doors after hitting financial trouble in the fierce of a more competitive industry.

Tom Manley, president of Homestead Organics, said the 30-year-old company will be closing its doors in a matter of days because of pressure from its creditors and banks.

“We know we are closing, that’s for sure. Our last week will be a question of clearing out remaining inventory,” Manley said.

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North Grenville Rural Summit 2018


WHERE: Parish Hall, Kemptville College Campus, Kemptville
WHEN: Saturday, April 7, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Walk away with fresh, practical ideas and tools that you can use right away to build a business that will support you and your family.

  • How to start a home-based agri-business
  • Business planning
  • Funding and other support
  • Starting a livestock operationInnovations in small-scale farming
  • Increasing garden productivity
  • Multiple income streams
  • Sharing resources by starting a co-op

The one-day summit will feature workshops, a moderated panel discussion and a catered lunch of local foods.

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Frontenac Co. seed companies: And then there were three

NFU Local 316 / Newsletter / 18 March 218

A new partnership of three experienced seed producers (Kathy Rothermel, Frank Misek and Annie Richard), Kitchen Table Seed House offers certified organic herb, flower and vegetable seeds grown on Wolfe Island. With Kathy’s market garden experience, Frank’s culinary expertise and Annie’s plant breeding interests, Kitchen Table seeds will be “putting flavour on the table”. Their seeds will be available at Riley’s in Kingston, Sun Harvest in Glenburnie, Schell’s in Bath, Fargo’s on Wolfe Island, Burt’s Greenhouses in Wilton, and Willows Agriservice in Harrowsmith. For more information, go to kitchentableseedhouse.ca or contact them at info@kitchentableseedhouse.ca or 613-385-8569.

Kitchen Table Seed House joins two other local seed companies in Frontenac County. [ more… ]

Some choices matter: Eastern Ontario

Credit Unions of Ontario / 26 September 2017

Home to our nation’s capital, Eastern Ontario is chock full of people looking to make positive change happen in their communities, their province and across the country. Discover how credit unions are supporting this change, and sparking a new wave of progressive ideas from Kingston to Ottawa.

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