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Build a Better Business And a Better World
Green entrepreneur and scientist Dr. Glenn Croston outlines green business essentials and helps you uncover eco-friendly opportunities, build a sustainable business plan, and gain the competitive advantage in today's environmentally mindful market.
“The world is finally waking up to the importance of green...including entrepreneurs! They understand and appreciate the importance of going green, but few have the practical roadmap to make it happen. Croston gives entrepreneurs and small businesses an incredible blueprint on how to join the green revolution, be successful, profitable, and make a difference!”
- Jim Horan, author, consultant, and speaker, president of The One Page Business Plan Company
“Glenn Croston's Starting Green is the indispensable guide for the entrepreneur of the 21st Century. Croston's extensive research and incredible examples will illuminate the incredible opportunities within Green Business. Even as a green business owner for the past two decades, I drew countless ideas and inspiration from this book.”
-Eric Corey Freed, principal of organicARCHITECT, author of Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies
“We face great challenges today in our economy and environment, but the shift toward sustainability offers even greater opportunities. Starting Green gives you the tools to join this revolution with a business of your own. The business case for sustainability is clear; what we need now is action. This book will help you pave the way forward and thrive.”
-Hunter Lovins, Co-author of Natural Capitalism, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, and president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions
“The emerging green economy offers a wealth of opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators, building everything from green-minded service providers to breakthrough products and technologies. Glenn Croston has created a valuable roadmap that can help find the profitable opportunity that's right for you.”
-Joel Makower, executive editor of GreenBiz.com, and author of Strategies for the Green Economy
"In his new book Glenn Croston successfully fuses two of the most powerful and constructive trends in present day society: (1) the boom in entrepreneurship that Information Age technologies has ignited, and (2) mounting public support and consumer demand for more efficient and sustainable products and services. With Croston's book in hand, the many people eager to explore and to profit from this healthy social change can start taking giant steps. "
Byron Kennard, executive director of the Center for Small Business and the Environment, and co-author of Small Wonders (http://www.smallwondersreport.org/)
“Glenn Croston has done it again. In his latest book, Starting Green: An Ecopreneur's Guide to Starting a Green Business-From Business Plans to Profits, he provides eco-minded entrepreneurs with an inspiring, well thought out and information rich roadmap for creating new green businesses for the coming conserver economy. There are so many people looking for ways to enter this rapidly growing segment of the marketplace, yet because the territory is new and ideas are untested, many lose confidence before they've begun. But we need those ideas in order to create a sustainable economic future, and Croston, with his straight-forward and easy to implement advice, shows the way. If you are wanting to help re-envision our economic future, begin with this book and, and become a part of the transformation.”
—Sarah Susanka, architect and author of The Not So Big House series, and The Not So Big Life
Introduction Chapter 1: Welcome to the Green Revolution Chapter 2: From Green Dreams to Open Doors Chapter 3: Funding Your Green Business Chapter 4: Greening How You Run Your Business Chapter 5: Green Marketing and Communications Chapter 6: Department of Government Affairs Chapter 7: Green Franchises Chapter 8: How to Start a Green Energy Efficiency Business Chapter 9: How to Start a Green Clothing Retail Business Chapter 10: How to Start a Renewable Energy Business Chapter 11: Easy, Cheap and Green Conclusion - Doing Well by Doing Right
Glenn Croston, Ph.D., is a scientist, green entrepreneur, and founder of Starting Up Green (www.startingupgreen.com), an online community for green entrepreneurs. He is the author of 75 Green Businesses You Can Start to Make Money and Make a Difference and (Ebook) Greening Your Business on a Budget. A highly-regarded expert in the green industry, Croston has been featured in top print and online publications including The New York Times, LA Times, Greenbiz.com, TheDailyGreen.com and FastCompany.com.