While ECOpreneuring provides an in-depth exploration of many aspects of starting or operating a green business, the book couldn't cover it all in 224 pages.
The following provides additional resources and information for you to achieve your green dream business success, however you come to define it. A growing list of resources from around the world can be easily tapped to help in the development of your enterprise.
- Ecopreneur profiles featured in ECOpreneuring
- Free business plan examples from Bplans.com
- Free marketing plan examples from Bplans.com
- Writing your Business Plan
- Free Business Plan Templates from Counselors to America's Small Business (SCORE)
- Interactive Business Planner (IBP), from the Canadian Business Services for entrepreneurs
The IBP is the first business planning software product designed specifically to operate on the Internet. The IBP uses the capabilities of the Internet to assist entrepreneurs in preparing a 3 year business plan for their new or existing business. Sign-in required.
- Revised (and Simple) Sample Business Plan provided as reference to the vision behind the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast.
- Launching a non-profit organization
The following non-profit organizations have come about to serve people interested in starting, working in or managing non-profit organizations.
- The Foundation Center
This is the leading authority in the US on philanthropy, connecting non-profits and the grant-makers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains a comprehensive database on US grant-makers andtheir grants. It also operates research, education and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level.
This organization connects people, ideas and resources to change the world.
- Skoll Foundation
The foundation advances systemic change to benefit communities around theworld by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and supporting social entrepreneurs through grants, research and resources.
- Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Resources for anyone searching to prosper as a "social entrepreneur."
- Finding funds to green your business
- Funding listserv for ECOpreneurs and Non-profit organizations
Thanks to the Washington State University Extension EnergyProgram's distribution of the "Solicitations" newsletters, ecopreneurs can review timely call-for-proposals or Request for Proposals (RFPs) from this aggregated listserv -- a one stop shop when looking for creative ways to fund your green dreams. Grant opportunities from federal, state and non-profit organizations or foundations range from biofuel development to wind energy and ecological restoration to mitigating climate change. A great resource for non-profit and for-profit businesses alike. To subscribe, send a blank message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
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