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“I am curious – how much energy is your small business using and what have you done in the past 12 months to green it up? I know that increasing energy costs are among one of the top priorities and problems facing small business owners today. With short and long-term benefits implementing energy efficient business practices CAN and DO have a positive effect on your bottom line.
COSE is embarking on a piece of research that will outline opportunities for small businesses to implement energy efficiency programs that will provide returns greater than expenses in a relatively short time. In addition, it will bring to light gaps for further assistance in the marketplace.
But, here’s the more exciting news. COSE is launching its first Energy Efficiency Challenge specifically for small businesses. We believe that as the market begins to reward companies, large and small, for energy efficient practices, pressure for energy efficiency in B-to-B and B-to-C transactions will begin to increase. Providing the small business community with the tools and resources they need to ensure that they are ahead of the curve while managing a positive bottom line is critical. So, we want to reward small businesses for any energy efficiency project you may have taken on to reduce your energy and improve your bottom line.
I am pleased to say that we have some great prizes to give away too.
One grand prize winner will be awarded $10,000. Cash prizes will also be awarded for the following sectors: goods and services, office/retail and home-business. The grand prize winner may not also be a sector winner. In addition, winners will receive a free one year COSE membership and a free one year registration to Green Plus™. Green Plus is a green and sustainable certification and education program that is designed specifically for small and medium sized businesses. It gives employers affordable, practical support in succeeding financially while being good to their environment, employees and community.
The cash prizes are as follows:
$10,000 – overall prize winner
$2,500 – goods and services sector
$2,500 – office/retail sector
$1,500 – home business sector
So what are you waiting for? Nominate your company today and keep your fingers crossed that your name is called to the stage on October 20-21 at the 2010 COSE Small Business Conference to receive your award.
Posted by:Nicole Stika
The Institute of Sustainable Development