Save the Date: April Economic Development Summit

27 Feb

Attention small local businesses! This event is for you. 

82 percent summitSanta Cruz County Economic Development is pleased to announce the inaugural “82% – A Micro-Business Summit” event will be held April 22 at Cabrillo College. 500 local businesses will come together under one roof and walk away with the tools needed to make their businesses thrive and grow.

The daylong conference will feature a keynote speaker and two dozen education sessions to help small business owners navigate the marketplace to increase their exposure, grow their business and boost profitability.

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How to Green a Coffee Shop: Top Strategies

27 Feb

Did you know there are over 50 green certified coffee shops in the state, and less than five in the County of Santa Cruz? As the coffee shop boom continues, let’s encourage our neighborhood coffee shops to become green certified.

Here are some quick and easy tips for coffee shops (and tea!) looking to make the switch:

  • Start with great coffee that people will feel great about drinking. Shade grown, fair trade, organic.

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Health Effects of Exposure to Indoor Radon

27 Feb

Did you know that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer? No? Neither did we.radonhouse

Following up November’s newsletter on indoor air quality, below is more information on how to keep your home safe from pollutants such as radon.

Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon gas in the indoor air of America’s homes poses a serious health risk.

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Half Price Ads Available for Certified Businesses

27 Feb

Interested in cutting the cost of your advertising and being featured as a local green business?Your Business Here

The Monterey Bay Green Business Program will be paying 50% of the cost for quarter page ad placement in the Good Times that feature a picture and quote from Certified business owners.  The program will develop and place the weekly ad making it simple for your business to participate. Your business would only need to provide a quote, coordinate a photo with the program and pay the discounted cost share for the weekly ad of $160.00.

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New Law Accelerates Organics Recycling

27 Feb

Compost image2016 is going to be a big year for keeping organics (food and yard waste) out of our landfills, especially for businesses. In 2014 the State of California passed AB 1826, requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste and not put it in the garbage. Businesses with that dispose of high levels of organics every week have to separate it starting April 1, 2016 as others phase in later in the year.

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Q&A with the Ultimate Recycler

27 Feb

IMG_3038_cropThis quarter’s featured business is Ed’s Alloy Recycling in Watsonville. Ed came to the U.S. from Argentina in 1985 after winning a lottery that granted him a visa to live and work here permanently.

A natural entrepreneur, Ed had been a vegetable seller in Argentina, but wanted to try something different here. Through a friend, he learned the business of auto parts scavenging and now owns Ed’s Alloy Recycling in Watsonville, where he collects over 10 to 50 tons of metal a month.

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