@Marketplace | How to keep #Mom&Pop businesses alive | Co-op model for employee equity

Marketplace | Urban Ore

Marketplace | Urban Ore

via SamHartnett

What I like about the creative solution is the business keeps running with the folks who know how to manage it best—the employees. Finding ways to keep small #Mom&Pop businesses going after owners retire is a valid concern. Most owners don’t want to just “sell out”.

From the article

Berkeley’s reclaimed trash company Urban Ore has diverted tons of garbage from the dump and into the hands of customers, and the company has become a key part of Berkeley’s recycling ecosystem. But it could disappear.

That’s because the owners of the 36-year-old business, Dan Knapp and Mary Lou Van Deventer, are ready to stop working.

Many of America’s small businesses are in a similar position. Baby boomers hold about 45 percent of the country’s privately-owned businesses that employ workers, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census data by the non-profit Project Equity. As the owners retire, many shut down or sell off their businesses.

“We bought it at $3 million and it’s worth three times that now,” Knapp said.Urban Ore’s owners have a different plan, even though selling off the property could prove lucrative. Urban Ore’s three-acre warehouse in Berkeley is a real estate goldmine.

“Both our lawyer and our banker have advised us to sell the property and take the money,” Van Deventer said. “And we say, ‘But we said we spent our lives building the business.’”

 

#Craftsman donates all his tools for an #open #tool #library | Can we have one @austintexasgov?

David Merry donates tools & skills to St. Paul Tool Library

David Merry donates tools & skills to St. Paul Tool Library

Via KARE11

David Merry donates his time and tools to the St. Paul Tool Library.  David Merry donates tools & skills to St. Paul Tool Library.  What is unique about this is the amount of tools and his willingness to pass on his skill set. What I like about this is it is set up as a membership. Members pay a $55 annual membership fee to work in the shop and check out tools.  And, that is comes with help from knowledgeable #makers is a huge plus!

We have Loanables where you can rent extra equipment from your neighbors—we really need a #library where you can borrow the tools and learn HOW to use the tools.  City of Austin would be a great place to start a tool lending library!

 

Earth Day Austin Event Map! Get your Event Map! Whooohooo!

2017 Earth Day Austin Event Map

2017 Earth Day Austin Event Map

EVENT MAP!!! ZOMG ~ this will be fun!

@EarthDayATX is upon us!  Tomorrow @HustonTillotson!

Austin Earth Day is an awesome way to show your appreciation for Mother Earth and Austin! Come on down and have fun!  There is a Kid Zone, Outdoor Activity Zone, Eco Discovery Zone, and an Earth Stage with a stellar lineup!

@EarthDayATX tomorrow! #HustonTillotson | Re-Sourcery will be there! Will you?

2017 Austin Earth Day | Huston-Tillotson College

2017 Austin Earth Day | Huston-Tillotson College

@EarthDayATX is upon us!  Tomorrow @HustonTillotson!

Austin Earth Day is an awesome way to show your appreciation for Mother Earth and Austin! Come on down and have fun!  There is a Kid Zone, Outdoor Activity Zone, Eco Discovery Zone, and an Earth Stage with a stellar lineup!

 

 

@AustinZeroWaste welcomes @JimmyFlannigan to our Tuesday April 25 meeting @RecycledReadsTX!

Austin Zero Waste Alliance Welcomes Jimmy Flannigan

Austin Zero Waste Alliance Welcomes Jimmy Flannigan

Just a reminder that next Tuesday, April 25, Jimmy Flannigan, Austin’s District 6 City Council member, will be presenting at our Austin Zero Waste Alliance (AZWA) meeting. We will be meeting at Recycled Reads, 5335 Burnet Road, at 7 PM. We’d love to see you there! 

Jimmy Flannigan is the new council member for Northwest Austin (District 6) and has progressive momentum for Austin! Learn how Jimmy is planning “What’s Next” for Austin. Come to the meeting with suggestions and find out how city council is planning for our zero waste future. 

We’ll see you there next week—spread the word and let your friends know! 

Calling All #FixIt Folks in #Austin! Come help out at Earth Day Austin!

2017 Austin Earth Day | Huston-Tillotson College

2017 Austin Earth Day | Huston-Tillotson College

If you would like to volunteer—please go to the Earth Day ATX volunteer page and sign-up! Once you sign-up, the kind folks @EarthDayATX will give details on parking and where to show up.

Are you a #fixer?  A maker of things? A refurbisher? An #upcycler?  Come help us out!  let’s see if we can help #Austinites with their broken items!

Austin Earth Day is coming soon! This year will also be at a new location, Huston-Tillotson College.

#Upcycling made it to @People magazine! What does it Really Mean to “Go Green”?

People Style

People Style

You know you are a #trend when @people magazine picks you up! Ethical, sustainable, upcycled, all methods are part of “going green“. Let’s hope this keeps trending!  Via Sarah Ball.

People Style | Upcycling

People Style | Upcycling

Example of #upcycling:

Honey Rose & K Earrings, $48; honeyrosenk.com

Honey Rose & K earrings

Honey Rose & K Earrings, $48; honeyrosenk.com

 

Cradle to Cradle hosts #FashionPlus CIRCULAR FASHION WORKSHOP in Copenhagen Denmark

Fashion is moving in the right direction! And I mean #circular!  Let’s keep fashion textile waste out of our landfills and back in our revenue streams!

From Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute |FashionPositive.org:

The Circular Fashion Workshop is a learning and network-building event with presentations, discussion and facilitated group exercises covering the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ approach to circular fashion with emphasis on circular materials and principles of regenerative design.

The workshop provides an introduction to circular fashion and anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to join – students, designers, sustainability managers or brand representatives large and small.

The workshop will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark and is timed to coincide with the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Exact venue for the workshop will be confirmed soon and shared.