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White Plains/Rye Brook, NY (March 12, 2015) Progressive Computing, Inc. (PCI) and Clancy Relocation & Logistics are teaming up with The Business Council of Westchester (BCW) and the Westchester Green Business Challenge to head an E-Waste Initiative as a part of this year's Westchester Business Expo.
"Disposing of e-waste will be easier than ever and the Business Council of Westchester and the Expo Committee is proud to bring our members and the community this amazing opportunity," said Allison Calvert of the BCW.
The Business Council's involvement with the Westchester Green Business Challenge in recent years has acted as a catalyst in bringing this e-waste initiative to the forefront. The goal of the WGBC is to help Westchester businesses become more environmentally-friendly through their green certification program. Companies in the WGB-Certified program are required to properly dispose of their e-waste in order to become certified. They recently gained the support of New York state government with a grant of $540,000 to expand the program over the next three years.
In recent years, more businesses have begun properly disposing of e-waste and there has been a greater awareness about what should and should not be thrown in the trash, especially when it comes to office equipment. Part of this awareness comes from the fact that companies want to ensure the appropriate elimination of the sensitive data that their computers may contain. Since 2009, the WGBC has helped raise awareness in the Westchester business community about what it really means to "go green" and has provided practical solutions to allow this to happen on a larger scale.
In 2014, 283 Westchester businesses completed a scorecard which included a section on the proper disposal of e-waste and some larger companies have already taken action by contracting with e-waste removal services and allowing employees to bring in any home or office e-waste they may have accumulated for proper disposal a couple of times per year. As a result, they've educated their staff about the importance of proper e-waste disposal, however not all small businesses have been able to make this a priority.
"One of the challenges of e-waste disposal for the small to medium-sized business is the cost of arranging an affordable pick up service," said Dani Glaser, CEO of Green Team Spirit, which runs the WGBC. "While it can be free to dispose of e-waste when you bring it to the drop-off site, it can be expensive to arrange a pick-up. One suggestion is for them to share the cost with fellow tenants in an office building, for example."
Progressive Computing, as a small business of Westchester, understands the problems with e-waste that many others are facing all too well. At first, the issue sparked their curiosity but soon enough, it became a personal passion of theirs.
"It's the dirty little secret in nearly every small business," Robert Cioffi, CEO of Progressive Computing says. "Most small businesses simply don’t have the means to properly dispose of their old electronics or the task is just too cumbersome...Eventually, we reach a breaking point and the disposal is not always performed in an environmentally friendly or secure way."
After studying the problem for years, they recognized what they considered to be two very large dangers. The first was the potential risk of leaking corporate data. The second was that most are unaware the ecological dangers of improper disposal of e-waste. Using what they've learned, they hope to address these problems on a broader scale and encourage the rest of the small-to-medium sized business community to do the same.
"We only work with vendors who are eStewards or R2 certified. These certifications are rigorous international standards that regulate the processing and disposal of electronics in an environmentally safe manner and also adhere to high standards that meet or exceed regulatory compliance such as HIPAA, PCI and SOX," said Cioffi. "Our clients are thrilled that we are beginning to offer reasonable, economical and viable options for doing the right thing."
Clancy Relocation & Logistics, a client of Progressive Computing, has played an integral role in moving their e-waste initiative along. In 2003, Clancy started picking up office equipment from larger customers who already had their own solution in place. In 2007, they began working with and providing transportation to Geodis Wilson, a freight management company that already had an effective e-waste plan in place. This inspired Clancy to figure out a better way to help their own customers solve the problem. After working with Geodis, Clancy developed their own system and today, they handle roughly 4.5 million pounds of e-waste each year.
"We bring e-waste to Geodis in Endicott, NY. There, they completely reverse engineer the e-waste. Components and raw materials are separated," explained Senior Vice President of Clancy Relocation & Logistics, Jim Carey. "They have taken a very bold approach in their method for handling e-waste because their methods require more work. But in the end, over 99% of the e-waste stays out of landfills."
There are many moving parts to putting into place and maintaining an e-waste solution, but the proper education and assistance is out there and that begins with the 2015 Westchester Business Expo. It's particularly important for more businesses to get on board with this initiative now, because as of January 1, it is illegal to throw anything that could be considered e-waste in the trash throughout the state of New York. This mean computers, televisions, game consoles and other electronic equipment and those in violation can be fined $100. The Business Council of Westchester wants the community to know how simple it can be to properly dispose of e-waste and wants to get people and businesses involved in the action.
"We encourage businesses of all sizes to follow set guidelines and procedures when disposing of important office technology so it does not negatively impact the environment," said John Ravitz, Executive Vice President of the BCW. "We all have a personal and professional commitment to protect our environment for generations to come."
The 2015 Westchester Business Expo will be held at the Hilton Westchester on March 18, from 1pm to 5pm. For more information, visit http://wbxpo.com/.
Business Council of Westchester
Contact: (914) 694-3919
Westchester Green Business Challenge
Clancy Relocation & Logistics
The International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge was established in Barcelona in 2007, with the goal of connecting small & mid-size women business owners globally - those who are already in the global marketplace & want to expand, or are ripe to get into the market and learn from other women leaders. Also the goal is to “pay it forward” with the IWEC awardees emphasizing their own CSR programs be in mentoring, board participation, community outreach and support, etc. The Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Chambers of Commerce in India/FLO and Manhattan Chamber of Commerce originated this initiative and were quickly joined by The US State Department and Cape Chamber of Commerce. Each year a new country is added to the roster and currently we have representation from: Barcelona, NYC/US, India, Sweden, Peru, Central Asian countries, Turkey,South Africa and other African countries. In addition, four women’s business associations are engaged with IWEC and also nominate one awardee: Women Presidents Organization, WeConnect International, Taiwan Women’s Entrepreneurs Association and United Succes. The location of 2015 Annual IWEC Conference will be Istanbul, Turkey Nov. 15-18th.
Why should you apply? If chosen, you have the opportunity to:
*gain further international recognition for your business
*network with potential strategic partners and clients
*share and learn from best practices to help your business grow globally
*share your corporate responsibility/mentorship programs and learn of others from awardees
*connect with a network of other awardees/chambers and be a part of the IWEC family
The Awards Criteria:
Must be a woman-owned, for-profit business and must be actively involved in importing or exporting goods or services or be a successful company ready to begin global business
Business must be 51% owned by a woman (or if handed down through a family, a woman must be the president, CEO or managing director for at least three years) actively involved in the day-to-day running of the business
Business must be a for-profit entity in services or manufacturing (excluding performing arts)
Business must be in existence at least three years
Business must have a minimum annual revenue equivalent to US $2.0 million
Agrees to be involved with IWEC as a past awardee for two years (supporting, attending conferences, etc.)
Must be able to attend the annual conference
2015 IWEC Universal Awards Application
Deadline for submission: April 30, 2015
City, State, ZIP/PIN/Postal Code_______________________________Country________
Chamber affiliation: _______________________________________________________
% of ownership by woman:__________________(must be 51% or more)
Years in business:_________________________(must be a minimum of 3 years)
Annual revenue:___________________________(must be a minimum of $2.0mill in US dollars)
Industry:_________________________________(not including non-profits or performing arts)
How many employees do you have?___________(total number of employees throughout your company)
Please attach document to answer the following questions in 500 words or less per question (additional supporting documents are welcome):
Describe the story of you and your business:
Why should you be considered for this award?
What is your Business Plan for the next 3-5 years?
Where would you like to further import or export your goods or services and why are you choosing this/these markets?
Have you or are you involved in a CSR initiative? If so, please describe.
What is your philosophy on corporate social responsibility and how does your company you support it? Please describe.
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If you have a fantastic idea for a business and are not independently wealthy, then what do you do? Based on existing models, your best bet is to find a number of investors that are willing to provide the capital necessary for you to get your feet off the ground. The downside is that you have less of a say in what happens to your business as private investors will push towards turning a profit over your business plan.
In the past decade, this well-established model is no longer the only option if you are looking to raise money. Crowdfunding through online websites has become big, allowing for countless individuals to invest small amounts of money. Let’s take a moment to review the power of crowdfunding, the current size of the industry, and some of the campaigns that have achieved success through crowdfunding.
The Industry of Crowdfunding
According to the World Bank, by 2025, the crowdfunding industry will have between $90 to $96 billion dollars invested in it. In 2013, there was $5.1 billion, with $2.7 billion invested in 2012. What these numbers show is very clear. The industry of crowdfunding is expanding at an incredible rate. Based off of the idea that individuals can provide just a little capital towards ideas, products, and business models that they believe in, crowdfunding is growing in popularity and using social media to get the message across.
Kickstarter__Indiegogo_LogosTwo major players and industry leaders for crowdfunding are Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Kickstarter has strict guidelines and exists for creative projects looking to raise capital for their ideas. Indiegogo also allows creative projects, as well as fundraising for pretty much everything. In addition, they have recently expanded their international markets and have seen strong growth.
While the above two industry players account for a good amount of the current market in crowdfunding, more than a dozen additional companies help to provide a fundraising model for every kind of need. Through these sites, there have been a number of success stories ranging in the 5 and 6-figure range. Having earned six figures through crowdfunding, Oliver Apparel only ended up putting in $5,000 of their own money. In addition, My Yoga Pro is a good example of a five-figure going on a six-figure campaign that started small and has a great number of backers. Through these success stories and more, crowdfunding is the perfect way to move forward with a fantastic idea and business plan.
Author: Jimmy Newson
Source : jimmynewson.com
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