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Ohio Small Businesses To Benefit From New Program

Written by Jenna Weiner
Published: 9/29/2010

New effort seeks to reward eco-friendly small businesses

One of the biggest cities in Ohio is giving small businesses the chance to get contracts, all while doing their part to help Mother Nature.

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The City of Cleveland recently announced that it would be spending billions of dollars in the coming year to encourage small businesses that are environmentally friendly. Small businesses that qualify for the Green Plus certification will be able to take advantage of a 4 percent discount when bidding for government contracts.

"Cleveland's effort to reward companies for their triple bottom line sustainability - good business, environmental, employee and community practices - is groundbreaking," said Chris Carmody, executive director of the Institute for Sustainable Development. "In a sustainable economy, 'green jobs' won't only come from clean energy or energy efficiency businesses - they'll also be created by Main Street businesses becoming more competitive through sustainable practices."

In other news for small business in Ohio, Governor Ted Strickland recently announced that there would be Small Business Administration disaster assistance available for those affected by tornadoes and storms. 

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