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Balance: Green Your Office

Go Green by Creating a Peaceful Office Environment


Create a more tranquil environment with plants. There are many low maintenance plants that need minimal care and are known to add oxygen to the air. Try considering: jade, ivy, ficus, cactus, chinese evergreen, palm, orchid or a bonsai.

  1. Add a fish tank in your office.
  2. Place a fountain of running water for a more serene environment.
  3. Dried flowers can add color in an arrangement and can last a year or more.
  4. Soft music adds a calming effect.

These are a few ideas. Any other ways to create a peaceful office?

Julie Brander - Business Mentor, SCORE New Haven
Julie has been a SCORE volunteer since 1997. She has 20 years of experience in business, starting a manufacturing, wholesale and retail jewelry company. After selling her business, she dedicated herself to helping other entrepreneurs start and expand their business. | @juliebrander | More from Julie


Marketing: Networking with Business Cards

Tis the Season to See and Be Seen

women_biz_cardsMake the most of December. Attend holiday parties, community events and chamber of commerce events. Between now and December 15th be sure to network. Let it be known that you’re in business and connect in the community.

Have plenty of business cards. Always carry a business card. Even in social settings, you may share contact information. And, it’s a signal to people that you are serious about your business, when you do have cards at the ready.

Don’t be in the position of asking for a pen and note paper to share your contact information. Always get a business card from people you meet to add to your list of contacts.

If your business information has changed during the year, be sure to include a business card with your holiday greeting cards to business associates. Keep in touch and keep your info current.

-Christine Banning, SCORE
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For 50 years, SCORE has helped aspiring and current small business owners achieve their dreams. Through a network of over 11,000 volunteer business mentors in 340+ chapters across the country, SCORE connects decades of business experience and knowledge with those who can best use it. | Facebook | @SCOREmentors | More from SCORE


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