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In this issue of Small Business News from The Stevie Awards:
Green Offices: Help the Environment and Your Bottom Line
Spotlight on the U.K.'s National Healthcare System
Podcast Interview: How to Charge Up Your Company's Publicity Efforts
Small Business Blogs & Sites of Note
Calendar of Events for Small Business
GREEN OFFICES: HELP THE ENVIRONMENT AND YOUR BOTTOM LINE

Green CityConserving resources and cutting down on waste saves money. Here are some simple things you can start with in order to run an environmentally friendly business:
1. Turn off equipment when it's not being used. This can reduce the energy used by 25 percent; turning off the computers at the end of the day can save an additional 50 percent.
2. Encourage communications by email, and read email messages onscreen to determine whether it's necessary to print them. If it's not, don't!
3. Reduce fax-related paper waste by using a fax-modem or by using a fax cover sheet only when necessary.
4. Produce double-sided documents whenever possible.
5. Do not leave taps dripping; always close them tightly after use. (One drop wasted per second wastes 10,000 liters per year.)

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SPOTLIGHT ON THE U.K.'S NATIONAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

by Trevor Gay, Simplicity Is The Key Ltd.

Trevor GayAs in the United States, the topic of healthcare is much discussed in the United Kingdom, where the internationally admired British National Health Service is a political hot potato, and British politicians that tamper with it do so at their peril.  In our continuing coverage of healthcare around the world, we take a closer look at what is happening in the U.K. Author Trevor Gay worked for thirty five years in the National Health Service. As he states, the views expressed in this article are personal, subjective, anecdotal, and narrative, rather than objective, rational, academic, or on behalf of anyone.

The British National Health Service (NHS) is often referred to affectionately as a “sacred cow,” given both its distinguished history and the considerable affection invested in it by the British people.

Recently, however, there has been mounting consumer and political pressure in Britain to consider expansion of the private healthcare sector in Britain, which would in turn undermine the core principles of the much-loved NHS. Some critics believe this would result in the NHS becoming a dead cow rather than a “sacred” one.

This presents a fascinating challenge for the British government, and one that is only going to grow in complexity and importance in the coming decades.

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PODCAST INTERVIEW: HOW TO CHARGE UP YOUR COMPANY'S PUBLICITY EFFORTS

Lindsay Peroff1-800-GotJunk of Vancouver, BC Canada is a Stevie Award winner for Best Communications Team in The 2007 International Business Awards. The team was honored for its work over the past year generating a large number of publicity hits for the company, including appearances on many popular television programs.

We recently spoke with Lindsay Peroff, Senior Communications Director, about 1-800-GotJunk, how
the company got its start, and how her team has been able to generate so much publicity.

Listen to this 9-minute podcast interview for tips on how to charge up your own company's publicity efforts.

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SMALL BUSINESS BLOGS & SITES OF NOTE

Blogs, or web logs, are all the rage these days. Each month in this space we'll point you to several blogs that we think might be of interest to you.

Clean Break: Also a regular column in the Toronto Star, Clean Break covers clean technologies, green policies and trends in sustainable development, with the focus on companies, technologies and cleantech leaders.
Earthinfo.net: A blog that offers sustainable development and environment news, links + comment.
Green Car Congress: This blog's mission is to provide timely, high-quality editorial about the full spectrum of energy options, technologies, products, issues and policies related to sustainable mobility.
Trump University: Donald Trump's blog - need we say more?

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR SMALL BUSINESS
Calendar of Upcoming Events for Small Business Owners and Managers
August 1: Entry deadline for 4th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business , Las Vegas, Nevada
September 28 : Entry deadline for 2nd annual Selling Power Sales Excellence Awards , Las Vegas, Nevada
October 1 : Final entry deadline for 4th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business , Las Vegas, Nevada