Doing Business with the Federal Government: The Basics

Did you know that the U.S. government is the world’s largest buyer of products and services?

The Federal government spends more than $500 billion in contracting dollars every year. U.S. law currently establishes a goal that 23% of prime Federal contract dollars go to small businesses, and yet, it has fallen short of this goal for the past several years. Small businesses need to take better advantage of the Federal market place.

This practical guide is intended to:

  • Help small business owners de-mystify the Federal procurement process and increase access to federal contracts
  • Provide potential vendors with basic steps on how to become certified as a federal contractor
  • Offer resources on marketing and assistance with the bidding process
  • Highlight upcoming changes that will streamline the Federal procurement system

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Clean Water For All: Protecting Life’s Resource

This colorful, educational water brochure can be used for organizing, trainings, workshops or tabling. You can use it to inform people about our water cycle and inspire them to take personal and collective action.

Download the Print-and-Fold version to pass out. Print it double sided, in color, ideally in size 11×17. Fold it twice: once horizontally across the middle, and once vertically down the center. It is designed to fold into a brochure with Clean Water For All on the front page, the Activity in the middle when it is opened, and the Quick Facts on the back. The inside unfolds into a full-length poster of our water cycle.

Download the Facilitator’s Guide for more suggestions on how to use the brochure, a list of action steps, and facilitator notes for a group activity.

Check out the accompanying workshop
 “The New Wave: Greening our Water Infrastructure” »

And while you’re at it:
Plant a Rain Garden!

This is a great way to beautify your neighborhood and take some of the burden off your water treatment system. A rain garden slows runoff from big rainstorms so that the sewage system is not overloaded. The deep-rooted plants also act as a natural initial filtration system.


Green Gab: A Glossary of Terms used in Green Business

This glossary provides useful definitions for many of the terminology and buzzwords frequently used within the green industry. This guide serves as an introductory resource for anyone new to the intersection of sustainability and social justice, as well as for those who lack an exhaustive understanding of commonly used jargon.

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10 Green Business Ideas for New Entrepreneurs

Many people see solar panels and wind turbines, and wonder how they are supposed to engage the green business economy. This guide outlines ten accessible business ideas that can be pursued by just about anyone, including those that are capital constrained.

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Going Green: A Guide to Greening Your Business

This guide is for the small business owner who is interested in reducing the environmental footprint of his/her company’s operations, and provides specific recommendations and resources for those who want to go green — and save money by doing so.

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The Green Business Plan Guide

While there is an abundance of resources focused on how to write a business plan, virtually none of the publications that exist today detail how to include environmental and social justice concerns. This guide attempts to explain how someone focused on the triple bottom line — profit, planet, and people — goes about writing a business plan for a truly green business.

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Green Pathways Out of Poverty: Workforce Development Initiatives

Workforce development practitioners face a set of common questions about services, partnerships, curriculum, certifications, links to employers, funding and measuring their results.  On March 30 and 31, 2009, Green For All convened a working group of practitioners focused on providing green pathways out of poverty to start developing shared answers to these shared questions.  Participants spent the two days connecting with each other, sharing expertise, and collaborating in order to produce new knowledge that will advance the field.  This group began to identify the best practices and resources that make effective workforce development projects in green jobs.  By the end of the two-day meeting, it had identified five keys to success for green workforce development.  These keys, when combined with effective leadership and staff, help these programs serve the workers the programs train, the businesses and industry they support, and the environment they aim to protect.

This document is a product of that two-day meeting and links to resources recommended by Community of Practice members.  It is meant to guide and support anyone seeking to create pathways out of poverty through green job training.

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Green Jobs in a Sustainable Food System

THE U.S. FOOD SECTOR is among the most productive in the world and is a significant driver of our economy. Yet, it’s failing us in major ways – putting public health, livelihoods and our environment at great risk. Obesity and diabetes rates are rising, communities are plagued by food deserts, and agriculture runoff is the biggest source of pollution in our rivers and lakes.

The good news is that communities across the country are addressing this crisis in innovative ways. Through different community-based efforts, local activists and food advocates are finding ways to improve community health and environmental outcomes while creating a more economically equitable food system.

It is within this context that this report identifies opportunities to transform jobs in the green economy and enhance environmental and economic equity outcomes in the future.

The initial analysis promises opportunities for workers to build long-term skills, and emphasizes the importance of linking local efforts to broader regional and national policy platforms. This multi-level engagement and collaboration will help set in motion the systemic changes needed to create a more sustainable and equitable food system.

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Best Practices in Green Re-Entry Strategies

Green For All thanks the 2010 Pathways Out of Poverty Re-entry Working Group for their contributions to the development and production of this report. Find out about the Working Group members’ leading programs that realize the strategies we present to successfully transition workers from incarceration, back into the workforce.

To learn more about how the green economy can offer pathways out of poverty, sign up for Green For All’s Community of Practice newsletter.

"The B’more Green Program … provided me with an opportunity for a fresh start in the real world." - Ketorus Gooding

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High Road Outcomes in Portland’s Energy Efficiency Upgrade Pilot

In Portland, Oregon Green For All has been helping implement Recovery Act-funded programs that create high-quality jobs for people who really need them. With a clear-eyed commitment to high-road outcomes Portland has leveraged the collective expertise of its community to produce results.

The City has just completed a 500-home energy efficiency pilot and is leading the launch of a state-wide effort to upgrade 6,000 homes over the next three years. The pilot program used $1.1 million of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) formula funds to seed a revolving loan fund for home energy remodels. The loan fund leveraged additional public and private investment to spur nearly $7 million in private homeowner investment. This brief report highlights the impact of that investment in terms of high-quality job creation, equitable hiring, inclusive business opportunities, standardized training, and energy conservation.

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