How to maintain a green business and save your company money!

Everyone from small businesses to major corporations are discovering new ways to conserve energy, stay green and most importantly SAVE money! Major cities like Los Angeles are even catering to their small businesses by changing their light bulbs to more energy-efficient bulbs which is most definitely changing the community for the better. Although your home is important because you spend quite a bit of down time there, your work site or business is just as important to maintain. These tips will make you an energy-efficient guru in no time and save your company, small business or work site tons of money. Why not get one step closer to getting that new equipment you need or that promotion you’ve been eyeing.

  • *BYOC= Bring you own cup! The simplest way to save money is to look around your staff room. Take a week to ween your staff off of those cheap plastic, paper and styrofoam cups. Just because you got them i bulk doesn’t mean that you are actually saving. People tend to abuse disposable products, which will have you shelling out twice as much at the store. If your don’t buy them your staff will take the hint and bring their own mug. Your saving the planet and encouraging responsibility. Make it fun and highlight the employee with the wackiest cup, and see how many people you have clamoring to find their best coffee cup.
  • *Email you memos! If you can email your memos instead of printing them, this will cut down on the paper in the waste bin and make it easier for your staff to communicate replies. Keep a paper recycling bin for old memos and other paper work…
    Turn it off! When you’re not using an electronic be sure to turn the settings to sleep, which will conserve your PC’s energy and save your company money. You may not know it but all those CPU’s being drawn from the one central energy source in your building or suite is creating a monster of an energy bill.
  • *Open your mouth! Just because you’re sitting in your office chair, doesn’t mean it’s okay to page your co-worker 2 inches from you. It may not be your phone bill per se, however it’s coming out of your check. Plus, it’s always a lot better to save the energy it takes to dial a few buttons when you can just turn around and open your mouth. 🙂
  • *I See The Elevator! Of course, there’s a big shiny elevator…but it’s also good to use the stairs. What are you gonna do when it breaks down the morning you’re heading to the bathroom? Practice now for later…take the stairs now and then.

I hope these tips help you to become more savvy around the office and abroad!

Find a City Market near you and Save Money!

I can’t stress how beneficial it is to patronize your local produce stands and Farmer’s markets in Kansas City.

It not only gives back, however it saves you hundreds of dollars monthly in produce. In previous articles I’ve taught you how to store your food to make it last for weeks without molding, now you can get fresher produce and not have to stop at a grocery store because all your tomatoes are rotten, right when you need to make the kids a sandwich.

Thanks to companies like Chipotle (who patronize local city markets in the area and prepare menu items from scratch) we now can use the ultimate cheat sheet to our City markets in Kansas City. Just go to Chipotle’s website and Click on Farmer’s Markets to find local markets in Lee’s Summit, Independence, Kansas City and Shawnee!

I’ve found markets in places I’d never thought of and I can’t wait to fill the tank up, get summer squash and my favorites in harvest season! When you cut out the middle man you cut off excess taxes that are applied on the register and you get pesticide-free produce for your family. Here’s a List of City Markets Near Kansas City.

North Union Farmers Market Westlake Ohio
Highland Farmers Market Denver Colorado
The Market at Belmar Lakewood Colorado
Highlands Ranch Farmers Market Highlands Ranch Colorado
South Pearl Street Farmers Market Denver Colorado
Ohio Valley Greenmarket Cincinnati Ohio
North Union Farmers Market Chagrin Falls Ohio
Arvada Farmers Market Arvada Colorado
Broomfield Farmers Market at Holy Comforter Broomfield Colorado
21 Fitzsimons Farmers Market Aurora Colorado
Aspen Grove Farmers Market Littleton Colorado
Wheat Ridge Farmers Market Wheat Ridge Colorado
Tower Grove Farmers’ Market St. Louis Missouri
Overland Park Farmers Market Overland Park Kansas
Olathe Farmers Market Olathe Kansas
Lowry Farmers Market Lowry Colorado
Southwest Plaza Farmers Market Littleton Colorado
Downtown Lee’s Summit Farmers Market Lee’s Summit Missouri
Lawrence Farmer’s Market Lawrence Kansas
River Market Farmers Market Kansas City Missouri
Brookside Organic Market Kansas City Missouri
KC Organics at Redbridge Kansas City Missouri
Independence Farmers Market Independence Missouri
Golden Farmers Market Golden Colorado
Highland Farmers Market Denver Colorado
North Market Farmers Market Columbus Ohio
Boulder Farmers Market Boulder Colorado
Findlay Market Cincinnati Ohio
Scioto Mile Market Columbus Ohio
Highland Farmers Market Denver Colorado
North Union Farmers Market Cleveland Ohio
Findlay Market Cincinnati Ohio
West Seattle Farmers Market Seattle Washington
Findlay Market Cincinnati Ohio
Portland Farmers Market Portland Oregon
Davis Square Farmers Market Somerville Massachusetts
Easton Town Center Market Columbus Ohio
North Union Farmers Market Cleveland Ohio
Copley Square Farmers Market Boston Massachusetts
Westford Farmers Market Westford Massachusetts
Countryside Farmers Market at Howe Meadow Penninsula Ohio
Highland Farmers Market Denver Colorado
Findlay Market Cincinnati Ohio
Berkeley Farmer’s Market Berkeley California
Hollywood Farmers Market Hollywood California
Findlay Market Cincinnati Ohio
Central Square Farmers Market Cambridge Massachusetts
Easton Town Center Market Columbus Ohio
Highland Farmers Market Denver Colorado
Findlay Market Cincinnati Ohio
Findlay Market Cincinnati Ohio
Davis Square Farmers Market Somerville Massachusetts
Countryside Farmers Market at Highland Square Cuyahoga Ohio
Highland Farmers Market Denver Colorado
Findlay Market Cincinnati Ohio
Green City Market Chicago Illinois
Findlay Market Cincinnati Ohio
Highland Farmers Market Denver Colorado
Findlay Market Cincinnati Ohio
Findlay Market Cincinnati Ohio
Old Town Farmers Market Scottsdale Arizona
Highland Farmers Market Denver Colorado
Findlay Market Cincinnati Ohio
Findlay Market Cincinnati Ohio
Roadrunner Park Farmers Market Phoenix Arizona
Highland Farmers Market Denver Colorado
Findlay Market Cincinnati Ohio
Findlay Market Cincinnati Ohio
North Market Farmers Market Columbus Ohio
Tower Grove Farmers’ Market St. Louis Missouri

Granite City Rocks!

There is much to be said about “Granite City Restaurant and Brewery” located near The Legends Shopping Center in Kansas City, Kansas. For Starters the decor is low-key and comfortable, the hard wood and table accents make for a beautiful dining experience. There a main area as well as a full bar with some delicious signature drinks. The Kitchen and the main dining areas are separated by a mere glass wall, which makes for an all inclusive experience and the wait staff are speedy and profesional. The best part is the stylish brewery located just on the south wall of the restaurant, there’s dozens of beers to choose from and membership deals as well. I’m not a beer drinker but all the diners seemed to have a few samples on thier tables’.

I ordered The Chicken Alfredo  which was creamy and smooth, not too salty like most cheese sauces and tried their tangy Original Margarita, which was pretty smooth. Happy hour is in full effct with a 4$ drink menu and tasty bar food. I’d recommend going early for a more intimate dinner and less noise but I’d give this restaurant 3 1/2 Spoons out of 5! Enjoy Granite City!