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Small Business Saturday 2020

Small Business Saturday is an American shopping tradition held annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Get a head start on your holiday shopping by supporting your favorite small businesses on November 24th!

  Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving? We can’t! This year, among many things, has felt paradoxical—time flying one minute and standing still the next. But despite the unforeseen circumstances of 2020, a major theme that's been consistently present is the resilience among people and institutions in the face of challenges. One area where this resilience is apparent is in the support of small businesses. Whether a local restaurant, unique consignment shop, or small town bakery, there have been numerous examples of communities coming together to support the businesses they love most...even amidst a global pandemic. And, this makes sense when 99.9 percent of businesses in the U.S.— 30.7 million to be exact—fall into this category and contribute to keeping our economy healthy. However, as winter sets in across the country, and COVID-19 cases rise, it’s important to not lose sight of the momentum behind supporting small businesses before, through, and after the holidays, even if that support looks a little different this year. Moreover, it’s worth noting: some small business owners, while grateful for the influx of support, have also struggled to keep up with mountains of new orders or expanding their supply chain, especially if their products are handmade, require customization, or are created with specialty ingredients or parts.  That’s why, it’s important to support these business owners with patience and proactivity top of mind—Shopping earlier this year and giving small store owners the space, understanding, and time necessary to fill your order within the constraints of their business and resources.  This coming week marks the 10th annual Small Business Saturday, but is still happening to call attention to the importance of shopping at small businesses, which, no matter what year it is, happens to be the backbone of our local communities and national economy. So be sure to keep reading for why you should support small business, a few sustainability tips to keep in mind while shopping in-person or online, and a roundup of local businesses to support in key markets (plus, a map for how to #ShopSmall in your area).

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5 Sustainability Headlines You May Have Missed

In the midst of a variety of news stories, it’s easy to have missed some of the smaller, more positive stories in the sustainability sector. Thankfully, this is where RoadRunner has you covered! In our latest blog post, we’re rounding up some of the latest sustainability news you should know and highlighting helpful takeaways from each article in hopes of inspiring your business to get involved as well!

 

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How to Celebrate Sustainability This Week & Beyond

Celebrate Sustainability Day (Week & Month) with us by reading our blog post to learn what sustainability is, why you should care, how to get involved, and what businesses and individuals alike can do to make a difference for themselves and the world.

 

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6 Practices for an Eco-friendly Business Environment

Businesses have an excellent opportunity to focus on iterating on old ideas and introducing new practices to improve the health of their organization. Read our post to pick up tips for integrating environmentally-friendly practices into your business to help create a healthier environment while driving corporate success!

 

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6 Ways to Improve Facility Management Operations

Successful facility managers focus on introducing optimization into their roles whether it's through upgrading company assets to boost efficiency, or working with innovative waste haulers to improve waste and recycling operations. Read the post to learn six top tips for driving long-term facility management success.

  With over 5.6 million commercial buildings in the United States, many people, employees and consumers alike, expect facilities to be sustainable—through energy conservation, solid waste management and recycling, and resource conservation, to name a few. But what many people don’t realize is that a sustainable business cannot be achieved without efficient facility management. Facility management sounds exactly like what it is: A professional management discipline rooted mainly in the efficient and sustainable delivery of services and facility improvements within the buildings being managed.

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How COVID-19 Has Revealed Unsustainable Business Practices

As the world starts to reopen, many companies have been reflecting on the past few months and preparing their plan for what business will look like on the other side of COVID-19. In this blog post, we discuss how COVID-19 has shed light on wasteful business practices, and how companies can use this time to reveal opportunities for adjustment and innovation to create a better, new normal as they return to business!

  As the world starts to reopen, many companies have been reflecting on the past few months and preparing their plan for what business will look like on the other side of COVID-19. No company could have predicted the challenges presented by the virus, but one silver lining to come from this crisis is the ability for organizations to slow down and recognize opportunities to evolve traditional business activities and drive lasting change. For many businesses, the pandemic has brought along its own unforeseen challenges, but has also highlighted areas for adaptation and growth—especially in areas that impact sustainability. In this blog post, we discuss how COVID-19 has shed light on wasteful business practices, and how companies can use this time to reveal opportunities for adjustment and innovation to create a better, new normal as they return to business! Continue reading to learn more.

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