I had the most fantastic talk with Nancy Sternberg, the Program Manager for Business.gov, last Friday. They’ve just launched a green version of the site, and her excitement and enthusiasm are contagious. With 26 million small businesses in the U.S., Nancy Sternberg looks at the green version of Business.gov as 26 million opportunities to help business owners reach their environmental goals.
The site was mapped from taking regular polls of their users, which helped the designers recognize that there is a ton of environmental information out there, but that it’s difficult to find, and it gets confusing. Someone coming fresh into this sustainability process may not have a clue where to even start.
Business.gov is all about pushing out relevant, trustworthy, environmental information. The site is the culmination of the efforts of a cross-governmental team, and is all the green information from 22 government agencies put together in a single face.
This is also one of the best-laid sites that I’ve seen. It’s filled with real content and information that is easily searched. They have federal and state listings of grants, loans and tax incentives; they have Environmental regulations, listings for Green certifications, marketing advice, and Energy Efficiency guides with both general and industry specific information. If you’re a construction contractor you can click here for your volume, if you’re a restaurant owner, everything you wanted to know is here. There are many other industries covered so if you’re looking for a reference guide, Business.gov is the place to look.
The team behind Business.gov wants to keep this momentum going and will be bringing in fresh information every two weeks. They also want to keep the information flowing, so they will be sending our Green Business News team regular updates and content, so you’ll always have the latest news and developments at your keyboard.
Please read more at Business.Gov, and of course, keep checking back here for the latest developments.