by Lisa Thompson
Do you have initiative? Do you like learning? Do you like finding innovative ways to solve problems? Then green entrepreneurship might be for you! The green market offers untapped potential for those willing to pursue their business ideas dauntlessly. And, as an emerging market, there is a lot of room for new businesses.
There are a lot of different approaches to green entrepreneurship, but many try to solve old problems in new ways. This may involve:
- reducing pollution or energy use
- generating energy from renewable sources
- creating products that use natural or fewer resources than conventional products
Starting your own business can be challenging and rewarding. Listen to what two green entrepreneurs—a solar panel installer and an energy-efficient schools program innovator—have to say about their business strategy and mindset:
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Being a “green” entrepreneur requires you to have the same basic skills as any entrepreneur. It’s also vital that you seek out the training and credentials you need and make sure your business meets regulatory requirements. In new and emerging fields, this can be a challenge because there aren’t always established training programs, and regulatory requirements can change.
- take entrepreneurship quizzes to see if you have what it take to run your own business
- get tips on how to discover your green idea
- read profiles of green businesses in Minnesota
- find links to resources that can help you start your green business