3 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Inside and Outside of the Office

Just because you’re stuck at work doesn’t mean you can’t give back to good ol’ mother nature. Our friends from MyCorporation.com have three super easy ways for you to make a difference this Earth Day.

Tuesday April 22nd can only mean one thing this year – the celebration of Earth Day! Having started in 1970, Earth Day has since become a global event for more than 192 countries throughout the world as a means to honor the environment and the planet as a whole. And even if you don’t consider your business to be considered traditionally “green” don’t worry – you can still join in on the big day and make a point to change how your office saves on energy and helps out in the local area!

Utilize your electronics.

Even the infamous Apple logo at Apple stores throughout the country will be green for a day! There is hardly a reason today to be printing out hundreds of pieces of paper each day. Giving a presentation? Use a PowerPoint slideshow and have people follow along on their laptops or smartphones through a webinar. Jot notes on your phone instead of on a notepad and turn down the brightness settings on your phone and laptop alike to further conserve more battery life and power.

Spell out the basics of recycling.

It’s amazing how many companies don’t have a recycling bin in the office, let alone sort the different types of recyclable products. First things first – get a big blue bin, and then get a couple extra to keep in highly frequented parts of your office. Label each bin with “plastic,” “glass,” “metal,” and “paper.” These labels should help make the sorting easy on you, and your coworkers alike, to get into the habit of recycling on a daily basis.

Check out what’s going on in your community.

Last, but definitely not least, get outside of the office. It’s not too late to organize a team building activity in the community that will not only bring your employees closer together, but will do some greater good for the area in honor of Earth Day as well! Check out what’s going on in terms of giving back with local non-profits, or check with your city’s local Chamber of Commerce to see if they have any options available. And if you plan ahead in advance and schedule a day out with your team, helping to build homes with Habitat for Humanity is another wonderful option if you want to tackle this project on a larger scale and give back not just to the Earth, but to some of its inhabitants who are in need too!

Deborah Sweeney is the CEO of MyCorporation.com. MyCorporation is a leader in online legal filing services for entrepreneurs and businesses, providing start-up bundles that include corporation and LLC formation, registered agent, DBA, and trademark & copyright filing services. MyCorporation does all the work, making the business formation and maintenance quick and painless, so business owners can focus on what they do best. Follow her on Google+ and on Twitter @mycorporation.

 

Homegrown in Durham Kicks Off

The startup community in Durham, NC is one of the fastest growing startup hubs in the country. It is also the place Shoeboxed calls home. Homegrown in Durham is an initiative started by Shoeboxed to help other small businesses grow, succeed and thrive.

At Shoeboxed we’re developing a platform to help build and grow small businesses, starting with their receipts. Our ambitious goal is to have a hand in creating more small businesses by alleviating the time and headache surrounding accounting and bookkeeping.

The need for services like Shoeboxed is increasingly felt in our hometown of Durham, NC where an economic and social revitalization has led to a record number of small businesses. There is still much room for growth though. Seeing the struggle firsthand and knowing the potential impact we can make has led Shoeboxed to start our “Homegrown in Durham” initiative.

85920741We couldn’t be prouder to call ourselves a “Homegrown in Durham” company and wish to help other small businesses in the Triangle (Durham, Chapel Hill & Raleigh) succeed by supplying them with the best benefits Shoeboxed has to offer.

Our commitment to creating new businesses is two-fold. We also want to have a hand in shaping the next generation of potential entrepreneurs. And for that reason, we pledge 10% of the money from “Homegrown in Durham” to be fueled back into the community through The Iron Yard.

The Iron Yard is a professional development, coding academy and co-working space devoted to cranking out the next generation of developers fit for stardom in the tech community.

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We wish for this money to help sponsor access to Iron Yard programs for individuals who do not have the means to enroll themselves. The potential is there, the problem is connecting the best possible resources with that potential though.

We hope that “Homegrown in Durham” can start to bridge this gap.

So what do you say Durham? Are you ready to grow business and entrepreneurship in Bull City? We are.

Find out how to get started on our Homegrown in Durham Page.

A Sneak Peek at Our New Mobile App

Big changes are coming to the Shoeboxed Receipt and Mileage Tracker app and you can be the first to try them out!

Coming soon to an iOS App Store near you: The Shoeboxed Receipt and Mileage Tracker – redesigned for the new world (iOS7) and complete with a whole new suite of features and tools.

But beauty is only skin deep, right? So aside from looking a lot better there will be a number of long requested and highly valuable features now available to users.

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Here are our favorites:

  1. Syncs all receipts & business cards, across all devices.
    If a receipt is available online, it will be available on your phone. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right?
  2. DIY data enter receipts from the phone.
    Whether you’re a DIY or paying user, you need a receipt in a pinch or we got something wrong – quickly and easily edit the receipt from the phone. No more ugly and buggy edit screens to deal with.
  3. Mileage receipts no longer have to go through data entry.
    We already have the information, why wait for the receipt to process? No longer! As soon as a trip is completed, the receipt and data is ready for all of your expensing needs!
  4. Switch between any Shoeboxed accounts you have access to.
    Log in once and you’re ready to go. No more restrictions on which accounts you can submit to on the go

We couldn’t be more excited – but we want your input too! If you want to be one of the lucky few beta testers, please enter your contact information below and we’ll be in touch soon for premiere access.