Posts Tagged ‘small business’

Top 5 Reasons to Go to the Green Festival!

Friday, May 11th, 2012

1. The Green Kids Zone!

This photo of the Chicago Green Festival can’t even capture all the fun being had:

- Artterro bookmaking project       – Story Time Yoga

- Hula hoops & balance boards     – Delicious snacks from Cliffbar

- Two very different petting zoos (one with fuzzy bunnies and one with less fuzzy millipedes, roaches, worms and tarantulas!)

2. Scary Styrofoam Monster!

It’s huge, right?  Actually, this big, unfriendly giant is made up of only a fraction of the Styrofoam containers that the New York city school system uses Every Single Day.  Now that is scary.  But it also seems like something that would be easy to fix, if enough people speak out about it.  The Green Festival is a great place to learn about problems while simultaneously brainstorming solutions and making connections with others who want to help.

3. Delicious Organic/ Fairtrade/ Handmade/ Heirloom/ Raw/ Nutritious FOOD!

There was something for everyone in Chicago, from raw lemon bars to vegan lasagna.  I think we sampled every brand of fair trade chocolate known to man.  Yum.

4. The message of “Less Consumerism and Better Consumerism.”

So many of us buy more than we need, wasting money, resources and space.  Events like the Green Festival remind us of the cost of excessive consumerism, and also give us great alternatives to consider.  Some of our favorites from the festival are Mata Traders for gorgeous fair trade dresses and accessories handcrafted by a women’s cooperative in India, Malia Designs for beautiful bags and wallets that support organizations dedicated to ending human trafficking, and Cliffbar, one of the event’s sponsors and a great green business role model.

5. Meeting future leaders of the Green Movement:Seeing so many kids running around the Green Festival, learning about their world and what they can do to protect it from harm, is so inspiring and hopeful!  These kids will grow up very aware of the challenges we face and they’ll have the tools they need to think of CREATIVE solutions!

Thanks to everyone at Green Festivals for organizing a wonderful event and inviting us to be a part of it.  You inspire us!

Inspiring Girls to Dream Big!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

We hosted some delightful visitors this week.  Two of Forrest’s neighbors, Destiny and Claire, took two days out of their busy schedules to be volunteer entrepreneurs at Artterro.

Our ambitious and enterprising volunteers.

They learned the ins and outs of running a small business: taking orders, packaging and shipping product, making samples for store displays and, since this is the 21st century, blogging!  We armed them with a camera and notepad, and as you’ll see, they took great behind-the-scene shots and made some very interesting observations.  Without further ado, I present this entry from our guest bloggers, Destiny and Claire.

Writing and editing this post.

At the Artterro headquarters there are lots of hardworking people, making an effort to sell good products to you.

Hard workers

Shipping

They have lots of unique strategies for packing and shipping art kits to different stores.

The awesome kits in their boxes.

They use all natural products, including wood, glass, shell, bone, and seed beads.

Wonderful, natural beads.

Each of Artterro’s art kits has a basic design, but lots of different ways to switch it up and be creative yourself.  There are lot of different ways to express your creativity in art with Artterro’s art kits.  You can make something for your garden, with a garden art kit, or make a neat pattern in your jeans with natural felt.

Natural Felt

You could even add a nice colorful touch to your car by designing something  from a creativity kit to hang from the mirror.  Artterro sends their costumers samples with their orders, so that people in the stores can see how to make it.

Different Samples

More possibilities

A big thank you to Destiny and Claire for visiting our office, helping us make some beautiful samples and sharing their inspiring ideas.  We hope they had so much fun they’ll start their own businesses someday.   We also hope to invite many more girls to explore our office in the future.  The next generation of women needs to know that owning a business is a fun and creative challenge well within their reach.

Tell us in the comments if you have any ideas on how to encourage entrepreneurship in young women.  Let’s make it happen!