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Chicago Tribune:

Going green is a hot topic among businesses these days.

In fact, many companies, from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to Hewlett-Packard Co., have changed the way they do business in an effort to be more environmentally conscious.

But what can a small business with limited dollars do to help make a difference? Plenty, say experts. It just takes commitment to the cause.

Start small. First, don’t bite off more than you can chew. Set realistic goals and start small, experts say. This way you won’t feel like it is such a drain on your resources.

Look inward. Tap your employees for ideas on how the company can become more environmentally friendly.

Take baby steps. You would be surprised how many simple ways you can give back.

For example, when your office cleaning supplies run out, start replacing them with green, non-toxic organic products. Do the same with hand/liquid soaps in your office bathroom and kitchen. You can find them in most supermarkets or online.

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