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In honor of National Small Business Week, we thought we'd get some facts out there: In the U.S., 27 million small businesses create more than 60% of all new jobs, and drive a great deal of innovation. Seventh Generation started as a small business more than 20 years ago, and I was one of its first employees. I remember a lot of hard work and sacrifice from people who believed in creating a green alternative to conventional cleaning products. That kind of dedication is pretty typical in start-ups and other small businesses. So here's what we'd like to do to celebrate with you: Reply to this post with a paragraph or two about your own small business. Tell us what makes it tick. What makes it different. Why you give your soul to it. And we'll pick five Nation members at random to receive a free Office Starter Kit filled with our great Free & Clear cleaning products.
Geoff the Inkslinger and his Dog

The Inkslinger has written about environmental issues for over 20 years and is a freelance writer for some of America's most iconoclastic companies and non-profits. His true loves include nature, music of the Americana/rock and roll variety, interior design, books, old things, good stories, pagan rituals, and his wife of 24 years, with whom he lives in an undisclosed chemical-free rural Vermont location along with his teenage daughter and two infinitely hilarious Australian shepherds!