Topics We Explored:
- How running a business may not always be about finding financial success, but about how you can use your business as a powerful message to shift the culture for the better
- Why protecting your ideas – especially as a creative person – is crucial for protecting the integrity of your products
- How you can cooperate with competitors and network to bring about better business and more positive connections
- Why starting a business has changed since Sharon started hers over 30 years ago
- How using your financial metrics to set boundaries and figure out how to open up your ideas can be beneficial for the growth of your business
“Business is not about being independent, it’s about being interdependent. Everybody is relying on everybody else.” – Sharon Rowe (Tweet this)
Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
- Sharon Rowe
- The Magic of Tiny Business by Sharon Rowe
- Mr. Money Mustache
- Vanessa Van Edwards: How to Succeed with People (Even/Especially If You’re Awkward) (Episode 157)
- Seth Godin
About Sharon Rowe:
Sharon Rowe is the founder and CEO of Eco-Bags Products, started in 1989. She is considered a pioneer of the reusable bag movement and has been featured in Time Magazine, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio. ECOBAGS products are sold internationally and have been featured on the Oprah Show.
Sharon speaks regularly on social entrepreneurship; how to integrate your “why” into the “how” of building a profitable, aligned impact business that fits your life. Her book, The Magic Of Tiny Business, will be released in May 2018 by Berrett Koehler and is available for pre-order on Amazon. Seth Godin, Author of Linchpin has endorsed the book with “This is a powerful book–Tiny is mighty. Sharon Rowe’s simple shift in thinking is a profound idea, precisely what we need to hear.”
Sharon is the recipient of awards such as Enterprising Woman Award, Westchester Business Council Entrepreneur of the Year and the Woman’s Economic Development Center – Lilian Vernon Award. Her business, Eco-Bags Products has received recognition as “Best for the World Overall” by B Corporation for the past four years for meeting and exceeding stringent social and environmental criteria. She’s active in the Social Venture Network, BCorporation, Women’s President’s Organization and serves on the governing board of the Westchester Collaborative Theatre.
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Ina Greenfield says
Sharon, You are such a natural speaker with good common sense about busines
and maintaining your private life and commitments.
I enjoyed the talk and will refer to others who might
benefit from your experience. I like that you don’t employ rhetoric and boost
art and creativity. What a great bias.
Charley Gilkey is a good interviewer who gets at the pith.
Met Julie for a walk along the river.
Viva Eco-bags! I loved those string bags and brought them home
from Europe in the 1970s. A grand obsession about which
you had the big idea. Hope to see you soon. Regards and Kudos.