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New Membership Continues

We hope that everyone had a wonderful President’s Day weekend.  With seasonable temperatures, a little bit of sunshine, and even a little fresh snow, it was a great weekend to get out and enjoy Vermont’s mountains.  Now that we’re back in the office, it’s time to let everyone know about some amazing new member businesses: Kathrin Griegel Business Consulting and West Coast Expeditions.

Kathrin Griegel Business Consulting, owned by Kathrin Griegel, is a Frankfurt-based Consulting Company that provides sales support for entrepreneurs in search of new customers. Kathrin has 10 years of experience in marketing and sales. Her goal is to spread the idea that selling products and services does not have anything to do with forcing customers to buy.  “I really want to empower entrepreneurs to believe that you can be really successful in sales when you are using the right methods that correspond to your values and your experience. I offer day coaching to find out which sales strategy fits each individual entrepreneur best. It feels great to work with enthusiastic startups and see how their business grows and how quick they loose their fear of selling when they feel comfortable with their role as a sales person.”

Kathrin Greigel Business Consulting will be a wonderful resource for entrepreneurs in our network and beyond.  When the right sales techniques are blended with an emphasis on social and environmental sustainability, everyone has a lot to gain.  We welcome Kathrin to the network and are excited by the growing interest we are seeing from Germany based businesses.

Based in Courtenay, British Columbia, West Coast Expeditions is a marine ecology tour company with decades of experience.  West Coast Expeditions connects active minds and bodies with refreshing experiences on British Columbia’s rugged west coast. They do this specifically through sea kayaking and marine ecology tours in Kyuquot, a remote and little known gem off Northwestern Vancouver Island.  They are located beside British Columbia’s largest marine Ecological Reserve and share waters with Canada’s most dense population of sea otters.  Focused in this area for over 40 years, the wilderness retreat and tours are about the health and well being of their guests, the people of Kyuquot, and the area’s rich ecosystems and cultural landscape.

“We are excited to join the 1% for the Planet network – as a small ecotourism business it’s a natural fit and simply feels right:  West Coast Expeditions has long contributed more than 1% of gross revenues toward marine stewardship and wilderness conservation in coastal BC.  As part of the 1% for the Planet family, we will deepen our support for the vital work of the Wilderness Tourism Association of BC, Georgia Strait Alliance, Watershed Sentinel, BC Nature, Ecojustice Canada, and David Suzuki Foundation.  The threats and pressures to coastal environments seem greater than ever.  Our youngest guide, Morgan (age 5), succinctly makes the case: “I love nature and I don’t want it to ever, ever die.”  We feel privileged to offer wilderness experiences and financial support that helps to further embed Morgan’s innocently necessary wisdom in peoples’ hearts, minds, and actions.”

At the 1% office, we spent some time – maybe a little too much time – salivating over the amazing trips that West Coast Expeditions offer.  Hopefully we’ll have the opportunity to get out and visit in the near future.  We love what these guys are doing and are thrilled to have them in the network!  Keep up the good work.

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