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Starting Your Own Sustainable Business

MGMT-301-DE

Dates TBD: The full course may be taken for credit or non-credit. Students may also choose to attend individual weeks non-credit.

Five-week Course

Are you interested in starting your own business? Do you want to grow your current business? In this 5-week experience, you will work with Roxanne Quimby, founder of Burt’s Bees, and Sarah Lozanova, a sought-after sustainable business consultant, to be inspired and engaged in finding ways to jumpstart your own business. Ms. Quimby will be available for several live call-in Q&A sessions throughout the course, and will award start-up grants to the business plans that have the most promise!

MGMT-301-DE: Creating a Healthy Hive: Start your own Sustainable Business

This course is ideal for:

  • Those interested in starting their own business
  • Experienced entrepreneurs who want to learn more about running a sustainable business

Ways to engage in this course:

All 5 Topics:

Not for credit

$700

Access to all course content

Live Q&A with Roxanne Quimby

Exclusive Podcasts from Roxanne Quimby

Earn the Sustainable Business Plan Badge

All 5 Topics:

Earn 3 College Credits

$1,410

Earn 3 College Credits

Access to all course content

Live Q&A with Roxanne Quimby

Exclusive Podcasts from Roxanne Quimby

Opportunity to compete for start-up funds

Earn the Sustainable Business Plan Badge

Choose Any Topic!

Take a weekly module

$150

Access to the week’s course content

Live Q&A with Roxanne Quimby

Exclusive Podcasts from Roxanne Quimby

Sustainable Business Foundational Badge

Earn the Sustainable Business Plan Badge

By completing this five-week course, students obtain the Sustainable Business Plan badge, which can be displayed on your LinkedIn profile. Badges from Unity College are verified through Acclaim / Credly.

Weekly Business Modules:

By the end of the course you will:

  1. Identify essential business and management skills required to be a successful entrepreneur
  2. Create a basic business plan with cost and revenue projections
  3. Identify a sustainable business niche after conducting market research and create an origin story
  4. Present business concept and receive feedback
  5. Conduct and evaluate industry research and marketing research

About the Instructors:

Roxanne Quimby

Roxanne Quimby was born in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1950. Growing up in the northeast, she moved to San Francisco CA to attend San Francisco Art Institute and graduated with a BFA in 1973.

Radicalized by the social upheaval of the late sixties, Roxanne joined the “back to the land movement”, described by Helen and Scott Nearing and others, and moved to Maine to lead a self-sufficient lifestyle removed from mainstream America. Without the amenities of electricity and running water, living in a hand-built cabin in a forest setting, Roxanne learned many simple but immutable lessons Mother Nature has to offer.

Those lessons served Roxanne well as shaped her vision of simply packaged, hand made personal care products created from the fruits of the earth, many of which she grew in her garden and wildcrafted in the woods around her. Those products came to be known as Burt’s Bees, a fast-growing nationally recognized brand in the HBA sector (health and beauty aids).

Roxanne retired as CEO of Burt’s Bees in 2004 and has been an active environmentalist, part-time farmer, and aspiring pastry chef during these last 15 years. She looks forward to sharing her story with students, entrepreneurs and environmental activists from all walks of life.

Sarah Lozanova

Sarah Lozanova has worked as a consultant, helping corporations become more sustainable by making sourcing improvements, energy efficiency upgrades, and waste reduction initiatives. Her experience in renewable energy includes work with small-scale solar energy installations and utility-scale wind farms. Sarah has been an environmental journalist and copywriter for over a decade, and her writing appears in Mother Earth LivingGreen BuilderSolar Today, Home PowerWindpower Engineering, and Green Business Quarterly. Currently, Sarah is writing a book entitled, “The Humane Home: 50 Ideas for Living with Nature” for Princeton Architectural Press. Sarah has been an adjunct professor for Unity College since 2016, teaching environmental business courses.

She holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio Graduate School and a BA in environmental studies from the University of Oregon. Sarah lives at Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage in midcoast Maine.