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Small Business Saturday

“It’s Small Business Saturday, a day in which people can show their appreciation for small businesses in their communities by choosing to #shopsmall.

Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods, of small businesses, in the country. Along Santa Fe Drive there are Fabric shops, glass shops, clothing boutiques, frame shops, tool shops, salons, barbershops, tattoo shops, gyms, studios, theaters, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, pizza shops, taco shops, breweries, bars, dog groomers, antique shops, wedding shops, small architecture firms, print shops, pot shops, and of course the most galleries per square block in Colorado. Have you been to the art district? #shoplocal, #shopsmall, #denverartdistrict, #artdistrictonsantafe” – https://www.facebook.com/ArtDistrictOnSantaFe?ref=hl

Since it is small business Saturday, a day that gives people the chance to show appreciation for small businesses in their community. People #shopsmall today at their favorite local shops and boutiques, salons and bars and restaurants, mom and pop, independently owned small businesses. we will be open today 9am – 4pm, come stop by the Denver Art District, the whole neighborhood is small businesses. #shopsmall, #myhairtrip, #myhairtripsalon, #momandpopshop, #independent, #smallbusiness, #salontrepreneurs – http://www.facebook.com/myhairtrip1

“Small businesses are normally privately owned corporations, partnerships, or sole proprietorships. What businesses are defined as “small” in terms of government support and tax policy varies depending on the country and industry. Small businesses range from 15 employees under the Australian Fair Work Act 2009, 50 employees according to the definition used by the European Union, and fewer than 500 employees to qualify for many U.S. Small Business Administration programs. However, in 2006 there were over 18,000 “small businesses” with over 500 employees that accounted for half of all the employees employed by all “small business”.[1][2] Small businesses can also be classified according to other methods such as sales, assets, or net profits.

Small businesses are common in many countries, depending on the economic system in operation. Typical examples include: convenience stores, other small shops (such as a bakery or delicatessen), hairdressers, tradesmen, lawyers, accountants, restaurants, guest houses, photographers, small-scale manufacturing, and online businesses, such as web design and programming, etc.

Characteristics of small businesses[edit] Researchers and analysts of small or owner-managed businesses generally behave as if nominal organizational forms (e.g., partnership, sole-trader or corporation) and the consequent legal and accounting boundaries of owner-managed firms are consistently meaningful. However, owner-managers often do not delineate their behavior to accord with the implied separation between their personal and business interests. Lenders also often contract around organizational (corporate) boundaries by seeking personal guarantees or accepting privately held assets as collateral.[3] Because of this behavior, researchers and analysts should reject the relevance of the organizational types and implied boundaries in many contexts relating to owner-managed firms. These include analyses that use traditional accounting disclosures, and studies that view the firm as defined by some formal organizational structure.

Size definitions[edit] The legal definition of “small business” varies by country and by industry. In the United States the Small Business Administration establishes small business size standards on an industry-by-industry basis, but generally specifies a small business as having fewer than 250 employees for manufacturing businesses and less than $7 million in annual receipts for most non manufacturing businesses.[2] The definition can vary by circumstance – for example, a small business having fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees with average annual wages below $50,000 qualifies for a tax credit under the health care reform bill Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[4]

The European Union generally defines a small business as one that has fewer than 50 employees. However, in Australia, a small business is defined by the Fair Work Act 2009 as one with fewer than 15 employees. By comparison, a medium sized business or mid-sized business has less than 500 employees in the US, and fewer than 200 in Australia.

In addition to number of employees, other methods used to classify small companies include annual sales (turnover), value of assets and net profit (balance sheet), alone or in a mixed definition. These criteria are followed by the European Union, for instance (headcount, turnover and balance sheet totals). Small businesses are usually not dominant in their field of operation.[5]

The table below serves as a useful guide to business size nomenclature.

Business Size definitions

AUS US EU
Minute/Micro 1-2 1-6 <10 Small <15 <250 <50 Medium <200 <500 <250 Large <500 <1000 <1000 Enterprise >500 >1000 >1000
• Most cells reflect size not defined in relevant legislation • Some definitions are multi-parameter, e.g., by industry, revenue, market share

Demographics[edit] According to a 2014 report by the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, 7.8 million businesses in the United States were owned or led by a women, representing 28.7% of overall business ownership.[6]

Franchise businesses[edit] Franchising is a way for small business owners to benefit from the economies of scale of the big corporation (franchiser). McDonald’s and Subway are examples of a franchise. The small business owner can leverage a strong brand name and purchasing power of the larger company while keeping their own investment affordable. However, some franchisees conclude that they suffer the “worst of both worlds” feeling they are too restricted by corporate mandates and lack true independence.It is an assumption that small business are just franchisees, but the truth is many franchisors are also small business, Although considered to be a successful way of doing business, literature has proved that there is a high failure rate in franchising as well, especially in UK, where a research identifies out of 1658 franchising companies operating in1984 only 601 remained existent 1998, a mere 36%.[7]

Retailers’ cooperative[edit] A retailers’ cooperative is a type of cooperative which employs economies of scale on behalf of its retailer members. Retailers’ cooperatives use their purchasing power to acquire discounts from manufacturers and often share marketing expenses. It is common for locally owned grocery stores, hardware stores and pharmacies to participate in retailers’ cooperatives. Ace Hardware, True Value, and NAPA are examples of a retailers’ cooperative.

Advantages of small business[edit]

One of the claimed advantages of small business owners is the ability to serve market niches not covered by mass production. Consider how many big corporations would be willing to deal with antiques such as the store in the picture.
A big business can be started at a very high cost and on a full-time basis. Small business is also well suited to internet marketing because it can easily serve specialized niches, something that would have been more difficult prior to the internet revolution which began in the late 1990s. Adapting to change is crucial in business and particularly small business; not being tied to any bureaucratic inertia, it is typically easier to respond to the marketplace quickly. Small business proprietors tend to be intimate with their customers and clients which results in greater accountability and maturity.

Independence is another advantage of owning a small business. One survey of small business owners showed that 38% of those who left their jobs at other companies said their main reason for leaving was that they wanted to be their own bosses.[citation needed] Freedom to operate independently is a reward for small business owners. In addition, many people desire to make their own decisions, take their own risks, and reap the rewards of their efforts. Small business owners have the satisfaction of making their own decisions within the constraints imposed by economic and other environmental factors.[8] However, entrepreneurs have to work for very long hours and understand that ultimately their customers are their bosses.

Several organizations, in the United States, also provide help for the small business sector, such as the Internal Revenue Service’s Small Business and Self-Employed One-Stop Resource.[9]

Small businesses (often carried out by family members) adjust quicker to the changing conditions, however they are closed to the absorption of new knowledge and employing new labour from outside.[10]

Problems faced by small businesses[edit] Small businesses often face a variety of problems related to their size. A frequent cause of bankruptcy is undercapitalization. This is often a result of poor planning rather than economic conditions – it is common rule of thumb that the entrepreneur should have access to a sum of money at least equal to the projected revenue for the first year of business in addition to his anticipated expenses. For example, if the prospective owner thinks that he will generate $100,000 in revenues in the first year with $150,000 in start-up expenses, then he should have not less than $250,000 available. Failure to provide this level of funding for the company could leave the owner liable for all of the company’s debt should he end up in bankruptcy court, under the theory of undercapitalization.

In addition to ensuring that the business has enough capital, the small business owner must also be mindful of contribution margin (sales minus variable costs). To break even, the business must be able to reach a level of sales where the contribution margin equals fixed costs. When they first start out, many small business owners underprice their products to a point where even at their maximum capacity, it would be impossible to break even. Cost controls or price increases often resolve this problem.

In the United States, some of the largest concerns of small business owners are insurance costs (such as liability and health), rising energy costs, taxes and tax compliance.[11] In the United Kingdom and Australia, small business owners tend to be more concerned with excessive governmental red tape.[12]

Contracting fraud has been an ongoing problem for small businesses in the United States. Small businesses are legally obligated to receive a fair portion (23 percent) of the total value of all the government’s prime contracts as mandated by the Small Business Act of 1953. Since 2002, a series of federal investigations have found fraud, abuse, loopholes and a lack of oversight in federal small business contracting, which has led to the diversion of billions of dollars in small business contracts to large corporations.

Another problem for many small businesses is termed the ‘Entrepreneurial Myth’ or E-Myth. The mythic assumption is that an expert in a given technical field will also be expert at running that kind of business. Additional business management skills are needed to keep a business running smoothly. Some of this misunderstanding arises from the failure to distinguish between small business managers as entrepreneurs or capitalists. While nearly all owner-managers of small firms are obliged to assume the role of capitalist, only a minority will act as entrepreneur.[13]

Still another problem for many small businesses is the capacity of much larger businesses to influence or sometimes determine their chances for success. Networking and social media has been used as a major tool by small business in UK, but most of them just use a scatter-gun approach in a desperate attempt to exploit the market which has proven to be on no success.[14] Over half of small firms lack a business plan. A Business plan is considered one of the most important factors for its success, business planning is associated with positivity in growth and if you are looking at funding most of them require a business plan, and this also serves as a strategic planning document which soon acts as a bible for decision making [15] An international trade survey reveals that British share of chamber business who are exporting rose from 32% in 2012 to 39% in 2013, although this may seem positive in reality the growth is slow as small business owners shy away from exporting due to perceived barriers. Learning the basics of a foreign language could be the solution to open new markets doors, it is a reality that not all foreign nations speak English. China is stated to grow by 7.6% in 2013 and still sadly 95% of business owners who want to export to china have no desire and no knowledge to learn their local language. [16]

Small business bankruptcy[edit] When small business fails, the owner may file bankruptcy. In most cases this can be handled through a personal bankruptcy filing.[citation needed] Corporations can file bankruptcy, but if it is out of business and valuable corporate assets are likely to be repossessed by secured creditors there is little advantage to going to the expense of a corporate bankruptcy.[citation needed] Many states offer exemptions for small business assets so they can continue to operate during and after personal bankruptcy.[citation needed] However, corporate assets are normally not exempt, hence it may be more difficult to continue operating an incorporated business if the owner files bankruptcy.[citation needed] Researchers have examined small business failures in some depth, with attempts to model the predictability of failure.[17] [18]

Small Business Loan Programs and Debt Financing[edit] The Suppliers Pay Initiative expansion program announced by the White House and Small Business Administration in 2014, November 17, demonstrated a commitment to strengthen the small business sector and increase the hiring of workers. A further 21 companies have joined the pledge adopted by 26 companies previously in July, designed to ensure suppliers from smaller businesses are paid faster. The initiative is intended to provide them with working capital at a more affordable cost, thereby reducing short-term borrowing costs and enabling more resources, to be directed towards investment in their business growth and increased hiring of workers.

The SBA assist small business owners with various financing programs, offered by Federal, state and local governments, designed to provide low-interest loans, venture capital, as well as scientific and economic development grants. The programs are flexible with specified qualifications for each one. The Small Business Administration can assist owners in facilitating a loan, from a guaranteed bond, a third party lender, or venture capital.

Although the SBA does not lend directly to small businesses, it does determine guidelines for loans made by its financial partners, for example; community development organizations, established lenders and micro-lending institutions. Guarantees are given by the SBA that the loans will be repaid, eliminating partial risk to their lending partners. When a small business owner makes application for an SBA loan, they are in effect applying for a commercial loan, but structured to meet SBA requirements and supported by an SBA guarantee. This guaranteed loan facility from the SBA is not available to small business owners who have access to other financing sources, on reasonable terms. Facts related to small business financing facilities indicate that approximately 56% percent of small businesses owners utilize traditional financing, for example; bank line credit, mortgage loan, or a leasing facility. A further about 39% has made use of their personal credit cards for business purposes, while 28 % used business credit cards! The dominant provider of external financing to small business enterprises, are commercial banks, to the extent of 37%.[19]

Small Business Financial Factors[edit] Business finance became influences in the lives of pioneers and adventurers in the 17th and 18th centuries, who challenged the elements to create new and better lifestyles. In 19th century America, small homesteads spread quickly across the vast frontier with small farms being established and various economic principles adopted that were associated with the individual enterprise. As the populations increased in the towns and cities, the importance and influence of these economic principles assumed greater importance, with the desire to own a business expanding, to include various craftsmen, professionals and trading merchants.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Business Employment Dynamics, approximately two-thirds of new businesses with employees, generally survive a minimum of 2 years, with about 50% surviving at least 5 years. As a natural progression, following the initial volatile years of a business operation, the rate of survival attains a higher level. Finance is a critical influence in the survival factor of businesses, which has not experienced significant change over the years and remaining relatively unaffected by a negative economy. Statistics from BLS, Business Employment Dynamics, show that new businesses started in the expanding economies of 1995 and 2005, or before the downturn in 2000 and immediately following this downturn, experienced almost identical survival ratios.

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) revealed there are 28 million small business enterprises in America, with a comparative ratio of 1162 to 1 corporation! This is enhanced by the fact that between 60% and 80% of new jobs created, are derived from small businesses. It must however, be taken into account that these statistics will fluctuate as some small businesses expand to a degree and become classified as large organizations. A further and influencing factor is the creation of new, small businesses, which from 1999 to 2000, accounted for 75 percent of all new jobs and by 2010, for 75% net of new jobs in the USA. The SBA found from more recent studies that when compared to larger companies, generally, a small business will depend more on the capital injected by the owner than that provided by external debt. One factor is that the cost incurred from borrowed money is significantly higher for small businesses than larger operations.

The contribution made by small businesses to the United States payroll is 44%; researches indicate the small business workforce in America, numbering about 77 million people, ranks the 17th most populous in the world.

Social Responsibility[edit] Small businesses can encounter several problems related to Corporate social responsibility due to characteristics inherent in their construction. Owners of small businesses often participate heavily in the day-to-day operations of their companies. This results in a lack of time for the owner to coordinate socially responsible efforts.[20] Additionally, a small business owner’s expertise often falls outside the realm of socially responsible practices contributing to a lack of participation. Small businesses also face a form of peer pressure from larger forces in their respective industries making it difficult to oppose and work against industry expectations.[20] Furthermore, small businesses undergo stress from shareholder expectations. Because small businesses have more personal relationships with their patrons and local shareholders they must also be prepared to withstand closer scrutiny if they want to share in the benefits of committing to socially responsible practices or not. [20]

Job Quality[edit] While small businesses employ over half the workforce [21] and have been established as a main driving force behind job creation [22] the quality of the jobs these businesses create has been called into question. Small businesses generally employ individuals from the Secondary labor market. As a result, in the U.S. wages are 49% higher for employees of large firms.[22] Additionally, many small businesses struggle or are unable to provide employees with benefits they would be given at larger firms. Research from the U.S. Small Business Administration indicates that employees of large firms are 17% more likely to receive benefits including salary, paid leave, paid holidays, bonuses, insurance, and retirement plans.[23] Both lower wages and fewer benefits combine to create a job turnover rate among U.S. small businesses that is 3 times higher than large firms.[22] Employees of small businesses also must adapt to the higher failure rate of small firms. In the U.S. 69% last at least 2 years, but this percentage drops to 51% for firms reaching 5 years in operation.[21] The U.S. Small Business Administration counts companies with as much as $35.5 million in sales and 1,500 employees, depending on the industry. Outside government, companies with less than $7 million in sales and fewer than 500 employees are widely considered small businesses.

Benefits of supporting local business[edit] By opening up new national level chain stores, the profits of locally owned businesses greatly decrease and many businesses end up failing and having to close. This creates an exponential effect. When one store closes, people lose their jobs, other businesses lose business from the failed business and so on. In many cases large firms displace just as many jobs as they create.[24] Not only that but it also increases the costs of taxes. Instead of increasing a community’s revenue, big businesses actually shift money away from the community. Independent businesses depend on the many resources that a community can supply. They hire architects, contractors, hardware stores, interior designers, local advertisement agencies, accountants, business attorneys, and insurance companies. Local businesses also are more likely to supply locally produced products than chains, ultimately benefiting their community. Large corporations on the other hand eliminate the need for local goods and services.

A lack of diversity can decrease the revenues in a community. When towns are interesting, they attract people from out of town. More personality and individuality can lead to more tourists, which, in turn leads to money placed directly into the community. The diversity of businesses is also important to the individuality of consumers. Often, independent retailers can adjust the products that they sell in order to fit the needs of their consumers and the unique tastes of their community. Local businesses are also more likely to support unique, new, and/or controversial products. Local bookstores can provide controversial books and can support small authors or local authors. The same idea helps out with local art and music. Bookstores and music shops are more likely to support local art and music than the mainstream stuff that large corporations provide.Business chains decrease a community’s individuality because they ultimately choose what products reach their customers. This greatly narrows what products are available and shrinks diversity.

Marketing the small business[edit] Finding new customers is the major challenge for Small business owners. Small businesses typically find themselves strapped for time but in order to create a continual stream of new business, they must work on marketing their business every day.

Common marketing techniques for small business include networking, word of mouth, customer referrals, yellow pages directories, television, radio, outdoor (roadside billboards), print, and internet marketing. Electronic media like TV can be quite expensive and is normally intended to create awareness of a product or service. Another means by which small businesses can advertise is through the use of “deal of the day” websites such as Groupon and Living Social. These Internet deals encourage new visitors to small businesses.

Example of keyword analysis based on market competition.
Many small business owners find internet marketing more affordable. Google AdWords and Yahoo! Search Marketing are two popular options of getting small business products or services in front of motivated Web searchers. Successful online small business marketers are also adept at utilizing the most relevant keywords in their site content. Advertising on niche sites can also be effective, but with the long tail of the internet, it can be time intensive to advertise on enough sites to garner an effective reach.

Creating a business Web site has become increasingly affordable with many do-it-yourself programs now available for beginners. A Web site can provide significant marketing exposure for small businesses when marketed through the Internet and other channels. Some popular services are WordPress, Joomla Squarespace and EXAI .

Social media has proven to be very useful in gaining additional exposure for many small businesses. Many small business owners use Facebook and Twitter as a way to reach out to their loyal customers to give them news about specials of the day or special coupons and generate repeat business. The relational nature of social media, along with its immediacy and 24-hour presence lend intimacy to the relationship small businesses can have with their customers, while making it more efficient for them to communicate with greater numbers. Facebook ads are also a very cost-effective way for small businesses to reach a targeted audience with a very specific message.

In addition to the social networking sites, blogs have become a highly effective way for small businesses to position themselves as experts on issues that are important to their customers. This can be done with a proprietary blog and/or by using a backlink strategy wherein the marketer comments on other blogs and leaves a link to the small business’ own Web site.

A solid public relations strategy that utilizes speaking engagements, press releases, feature stories, events and sponsorships can also be a very cost-effective way to build a loyal following for a small business.

Designing a Marketing Plan for Small Businesses

Market Research – To produce a marketing plan for Small businesses, research needs to be done on similar businesses which should include desk and field research. This gives an insight in the target group’s behaviour and shopping patterns. Analysing the competitor’s marketing strategies makes it easier for Small business to gain market share.
Marketing mix[25] – Marketing mix is a crucial factor for any business to be successful. Especially for a Small business, competitor’s marketing mix can be very helpful. An appropriate market mix helps boost sales.
Product Life Cycle[26] – After launch of the business, crucial points of focus should be increasing growth phase and delaying maturity phase. Once the business reaches maturity stage, an extension strategy should be in place. Re-launching is also an option at this stage. Pricing strategy should be flexible and based on the different stages of the PLC.
Promotion Techniques – Its preferable to keep promotion expenses as low as possible. ‘Word of mouth’, ‘Email marketing’, ‘Print-ads’ in local newspapers etc. can be effective.
Channels of Distribution – Selecting an effective channel of distribution may reduce the promotional expenses as well as overall expenses for a Small business.
Contribution to the economy[edit] In the US, small business (fewer than 500 employees) accounts for more than half the nonfarm, private GDP and around half the private sector employment.[21] Regarding small business, the top job provider is those with fewer than 10 employees, and those with 10 or more but fewer than 20 employees comes in as the second, and those with 20 or more but fewer than 100 employees comes in as the third (interpolation of data from the following references).[27] The most recent data shows firms with fewer than 20 employees account for slightly more than 18% of the employment.[28] According to “The Family Business Review,” “There are approximately 17 million sole-proprietorships in the US. It can be argued that a sole-proprietorship (an unincorporated business owned by a single person) is a type of family business” and “there are 22 million small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) in the US and approximately 14,000 big businesses.” Also, it has been found that small businesses created the most new jobs in communities, “In 1979, David Birch published the first empirical evidence that small firms (fewer than 100 employees) created the most new jobs” and Edmiston claimed that “perhaps the greatest generator of interest in entrepreneurship and small business is the widely held belief that small businesses in the United States create most new jobs. The evidence suggests that small businesses indeed create a substantial majority of net new jobs in an average year.” Local businesses provide competition to each other and also challenge corporate giants.

Of the 5,369,068 employer firms in 1995, 78.8 percent had fewer than 10 employees, and 99.7 percent had fewer than 500 employees.[29]

Sources of funding[edit]

Small businesses in Biloela, Central Queensland, Australia, 1949
Small businesses use several sources available for start-up capital:

Self-financing by the owner through cash, equity loan on his or her home, and or other assets.
Loans from friends or relatives
Grants from private foundations
Personal savings
Private stock issue
Forming partnerships
Angel investors
Banks
Financial Platforms such as LendingClub and OnDeck[30][31][32][33] SME finance, including Collateral based lending and Venture capital, given sufficiently sound business venture plans
Some small businesses are further financed through credit card debt—usually a poor choice, given that the interest rate on credit cards is often several times the rate that would be paid on a line of credit or bank loan. Recent research suggests that the use of credit scores in small business lending by community banks is surprisingly widespread. Moreover, the scores employed tend to be the consumer credit scores of the small business owners rather than the more encompassing small business credit scores that include data on the firms as well as on the owners.[34] Many owners seek a bank loan in the name of their business, however banks will usually insist on a personal guarantee by the business owner. In the United States, the Small Business Administration (SBA) runs several loan programs that may help a small business secure loans. In these programs, the SBA guarantees a portion of the loan to the issuing bank and thus relieves the bank of some of the risk of extending the loan to a small business. The SBA also requires business owners to pledge personal assets and sign as a personal guarantee for the loan.

The 8(a) Business Development Program assists in the development of small businesses owned and operated by African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians.[35]

Canadian small businesses can take advantage of federally funded programs and services. See Federal financing for small businesses in Canada (grants and loans).

On October 2010, Alejandro Cremades and Tanya Prive founded the first equity crowdfunding platform[36] for small businesses in history as an alternative source of financing. The platform operates under the name of Rock The Post.[37]

Business networks and advocacy groups[edit] Small businesses often join or come together to form organizations to advocate for their causes or to achieve economies of scale that larger businesses benefit from, such as the opportunity to buy cheaper health insurance in bulk. These organizations include local or regional groups such as Chambers of Commerce and Independent business alliances, as well as national or international industry-specific organizations. Such groups often serve a dual purpose, as business networks to provide marketing and connect members to potential sales leads and suppliers, and also as advocacy groups, bringing together many small businesses to provide a stronger voice in regional or national politics. In the case of Independent business alliances, promoting the value of locally-owned, independent business (not necessarily small) through public education campaigns is integral to their work.

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), operate in all 50 states, provide free and confidential counseling and low-cost training to small businesses.

The largest regional small business group in the United States is the Council of Smaller Enterprises, located in Greater Cleveland.[38] United Kingdom trade and Investment (www.ukti.gov.in) gives out research in different markets around the world, also research in program planning and promotional activities to exporters. The BEXA (British Exporters Association) role is to connect new exporters to expert services, it can provide details about regional export contacts, who could be made informally to discuss issues. Trade associations and all major banks could often provide links to international groups in foreign markets, some could also help set up joint venture, trade fairs etc”

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          Santa Fe Drive has had a long history of artists and artist’s studios. In recent years many galleries and artist studios began to move into the area as rents in other parts of Denver rose. In 2003 a group of about 17 galleries, museum and theatres organized the Art District on Santa Fe as a non-profit corporation with the following mission statement:

          Since 2003 membership in the Art District on Santa Fe has grown from 12 to over 60 creative industry members between Alameda and 12th avenues on and near Santa Fe Drive and Kalamath street. The rise in membership and creative activity in the Art District, a vital “Gateway to Denver” commercial corridor, has become a national model of success in community revitalization led by the creative industries. Our success has been featured in national publications such as Travel+Leisure, USA Today, CNN, Sunset Magazine and the New York Times, amongst others. One of the Art District’s “secrets of success” has been the on-going cooperation and the genuine welcoming spirit between its membership and the general public. The Art District freely opens its doors and welcomes guests from seasoned collectors, to artists, to new art lovers, to join the friendly and welcoming feel of the Art District.

          The ADSF works with other neighborhood organizations such as NEWSED and the Maintenance District to improve and beautify the area. For example, the ADSF and NEWSED split the cost of the street banners; the Maintenance District teams with the ADSF to tackle graffiti and to beautify the streets and sidewalks.

          The Art District offers a free luxury guided-shuttle coach operating every first Friday of the month during the art walk to enhance the experience of the 5,000-plus First Friday art walk patrons. The shuttle coach runs a continuous loop from the Osage St. light rail station, to galleries and creative businesses, and around to parking at West High School at Galapago St. The guided- shuttle coach is available each First Friday from 5:30-9:30 PM, shuttle stops are clearly marked along the way. Shuttle route and parking options are indicated on our map.

          The ADSF is constantly growing with complementary businesses such as architects, yoga studios, furniture and lighting stores, book stores, antique stores, radio stations, restaurants, coffee shops, and full time residents are moving into the neighborhood.

          Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe has gained attention in the national press in recent years. Publications include Sunset Magazine, Desert Living, and Travel Leisure Magazine. In addition, the cities of Cleveland, Ohio, Sacramento, California and Glendale, Arizona recently contacted the ADSF to learn how to create a successful Art District in their cities. The ADSF’s continuing membership with Visit Denver has contributed to its growing cultural tourism business.

          The upcoming year for Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe will emphasize art collecting, educating, community development and working artist studios. ADSF will have a prominent role in Denver Art’s Week and the month of Printmaking. Other events include the Art District’s annual “Best of Exhibit and Awards”, Denver’s Biennial of the Americas, Luminaries, and a multitude of celebrations happening year round.

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            Not all Ammonia-Free Color is Created Equal

            Before we jump to any conclusions, one should know the differences among the salon industry’s top professional color lines – not all ammonia-free hair color is created equal.

            First, let’s quickly remind ourselves the part ammonia plays in hair color:

            Ammonia’s primary function is to raise the pH of the hair, open the cuticle, and allow for color to enter the cortex. The more ammonia in a color product, the higher the pH of the hair will become and the wider the cuticle will open.

            The average working pH of hair processed with ammoniated hair color is 10-11, while the natural isometric pH of hair is 4.5-5.5!

            NOTE: The pH scale is logarithmic, meaning with each rise in pH level, the new level is 10x more alkaline or acidic than the previous level – that’s huge!

            This means ammonia-based hair color makes the hair 600x more alkaline than it’s original state. This blasting open of the cuticle makes re-closing the hair nearly impossible, resulting in a major loss of protein and moisture, as well as imminent color fading and damage.

            Depending on the brand, you can find any number of these ingredients used instead of ammonia.
            – Monoethanolamine (MEA)
            – Ethanolamine
            – Cocomide MEA
            – Aminomethylpropanol (AMEA)

            Here’s where the difference in ammonia free hair color lines gets serious!

            While MEA or Ethanolamine are odorless and not as corrosive as ammonia, the pH of the hair is STILL raised to an extraordinarily high level, if used in the same percentages as ammonia.

            The only thing most brands have achieved in removing ammonia is just that – the removal of ammonia – they’ve still neglected one of the most vital components of hair health – a balanced pH!

            So, what can professional ammonia free hair color brands do to ensure the pH of the hair is kept intact?

            The answer is simple – use heat to help open the cuticle.

            If a professional, ammonia-free color line doesn’t use heat to help open the cuticle, they’re using MEA or Ethanolamine in the same percentages as ammonia, and consequently, wreaking havoc on the structural integrity of the hair.

            Aim for color lines that minimize the use of Ethanolamine and MEA, not ones that just simply swap ammonia for an odor-free alternative.

            Most ammonia-free hair color lines use a synthetic source of Ethanolamine – produced by the reaction of ethylene oxide with ammonia.

            However, there’s a natural source of Ethanolamine derived from the fatty acids in coconut, called Cocomide MEA. The natural emollients present in this form of MEA makes this option much more desirable in hair color.

            The extraction method is more costly than cooking up some synthetic MEA in a lab.

            Alas, there’s another problem with using Ethanolamine and MEA in higher than necessary percentages… the removal process.

            It has been postulated that this ingredient is hard to remove from hair.

            Companies still standing by ammoniated hair color have used this aspect of MEA as a way to denounce its effectiveness, but have failed to realize one enormous detail.

            The best ammonia-free hair color lines have added Oleic acid (derived from olive oil) to safely remove any product left on the hair.

            However, some ammonia-free color lines haven’t caught on to this little trick – make sure to use brands that have!

            We’ve covered the primary role of ammonia, and it’s more desirable alternatives, but don’t forget – ammonia also has a secondary function.

            When mixed with peroxide, ammonia neutralizes the existing color pigment, allowing color to further penetrate the cuticle.

            Ethanolamine and MEA aren’t capable of doing this effectively.

            So, an ammonia-free hair color line must have a color delivery system that compensates for the lack of ammonia.

            Top-rated hair color lines have found an oil-based delivery system not only solves this problem, but that it actually works better than ammonia.

            Hair absorbs oil before water, so using oil as a means of color molecule transport is not only effective, but optimal in any color line.

            When deciding which ammonia-free color line is best for your salon and stylists, be sure to dig deeper into these type of ingredients!

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              Organic Color Systems at My Hair Trip Salon Denver

              At My Hair Trip Salon, we use Organic Color Systems for our color line. It is truly amazing and our styists and clients love it.
              Organic Color Systems is the latest advanced organic formulation technology and it has:
              No Ammonia, or Ammonia Derivatives
              No Formaldehyde or Formaldehyde Derivatives
              No Diamine Toluenes or any other PTD’s
              No Plastics (Plastics Free Styling)
              No Sodium Laurel Sulphates (SLS)
              No Thioglycolates or Parabens
              Full spectrum of bio-balanced vitamins & plant extracts
              Packed with certified organic ingredients
              Rich in anti-oxidants, and nutrients

              Organic Salon Systems is the world’s only hair color that is:
              • Truly Salon Exclusive & ammonia free;
              • Supreme 100% Resistent Grey Coverage;
              • Exclusive Certified Organic Ingredients;
              • Certified Vegan & Cruelty-Free by PETA;
              • Guaranteed Supreme Performance;
              • Rich with Nutrients, Antioxidants, Vitamins, & Amino Acids.

              • 54 colors
              • 10 concentrates and brighteners
              • 8 cream and liquid activators
              • 2 non-bleach lightening systems

              All these products are completely intermixable to produce an unlimited array of shades, tones, and specialized results. The gel consistency of the color and array of thickness of the activators finally empowers you to truly become a hair color artist.

              Ammonia is a damaging corrosive toxin that should be kept out of the salons because:

              It severely damages the cuticle and destroys tyrosine, the hair’s protein that develops melatonin (hair’s natural pigmentation). The more the tyrosine protein is damaged, the less capable the hair is of “holding on to” color.

              It is a caustic toxin that causes both short and long term damage to the throats and lungs. Long term exposure can permanently damage the respiratory system.

              Organic Color Systems provides Colorists with a comprehensive professional system that delivers unsurpassed results with only the most natural and organic ingredients.

              A lot of salons tell their stylists and clients that their color lines are natural or organic, or ammonia free, but they are not. Ask your stylist or your salon what line they use and do your own research. It does matter, it’s your health and your life.

              Why should you have to sacrifice your health and wellbeing to get the look that you want. Now there is a Denver salon that specializes in achieving any and every look without causing any harm to your health.

              My Hair Trip Salon Denver specializes in chemical free, eco-friendly hair care products and services. At Denver’s only certified green salon, barbershop, art gallery, and boutique they understand that what you put on your hair and skin needs to be just as safe as the things that we eat.

              This sustainable hair salon in the heart of the Denver Art District is leading the way for salons everywhere, for the sake of our clients and our staff.

              http://www.organiccolorsystems.com/

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                Kombucha

                Have you heard of Kombucha, the beverage the ancient Chinese called the “Immortal Health Elixir?” It’s been around for more than 2,000 years and has a rich anecdotal history of health benefits like preventing and fighting cancer, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases.

                Made from sweetened tea that’s been fermented by a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (a SCOBY, a.k.a. “mother” because of its ability to reproduce, or “mushroom” because of its appearance), Kombucha didn’t gain prominence in the West until recently.

                In the first half of the 20th century, extensive scientific research was done on Kombucha’s health benefits in Russia and Germany, mostly because of a push to find a cure for rising cancer rates. Russian scientists discovered that entire regions of their vast country were seemingly immune to cancer and hypothesized that the kombucha, called “tea kvass” there, was the cause. So, they began a series of experiments which not only verified the hypothesis, but began to pinpoint exactly what it is within kombucha which was so beneficial.

                German scientists picked up on this research and continued it in their own direction. Then, with the onset of the Cold War, research and development started being diverted into other fields. It was only in the 1990s, when Kombucha first came to the U.S., that the West has done any studies on the effects of Kombucha, and those are quite few in number. As is typically the case in the U.S., no major medical studies are being done on Kombucha because no one in the drug industry stands to profit from researching a beverage that the average consumer can make for as little as 50 cents a gallon.

                Thanks to it’s rising commercial popularity in the last decade, the older Russian and German research has been made available in English to Westerners, and a few wide-spread anecdotal surveys have been sponsored by Kombucha manufacturers, but that’s about it. While there are limited amounts of research done on the beverage, there has been lots of research done on many of the nutrients and acids it contains in large quantities (such as B-vitamins, antioxidants, and glucaric acids).

                Regardless of the “lack” of scientific evidence, the fact remains that this beverage has 2,000 plus years of tradition behind it and an ardent and addicted following.

                What are the health benefits of Kombucha Tea?
                Kombucha Health Benefit #1 — Detoxification

                Detoxification produces healthy livers and aides cancer prevention. One of kombucha’s greatest health benefits is its ability to detox the body. It is rich in many of the enzymes and bacterial acids your body produces and/or uses to detox your system, thus reducing your pancreatic load and easing the burden on your liver. Kombucha is very high in Glucaric acid, and recent studies have shown that glucaric acid helps prevent cancer. I know 2 people in my immediate circle of friends who have had cancer (pancreatic and breast) and fought it into remission without any chemo or radiation therapy. Instead, they warded it off by detoxing their lives (going 100% organic, removing chemical cleaners and agents in their home, changing their diet to be at least 80% raw or fermented, etc.) Central to the detoxification process was drinking Kombucha regularly. Even Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the recently deceased Russian author and nobel-prize winner, in his autobiography, claimed that kombucha tea cured his stomach cancer during his internment in soviet labor camps. (And because of this testimony, President Reagan used Kombucha to halt the spread of his cancer in 1987. You’ll note he didn’t die until 2004, and that was from old age, NOT cancer.)

                Kombucha Health Benefit #2 — Joint Care

                Kombucha contains glucosamines, a strong preventive and treatment all forms of arthritis. Glucosamines increase synovial hyaluronic acid production. Hyaluronic acid functions physiologically to aid preservation of cartilage structure and prevent arthritic pain, with relief comparable to NSAIDs and advantage over glucocorticoids. Hyaluronic acid enables connective tissue to bind moisture thousands of times its weight and maintains tissue structure, moisture, lubrication and flexibility and lessens free radical damage, while associated collagen retards and reduces wrinkles.

                Kombucha Health Benefit #3 — Aids Digestion and Gut Health

                Because it’s naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast, Kombucha is a probiotic beverage. This has a myriad of benefits such as improved digestion, fighting candida (harmful yeast) overgrowth, mental clarity, and mood stability. As such, it’s noted for reducing or eliminating the symptoms of fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, etc.

                Kombucha Health Benefit #4 — Immune Boosting

                Kombucha is extraordinarily anti-oxidant rich, and you all know the benefits of anti-oxidants for boosting your immune system and energy levels.

                Where can you learn more about kombucha health benefits?
                Here are a few articles on the health benefits of kombucha:

                http://www.kombu.de/val-gwf.htm
                http://www.gaiaresearch.co.za/kombucha.html
                http://www.acupuncture.com/herbs/kombucha1.htm
                http://www.gokombucha.com/health_benefits.html

                Are the health benefits of kombucha for real?
                When I first read about the panacea of benefits, I was skeptical. How could one beverage do so many things? But then I realized that it’s not so much that the beverage does something to our bodies, like a medicine targeted at curing specific symptoms. It’s more that this beverage promotes health. It gives your body what it needs to heal itself by 1)aiding your liver in removing harmful substances, 2)promoting balance in your digestive system, and 3)being rich in health-promoting vitamins, enzymes, and acids.

                The general consensus seems to be that with regular, daily consumption, you’ll notice improvement in immune system functioning and energy levels within about a week, the healing of more minor ailments within a month or so, and the healing of more radical illnesses within a year or so.

                Article found at: http://www.foodrenegade.com/kombucha-health-benefits/

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                  Small Businesses Go Green, Using More Environmentally Friendly Products and Practices

                  “Many company owners use environmentally friendly cars, recycle materials and buy biodegradable office supplies because they care about what happens to the environment. It also makes good business sense, making their companies more competitive and lifting employees’ morale.

                  W&M Properties, a New York-based real estate company that also has a construction affiliate, has switched its fleet of more than 25 pickup trucks to hybrid Ford Escape cars. President Tony Malkin said of the hybrids, “they pay for themselves in the fuel savings.” He noted that most of the company’s driving is done on local streets, and called the pickups’ mileage “appalling.”

                  W&M has also implemented recycling programs in the buildings it manages, including ones that handle discarded computers — “it’s what you’re supposed to do, but people don’t do it,” Malkin said.

                  The company also is recycling about half the materials it’s removing from a project being done for Pitney Bowes. “You’re using less landfill space, and it’s product that can be used again in the future,” Malkin said.

                  Malkin said his company is using more green practices because “the current way of doing business is destructible.” But, he said, “people want to do business in an environmentally sustainable fashion and we are at a competitive advantage by moving the needle toward green.”

                  There are many ways that companies can go green. Some of them are simple, and basic, such as conserving energy with appliances and equipment that aren’t power guzzlers. Recycling is a very common way to go green. So is buying paper and other supplies that are made with recycled material.

                  There are plenty of resources detailing how to go green on the Internet, in bookstores and in libraries. Environmental groups have information as well.

                  Mark Mandel, co-owner of Mark Drugs, a Roselle, Ill., pharmacy, said his business recycles even though the local government doesn’t have a recycling program.

                  “It’s an extra effort, but we feel it’s important to be conscientious about the environment,” he said.

                  Mandel said paper from computer printouts is sorted, with blanks pulled out, saved and reused. His company hasn’t needed to buy prescription pads since it started recycling.

                  He also finds it’s good for morale. “The staff realizes you are concerned,” he said, and noted that the good feeling generated by his attitude filters down to their interactions with customers.

                  “Everyone takes a team attitude,” he said.

                  The company plans to construct its own building in the future, and Mandel said it will be a green building.

                  Of course, for some companies, their reason for being is green, for example, organic food stores or manufacturers of clothing made from natural fibers only.

                  Floorworks, a Toronto-based hardwood flooring manufacturer, sells green products — it says its wood comes from forests that have been approved by the Forest Stewardship Council, a group that aims at managing forests in an environmentally friendly way. Co-founder Brian Greenberg said the company also donates a percentage of its profits toward the replanting of rainforests.

                  Greenberg said the company wanted to help fight the deleterious effects of climate change. “One of the problems we can address through the sale of our products is to be involved with reforestation.”

                  That kind of activism appeals to many consumers, who are often drawn to the idea that the money they spend can be doing good for the world. But they’re also looking for products and services that are good for them — Greenberg said his company has thrived by selling flooring that isn’t covered with polyurethane, but that’s protected by oil. That stops plastic particles from going into the air, he said.

                  The Greenhouse Grille, a Fayetteville, Ark., restaurant, sells organic food and uses as many environmentally friendly products and services as it can find. Clayton Suttle, a co-owner, said he and his partners have eaten organic food for years because of its health benefits, and “when we were looking into opening a restaurant, it just kind of carried over.”

                  “We’re trying to go as much so-called green as we can,” he said.

                  The partners weren’t sure from the get-go that their concept would work. But organic food has become very popular in their area, and the fact that local organic farmers were selling their meat and produce to the restaurant has helped.”

                  From: Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press
                  Published April 19, 2007 12:00 AM

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                    More than a top salon Denver

                    My Hair Trip Salon Denver continues to grown and evolve. It’s a ton of fun watching the process and seeing the end results. We are, of course, a top hair salon in the city of Denver. We are Denver’s newest eco-friendly hair salon specializing in chemical-free products and services. My Hair Trip Denver is your one stop shop for all of your organic health and beauty needs.

                    My Hair Trip, along with being one of the top salons in Denver, is a boutique as well. We carry hats, sunglasses, shirts, scarves, ties, wallets, purses, necklaces, earrings, pendants, pins, Colorado state flags, and tons of eco-friendly health and beauty products. We are always adding more and more local designers to our shop and it is so great to be able to sell their stuff for them. We love making people happy.

                    We are also now carrying all natural, vegan, hemp ice cream sandwiches. We got Mocha Mint, Unbleached Vanilla, Double Dutch Chocolate, Mango Love, Jasmine Flowers, all organic sugar free, gluten free, all delicious. If you’ve ever been to Red Rocks for a show then you’ve likely crossed paths with a mythical character named Aqua Das or just “Das” for short, he has been slanging these delicious natural ice cream treats at shows since the 70’s. Now My Hair Trip Salon Denver and Das have joined forces and it is awesome!

                    So we are Denver’s newest hair salon and boutique with apparel and accessories, we are also a barbershop. We do full men’s services including straight razor shaves. We keep it old school at our salon and barbershop. We are a Salon Denver. Salon Denver we are. If you are looking for a quality haircut and/or shave we got you covered. We want to be the best salon Denver.

                    My Hair Trip Denver is also an active art gallery. Our salon is located in the heart of the Denver Art District, at 8th and Santa Fe in downtown Denver. Right now we are displaying 12 different local artists and 15 different designers. We have paintings, photography, woodworking, jewelry, crafts and all sorts of awesome stuff from some of Denver’s most creative people. So fare our clients are loving being able to be surrounded by art as we help them relax, recharge, and get the look they want.

                    We are a professional eco-friendly hair salon with a focus on being green and giving our clients the look and the feel they want. We are a barbershop featuring old school straight razor shaves and barber-style cuts. We are a boutique featuring local designs and goods, and we are an active art gallery with new art constantly rotating through.

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