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Kari Warberg Block
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Kari Warberg Block, founder and CEO of Earth-Kind, is an inventor, serial entrepreneur and small business champion with a passion for growing people, products, ideas, and business through a sustainable approach. Her company, Earth-Kind, has the mission to preserve what’s good and prevent the rest, by providing proactive, natural alternatives to protect the spaces in which we live, work and play. Kari was named to the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Woman Class of 2012, 2013 ND SBA Small Business Person of the Year and National Second Runner Up, 2013 Inc. 5000 List. You can reach her at @kariwblock

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Entrepreneurial Women: 3 Ways to Break Through Invisible Barriers to Growth.

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 12:27 PM

As a member of the National Women's Business Council, I've had the opportunity to engage with hundreds of female entrepreneurs. During our talks, I couldn't help but happen upon an interesting, yet frustrating discovery. 9 out of every 10 women I spoke with would rather stall their growth than ask...

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A Doll Sets the Stage for Our Entrepreneurial Daughters. Are We Giving Them The Tools to Succeed?

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 3:07 PM

Earlier this year, when American Girl announced their "Girl of the Year" was an entrepreneur, I was thrilled at the company's decision to introduce young girls to the idea of owning their own businesses.

As an EY Entrepreneurial Winning Woman, who knows the value of a good...

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3 Proven Ways for Female Entrepreneurs to Turn a Good Idea Into a Good Income

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 3:02 PM

As if starting a business isn't hard enough, female entrepreneurs are doing it with six times less capital than men according the latest research from the National Women's Business Council, a non-partisan advisory council to the President, Congress and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Yet women are still...

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How to Grow Your Business Without Compromising Your Values

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2014 | 4:18 PM

No matter what your business is, all businesses usually have a common goal or "endgame" when they start -- for me it was getting my product on store shelves. Getting in the door of a major retailer is a big enough goal in and of itself, but when I launched...

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The Power of Purpose: Driving Innovation and Decision Making

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 1:18 PM

We are operating in a new business environment -- one that is purpose led. Millennial buying power is projected to increase to 50 percent by 2020, and they are increasingly making up more of our workforce. For this cohort, buying -- and working for -- brands that have a firm...

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Innovation in the Workplace

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM

After being named an EY Entrepreneurial Winning Woman and being given exposure to this powerful network, which includes the world's top entrepreneurs, I learned some important insights. In order to drive growth and future success in a business, you need to innovate with new products, expand into new markets, and...

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Innovation: United We Stand, Divided We Fall

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 12:08 PM

Having a farming background and being a successful entrepreneur has given me a unique perspective on innovation. Times of change -- from the Agricultural Revolution to the Dark Ages to the Renaissance -- are not dissimilar to the growth cycles of innovation.

Here are a three lessons I've learned...

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5 Tips to Celebrate Sustainably This Independence Day

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 3:30 PM

"And the perchlorates' strontium glare, the calcium chloride bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

That just doesn't have the same ring to it, does it? But that is one thing that has come to symbolize...

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The Business Case for Hiring Developmentally Disabled Workers

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 12:28 PM

A decade ago, we were in the midst of a painful labor shortage at our plant. Our company, earthkind, was growing, and I was having great difficulty recruiting workers to fill the jobs. Then, in a fateful discussion I'll never forget, one of my employees raised the question of whether...

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Creating a Kinder Earth

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 4:34 PM

Earth Day comes once a year, but every day should be seen as a celebration of this amazing planet we call home. Storytelling is an age-old way of celebrating, and the story of Earth is a creation story -- no matter what your beliefs.

And, living in the U.S.,...

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Humans Could Learn From Nature's 'Bossy' Females

(1) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 10:14 AM

Natural Leaders

Growing up the daughter of an entomologist, I learned to see parallels between the natural world and the modern world everywhere I look; this inspired me as an entrepreneur and even influenced the name of my company, earthkind. When I heard about the "Ban Bossy" campaign, I was...

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5 Areas That Will Continue to Challenge Entrepreneurs in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 2:55 PM

When an entrepreneur succeeds, we have the potential to change the way people work, live and interact. Entrepreneurs can change lives through their work. After all, inventing, innovating, and creating jobs are the sort of stuff entrepreneurs push themselves do before breakfast; entrepreneurism is the heartbeat of our society.

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Where Are the Female Entrepreneurs?

(2) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 10:21 AM

Modeling the behaviors and ideals you want to see is one of the oldest and most common teaching methods. The value of teaching and training future business leaders is so obvious; there are schools, conferences, publications and organizations dedicated to the cause. So, why are the students decades ahead of...

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3 Lessons on Perspective for Entrepreneurs to Succeed

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 9:20 AM

An inventor is really just a dreamer. We populate the world. But the odds are slim that those dreams will become realities in the lives of those the inventor is hoping to reach. Only a fraction of ideas become businesses, fewer reach an IPO, and even less achieve $1 billion...

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Inventing New Year's Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 3:14 PM

Everybody does it. Every New Year, you make a promise to lose weight, get in shape, find a new job, be a better lover, friend, parent -- whatever. We have all been there with the best intentions, but, according to Forbes, less than eight percent of people achieve...

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Three Business Leaders Who Prove That You Can Do Good by Doing Business

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 7:26 PM

Behind every great success story is a leader with an eye on the future and a passion to change the past.

Bad news travels fast. Looking at headlines, or even at my Facebook newsfeed, I see many stories vilifying CEOs and big business. As a business leader, I want to...

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The Hardest Working Silent Business Partner: Accountability

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 3:30 PM

Starting a business takes guts; it's a huge leap of faith. You are vulnerable, you are putting it all on the line, and it is hard to be tough with your 'asks' in those first few years when everything is so fluid.

As we know, facts provide...

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