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Green Entrepreneur Distributes to Designers


Nicole Calisti, Green Solutions
The Eco-Friendly Design Resource
 703-581-5228,  340-773-6499
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  Interview Highlights

  • She presents green products to the design industry.
  • It usually takes 3 years to make a business successful.
  • She is just a few years out of school.
  • You have to make sure that you know the business you are selling to.
  • There are a lot of green products out there that are not really green.
  • She acts as a middle person between the manufacturer and the architect or designer.
  • She went to school in interior design.
  • She learned a lot about business from her aunt.
  • She has a product that is renewable that can be used instead of wood or veneer.
  • She has a product called Paper Stone made from 100% recycled paper and no petroleum in the resin that can be used for counter tops.
  • It is about the same price as many other products that we currently use.
  • Another product she distributes is called Living Glass.
  • It is made out of old car windshields.
  • When she started all her clients looked at her like she had 3 heads.
  • When you are doing a business you have to keep persevering and things will not happen as fast as you think they will.
  • It does not take much money to start this kind of business.
  • You need a computer, a printer and business cards.
  • You have to be comfortable with yourself and know that you don't know all the answers.
  • If I don't have an answer for a client I tell them I don't know and will go get it for them.