Saturday, March 31, 2007

Deb Is A Winner!

On March 26th, winners of the 2007 Olympus Innovation Award were announced. The eClips team was especially proud to learn that Professor Deborah Streeter was awarded an Innovation Award in recognition for her contributions to Cornell and, more broadly, for being a pioneer in innovation and entrepreneurship education.

Specifically, "the judges were particularly impressed with Streeter’s eClips initiative, a collection of more than 6,000 digital video clips on entrepreneurship, the world’s largest such online collection."

Click here to read the Cornell Chronicle article on Deborah Streeter's award.

Click here to read the Cornell Daily Sun coverage of Deb's win.

Click here to read the the Olympus Press Release.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

No Impact, Family Farming and A Year Without Toilet Paper

In today's New York Times, the lead article on the front page of the Home and Garden section was entitled "The Year Without Toilet Paper". It shares the story of New York City residents Colin Beavan, 43, a writer of historical nonfiction, and Michelle Conlin, 39, a senior writer at Business Week, who are one-third of the way through a yearlong "No Impact" lifestyle experiment. According to the article, the rules for "No Impact" include, "eating only food (organically) grown within a 250-mile radius of Manhattan; (mostly) no shopping for anything except said food; producing no trash (except compost, see above); using no paper; and, most intriguingly, using no carbon-fueled transportation."

So why are we writing about this in the eClips blog?

Well, as it turns out, Beaven relies on NYC's Union Square Greenmarket for his groceries - including buying his milk in reusable glass bottles from Ronnybrook Farm Dairy.

Ronnybrook Farm dairy is a family-run dairy farm and creamery located in the Hudson Valley. One of the three brothers who co-own the farm, Rick Osofsky, sat down with eClips to discuss the difficulties facing the family farm as well as the rewards and challenges of working in green markets.

eClips has captured entrepreneur and expert comments on social responsibility and sustainability for years. In addition, we have an extensive collection of comments related to Ag- and Food- Based businesses.

Take a look at the No Impact Man blog, read the New York Times article and then stop by eClips to hear more about Ronnybrook Farm.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Meeting, Greeting and Properly Eating - How To Survive a Business Lunch or Dinner

Barbara Lang, founder of RTR Ideas, has a wide range of experiences, including:

  • 10 years as a culinary director at a Napa Valley winery
  • co-owner of a successful restaurant in Ithaca, NY
  • 17 years as a lecturer at Cornell's Hotel School
  • author of "From Restaurant to Retail, a Handbook for Food Professionals"

During a recent discussion with students captured by eClips, Lang discusses all the "dos" and "don'ts" of handling a business meal. Often overlooked by young job candidates, the business lunch or dinner is not a break in the day - but is rather a time when you still need to be "on". Whether you are trying to land a job or a client, Lang's comments are tips you should hear!

Click here to hear more from Barbara Lang's discussion on Navigating Business Meals.

Click here to see all the clips in the new Career Corner theme entitled Mind Your Manners - Surviving Business Meals

Balance and Flexibility

With a title like "Balance and Flexibility", you might this that this blog entry is about hitting the gym.

Actually, "balance" and "flexibility" are phrases that have finally caught up to American workplace.

Consider this quote from a recent Forbes article:

"According to a recent survey by the Association of Executive Search Consultants, 85% of recruiters have seen candidates reject a job offer because it wouldn't include enough work-life balance. And 90% of recruiters say work-life balance considerations are more important now than they were five years ago."
eClips entrepreneurs and experts have been talking about this topic for years. To hear more about their experience, check out "Life Balance" in the Topical Index of clips in eClips. One eClips collection of particular interest might be Work-Life Balance Wake-Up Calls

Click here to read the Forbes article, "Balance:The New Workplace Perk"

Monday, March 12, 2007

Blogging With "Oomph"

Caitlin Friedman and Kim Yorio are co-authors of "The Girl's Guide to Starting Your Own Business", "The Girl's Guide to Being a Boss" and the upcoming "The Girl's Guide to Kicking Your Career Into Gear". In addition, they are co-owners of a Public Relations business in NYC, moms, and wives.

Oxygen's new website,, just brought Friedman and Yorio on board to write a blog about what women face in the workplace. From our experience with these two, we are sure that the blog will be entertaining and honest!

Click here to see Friedman and Yorio's blog.

To access clips from an interview with these two in eClips, click here to hear more.

Friday, March 09, 2007

In the Top Ten!

BusinessWeek recently released their list of top undergraduate business programs in the U.S for 2007.

This year, Cornell's undergraduate business program jumped up four spots to place at number 10.

The article states that one thing that sets Cornell's Applied Economics and Management (AEM) majors apart is the breadth of their academic exposure.

"In addition to the variety they encounter outside the business program, students get a second dose inside, where they're required, strangely enough, to take a full year of biology—thanks to the program's affiliation with Cornell's agriculture school—as well as five electives ranging from consumer behavior to emerging markets. They're also encouraged to look beyond the program for business-related courses, studying human relations in the School of Industrial & Labor Relations, or leadership in the Johnson Graduate School of Management, home of Cornell's MBA."

How does this relate to eClips? Well, the eClips collection is used in undergraduate business classes - as well as courses across the university. eClips is directed by AEM Professor Deborah Streeter. Finally, much eClips content comes from business experts and successful entrepreneurs who happen to also be Cornell University AEM alumni!

To read more about BusinessWeek's coverage of Cornell's undergraduate business program, check out the online article.

To find out more about the Applied Economics and Management (AEM) program at Cornell University, visit the department's website.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Honest Tea Is The Best Policy

The biggest motivator for me is the notion that our business model is making a strong social and environmental impact."
- Seth Goldman, CEO of Honest Tea

StartupNation is a free service founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Recently, StartupNation's online newsletter featured an article on Honest Tea and the company's CEO, Seth Goldman.

In the article, Goldman stresses the importance of making an impact with your company, having passion about what you are doing and not letting the competition pull you away from your mission.

Goldman shared similar thoughts when he spoke with eClips a little over a year ago in February of 2006.

To read more, view the online article at Startup Nation.

To read more about Goldman's company, Honest Tea, see the Honest Tea website.

Interested in Goldman's and other experts thoughts on Social Responsibility? Take a look at one of our many themes on the topic of Social Responsibility - including
Can a Company Be Profitable and Socially Responsible?