Eco-Bags Pioneer Sharon Rowe On Getting Her Start, Tiny Successful Businesses And Being On Top Of Your Cash Flow

Eco-Bags Founder Sharon Rowe is considered a pioneer in the reusable bag movement. This month she's stopping by Lioness right before her new book drops to talk business, money and more on the latest edition of Amplified.

Sharon Rowe broke ground as an industry leader in eco-friendly products. As the CEO and founder of Eco-Bags Products, Inc., Rowe was ahead of the market back in the 1980s leading progressive conversations around plastic waste. She’s considered a pioneer in the reusable bag movement. The entrepreneur and activist is now an author with the release of her new book this month, “The Magic of Tiny Business: You Don’t Have to go Big to Make a Great Living.”

Sharon talks to Natasha about getting her start, keeping her successful business tiny and the importance of being on top of your cash flow. “Without profit, you cannot succeed,” Sharon explains.

Listen in, ladies. Sharon’s voice is about to get Amplified.

More About Sharon

Sharon is recognized as a thought leader in social innovation, sustainable and responsible production since 1989. She speaks regularly on building profitable, mission & value aligned businesses, believing that business can be a force for good, a currency for ideas that shape culture.  Her speaking engagements are varied, taking her wide and far, from Yale University to Sing-Sing Prison, the Nairobi Center for Innovation in Kenya to Social Venture Institute conference in the Hudson Valley.

She has been featured in Time MagazineGlamour Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, on NPR – Air America and, in the award-winning documentary, “BagIt”  ECOBAGS were featured on Oprah’s first dedicated Earth Day Show.

Sharon has received numerous awards, including the National 2012 Enterprising Woman, CBS Radio Women’s Achievement, Westchester Business Council Entrepreneur of the Year, 914Inc Westchester Magazine’s Most Accomplished Women, the Women’s Enterprise Development Center’s Lilian Vernon Award and The Westchester Collaborative Theatre’s Most Valuable Player.

Sharon is an active member of the Social Venture Network, the Women Presidents’ Organization,  has served on The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater board and is on the Westchester Collaborative Theatre board. Eco-Bags Products is a certified BCorporation.

Sharon lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband Blake, a musician and teacher. Her two grown children, Eva and Julian are living out of state, pursuing their interests.  Eva, a civil engineer is focused on sustainable design. Julian, a cartoonist published in The New Yorker Magazine contributed to this book.

About the author

Natasha Zena

Around age eight Natasha Zena was told it was a woman’s job to take care of the home and since then she has built a career out of telling women they can do whatever the hell they want to do. She is the co-founder of Lioness, the go-to news source for everything female entrepreneur. Natasha was recognized as an emerging leader in digital media by The Poynter Institute and the National Association of Black Journalists. She has mentored women entrepreneurs and moderated panels at a number of national accelerators, Startup Weekends and conferences such as The Lean Startup Conference, the Massachusetts Conference for Women, Women Empower Expo and Smart Cities Connect. Natasha is also the author of the popular whitepaper, "How To Close The Gender Gap In Startup Land By 2021." In her spare time, she writes short fiction and hangs out with her son, Shaun.

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