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In the next two weeks we want to produce a winning video for the Intuit Contest.  If judges and voters like it, the video can earn BayingHound.com $25,000!

Were getting a Flip Camera!

We're getting a Flip Camera!

The theme of our video will be “We sell the most eco-friendly outdoor gear.  Now we want to become the most environmentally friendly online store complete with no waste systems and alternative powered office and warehouse.”

We want your ideas to help make this video rock.  We would love to have your input on:

shooting locations

effects

roles

music

editing techniques/software

more?

We would love to have a discussion through comments on this post.  If you prefer, you can always email Rachel directly.

(Lest you think this blog will be entirely about the contest for the next month, we do have informational posts coming up soon!)

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Finalists!!

Remember all those annoying updates about the Intuit Contest? Apparently they worked because y’all voted and we are Finalists! Thank you!!!

The contest administrators are sending us a flip video camera right now. We then have until May 17 to submit our video which will earn us $5000.

Another round of voting will take place May 18-31. Final winners will be announced June 4. The grand prize is $25000 cash + $2500 intuit products!

Please sign up for our newsletter and/or subscribe to this blog to keep up on all the contest news.

Thank you again for supporting our business.

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I will be at the Baby the Planet Expo, part of Columbus Parents Expo, this Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM – 5 PM.  I am working in the Sprout Soup booth to help with sales of our water bottles and yoga mat bags.

The Expo is held at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.  You can get admission tickets to the zoo and expo for $3 (save 75%) by ordering online in advance at ColumbusParent.com/EXPO with coupon code CPME2009.

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On Saturday May 9, we will be part of the Orvis Days celebration at the Dayton Orvis Store. We will be speaking about water sourcing and purifying education in a 20 minute seminar and also staffing a booth about our eco-friendly products from 11 AM – 4 PM.

Other activities include Canine Good Citizen testing, conservation group booths, and a kids casting pond.

We hope to see you there!

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This is the last time we will ask you to vote for Baying Hound in the Intuit Contest. The voting ends in 24 hours!

We want to be the online source for the finest eco-friendly outdoor gear. Here’s how we plan to grow should we advance in the contest:

-finish our web redesign with the help of a programmer to make it more user friendly
-add a dog gear category to our store
-invest in biodegradable shipping materials where we currently use lightweight recyclable plastic

If you already voted, thank you so very much. If not, please take 60 seconds to show your support of our earth friendly business today. You can vote for us in all three categories, ‘inspiring’, ‘fun’, and ‘useful’ by clicking on the matching blue icons on our entry page. We appreciate it so much.

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Random.org chose the 23rd entrant in our earth day contest, Amy. Amy will now have $39 to spend as she wishes in our store, perhaps on a Klean Kanteen she mentioned in her entry.

Didn’t win this time? Sign up for the newsletter or follow this blog to keep up with all our news and contests.

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Read all about it on the announcement page. The contest ends tomorrow April 21 at midnight EST; winner announced April 22!

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Every year, cyclists around the US participate in Bike to Work Week.  The League of American Bicyclists promotes May as National Bike Month.  Bike to Work Week is May 11 – 15.  Bike to Work Day is Friday May 15.

There are special events held in many communities.  Find happenings in your town through the League of American Bicyclists events listing.

Bike to Work Week has is active in Columbus OH where our headquarters are located.  There is a challenge to see who can rack up the most rides in work teams. We are hosting a team for those of us who work from home in Central Ohio.

VP Alex cycling

VP Alex cycling

Cycling to work can be a difficult routine to establish.  One has to have the right equipment and feel safe on the road.  Bike to Work Week gives riders a chance to experiment with this healthy, environmentally friendly form of transportation.

Are you ready for Bike to Work Week?  Now is the time to tune up your bike, adjust your helmet, map your routes and work up to the big ride!

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One of the biggest changes you can make to minimize your impact on the environment is to make local food choices.  Shopping at the farmer’s market and participating in CSAs ensures your food doesn’t travel far wasting precious resources.  Usually food is minimally packaged.  Eating locally also gives you peak of the season selection which is healthier for you.

Finding local food sources can sometimes be difficult because many farmers are so busy working the fields they have little time or inclination to market themselves.

That’s where www.localharvest.org steps in.  They have a rich database of farmers, markets, restaurants and CSAs countrywide sorted by product type and location.  Their newsletter is informative but not intrusive, arriving only every few weeks or so.  The event listings could fill your whole summer with local food activities!

The hounds say, check it out!

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To celebrate Earth Day, we are offering an eco-fabulous giveaway!

We will give away a $39 gift certificate to www.BayingHound.com in honor of the 39th anniversary of northern hemisphere Earth Day on April 22, 2009.  Started in 1970, Earth Day is a time to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment.

Environmental conservation is one of our top priorities at Baying Hound.  We use sustainable business practices to ensure we are wisely using resources.  We only carry items that are earth friendly.  Through the 1% for Good program, Baying Hound gives financial support to eco-friendly organizations like the National Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy.

To win the $39 gift certificate, all you have to do is  leave a comment below with what BPA free bottle, ReUsable Bag, Earth Friendly Apparel, or Eco Accessory you will purchase from www.BayingHound.com if you win.

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Entries will close on April 21 at midnight EST.  The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2009.

If you love our earth friendly business, can you help us out with a vote in the Intuit Small Business contest?  Read all the details or go straight to the voting page. Thanks!

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