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Zebken President Kristi Smith Honored

Lincolnshire, IL, June 21, 2012 --( Zebken founder and President Kristi Smith was honored and highlighted as Champion of the Environment by the Village of Buffalo Grove (IL). This distinction reigns true in her personal life as well as with Zebken, where she has built a model where there is a reduced carbon footprint and very little paper usage.

To reduce their carbon footprint, Zebken team members work from home, there is no commute and team meetings are held via webinar. Since each employee works from home (from several states) they use very little paper, and have adopted technology solutions to electronically sign documents.

“Not only have we greatly reduced our company’s carbon footprint, one of our main business competencies is helping organizations find appropriate technologies so that they can do the same,” Smith said.

Tips for businesses to become more environmentally conscious:

-Perform an evaluation of your team members and whether or not it is essential for them to be in the office every day. Employees who are not location-dependent could be given the option to telecommute part time.
-Create a “green team” of employees who can identify and plan internal initiatives to make your business more environmentally friendly.
-Change printer settings to default to the duplex (double-sided) option, so the number of printed pages is reduced.
-Examine new technologies that allow for easy facilitation of online meetings.

About Zebken:
Zebken provides impartial software and hardware selection services for small-to-medium sized businesses. Specialties include: telephone systems (traditional and VOIP), Customer Relationship databases (CRM), project management software, remote desktop, and mobile device selection. Zebken provides needs assessment reviews, solution research and vendor recommendations to suit your unique business needs. More information available at, on Twitter @zebken, and
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