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June 27, 2019

Quimby to teach Unity College course on sustainable business practices

Courtesy / Unity College The co-founder of Burt's Bees, Roxanne Quimby, will teach "Creating a Healthy Hive," an online business course at Unity College.

Unity College has added to its faculty one of Maine’s most well-known entrepreneurs.

Roxanne Quimby, the founder and former CEO of Burt’s Bees, will lead an online course over five weeks this fall, the college said in a news release Wednesday.

“Creating a Healthy Hive: Starting Your Own Sustainable Business” will cover topics ranging from creating the vision for a green business to data-driven decision-making and financial planning.

Students can enroll and receive three college credits for a tuition of $1,410, enroll in the course without receiving credit for a $700 fee, or participate in one week of the class on a selected topic for $150.

The course runs Aug. 26 through Sept. 29, with registration open until Aug. 28.

“In my years of developing Burt’s Bees into one of the fastest growing brands in its sector — and even before that, studying and working as an artist — I learned so much even beyond building a successful business, and I’m excited to pass down that information and those stories to entrepreneurs,” said Quimby in the release.

Quimby co-founded Burt’s Bees, originally a maker of beeswax candles, in Dover-Foxcroft in 1984. The company grew to become a producer of naturally sourced personal care products, and in 2007 was acquired by the Clorox Co. for $925 million.

Unity College is a private liberal arts college in Unity, about halfway between Bangor and Waterville. The school’s curriculum focuses on the environment and natural resources. The college launched a distance learning program in 2016.

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