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Small Business Week!

Small Business Week!

Don’t miss it! Small Business Week begins and ends with Sidewalk Sales in 20 neighborhoods throughout the city, Saturday, May 16th and Saturday, May 23rd. The kick-off event on Monday night, May 18th is not to be missed (tickets mandatory, but…

Getting into Business

Getting into Business

Emerging entrepreneurs can be a different breed. They are passionate about their business ideas and want to get into business ASAP. They are often eager to quit their jobs and devote themselves entirely to starting an enterprise. They are driven…

Getting Out: Planning your Business Exit

Getting Out: Planning your Business Exit

Many tech entrepreneurs think about their business exit from day one because acquisition is central to their business model. Most small business owners, though, do not start their business thinking about “getting out”… they are too busy “getting in”. An…

Unplug!

Unplug!

Personal technology has completely transformed our work and home lives… and in most ways for the better. For many small business owners, technology is an the essential part of business operations. Our computers and smart phones are lifelines to our…

Grappling with change

Grappling with change

The only thing constant is change. As small business owners, we constantly navigate change. The ups and downs of product sales, hiring employees or letting them go, adjusting (or pivoting) our business model to match the marketplace, or simply dealing…

Launched!

Launched!

There are many small businesses that launch every month in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Each launch is proceeded by months (if not years) of hard work, detailed market research and fundraising before the new business owner can “open the…

A new beginning

A new beginning

At the start of a new year, many of us want to make a change. Can we change a bad habit into a good habit? Can we make our diet more healthy? Can we start that exercise program we let…

Baseball and small business… oh the similarities!

Baseball and small business… oh the similarities!

I’ve been a fan of baseball ever since Willie Mays roamed centerfield for the New York Giants. When I played Little League in Vancouver, Canada my teammates and I all had heroes who played our position in the Majors. I…

Do you have an entrepreneurial dream?

Do you have an entrepreneurial dream?

TeleSmart Communications founder Josiane Feigon understands the benefits of a great business plan… and that plan set her on the path to success in business. “When it came to launching my own business, I needed a plan. I couldn’t just…

Food Businesses In the News

Food Businesses In the News

PTA clients and students with food (and drink) businesses have been in the press over the past month and we want to share their good news… Gail Lillian’s popular food truck business Liba Falafel expanded to a brick and mortar…