Wendy’s Wisdom

Wendy’s Wisdom

At the last Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center graduation, 2012 graduate Wendy Lieu, owner of Socola Chocolatier, shared her business wisdom for small business entrepreneurs.

Hiring great professional support

Hiring great professional support

In every stage of small business, it is important to have trusted professional support to help direct your business operations, growth and long-term sustainability. Here’s how to find the right person for you and your business.

Managing my business in partnership

Managing my business in partnership

Unlike a business with just one owner, a business partnership must be constantly attuned to the needs of both the business and the owner relationships(s). After opening a gourmet cheese shop with a business partner, we expanded the business and added two more owners. This is how we managed together.

Partnership advice from small business owners

Partnership advice from small business owners

We asked clients to share their advice for small business entrepreneurs who are considering business co-ownership. Here’s what three successful women business owners had to say!

My first business partnership

My first business partnership

The first business I owned in San Francisco was a retail food business. It was a crash course in how to launch a small business and what it takes to start a business partnership. Know your business partner My business…

Starting a business partnership

Starting a business partnership

Starting your own small business can be a leap of faith.  Starting a business with others can be an even bigger leap.  How can you be sure that your business partner(s) will be the right fit – with you and…

Business skills and lessons learned

Business skills and lessons learned

As a small business owner, you bring your know-how from past successes and failures to your business.  As the business grows, you continue to build on lessons learned and hone your business skills.  For many small business owners, “learning from…

Defining success: advice from the field

Defining success: advice from the field

No matter how we define success — our business skills must align with our business’ needs at each stage of growth.  The skills needed initially for an emerging business must deepen and expand as the business grows.  We must consistently…

Business advice from the field

Business advice from the field

One of the most enjoyable moments during the Renaissance Business Planning Class is when we invite graduates back to the classroom to share their experiences and their business advice. They talk about their successes but also reveal their struggles and…

How to Handle Business Complexity

How to Handle Business Complexity

A common issue for small business owners is the relationship between business skills or management capacity and the complexity of the business. If you start a business slowly, you may be able to handle everything yourself.  If you only have…