Business Start-up

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.

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…

In the news

In the news

PTA students and clients have been receiving great press over the past few months and we want to share some of their news… This summer SF Chronicle included an interview with Andrea Kenner, owner of the Sebastopol boutique, Tamarind. Andrea…

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…

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…

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…

Taking Action

Taking Action

At Paul Terry & Associates we help small business owners build successful and sustainable enterprises. Our consulting process is focused on clear assessments, careful advice and taking action. Central to our approach is business action planning. Whether you are an emerging…

Are you ready for your encore?

Are you ready for your encore?

The traditional idea of retirement is increasingly becoming an old notion—either because people need to keep working as a financial necessity or because they still want to work. Instead of retiring, many people are looking to do something on their…

Planning for Business Success

Planning for Business Success

Some say that “real entrepreneurs don’t write business plans”. But I believe that when you create a dynamic document (that is current, accessible and appropriate for your business), you can reduce risks, stay attuned to industry trends and the competition, explore new directions and grow your business.