Current Climate for Small Business

Happy Entrepreneurship Month – Give Thanks!

Happy Entrepreneurship Month – Give Thanks!

Did you know that November is National Entrepreneurship Month? In celebration and recognition of entrepreneurs and small businesses across the country, President Barack Obama proclaimed November National Entrepreneurship Month. This is a wonderful thing! It is important to recognize small…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Good news for local small businesses

Good news for local small businesses

PTA clients and students have been in the press this month and we want to share their good news. Join us in showing your support for local small businesses and these hard-working, passionate entrepreneurs.

And the winner is…

And the winner is…

The winners of the Mission Main Street Grants Program were announced today. Congratulations to the twelve small businesses that will each be receiving $250,000 to help make a positive impact in their communities. PTA was one of the nearly 35,000…

It’s not too late to shop local

It’s not too late to shop local

There is less than a week until Christmas! Are you still trying to find the perfect gift for your Secret Santa? When it comes to holiday shopping, I tend to leave things to the last minute. It’s NOT procrastination. I…

Strength In Numbers

Strength In Numbers

New business owners can now secure start-up or expansion capital with a little bit of support from a lot of people. Crowd-funding is really a strength in numbers strategy… not only to get the funding you need but also to grow your customer or client base.

Show Me the Money

Show Me the Money

How do emerging or expanding business owners find funding? Without personal assets or a longer-term track record, it can be difficult to qualify for a traditional business loan. In the SF Bay Area, there are a few non-profit organizations that are helping make loans more accessible to…