Inspiration & Perspective

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.

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…

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…

Rock, paper, wisdom

Rock, paper, wisdom

Every year at Paul Terry & Associates, we make wisdom stones for our colleagues and clients. These stones have become a long-standing tradition and also a symbol for Paul Terry & Associates. They express our intention to help small business…

Need motivation?  Set a deadline!

Need motivation? Set a deadline!

Thanks to all our supporters, PTA got the 250 votes (and more!) needed to make it to the second round of the Chase Mission Main Streets grant process. This grant application process has motivated us to expand our consulting and teaching offerings.

A Birthday Reflection

A Birthday Reflection

No matter what we do, we get older every year! Our birthdays remind us of this fact and we can’t ignore it. It’s my birthday weekend so thinking about change is particularly on my mind. Early birthdays came with exciting…

Take a Break, Gain Perspective

Take a Break, Gain Perspective

Owning a small business requires all-consuming focus and it can be really hard to take a break. Yet it’s important for your health and the health of your business to un-plug and get away sometimes. Recently I traveled to the…

It takes a beginner’s mind

It takes a beginner’s mind

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” In Japan the phrase shoshin means “beginner’s mind”. According to Buddhist monk and teacher Suzuki Roshi, this is the goal of Zen meditation practice—to have…

The Season for Action

The Season for Action

To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. A time to be born, a time to die, A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted, A time to kill,…