Profiles

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.

Remembering a great friend and mentor

Remembering a great friend and mentor

As we celebrate another year around the sun, I have been reflecting on what matters to me most and, in particular, the important relationships and mentors in my life. I have been thinking a lot about my late friend and…

Farewell to the Guru of Guerilla Marketing

Farewell to the Guru of Guerilla Marketing

Jay Conrad Levinson, the father of “guerrilla marketing,” passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 80. I didn’t know him personally but his 1983 book Guerrilla Marketing—geared to small business owners and entrepreneurs—was inspirational to me. Levinson…

Wisdom from Melissa Joy Manning

Wisdom from Melissa Joy Manning

Design Sponge recently posted a great profile of jewelry designer Melissa Joy Manning, a graduate or Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center’s business planning class. She talks about why she started her own business and she shares some of her lessons learned in…

Advocating for Small Business

Advocating for Small Business

On Thursday a very happy crowd gathered at the Marine’s Memorial Club for the Small Business Network’s Annual Awards Gala. I was honored to be one of the nine award winners, receiving the Small Business Advocate Award for my role as a small business owner and my involvement in…

Sharing Small Business Wisdom

Sharing Small Business Wisdom

As part of the lead-up to the eighth annual San Francisco Small Business Week (May 13-18, 2013), I was interviewed for the San Francisco Small Business Week blog. The week is designed to offer a series of educational and networking events…

Transitions: A Bridge to Change

Transitions: A Bridge to Change

The author of Transitions completed his own transition. Dr. William Bridges died on February 17th. He was a pioneer on the work of transitions and transformed the way people think about change. Through his business networks and books (Transitions and Managing…

Be Here Now

Be Here Now

BE HERE NOW. The ultimate “mantra” voiced by Dr. Richard Alpert, known to many of us as Baba Ram Dass. Last Friday night I saw “Acid Test: The Many Incarnations of Ram Dass” at The Marsh in Berkeley. It featured…

In Conversation with Al Gore

In Conversation with Al Gore

Well …he wasn’t talking only with me. Along with hundreds of people, I got the chance to hear Barbara Kingsolver speak with Al Gore at Herbst Theater in San Francisco on Tuesday night. I really went to hear Barbara Kingsolver,…