Trends in Small Business

Sustainability in Business

Sustainability in Business

We frequently teach and meet with entrepreneurs who want to run sustainable and responsible businesses. For them, it’s not just about the bottom line but the triple bottom line – people, planet and profit. How do we care for our…

Small Businesses Giving Back

Small Businesses Giving Back

A small business’ relationship with its community is essential for its success. Small business owners need their local communities to know what they do, respect their work, and spread the word about their products and services. According to a study…

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…

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…

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…

Good Food Dot Com

Good Food Dot Com

When I owned a cheese store in San Francisco in the 1980’s I felt like we were in the middle of a food revolution—there was so much energy around “back to the land”, natural gourmet food, vegetarianism, food buying clubs…

New business ideas popping up all over town

New business ideas popping up all over town

A golf course in downtown San Francisco?  How is this possible?  Well, there is a new concept for mini golf being tested that just might work. Steve Fox displayed his idea for a mini-golf course in San Francisco on September…

Tasty crowd-sourcing

Tasty crowd-sourcing

It used to be that finding capital to start or expand your business meant asking your family and friends for funds, applying for a small business loan, or saving your money for months or years. These days many people are…

Eating Well from Street to Street

Eating Well from Street to Street

On Saturday I joined the crowds in San Francisco’s Mission District to experience La Cocina’s fourth annual Street Food Festival. The sunny streets were full of happy people enjoying tasty delights from 85 vendors—including from some of my former students:…