Small business

Where did the time go?

Where did the time go?

This is the question we all ask, and perhaps small business owners ask the most! Fresh Air’s Terry Gross recently interviewed Brigid Schulte, author of the book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play, When No One Has the Time. Schulte says…

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…

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…

Elements of effective mentoring

Elements of effective mentoring

January is National Mentoring Month so it feels like the right time to be talking about small business mentoring. I believe that the best small business mentors are other small businesses owners, but success in business does not qualify someone as a good mentor. That person must also be a skillful listener and motivator, know how to ask questions, and know when and how to give honest advice.

Mentoring matters

Mentoring matters

As small business owners we want to be successful. But what happens when we get stuck? What if success feels elusive and failures do not all become lessons learned? Finding someone we trust to guide and mentor us can be critical.

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…

Social Enterprise on the Tibetan Plateau

Social Enterprise on the Tibetan Plateau

This past month, twelve entrepreneurs from the Tibetan Plateau in Western China have been immersed in an intensive learning experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. They were selected as the first group of Fellows in a new program called…

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…