Small business

How to Handle Business Complexity

How to Handle Business Complexity

A common issue for small business owners is the relationship between business skills or management capacity and the complexity of the business. If you start a business slowly, you may be able to handle everything yourself. If you only have…

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…

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…

Entrepreneurs of the Year

Entrepreneurs of the Year

On Wednesday, October 7th, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center will be honoring three graduates of Renaissance’s 14-week Business Planning class at their annual gala. The award winners are exemplary business owners who have minimized personal risks and were motivated to plan carefully…

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…

Aunt Ann’s Sustains

Aunt Ann’s Sustains

It was a pleasure to see the Collins family recognized with an award on May 27th from USF’s Gellert Family Business Resource Center. (I was honored to help present the award to the Collins sisters). Denise and Sue Collins are…

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…

Getting Out: Planning your Business Exit

Getting Out: Planning your Business Exit

Many tech entrepreneurs think about their business exit from day one because acquisition is central to their business model. Most small business owners, though, do not start their business thinking about “getting out”… they are too busy “getting in”. An…

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…