By Phil Blair, Executive Officer at Manpower and Laurie Britton, Owner of Café Virtuoso
It’s no surprise that our daily routines as a café owner and an executive for one of San Diego’s largest employers are pretty different. However, the two of us – Laurie Britton of Café Virtuoso and Phil Blair of Manpower Staffing – stand together in our belief that great local leaders strive to do right by business owners and their customers. By limiting harmful single-use food containers in our restaurants, it is possible for San Diego’s City Council to support healthy business and a healthy community all at once. Continue reading “Upgrade Our Take-Out Containers or Protect Business? San Diego Can Do Both”
by Juan Pablo Sanchez, Owner of Super Cocina
Creating “an inclusive economy in San Diego” has been a regional buzzword for the last couple of years. But what does that really mean for those of us who don’t spend their time in economic development think-tanks, government hallways or philanthropic board rooms?
Continue reading “San Diego, the Welcoming City”
Have your business’ energy bills gotten out of control? Have you been one of the lucky ones to experience that oh-so-special “surge pricing”? Are you, your employees or your customers hit hard by these bills at home too?
Then speak up: it’s easy and YOUR STORY MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE. Continue reading “We almost have a choice”
by Alan Haghighi, owner of FruitCraft Fermentery & Distillery
There is something about the desire to get reacquainted with what it means to be human that drives the next generation of business owners we see today. We want our businesses to serve our clients’ needs while advocating social justice, a clean environment, and compassion for each other.
Most of all, we strive to return to a sense of community. A place where we know and trust one another and actually care about our shared fate.
But ironically, in order to bring these social enterprises into existence, business owners like me — who had little start-up capital — often have to turn to funding sources whose values couldn’t be further from our own. Continue reading “In The New Economy, Everyone Is An Investor”
by Hasani James, Owner of Exclusive Window Cleaning
As business owners, we all wear it. We have to. That professional veil that projects our most competent, confident selves to the world. The thing that puts mandatory grins on our faces and keeps the high-fives coming despite dismal sales forecasts, sluggish growth, or near-empty bank accounts.
The perception that we have it all figured out is as crucial for our own sanity as it is for our clients’ tranquility and our employees’ motivation.
Continue reading “Why Keeping Up Appearances Is The Only Way Forward”
by Mike Torti of C&M Motors, Inc.
Something amazing is brewing in San Diego, and not a new craft beer this time: our city officials are proposing a ban on certain single-use plastics that include expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers.
Which means that we’re all likely to hear confusing thoughts about this topic in the weeks to come, especially from groups who’ll make it sound like a death sentence for businesses and consumers. Seeing as I’m both in business and spend the bulk of my free time chairing the San Diego chapter of Surfrider Foundation, I feel well positioned to provide this primer on why banning styrofoam plates and single-use plastic utensils is good for all of us in San Diego. Continue reading “The business case for a ban on (certain) single-use plastics”
by George Thornton, owner of The Homebrewer
The idea of starting your own business can be infectious. In fact, I often joke that entrepreneurism is a disease.
And one of the symptoms of this disease is the rosey lens through which we view our entrepreneurial partnerships. Continue reading “When Marriage Isn’t Forever And Your Business Might Not Be, Either”
by Lauren Passero Brookes, Owner/Operator of Kensington Cafe, The Haven Pizzeria, DEL SUR Mexican Cantina
I’m a woman, a business owner and a mother. That’s all you need to know about me in no particular order. And my story’s punch line is really an exercise in circular logic: Pregnancy turned me into a better business owner; being a better business owner made me a better mother.
Now let’s mix in a few more stereotypes and judgmental factors about my business acumen:
- I opened a restaurant but I can’t cook.
- I launched it at the height of the Great Recession.
- I try to make everyone happy and dread upsetting anyone.
- I opened a second restaurant when I started my family.
- I opened a third restaurant with a toddler and newborn.
Continue reading “Raising Businesses and Children”
By: Jamie Hampton, CEO of Mixte Communications
The story of Mixte’s beginning involves me on a bike at an intersection having an existential crisis about cars on roads versus bikes on roads.
There’s more to Mixte’s beginning, a darker side that I don’t acknowledge often, but in today’s world of #metoo and women’s marches, I find new meaning in the deeper story. Continue reading “Going Against the Grain”
By: Natalie Gill, Owner of Native Poppy
In my line of work, vision boards are everything.
One quick search for “floral design” on Pinterest returns millions of inspiration boards, for everything from magical weddings to gorgeous editorial shoots to stunning interior design.
So, it’s probably unsurprising to learn that as a mid-20s, floral-obsessed creative, I too had a Pinterest vision board. I called it my “mood board,” as in, “I’m really in the mood to leave my current soul-sucking HR desk job and be a boss lady already.”
Continue reading “A Vision Board is Not a Business Plan”