small business


Tue January 13, 2015

Navigating San Francisco’s pretzel bureaucracy

Stanley Roth with his first cart in 1974. To throw off city regulators, Stanley indicated that his pretzels were "delicious, but not intended for human consumption."

Starting a small business in the Bay Area can be quite a chore. To be successful, you have to twist yourself into unusual shapes.

Read more


Mon January 12, 2015

The Ice Cream Bar: Frozen for years by SF's permitting process

The Ice Cream Bar
Thomas Hawk via Flickr, Creative Commons license

Last September we aired a piece by Todd Oppenheimer on how hard it is for small business owners to get through the permitting process here in San Francisco

A few of you called in with recommendations for other business owners to talk to, including Ted Loewenberg. He's the president of the Haight Ashbury Improvement Association and he says small businesses owners face a Sisyphean task. 

Read more


Fri January 9, 2015
restaurant management

What's It Really Like to Run a Chinese Restaurant?

On the Jan. 11, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Kerry Yip about what it's really like to run a Chinese Restaurant. He owns The Great Wall restaurant in Oakland. 

In the program's second half, you can call in for a Workover--Whatever career conundrum is besetting you, I usually can help you take at least a baby step forward, sometimes a big step.

Read more


Mon August 27, 2012
Small business

Today on Your Call: What does this election mean for small businesses?

On Today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the future of small business sector. According to small business association firms with fewer than 500 employees provide jobs for over half of the nation's workforce. How do the close ties of both major parties to big business shape their approach to small business?  Join us live at 10am PST or post a comment here. If you are a small business owner, what policies do you support? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Jere Glover, the Executive Director Small Business Technology Council

Read more


Thu July 19, 2012

Young and determined: how a group of young men is reinventing Marin City

Lorenzo Bynum has the “baller" build you might see on the cover of GQ, without the swagger. He’s clean-cut, 5’10”, wears two small earrings and has a muscular frame. It’s a Wednesday afternoon in Marin City, and the 23-year-old is digging frantically through a 10’ by 10’ closet. He’s hunting for a parachute large enough for a game with 15 third graders.

Wednesdays are busy days for Bynum. He clocks in at three part-time jobs: two hours directing elementary school children, two hours coaching track and field, and two hours coaching middle school boys basketball.

Read more