Jul 28, 2010

Educating Tomorrow’s Employees

In a portable classroom located on the far end of the College of Alameda campus in Alameda, Bill Gravel is running through the particulars of the next project for his Introduction to Warehousing Operations class: He's assigned teams of students to design a local or regional warehouse. The jovial banter...
Jul 28, 2010

Passion Is Not Enough to Sustain a Business

Berkeley's Barbara J. Lippard has served in various leadership positions within SCORE, the national organization that provides free small-business mentoring and training. Currently, she's a counselor and serves on its national board of directors. Prior to her...
Jul 28, 2010

Retail Climate Delays Jack London Market

The long-awaited artisanal food mecca at Jack London Square has been billed as a "culinary playground" that will help revitalize the Oakland waterfront. Brochures promise that the building will become the East Bay's response to the flourishing...
Jun 30, 2010

Ask Barbara J. Lippard

Berkeley's Barbara J. Lippard is a counselor at East Bay SCORE, a local branch of the national organization that provides free small business mentoring and training. Prior to her retirement, Lippard was an investment manager for Time,...
Jun 30, 2010

New Tax Threatens Oakland’s Small Businesses

Oakland retailers have shown signs of rebounding from the Great Recession in the past several months, particularly small, independent businesses. The local restaurant industry also is flourishing. About 25 new eateries have opened in the city in...
Jun 30, 2010

The Sustainable Economies Law Center Wants to Help You Share

Berkeley attorney Janelle Orsi is the co-founder of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), which aims to help social enterprises, worker-owned co-ops, and other mission-oriented enterprises sort through legal red tape. The co-author of The Sharing Solution,...
Jun 30, 2010

Rebuilding an East Bay Manufacturing Base

Mandela Parkway is ground zero for Oakland City Councilwoman Nancy Nadel's vision of maintaining an industrial base in Oakland. Amidst the tangled patch of homes and hulking brick and tin buildings that line the well-manicured street and...
Jun 30, 2010

Noncompete Agreements Are Also Nonlegal in California

You hire Joe to work for you. After learning everything he can, he quits and starts a similar business. He also hires several of your other employees and lures away some of your best customers. Is this...
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