Small Business Lessons From Top French Chefs


Small business lessons were everywhere during a recent culinary tour of Paris and environs – as common, in fact, as butter, eggs and truffles! Despite a flagging economy, it’s hard to get a reservation at restaurants in France with Michelin Stars and hefty price tags. Taking notes, between delicious bites, I uncovered 8 great ways to […]

Story of Successful Lighting Entrepreneur

Light of an Entrepreneur’s Life


An electrician’s journey to entrepreneurism In a small town in Northern California, there is a man who was an electrician for many years, working with a large electrical contractor. With one question, a a friend of a friend changed all that. “M., can you fix my grandmother’s chandelier?” He hadn’t worked on an antique lighting fixture before […]

Business Plan Evolution


Always have a plan – even when it changes, all the time. Business plans take research, analysis, and, quite frankly, a great deal of work.  When you finish one, it seems as solid as stone. But as soon as the laptop’s proverbial ink is dry on the business plan, things begin to change. Gas prices […]