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CNBC’s Restaurant Startup brings true reality to the viewer

January 14, 2015


“Restaurant Startup” Season Two premieres January 13 on CNBC at 10 pm ET/PT and was shot on a set that by Hollywood standards resembled the set of a low budget film. It’s not just that reality TV costs less to produce than scripted comedies and dramas but “Restaurant Startup” focuses on the real life drama […]

Roasted duck, Obamacare, and California’s sunshine — not necessarily in that order

February 21, 2014


Yet another day of temps in the low 80s. Ugh. This is February 21? A hint of jasmine is in the air like it’s a spring morning and I know that’s slightly different from my family’s home in western Pennsylvania where they’ve been treated like they’re a wide receiver and the snow is Seattle Seahawks […]

Behind the Scenes at a Family Run Dairy Farm and Memorable Christmas Gifts

December 16, 2013


  Rockview Farms is a successful family run dairy in Downey, California – the last independently run dairy in California that distributes its own milk and owns its cows. Curt DeGroot gave me a tour of the dairy’s fluid processing plant and gave me his perspective on the southern California economy and why their business […]

My Week in Review: California’s Economy, Asian Elephants, Typhoon Haiyan, Black Friday

November 16, 2013


California Economic Summit A week ago, I covered the 2013 California Economic Summit in Los Angeles and had the chance to visit with Kish Rajan, of GO-Biz. He put a positive spin on the business climate in California. Of course he does work for the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. I asked him […]

A Bank in Los Angeles that Cares. Really?

October 29, 2013


My interview the CEO of Banc of California, Steve Sugarman, is live on the Starting A Business Section of Running a Small and on my page. The Banc of California is tapping into communities around Southern California and Steve Sugarman told me the institution is far more flexible in its lending policies than […]

An Inspiring Entrepreneur and How He Recovered from a Health Crisis

October 19, 2013


I had the good fortune to interview Yehuda Packer this week. He’s the CEO of a security systems company and in 2010 he found out he had a brain tumor. He was working with the LAPD and running his company. The story is an excellent example of why it’s necessary to have supportive people in […]

Organic Foods Home Delivery

August 19, 2013


Organic food aficionados in Orange County should note that Winder Farms is expanding the home delivery of organic foods. I recently interviewed Mike Dutton, CEO of Winder Farms. He said they’re serving about 6,000 homes and plan to reach 10,000 homes by the end of 2013. For more on the organic food industry and business […]

Start up business lessons from a microbrewery in Vista, California

June 28, 2013


Late May, I stopped by Indian Joe Brewing in Vista, CA quite by accident. I returned to interview the owner Max Moran, the only Native American micro-brewer in the country. San Diego County is a hotbed for microbrews. Click here to read some of the lessons Max learned when he started the business. Getting clearance […]

Write up with model-athlete turned tech entrepreneur

June 24, 2013


I just uploaded my first article with Jennifer Colli, a 26-year-old entrepreneur who’s intent on changing the way consumers, celebrities, and brands interact. Jennifer is developing an app called Who Has It? and will help fans track what their celebrities are wearing. She’s got terrific advice on networking for entrepreneurs and how she leverages her […]

Learn probate real estate investing with Ernie Vargas

April 11, 2013


Ernie Vargas is a friend of mine who teaches people from all walks of life how to invest in probate real estate. He and his family are entrepreneurs living in Pasadena and working around Los Angeles. He’s got some inspiring pics on Facebook that are worth viewing. I wrote an article on him for my […]