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  • June 26, 2015

    The Universe Brought Me a Building

    ... back in 2010. I thought I'd share that story.



    Like everyone else, TKB started out in a basement.  That was way back in 1995.  Over the years, the basement expanded into a bedroom and then from a bedroom into a flat. 

    We were in that flat for a long time. Van studied for her citizenship exam there. I would yell to her over the boxes "What are the three Branches of government?" or "Who are our...
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  • November 8, 2010

    Managing Inventory - Interesting Website



    We recently worked with a tech person to help set up our Big Pour (an event where we invite local people to come in and shop in our warehouse), and he pointed out that even though we are an internet based company, most of our operations function "off the grid".

    The way we handle our purchase orders, our accounting, our inventory, our payroll. Plenty of these things are done a very old fashioned...
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  • August 11, 2010

    Unclenching the Jaw


    This year has been my tipping point. It is the year that I have gone from sleeping well at night to tossing and turning. The year that my jaw began to clench. I have my eye on a couple culprits:
    • My iPhone. I can pick it up at 2:00 a.m. and do a quick check of the emails or read up on the forum or check a twitter feed. I no longer come home at night and shut the door on the day's activities.
    • So...
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  • August 25, 2009

    My Pretty Pink Folder


    Long ago I learned to compartmentalize some of my small business owner activities so that they don't overwhelm.

    • I order new supplies once a week (Wednesdays) and I don't even think about it in between.
    • When bills come in, I immediately tuck them into my "pink folder". I only sort through and pay bills on Friday.
    • I come in at 9:00 and leave at 6:00 and weekends are not for working.
    It's like Maslow's...
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  • July 6, 2009

    Reframing the Brand

    Recently I attended a Green Expo in San Francisco and it was interesting to see the number of booths dedicated to various different enterprises. Surprising to me was the number of independent organic chocolatiers. Seems that hand crafted chocolate is just as dynamic an entreprenuerial industry as hand crafted soap, toiletries and cosmetics.

    Locally, we have several chocolatiers many of them quite...
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