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18 – No Silver Spoon In This Mouth! – Mark Choey of Climb Real Estate

9/10/2018
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Born to immigrant parents in New York City, Mark Choey 'climbed' the ladder of corporate success until he realized ... he could make much more money in real estate. Co-Founder of Climb Real Estate, one of the Top 10 Brokerages in San Francisco, Mark is successful by any standard. But does he think so? On this show we will explore the mindset required to build a real estate empire. Plus enjoy an extended conversation between Mark and myself on gentrification and affordable housing ... Enjoy!

Duration:00:30:06

17 – Mini Golf Universe – Steve Fox of Urban Putt

8/11/2018
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Steve Fox has bottled the magic of Miniature Golf … shaken it up … and let it explode all over the walls, floors and ceiling. Building a magical universe that can withstand "the rigors of 8 year old boys and 30 year old drunks…" and "all of the terrible things that can happen when you arm a bunch of people with weapons and set them loose with drinks." Business is good! But as Steve Fox has learned ... even a successful business, takes a huge toll on your personal life.

Duration:00:18:51

16 – It's Gonna Be Like Levi's! – Ifafunke Oladigbolu of Lola's African Apparel

7/17/2018
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On a trip back home to Nigeria, 'Lola' took $1,000 and produced as many outfits as she could. She brought them back with her to the US and began selling them at a weekend flea market. Her clothing not only is a thriving business, but helps boost a sense of identity for her African-American customers – in a small way, helping combat a legacy of slavery. She's super charming, and her fun selfie videos have given a big boost to her social media channel, and her business. Her goal? Ankara fabric...

Duration:00:11:59

15 – Persistence and the Music Business – Lalin St. Juste and Aki Ehara – leaders of band The Seshen

11/29/2017
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The Seshen is a major band in the making. They've licensed their songs to BET and the Syfy channel ... and have played major festivals around the US. They're fresh off a European tour and sit down to talk about what it takes to make it in the music business... something they are still working on every day

Duration:00:15:30

Baby Rocky

8/30/2017
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On a baby break! Listen in for the *sweet* murmers of infanthood and the secrets of soothing a screaming being (spoiler alert: yoga 'ohms' are involved) Be back soon with a new featured business!

Duration:00:04:31

Ep 14 - Debt Spiral - Stay Away from MCA!

8/1/2017
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MCA = Merchant Cash Advance = Indigestion for Small Business Owners OK, let me back up. A totally different type of indigestion was the inspiration for the restaurant formerly-known-as-Grease-Box – which is likely the ONLY totally gluten-free, greasy-spoon diner in the world. Owner-chef Lizzy Boelter has Celiac Disease which inspired her to create – and I say this objectively – the best tasting gluten-free sourdough bread in the world. But not without facing some challenges along the way....

Duration:00:29:23

Ep 13 - Immigrant Labor Shortages and the Wine We Love

7/18/2017
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By the end of this show, you will never look at the wine shelves in your supermarket the same way again. Big brands own most of the labels on those shelves (yes even those fancy ones) ... and our guest is a second-generation farmer of the grapes that go into them. We discuss recent labor shortages. Most people are aware that immigrants from south of the border provide most of the field work. But many people are not aware just how rapidly this issue is changing. But our story begins with a...

Duration:00:37:45

Ep 12 – How to Increase Your Hourly Pay as a Freelancer

7/11/2017
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If you work for yourself – do you get paid by the hour? $20? $50? Or are you thinking beyond the hourly paycheck and getting creative in order to put that ‘X’ Factor in your income. On today's show we feature a freelance musician who has carved a living for himself despite his Bay Area rent going up 500% ! We talk about how to survive the disruption of your industry – and finally how to think beyond the hourly wage for your services, towards a sustainable business model that will allow you...

Duration:00:29:26

Ep 11 - How to Start an International Non-Profit on a Thin Nickel

6/21/2017
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Clifton Jang is not your typical small business person... Not one, but THREE orphanages in Thailand and Cambodia have been started by the organization he co-founded. And by ONLY employing international staff – Re:ACTS Ministries has been able run these three fully staffed programs on a budget of only $100k per year. In this episode we learn savvy leadership and fundraising tactics that enable them to run these 24/7 facilities from half a world away, in San Francisco. They also run a Fit...

Duration:00:29:32

Ep 10 – Lucky to be a Millionaire - How to Flip a House and Survive a Recession

6/5/2017
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Usually on this show we feature a challenge. A mountain of debt, society’s perceptions, or a marketing problem – something that the business owner has overcome. However, our guest today has catapulted herself from an impoverished refugee family, to earning millions as one of the top real estate producers in the Bay Area. And… to hear her tell it, it’s been no sweat. IF YOU WANT TO FLIP A HOUSE ... Visit our blog for Free Advice from our guest Trang Dunlap...

Duration:00:33:45

Ep 09 - GoFundMe Saves A Restaurant – $300k Debt on $1m Sales

5/25/2017
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Minimum wage is set to rise to $15 an hour next year – which really means $20 an hour for employers after you consider payroll tax and unemployment insurance. So restaurants like Cassava are hurting. An already tiny profit margin gets wiped out by skyrocketing wages and debt. This week we hear from Yuka Ioroi, co-owner of Cassava - a trendy dining establishment in Richmond district of SF – how she and her husband Kris almost fell off the debt cliff ... before launching a cry for help within...

Duration:00:36:48

09 - GoFundMe Saves A Restaurant – $300k Debt on $1m Sales

5/25/2017
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Minimum wage is set to rise to $15 an hour next year – which really means $20 an hour for employers after you consider payroll tax and unemployment insurance. So restaurants like Cassava are hurting. An already tiny profit margin gets wiped out by skyrocketing wages and debt. This week we hear from Yuka Ioroi, co-owner of Cassava - a trendy dining establishment in Richmond district of SF – how she and her husband Kris almost fell off the debt cliff ... before launching a cry for help...

Duration:00:36:48

Ep 08 From Stockbroker to Drug Trade to the Legit Art Biz

5/19/2017
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Today we have a guy who barely made it through high school. He then somehow became one of the youngest floor traders at the SF Stock Exchange at age 19 ... before giving it up to spend the majority of his twenties in the drug trade. Not street level. I’m talking weight. Now, Sorell Raino-Tsui is an accomplished legitimate business person, improving the Oakland community, coordinating highly visible well-paid public art, and selling original works as a partner in the art space Athen B...

Duration:00:37:33

Ep 07 All Money Ain’t Good Money – Opening a Top-Rated Restaurant

5/5/2017
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Have you ever thought about raising money for a business? It took Adrian Henderson and Nigel Jones over $300,000 to open the doors to Kingston 11 - a booming three year old Jamaican restaurant in Uptown Oakland with a Michelin Recommendation. But as they found out the hard way – all money ain’t good money. This show dives into the nitty gritty of opening a restaurant business, and the joy of cooking and providing a beautiful space for the community to get together.

Duration:00:25:16

All Money Ain’t Good Money – Opening a Top-Rated Restaurant

5/5/2017
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Have you ever thought about raising money for a business? It took Adrian Henderson and Nigel Jones over $300,000 to open the doors to Kingston 11 - a booming three year old Jamaican restaurant in Uptown Oakland with a Michelin Recommendation. But as they found out the hard way – all money ain’t good money. This show dives into the nitty gritty of opening a restaurant business, and the joy of cooking and providing a beautiful space for the community to get together.

Duration:00:24:24

Ep 06 - How to get Fired Up when you start from zero

4/24/2017
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Imagine going from spending a decade in prison, to successfully raising capital for – not one – but two businesses, hiring employees and reuniting your family. Every business owner needs to believe in themselves. And every person goes through hard times. Our guest today, John Krause of Big House Beans is not alone in either of those ways. So how do you gain the self-confidence and courage on a fundamental level, to believe that you are capable of raising money and starting a business? Find...

Duration:00:28:29

Ep 05 - A Crooked Woman on a Cider Mission

4/14/2017
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Dana’s uncles were buddies with Al Capone, selling moonshine in the Midwest during prohibition. Now – she may not technically be Crooked but her Cider sure is. She is building on the family legend – and taking on an industry. When Dana was let go from her job a few years ago she made up her mind that she was going to start a successful Cider business and she hasn’t looked back. That being said she is up against a stiff fight. When people think of craft brew, they think beer. She brews hard...

Duration:00:24:30

Ep 04 - How to Start a Non Profit

4/10/2017
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In the short span of two years Johnny Irwin of City Surf Project has built an organization with over 300 volunteers, taking inner city youth ... to the beach! He teaches them surfing and life skills. Successful fundraising parties, featured spots on local TV news, and a GoPro sponsorship are just some of the ways they've been able to achieve this growth. How did this former high school teacher get the courage to take the plunge? Listen in to find out! And you can find more about their...

Duration:00:27:39

Ep 03 - Malik's Philosophies / Mental Health

3/25/2017
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You need a vacation. Malik knows that. As a former reality-TV star and motivational speaker, you'll be riveted for these twenty minutes as Malik's soothing voice dispenses sage wisdom on how to balance the demands of your business with family, deal with depression - and stay inspired. Working Sunday is a radio show from Oakland CA about small businesses and the people who run them. We learn about their life, their struggle, and their road to profit. The stories are inspiring, educational,...

Duration:00:21:06

Ep 02 - Tiffany's Staffing Nightmares

3/19/2017
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This episode is more than just an interview with a State Farm Insurance Agent in SF - it is a journey into motivation, frustration, personal sacrifice and the tough lessons learned in the first two years of starting a successful business. What has Tiffany learned about hiring, marketing ... and don't miss her emotional story of inspiration by her late father. Working Sunday is a radio show from Oakland CA about small businesses and the people who run them. We learn about their life, their...

Duration:00:22:20