I want to start this week with a reminder about new workshop. On October 20th, I will be co-hosting “How to Grow and Manage Your Business Profitably” with Don McMahan and Shane Campbell. The Workshop will be held at Noon at the Finley Center and Lunch will be provided. You can click HERE to register for the Workshop on EventBrite. The cost is $25 and each attendee will also receive a copy of “The Exit Strategy Workbook”. I am looking forward to seeing many of you there!
I think the outpouring of support for the victims of the Valley Fire has been extremely impressive. Everywhere I go, I see people, businesses and civic organizations working to help collect money and items for those that have lost everything. To date, the Valley Fire is the 3rd worst in California history. If you have provided assistance to those in need, Thank You! We all need a little help some times. It is a reminder that fire is a hazard here in California, even in years that are not a drought. I talked to a client who lost an outbuilding in the fire. He said that the biggest thing that saved their house was compliance with the fire regulations. It allowed the crews to work and save their property. Something to think about.
I was at the San Francisco Small Business Expo last week. I met lots of new folks and the level of activity was great. It looks like there is a lot of business going on out there. That is a really good sign for business over the next year or so. I wonder if there are some lessons that people could learn to help them manage that growth?
The word that I am hearing is that the grape harvest is going to be down a bit this year. Not the best economic news for the North Bay, but other sectors look to still be doing well. Hopefully, we will see this keep things going in a positive direction for us all. It is one of the reasons that I am so interested in our economic diversity. An updated forecast is coming in October from the Sonoma County EDB and the North Bay Business Journal. Good event and you may wish to go!
Finally, on a more personal note, I was saddened by the passing of Yogi Berra. I am originally from New York and am a long time Yankees fan. I always thought the world of Yogi and am a big fan of his quotes. I use one of them in my advertising: “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.” His quips always make me smile and he was a reminder of that gentler past.
Have a great week!
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