Posts Tagged ‘Small Business’

Small Business Week – San Francisco

May 12, 2014


If you’re thinking of starting your own business, check out the free talks and activities this week sponsored by Small Business Week San Francisco.

Earn extra money so you can smart shop!


September 8, 2013

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ABL is always interested in SMALL BUSINESSES.

Kudos to Encorecake the quaint bakeshop/cafe.  Encorecake’s owner started off by baking for friends till she was encouraged to open up shop.

Check it out when you’re in the area.  Encorecake accepts custom orders too for specialty cakes.  If you’re in that area and are in need of a small cake does pass by, try it out and get to meet the owner.

ABL and friends enjoyed the Chocolate, Strawberry and Carrot.

It’s all about taking risks and being fearless.  If Encorecake can do it, so can you!

The Importance of Shopping Small

May 29, 2013

the-importance-of-shopping-small_509c301722e57Support the SMALL BUSINESS and use your American Express or better yet pay in cash cause most credit card companies take a chunk.

Go around your area and explore the small businesses around you!

Choice : Entrepreneur

April 19, 2013

Anyone can be an entrepreneur.

Yesterday, ABL saw one on BART.  He was on a wheelchair with his smart phone selling home made soap.IMG_2963

All you need is a product and the courage to sell it to the public.

He called his product HOPE SOAP.IMG_2965

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If he can do it, so can you!  You just need to make that CHOICE.


March 12, 2013


the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor. Synonyms: privation, neediness, destitution, indigence, pauperism, penury. Antonyms: riches, wealth, plenty.

deficiency of necessary or desirable ingredients, qualities, etc.: poverty of the soil. Synonyms: thinness, poorness, insufficiency.

scantiness; insufficiency: Their efforts to stamp out disease were hampered by a poverty of medical supplies. Synonyms: meagerness, inadequacy, sparseness, shortage, paucity, dearth. Antonyms: abundance,surfeit, sufficiency, bounty, glut.


Poor in the United States is different from poor in other countries.

Are you poor or are you wealthy?

What can you do to change the state of poverty?

Check out these TED Talks on The Quest To End Poverty.


March 11, 2013

Bolani is a vegan flat-bread from Afghanistan, baked or fried with a vegetable filling. It has a thin crust and can be stuffed with a variety of ingredients, such as potatoes, spinach, lentils, pumpkin, or leeks.

Bolani originates strictly from Afghanistan. It is vegan and very low-calorie. It is usually served as an appetizer, side-dish, or main dish.

One of ABL’s cheap thrill’s is going to COSTCO to check out food samples.

Today, ABL headed over and discovered Bolani. A Concord based Afghan food company.

IMG_2880Pumpkin Bolani with Cilantro Pesto, Curry Lentil and Sweet Jalapeno.

IMG_2881The guy giving out the samples was hilarious and extremely generous.  I picked up a few items because of the taste and his enthusiasm.

IMG_2882You get a variety of Bolani and sauces.

It really makes a difference if your product is good and when you have people enthusiastic about it.

Per the company rep who was there, it is currently available at Costco and Wholefoods.

Try it.  It’s good.  The guy said you’d have a better chance of the Bolani tasting better if you heat it on the top of the hood of your car rather than the microwave.  Plus it’s always great to support local and the small business guy!

Babo Bear from Yoyamart

March 2, 2013

ABL has always been a fan of the Uglydolls.

This month, David Horvath announced the release of Babo Bear.


Uglydolls is now a huge company.   They decided to have the plush company GUND do their doll distribution.

Instead of waiting for it to hit the bigger chain stores, Shay Fei Fei purchased Babo Bear from Yoyamart one of the small business specialty shops.  There used to be two shops here in the San Francisco Kidrobot and Giant Robot.  However, they closed down because there was not enough support to keep them open.

If you don’t want your local stores or the smaller guys to shut down and disappear, you should support them by buying from them.  

If you have something in mind and can afford it, buy from the smaller businesses when you can!