Marissa, Maria, and Vincent Derosa (Picasso’s Cafe Bakery & Deli)

Marissa, Maria, and Vincent DeRosa are the owner’s of Picasso’s Café Bakery and Deli ( The Picasso story began in 1989 with the dream of two people, owners and operators Vincent and Maria DeRosa. Their objective was to cater to … Read More

Success Story of Karl Kani

Karl Kani got his start in the Brooklyn projects, peddling logo-emblazoned tees and baggy linen suits sewn by his fathers tailor. In 1999, he developed a business plan with his accountants to start his own urban sportswear company, Karl Kani, … Read More

Honoring Your Heritage Elizabeth An

The An Family Collection is the umbrella name for the many restaurants under it. Those restaurants consist of Crustacean and Thahn Long, the original restaurant opened by the family. Elizabeth An (323-460-4387) is the CEO and “visionary” of the company. … Read More


Bo Jackson

Bo Jackson whom we featured on our Making It! show a few years ago is the subject of an excellent ESPN documentary, “30 for 30.” He’s been involved in several businesses and that is why we spent some time together. … Read More

Russell Simmons and Nelson Davis

Russell Simmons and I

Russell has moved to Los Angeles, a potentially traumatic change for a New York guy. I admire his business smarts and continue to read his book “Do You” 12 laws to achieve happiness and success. He shared some of those … Read More

Thanksgiving Thoughts on Business

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. Marcus Tullius Cicero We are nearing the end of a year that has likely been challenging for most of us, including even the most ambitious … Read More

American Dream or Fantasy?

This first reading material that I picked up this morning contained an article with the provocative title “The American Dream: What went wrong?” I happen to think the dream is still intact and can be as real today as it … Read More

Nelson Davis and Bob Eubanks

Nelson Davis and Jerry Springer

Jerry Springer and I

Jerry Springer and I both started in radio and we both love airplanes. He’s much more humble than I expected.

We Did Build That

During any heatedly contested political battle, passions and rhetoric run hot and it’s easy for the combatants to stumble off the page and into the ever present political quicksand. I write about small business, not politics, but the candidates vying … Read More