Kimberly Lamar – “A Video Start-Up Adventure” – MAKING IT! Business Unusual

The purpose of this G+ Hangout is to learn from experienced small business owners. Kimberly Lamar, in conversation with Nelson Davis ( will share wisdom and insights into the world of business start-ups. Kimberly has started her business in partnership … Read More

MAKING IT! Business Unusual – Rick Ayres (Bulldog Brewery, Los Angeles)

Are you ready for a beverage business startup? Watch this episode of MAKING IT! Business Unusual and you will find out. Nelson Davis talks to guest Rick Ayres of Bulldog Brewery in Los Angeles ( and give him the practical … Read More

More Jobs—Steve and Small Business

Many thousands of words have been written about Steve Jobs as a visionary and titan during the past week. They are well deserved. Today however, I’m looking in on his life as an inspiring story for the small business owners … Read More

Trump This

Just when you think that you’ve heard everything about Donald Trump, there’s another chapter being written in the semi fictional book of his life. Last week, I was in New York, the place where he has marked out his most … Read More

Messy Brand Management

In the world of small business, a large percentage of owners are sole proprietors who operate with minimal full-time staff or the trappings we often associate with larger businesses. Whatever brand equity these individuals have is connected to them in … Read More

Going Gaga for Business

Just one year ago the pop music phenomenon known as Lady Gaga was preparing to perform at Palm Springs California’s White Party, perhaps the largest Gay men’s celebration in the country. I’m sure it was a career step up for … Read More

Brand America

Each year, a number of previously well known commercial brands simply disappear, and as I gaze into the rear view mirror of 2009, it seems that the dead brand list has swelled. We need to make the point that signs … Read More

Too Big to Succeed

Over the past couple of months, economic news headlines have frequently been punctuated by the phrase “Too Big to Fail” when referring to several giant publicly traded companies being considered for rescue by the federal government. From my small business … Read More

Luxury — I Don’t Think So

This is the time of year when every merchant is digging deep to come up with the sales or promotional line that consumers can’t resist. It is indeed make it or break it time for a lot of retail businesses … Read More