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Growth Factory Filling Gaps in Regional Ecosystem
Based on the idea that the Sacramento region is “primed for success” in launching new businesses, but that entrepreneurs needed help in getting started, Mark Haney and Monique Brown founded a new business accelerator based in Rocklin—the Growth Factory. On March 10,...
Venture Catalyst Expanding at UC Davis
Janine Elliott was our guest on October 12 for a Perspectives podcast, explaining her new role. She comes to us from 6 years at VentureWell in Amherst, MA, one of the best- funded and most complete tech incubators, and from the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator, which...
The Other Path to Decarbonizing Transportation
Both California and New York have declared they want people to buy only EVs starting in 2035 and more states are considering joining the push. But that leaves the existing 276 million gasoline and diesel vehicles still on the road in the US (31 million in California)...
SMUD 2030 Board Meeting
SMUD voted to approve their 2030 plan. Make sure you read the Full Plan and Connect with SMUD. Here is the full board meeting Presentation ABOUT THE AUTHOR Thomas is the Executive Director of CleanStart. Thomas has a strong background in supporting small businesses,...
Green Products Creating Disposal and Recycling Challenges
What is one of the leading threats to the spread of solar PV installations in the US? The lack of a good way to deal with old or broken panels from existing installations. Fifty thousand tons of these are piling up in warehouses in the absence of a better solution. ...
Insightful Key Components
As an entrepreneur or business owner, it’s important to stay connected with your investors and lenders during tough times. They are invested in your success and want to see you succeed, so don’t leave them in the dark. Additionally, take this opportunity to catch up on any secondary tasks you may have been putting off, such as cleaning up your bookkeeping, workspace, marketing, and more. By doing so, you’ll feel more organized and prepared for the future. Another great way to improve yourself and your business during downtime is to learn as much as possible. Whether reading books, watching online courses, or attending virtual workshops, continuous learning will keep you sharp and ahead of the curve. Lastly, don’t forget to get some exercise and practice safe social distancing. A healthy mind and body are crucial for navigating difficult times and making sound decisions.