Starting a business is hard. A new group started by CSUMB Small Business Development Center hopes to make it easier. Their vision is to create an entrepreneurial environment for all businesses – new, startup or existing.
I’ve been to three meetings and each meeting is progressively more educational, fun and interactive.
Each meeting features two speakers who are either starting up or have an existing business in the Monterey area. Preceded by a short meet and greet and followed with questions. Meetings are building momentum and it seems we need more time.
No meeting in January because the SBDC is working on their annual Startup Weekend Monterey Bay, an intense 3-day collaboration and contest.
The monthly meetings resume again in February. Free to attend at Press Club in Seaside. Juices, wine/beer, coffee and sandwiches or salads are available.
I was in the market for a hosting solution.
I had narrowed it down to Host Gator and Blue Host.
I had both open and was chatting with the customer service about their services. I decided on Blue Host because they specialize in WordPress. But after I clicked to order I noticed that I could not really tell the price I would be paying. Did they mean that I need to pay for a year at a time? And why are all these recommended services checked? It was confusing and I opted for Host Gator because I know exactly what I’ll be paying for and everything is included. It may be that I needed the extra “add-ons” or I may have been able to save a couple bucks per month by not choosing some; and I also did not want to post my credit card info and find out I had to pay a whole year in advance.
Bottom line is: make sure you communicate well to your customers and be transparent with prices.
This blog will focus on Monterey County small businesses.
I believe that there is a lot to be gained from sharing experiece and resources.
I’ll comment on local business news but will also comment on business news elsewhere.
I don’t believe it’s necessary to reinvent the wheel to have a successful business community. There are other successful business communities that Monterey can use as a model.
Just think of a traffic jam. Notice how most cars push to get ahead, blocking other cars from getting ahead. This slows everyone down, including themselves!
Now think of Silicon Valley and the Open Source culture. There have been epic gains created from their culture of sharing….
I will elaborate more on that idea; I haven’t formed the mission statement yet, but I believe it’s necessary to act quickly so I’m starting the blog today.
Join me on my journey!