But, I’m a Unicorn, Dammit!

But, I’m a Unicorn, Dammit!

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Can you tell us the concept behind “But, I’m a Unicorn, Dammit!”? Hehehe, I wish it had a really good story behind it (I should just make one up) but the real story is I was on Skype with my coach talking about naming my practice and it just kinda fell out of my mouth. I had no desire to have my company be "Strother Gaines Coaching" or something like that and when this popped out it just felt totally right. It has grown (over time) to signify that feeling of "I know I'm unique and have some strength or talent to contribute to the world but I just haven't figured it out yet... But I'm a Unicorn, Dammit!" Many of my clients are super high performers but still have…
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Sweating the Details with Melinda Phillips Zumski

Sweating the Details with Melinda Phillips Zumski

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I have known Melinda for like forever (which is a really long time in Gay Years!).  Actually, we met at the GGBA.  We both ended up being board members and co-chairing just about every committee at some point in time.  Melinda introduced me to SF's Renaissance Center and I introduced her to BNI - she is currently the President of Embarcadero BNI. Needless to say, she's a great friend and a trusted business advisor. She is also the founder of ZümiFi At ZümiFi, we get it. We work with dozens of smart, savvy people just like you from all types of businesses. You want to get to the next level. And we can help you get there.  Consider us as your professional stress relievers. We balance your books and crunch your…
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Moving Forward to Success and Satisfaction

Moving Forward to Success and Satisfaction

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I have had the pleasure of knowing Frank for years.  Our paths have crossed through the kink community, the bear community, and San Francisco in general (it really is a small town). Frank is either a scary-looking tattooed biker dude or one hot Daddy (it's all in the perspective). Regardless of first impressions, Frank is genuine and his breadth of experience is invaluable to anyone running a business.  And of course, he was kind enough to share his insights with our readers. What made you start MentorSF? Having come from being a small business owner back in the 80’s, offering discussion groups with a focus on personal development and national relationship dialogue workshops, then moving on to assist as a non-profit specialist in several programs throughout the Bay Area. Throughout my experience, I have…
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Serial Entrepreneur Nosh Johnson

Serial Entrepreneur Nosh Johnson

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I met Nosh many years ago. I joined the Board of GGBA and Nosh was the President at the time. Over the years, we traveled in similar circles and would catch at the Renaissance Center for Entrepreneurship or some other SF Small Business event.  My typical opening was always, "So, what are you working on now?"  I recently caught up with Nosh and here's what she's up to: Why did you want to start your own business? Well as it turns out I am a serial entrepreneur. However, I didn't really make the decision to become an entrepreneur with my first business. Turned out a project that I took on the to build custom software for the Electric Power and Research Institute (EPRI) required that I have a business license…
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Oakland’s Lesbian Owned The Good Hop Bottle Shop

Oakland’s Lesbian Owned The Good Hop Bottle Shop

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I met Melissa a few years back. She was working on a business plan for a craft beer specialty shop.  We've stayed in touch over the years, and I am pleased to present Melissa and The Good Hop Bottle Shop in this week's focus on #queerbiz. The Good Hop Bottle Shop is your one-stop shop for all things hop! We are a bottle shop and taproom serving hundreds of beers by the bottle available for takeaway or onsite consumption, as well as 16 rotating taps serving up California beers. Come in, check out our tasty beers, and tip a few back with your friends! We're just off 19th Street BART in downtown Oakland, close to the restaurants and theaters in Uptown! Why did you want to start your own business? I had…
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