Photo by Ken James  (http://www.kjamesimages.com/)

Capital Ink Tattoo

Mikhail Chernyavsky, host of the video series “Emerge” for Comstock’s magazine, sits down with the owner of Capital Ink Tattoo, Irish Cash, to learn about what it takes to start a business as a young entrepreneur.

Nov 1, 2013 Christine Calvin
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14 for ‘14

The essential business metrics you need to track in the new year

New Year’s is the quintessential time for small businesses to make (and keep) resolutions for growth. But achieving your company’s 2014 goals hinges on knowing some important numbers, and many businesses never go beyond their income to identify and track essential metrics. Here are the 14 most important performance measures to track this year.

Nov 1, 2013 Kelly Azevedo
Photo by Ken James  (http://www.kjamesimages.com/)

Insight Coffee Roasters

Mikhail Chernyavsky, host of Comstock’s Emerge video series, takes a behind the scenes look into Insight Coffee Roasters, where owner Lucky Rodrigues shared his vision for midtown’s newest coffee shop, his goal to develop sustainable relationships with producers and his take on launching a business in Sacramento.

Oct 16, 2013 Christine Calvin

The Gender Dividend

We need to reinvest in our entrepreneurial women

The so-called “gender dividend” seems to be in the news these days. Research, public officials and corporate leaders are all exploring how women could spur greater economic growth.

Aren’t women already a major part of our national economy?

Sep 1, 2013 Winnie Comstock-Carlson
William Roby, executive director, El Dorado Community Foundation

Sustainable Giving

A lasting strategy for philanthropy in El Dorado County

A little more than six years ago, the El Dorado Community Foundation tapped William Roby to become its new executive director. Roby had been working for the foundation for only a year as its program director, but the board was seeking a fresh personality to lead the organization. Since then, Roby has concentrated on one goal: getting the foundation to a point of fiscal sustainability so it can pay its own way.

Aug 1, 2013 Douglas Curley
Production Supervisor Trevor Parkinson is the son of Jelly Belly Executive Vice Chair Lisa Brasher. The sixth-generation employee has been with the company for six years.

Human Capital

Avoiding the nepotism conundrum

About four decades ago, Bob Clark and his brother Don began to work as weekend janitors for Clark Pacific. As young teens, they would tag along with Dad to work and earn a buck. Today, they are co-presidents of that same company, responsible for more than 500 employees and $75 million in annual revenue.

May 1, 2013 Stephanie Flores
Leidhra Johnson, social media manager, Uptown Studios

The Tattooed Professional

Is your ink impacting your career?

Chris Forsyth has a ritual: every time he finishes working on a campaign, he treats himself to a new tattoo. Having worked in the state Capitol for nearly 20 years, the heavily painted chief of staff to Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) estimates that about 15 percent of state lawmakers have at least one tattoo.

May 1, 2013 Allen Young