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Hosts Jesse Torres and Sid Voorakkara, cofounders of Small Business Front Inc., have important and valuable conversations with guests such as policy makers, economic development agencies, CEO's, entrepreneurs, and more to provide resources and assistance to small businesses to hack their way to success.
 
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Fremont Councilmember Raj Salwan is a veterinarian by day and likable elected official by night. We jam him up about what goes on behind the doors at your pet's vet appointment, in addition, to a discussion about the growing, but stalling, Indian American political power in the Tri-Cities, and what might be really going down with Fremont's city man…
 
Why are you looking to entrepreneurship? What strengths will you leverage to be successful, and how will you create a strategy when things don’t go as planned? On today’s episode, we focus on how you can move forward in your entrepreneurial journey by bringing you the get-started checklist. We’ll share with you how to decide when to hire and trust …
 
According to Arlan Hamilton, the founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital and one of the most accomplished venture capitalists in the world, “striving for perfection in your business can be detrimental”. In this episode, we had the special opportunity to hear this advice directly from the record-breaking Arlan Hamilton herself. Arlan’s com…
 
We have a big announcement to share! We’re introducing our latest endeavor, Small Business Front, a start-up designed to create community, resources, and tools for the small business owner. Using our new platform, we will bring you various business experts, provide updated resources, and answer your burning questions. The journey is lonely and burn…
 
In this podcast you'll meet Nate Miles, who with is partner Matt Nagy, created Groove Wines. It's a thoughtful, stylish brand that believes in transparency. If you prefer wines that are made with little intervention; if you're concerned about the environment, preferring less impactful alternatives, then you'll want to hear about Groove Wines. These…
 
Under a new state law, former San Leandro Councilmember Lee Thomas's home BBQ business GrilleeQ is the first permitted micro-business in Alameda County. He talks San Leandro politics, including the infamous controversy over his fence, and offers new insights into the furor back in 2018. Lee also brought a selection of grilled sausages and beer with…
 
Alameda County Assessor Phong La is the elected offices who determines the value of your property. A valuable property is good until your property tax bill arrives. But despite the sleepy bureaucratic office he holds, La is viewed as one of Alameda County's rising political stars. He chats about Chinatown's rise in crime, assessing Howard Terminal,…
 
Gracianna Winery was built on a history that stretches back to World War II. His great-grandmother's perseverance helped her escape Europe to start a new life in California. Gratitude was the result of what the New World had to offer. There were struggles, but maintaining a farm and living a full life was rewarding. Owner Trini Amador speaks loving…
 
The second half of our interview with former Oakland Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente includes his stated interest in running for Oakland mayor in 2022. "Why not give it one last shot? I have nothing to lose, nothing to gain, so I will have the freedom to f--cking blow this sh-t up and rebuild." he says. In addition, he details his advocacy for A…
 
Oakland City Council legend Ignacio De La Fuente has much to say about the proposed Howard Terminal ballpark term sheet and even more about the current City Council in Part 1 of this special edition episode. "The council and the mayor, they are nice individuals, but they have no f-----g clue," he said. --Coming Wednesday, De La Fuente weighs in on …
 
You may recall I interviewed owner John Balletto in 2015. His story is a perfect example of perseverance. He was only 17 when his father died, leaving 5 acres of vegetables to John and his mother. Now, 43 years later, Balletto has grown to include 800 acres of estate vineyards across Sonoma County. The wine is excellent, their prices are moderate, …
 
Season 3 of the East Bay Insiders brings back Steve Tavares, Shawn Wilson, along with special guest host, former Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison. We preview this week's 18th Assembly District special election; the fate of the A's and the Howard Terminal ballpark project; and next year's big Alameda County sheriff and district attorney races.…
 
On today's podcast you'll meet Matthieu Mangenot of Domaines Albert Bichot. It was a pleasure to head back to Beaune, France, albeit this time by telephone. Matthieu will talk about his background and the wines they sent me (aren't I the lucky one?). He'll also touch upon the vineyards of Albert Bichot in areas of the three main appellations of Bur…
 
Join me on a road trip to southern Oregon's Rogue Valley wine region.I met up with Dan Marca of DANCIN Vineyards, who offer a great variety of excellent Pinot Noir from around the region, Italian varietals, and a food menu that's nearly as long as their wine list. They're west of Medford near the historic town of Jacksonville. As you occasionally h…
 
This interview is was a bit unusual for me, with good reason. Ehlers Estate is one of the few wineries that possess an on-going philanthropic element. But that came later. Ehlers Estate has a rich history dating back to 1886. It is arguably one of the top Cabernet producers in the competitive Napa Valley region. The old stone winery has been transf…
 
There were two reasons that prompted me to reach out to Todd Graff. First, in October my step-daughter Jackie told me that her favorite wine is Frank Family Vineyards' Cabernet Sauvignon. Then in December, I watched as Todd received "Napa Valley Winemaker of the Year" from the North Bay Business Journal's Annual Wine, Spirits and Beer Industry Awar…
 
Both wineries featured in this podcast, Mersenne Wines and Capo Creek Ranch, pay tribute to musicians. Mersenne created a wine label for a British band, and Capo Creek has named a vineyard after a beloved performer. That's one aspect of each winery you'll appreciate as I get in-depth with their stories of overcoming obstacles. Mitch Rice of Mersenn…
 
On this podcast I talk with two talented female winemakers as we celebrated International Women's Day, recorded March 6th. My first guest will be Danielle Cyrot who has held enviable positions in her career, the last 12 years of which have been at CADE Estate Winery on Howell Mountain. Danielle is working with two interesting projects, the details …
 
The Far Niente Family of Wineries and Vineyards has created a lower priced wine called Post and Beam. That led me to interview winemaker Michael Accurso. He'll take us through the full Far Niente portfolio, which includes Nickel & Nickel, Dolce, En Route and Bella Union. You'll also learn how Far Niente came to be the revered winery that it is toda…
 
It's already a tumultuous 2021. Steve is hanging up his notebook and tape recorder and Shawn is under fire for calling a white guy a "Cracker McCracker" in Episode 29. Down to business, we look at the undercurrent of opposition in Alameda County to Rob Bonta's bid for state attorney general, and analyze the early 2022 campaigns for Alameda County D…
 
Today’s offering comes to you in a timely fashion. The Stay at Home Order in California has been lifted. As a result, winery tasting rooms opened again last week for outdoor service. However, the order went into affect the day we arrived in the Sierra Foothills region back in December. Nonetheless, both winemakers were happy to meet with us, at a s…
 
Rep. Eric Swalwell and Fang Fang, the Chinese spy who shagged him, is riveting the 15th Congressional District. What might be Swalwell's future? An Alameda County elected official won two races last month and one jurisdiction wants him and the other, not so much. Plus, the rise of the councilmember/public works employee.…
 
“I’d say that the most important thing going into 2021 is to try to not be too emotional about the past and remain optimistic about the future because you never know when Rudy Guliani is gonna call and show up in your parking lot.” A call, a deleted tweet, and a press conference changed everything for Four Seasons Total Landscaping. Suddenly the sc…
 
On this podcast I feature Seghesio Family Vineyards & Shadowbox Cellars. Winemaker Andy Robinson and Sonoma County's Seghesio Family Vineyards are celebrating 125 years of grape growing this year. Seghesio is one of the few that made it through Prohibition and continue to this day. In comparison, owner Justin Preiser's Shadowbox Cellars is in its i…
 
Since the pandemic hit the country in March, over 100,000 restaurants have closed their doors. Lilly Rocha, CEO of the Latino Restaurant Association, recognizes the struggle of restaurant owners and workers and is here to provide resources, advocacy, and education. Today she shares her insights into the culinary industry as well as her newest initi…
 
Small businesses are struggling more than ever. And the time for emergency solutions is over. It is now an inflection point, where these businesses either get through or close down. It is time for survival solutions. Mark Herbert, Vice President of Small Business Majority, is back on the podcast to discuss the priorities, programs, and resources th…
 
John Williams has had quite a career. The story of Frog's Leap didn't begin until after John worked with Napa Valley icon Warren Winiarski at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. He helped launch Glenora Wine Cellars in the Finger Lakes region. Afterward, he returned to Napa Valley as winemaker for the esteemed Spring Mountain Vineyard. All this, before and d…
 
In this season 3 premiere episode, Mark Villalovos, marketing guru and Principal of Zenon Consulting, is back on the show! He is here to share his top 5 small business trends for next year. Taking into account the changes brought about by the pandemic, Mark has predicted what small businesses should lean into in order to thrive in 2021. Tune in to …
 
Look forward to Season 3 premiering on November 30th! In the interim, Jesse is here to provide some quick tips to accelerate you and your business. This week he is sharing how he defines an entrepreneur and what it means to have an entrepreneurial mindset. How do entrepreneurs approach barriers and what sets them apart from the average? Check out s…
 
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