Startup Blog

A pirate’s guide to business.

A pirate’s guide to business.

Before I came to Commerce almost a decade ago, I had a secret life. If you’ve read these Startup Blogs for any length of time, you know that I was an entrepreneur and small business owner before joining the state. But as you can see by the headline, I am also a...

It just doesn’t add up.

It just doesn’t add up.

When I started my business, oh, so long ago, I knew virtually nothing about managing a company’s finances. About four years into it, I famously had a ton of money in the bank to brag about, but it’s only because I didn’t pay my taxes. The feds found out, and that big...

The Dickens, you say.

The Dickens, you say.

I have always wondered when I would reach my limit on Hallmark holiday movies and their very predictable happily ever afters. It turned out to be Dec. 23, about 7:35 in the evening. I could take no more. So I turned the channel and happened upon the Cornley...

And around and around we go!

And around and around we go!

The long and winding road to start a business used to be a familiar one. Come up with an idea, find a place to sell your wares, market to the community at large, gain loyal customers, put your competitors on the defensive and rake in some dough. If only it were still...

Kicking entrepreneurship into high gear.

Kicking entrepreneurship into high gear.

One of the hardest things about working for the state is that I can’t run off and start a business at the drop of a hat. After almost 10 years at the Department of Commerce, I still have this burning desire to be an entrepreneur. I just can’t help myself. It’s in my...

Recover, restart, rebuild.

Recover, restart, rebuild.

Most of us hoped that with the arrival of vaccines, the pandemic would become something they teach in history class someday. What we have found instead is that it will be with us for a long time. The word “endemic” is starting to creep into our lexicon even as I write...

Me, Inc.

Me, Inc.

After graduating from college, I was like most bright-eyed, bushy-tailed graduates with a sheepskin in hand. I thought employers would beat a path to my door. They didn’t. After dozens of dead-end interviews, I ended up taking a minimum wage at a large wholesaler in...

Stronger. Smarter. Wiser.

Stronger. Smarter. Wiser.

A fifth wave, the possibility of new public health measures, disrupted supply chains and a worker shortage. Is there no end in sight? It’s like jumping into a life raft as the ship begins to founder, and as hard as you paddle, the safety of the shore never gets...

A Rubik’s Cube economy.

A Rubik’s Cube economy.

A new strain of COVID is making the rounds. New hires are hard to find. Existing workers aren’t thrilled with coming back to the office, at least full-time. The supply chain is uneven, as are prices. And businesses are trying to balance customer fears with the need to...