Wednesday, June 24, 7- 8:30 pm
Small Business, Stories from Owners & Entrepreneurs
Ever thought of starting your own business? Curious how to take an idea and build a product or service? Learn from successful small business owners and entrepreneurs as they discuss everything from identifying customers to figuring out payroll and hiring. Hear how each has weathered recent shelter in place orders and what they’re doing next.
Panel Discussion and Live Q+A
Amy has two decades of experience in the Architecture and Construction Industry. After a number of years of experience at an award-winning architecture firm, she left to gain practical experience in implementing design and administering construction at one of the premier independent construction companies in the Bay Area. She thought it would be only a few years before she returned to working at an architecture office but the work was so exciting and challenging that she worked as a Project Manager managing commercial construction for seven years. She now owns Bradac Co, a full-service design and construction management firm with a focus on excellent customer service. Her 20 years of experience as an architect and contractor give her the unique perspective of having viewed the industry from every angle, which makes her particularly adept at facilitating communication and moving projects forward on time and on budget.
Alissa Fitzgerald founded and bootstrapped her company in 2003 and now employs 10 people. Her company designs and builds custom micro electromechanical systems (MEMS), tiny silicon components that are used in products such as consumer electronics, smartphones, cars, medical devices, industrial equipment and even spacecraft.
Paula and Gary, her husband own and operate Vanguard Motors in San Francisco devoted to service and repair of BMW, Mini and Porsche vehicles. Prior to working in the business for 20 years, Paula worked in Silicon Valley as a marketing manager in the semiconductor industry. Paula has played in the blue division of the NCWHL since 1995.
Ryan has spent over 30 yrs working with tech companies, primarily startups. He has led the delivery of over 40 products to market. He started consulting over 11 yrs ago and is available if you want to mature your software organization/department. His startup experience and education have given him experience and knowledge across other departments but your mileage will vary. With his sister, he started a real estate company, Gerry Holding, LLC, in 2013 which is still doing well. And last year he and his business partner started a software product venture, Rowan AR, LLC, building products focusing in the AR/VR space. It’s not a startup! All three ventures are active. Ryan also spends a good amount of time helping friends and members of minority groups via career coaching and mentoring. As well as being an active volunteer in NCWHL.