San Francisco Small Business Resources

A Hidden Gem: San Francisco's Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center If you own your own business in the Bay Area or you're thinking of launching a small business, you may be surprised at just how many resources are available specifically to help you succeed. One of the hidden gems in San Francisco is the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center in San Francisco, which is a…

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Donate Your Used Computer Locally

Where to donate used computers and electronics in the Bay Area Seeing as we're in the Bay Area, you've got no excuse not to dispose of your electronics the right way. This article by Global Stewards, has a great list of e-waste recyclers, computer refurbishers, and computer drop-off centers. Some of these businesses will refurbish your computer and then donate…

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What Do We Actually Do?

Technology Support for Bay Area Businesses Having been in the IT industry for a while, we're pretty accustomed to getting "the look" when we tell non-techies what we do. You know what we mean.  It can range from a quizzical squint of the eyes, to a complete glazing over, to a wild casting about for something else (anything else!) to…

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Is Cloud Computing the Right Choice?

To Cloud or Not to Cloud... Still trying to get your head around cloud computing? Doubtful about whether your business is a good candidate for the cloud? All this month, TechSoup.org will be hosting a Cloud Computing Worldwide Campaign, including blog articles, webinars, and global dispatches about the cloud. TechSoup.org is generally geared toward the unique technology needs of nonprofits,…

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TechSoup.org Offers Discount Computers for Nonprofits

Discount Computers for Nonprofits If you're a nonprofit with a pressing need for new hardware, then get thee over to TechSoup.org, if you aren't there already. TechSoup's Refurbished Computer Initiative gives nonprofits an opportunity to purchase refurbished computer systems at a discounted price. In order to qualify, you must be a legitimate 501 (c)(3) organization or public library, and you…

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Back to the Future for California

I wanted to report back from my experience presenting as top-five contestant in the Institute for the Future's California Dreams Contest in Palo Alto this past Tuesday, May 3rd. It was great fun mixing with fellow idealists and California dreamers, and discussing potential future paths for the state of California. Several themes really seemed to emerge, including green tech and…

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Hacking for Education

On the subject of why we love it when nonprofits share their data for the community good.... DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that connects potential donors with classrooms in need. They've facilitated over $80,000,000 in giving to thousands of public schools. They  are currently running a contest called Hacking Education: A Contest for Developers and Data Crunchers that challenges developers…

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