Mike Appezzato has only been in business for a year, but he’s already uprooting his company to move it to Sacramento.
Anu Snacks produces snack bars from spent beer grain, mixed with dried fruit and nuts with various coatings. The idea was a hit, winning $17,500 in prizes this year at the UC Davis Big Bang! competition for entrepreneurship.
Members of the McClellan Innovation Center, located on the former McClellan Air Force Base just outside North Highlands, won’t find complimentary massages or kombucha on tap, as one might find at a hip coworking space in an urban setting.
Green zones approved for commercial cannabis are limited, and demand for commercial space has driven up property values in Sacramento. Local businesses — both cannabis-related and otherwise — are feeling the pinch.
Immigration attorney Tiffani Sharp’s life shifted after her 5-year-old daughter, Willow, asked her a question. Her ex-husband, Willow’s father, was getting remarried in 2014, and Sharp was genuinely excited for him. They were still friends, peacefully co-parenting.
At age 14, Jake Van Ry is already an all-star in the Foothills food truck scene.
Every year, Sacramento Life Center’s two mobile medical clinics provide free services for over 2,000 low-income women in critical need of medical services throughout pregnancy, with a goal to see all pregnancies come to term. However, last year, the service-providing vehicles needed some upkeep of their own: The two mobile clinics required engine repairs and tires to stay on the road.
Having a great idea is easy. But turning that idea into a business is a bit more difficult. From creating a product with market viability, to hiring staff and growing to scale, the road to entrepreneurship is rife with obstacles. But, perhaps none are as fundamental as the age-old question of how to fund.
For the last dozen years, the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has fostered hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs out of the classroom setting and into the real world. Comstock’s sat down with Senior Program Manager Niki Peterson to learn how her institute is helping turn the Capital Region into a world-class incubator for innovation.
While a cottage food career comes with plenty of challenges, Karla McNeil-Rueda has leveraged it as an opportunity to create her own vision of success.