Author Archives: Anne Ramstetter Wenzel

About Anne Ramstetter Wenzel

Economist & Market Researcher, Certified Business Advisor for the Silicon Valley Small Business Development Center.

Successful Small Business Project Management: Implementing New Business Ideas Requires Us to Switch to a Project Mind Set

by Anne Ramstetter Wenzel Most small business owners don’t consider themselves project managers, but for small business owners, projects are the building blocks of success.  To launch a new product, business line, or marketing campaign, we need to shift our … Continue reading

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Small, New Businesses Trump Big Business When it Comes to New Jobs Created

by Taylor B. James, Economics Intern It is undeniable that two of the main pillars of our economy are big and small businesses. Fortune 500 CEO’s might argue that big businesses are the driving force of our economy, others that … Continue reading

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Mind over Matters: Meditation Helps Workers Manage Distractions

For many of us, performing well at work requires uninterrupted work time.  Whether it’s writing a song, a smartphone app, a proposal for a new client, a business plan or completing a book manuscript, remaining focused for an extended period … Continue reading

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Tight inventories, tight lending standards & crummy wages limit the U.S. housing recovery

The housing market is making a come back from a horrible bust, but it’s far from back to “normal.”  Absentee buyers (mostly investors) purchased 27% of the homes sold here in the San Francisco Bay Area in January, a post-2000 … Continue reading

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Timeless Business Advice in an Uncertain Business Environment

The business outlook in the United States is uncertain.  Government spending and exports are falling, which is slowing economic growth.  Closing the federal government budget deficit is necessary, but government cutbacks will slow sales for many companies.  U.S. manufacturers’ exports … Continue reading

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Growing Your Business to Reduce Financial Risk in Your Life: 5 Questions to Answer Before You Grow

Risk is relative.  In the dot com bust (2001-2005), my software engineer husband kept bugging me to shut down my business and get a job.  I looked him squarely in eye and said, “You’ve been laid off four times in … Continue reading

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Notes from 2001: How to Launch and Grow a Company Successfully

Organizing my office today, I found some really good notes from a March 29, 2001, meeting, “In An Environment Like This…What’s An Entrepreneur To Do?”  The Dot-Com Bust was in full force.  The meeting was co-sponsored by the Churchill and … Continue reading

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The Tale of Two Economies, Retold

An economic recovery is in progress.  Gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States —  has increased steadily beginning in the 3rd quarter of 2009.  The economy has … Continue reading

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The Economics of Blogging Redux

I just finished my blogging course offered through the Writer’s Studio section of Stanford University’s Continuing Studies program.  I’m discouraged.  Blogging takes time.  Unpaid time. A few of my blogging classmates were able to write short and sweet blog posts, … Continue reading

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Is the Shorter Wait at Joe’s a Declining Economic Indicator?

Last night, Friday, at around 7:30 p.m., we had only a 30 minute wait for our table at Joe’s of Westlake.  We found a table near the piano in the bar to wait.  Weird.  Normally, we’d have to wait about … Continue reading

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