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Passionate in Sports, Passionate in Business

Jaimi Ellison was playing basketball for Smith College in Massachusetts when she tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).  After receiving reconstructive surgery, she transferred to UC Santa Cruz to be closer to home.  Not two weeks after she entered the fitness industry, Jaimi was hit by a car on her bike, which she was riding in an effort to rehab her knee from surgery. “It was this accident and the events that followed which inspired me to get into the fitness industry as a business owner,” Jaimi recalls.

Jaimi has been a personal trainer since the age of 23 and was just 27 when she had her grand opening in April of 2009.  Now thirty-one years old, Jaimi is the owner of Santa Cruz Core Fitness + Rehab, an integrative wellness center offering personal training, massage, chiropractic and acupuncture services, nutrition counseling, and various health and fitness classes.

Jaimi also worked with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in her area and was able to... Read More

The Petroleum Jelly Alternative

Todd Cooper and his business partner Ejyo Remington were developing a product that would use a petroleum jelly-like substance as a base, but they did not want to use petroleum-based ingredients.  So, they sought an alternative. After conducting extensive market research, they found that there was a need for a natural alternative to petroleum jelly.  Many body care products in America use ingredients derived from crude oil, and Todd and Ejyo believe that can lead to a number of harmful side effects.  The idea behind Waxelene was born.

Waxelene contains only natural and organic ingredients made of beeswax and natural and organic oils. Waxelene can be used for everything from soothing and moisturizing chapped skin to removing make-up and styling hair.

Todd had used the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a resource to start his first business in Oregon. So, when he decided to start a business in San Francisco he contacted the SBA and was referred to SCORE.  SCORE... Read More

Walnut Creek Manufacturer Protects Roofs and Promotes Solar Energy

Since 2006 Quick Mount PV has designed, engineered, fabricated and sold waterproof solar roof mounting systems for the photovoltaic (PV) electric and solar water heating markets.  They routinely partner with companies working in solar, roofing and electricity. 

A decade ago, there was a need in the burgeoning PV industry to avoid repeating the mistakes of the solar thermal boom of the seventies, namely, not properly flashing and waterproofing the dozens of roof penetrations needed to attach a solar array. Quick Mount PV was created to fill this niche, and they hold the patent rights to a unique mounting system.  Today the company employs 72 employees and continues to grow.

Quick Mount learned about the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan program through US Bank and TMC Financing.  The SBA created the 504 loan program to provide financing for successful, growing small and medium-sized businesses. Loan proceeds can be used to purchase, renovate or... Read More

San Francisco Chef Creates Business that Offers Interactive Culinary Events that Educate and Entertain

Founded on the concept that nothing brings people together better than cooking, Parties That Cook offers classic hands on cooking parties for private celebrations as well as specialized events designed for corporate team building, client entertainment and employee appreciation.

Parties That Cook Founder and CEO Bibby Gignilliat left a successful career in marketing for Williams Sonoma, to follow her culinary dream and founded her first hands-on cooking party company Gourmet Gatherings in 1999. With the company's portfolio of Fortune 500 clients growing in leaps and bounds, Gignilliat decided to refine her initial concept. In 2006 Gignilliat created her new company Parties That Cook to better serve her expanding corporate base.

A group cooking class hosted by Parties That Cook encourages teamwork and collaboration. “Our events inspire guests to connect with each other, build camaraderie and gain confidence in the kitchen,” the award winning Gignilliat observed. Parties... Read More