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Small business owners are struggling to stay open—despite the growth spurt in the tech sector—selling goods and specialty services that few people still want today. It’s a competitive world for a small business owner, when trends quickly change.

Video rental, antiques, shoe repair: Old-fashioned shops struggle to hang on

Imperfect Produce is an Emeryville-based grocery home delivery service that customizes a box of odd-looking produce, which grocery shoppers often ignore and farms throw away.

Business reduces food waste by providing “ugly” produce to Bay Area residents

Federal Drug Administration and local police departments sponsored a national drug take-back day at over 5,000 sites around the country. The DEA and its partners have taken in more than 3,500 tons of pills.

Preventing accidental overdoses by taking back old medications

KaBOOM! is a nonprofit that provides new playgrounds and park equipment to cities that lack economic resources. The lot on Wendell and 24th Street had been empty for 15 years after the playground equipment was removed due to its hazardous conditions.

KaBOOM! and Target help Richmond build a park in a day

For the last four years, the Japanese barware and food shop has been collaborating with The Trappist and other partners, such as Abura-Ya Fried Chicken, in hosting the festival during San Francisco’s Beer Week.

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Beer lovers enjoy new tastes at Oakland’s Japan Beer Festival
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In Alameda, a locally-owned pet care facility provides a uniquely Japanese style of grooming along with daycare and pet hotel services. Seiji Morikawa opened his business with a main goal to provide a wide range of pet-related services all in a single convenient location...Under One Woof.

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Under One Woof
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