[sf-lug] Polk Street Small Business Group and Polk Street Fair

jim stockford jim at well.com
Mon Feb 4 12:14:14 PST 2008

here's the address and time :

Daniel Parrillo & Gary Marshall with the Small Business Administration

Space Gallery
1141 Polk Street (at Sutter), San Francisco, CA 94109 US

Tuesday, February 12, 7:00PM


    i'm interested in understanding the needs of v. small
businesses (under 100, under 20, under 10 seats):
what desktop needs do they have, what on-premise
servers do they need, what off-site servers and
services are most appropriate.
    for example, thin clients using browsers might be
all that's needed for some seats, full PCs might be
needed for specialized seats (e.g. finance and HR).
on-premises servers might include a local web server
and file server and print server and data base server,
and probably a network monitoring system and a
gateway to the internet. off-premises services might
include an email server and web server, also a
backup file server.
    there are needs of specialized businesses: a
restaurant might want specialized terminals and
software for table servers; a retail store might want
cash register integration....
    Joe's Pharmacy on Geary at 16th uses the PPC
software service which includes on-site windows-
based PCs running specialized software in
conjunction with internet accessible services that
provide frequent updates for medical, legal, and
other info.

    what should a linux-oriented technician be
prepared to support?
    how to reach small business owners who might
be interested in the benefits of lower costs and
rich customization possibilities offered by open
source software and systems?
    how to discover linux-based specialized systems
for kiosks and business with special needs?

On Feb 4, 2008, at 10:19 AM, Doug Bierer wrote:

> Jim et al --
> I found out this morning that there are actually TWO events vis a vis
> the Polk Street community.  First of all: the Polk Street Fair is not
> scheduled until September ... so we've got plenty of breathing room
> (WHEW!!!).  Danny Parrillo (mentioned below) has kindly offered us (and
> the BA-LUG if they want) a free booth.  I'll coordinate with Danny and
> report the more precise details as they become available.
> The second item is what you can see below: it's a meeting on Feb. 12 of
> the Polk Street Small Business Group, which might be of interest to 
> some
> of you.  I plan to attend with an eye towards promoting Linux and Open
> Source solutions as a means to solve the problems seen by small
> business.  If anybody else wants to attend just follow the link below.
>                                  evite
>      You are invited to Polk Small Business Group: Meeting with the
>    SBA.gov by Daniel Parrillo & Gary Marshall with the Small Business
>                             Administration.
>                           Polk Small Business
>                         Group: Meeting with the
>                                 SBA.gov
>                           Come meet the Small
>                         Business Administration
>                          and Gary Marshall - at
>                          this FREE educational
>                          seminar I'm hosting at
>                         Space Gallery on Feb 12.
>                         Hope you will entertain
>                            attending. Danny!
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