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New Beginnings – How will you survive and thrive moving forward?

After completing another year surrounded by the threat of COVID-19, we march on. Our drummer is sounding a beat that keeps us marching in step, AND watching our step. We have all had to make adjustments, and now we are into our reality of make it or break it. We have figured out how to survive when so much has changed. Now, we are changing with the times…

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A Note From Tina Reynolds

This month I would like to chat with everyone about hindsight and the journey that comes with it. The story of how I built Uptown Studios, and the community I brought with it, may be just what you need to hear to get your budding business off the ground. In my early days, I had a lot of time and not a lot of money. Sound familiar? While I didn’t have work, I did have a strong desire to help build up the community around me…

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Happy PRIDE Month – A Note from Tina Reynolds

Happy Pride Month Every June I celebrate the whole month. Being an openly gay woman in California is one of the lucks of my life. I was active in the LGBTQI equality movement, fought for the HIV/AIDS movement to be recognized by our government while so many young men died, marched in pride events, protested …

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Today Marks One Year: A Note from Tina Reynolds

March 11, 2020, marks the last day we physically worked together in the office and started new ways of operating our business. On March 11, 2020, I announced to our (then) 16-person Uptown Studios crew that tomorrow, we would …

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A note from Tina Reynolds

It feels a bit more like an extended 2020 to me. I realize it is a brand new year, but the way this year got started was not like a rocket but more like a rock. So much trouble, trials, and tribulation around us. I like to promote the positive in all things and stay optimistic through and through, but I gotta tell you: this is testing me …

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Giving Thanks

I celebrate Thanksgiving in the tradition of giving thanks for all the blessings that I have received through the year. The struggles of 2020 have been outrageous. I want to thank everyone that is out there doing their very best – every single day, to rise up and beat this thing. Thanks to all the friends and cohorts that reach out …

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Small Business Saturday Is Almost Here

I am a big fan of Small Business Saturday – it is one of the best days to support all the small businesses in your community – especially during COVID. There are some simple ways to reach out and shop without leaving your home. Big business gets their boost from Black Friday the day before and it is important that we help support all businesses …

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Small Business Decisions During COVID-19 That End Up BIG

I started my first business in 1976. It was a design-only business that grew from one employee (me) to a team of 16 creative professionals. And this was back in the day when we had three typographers, two designers, a darkroom tech, a printer (AKA a person who actually ran a printing press) …

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So You’re Starting A Small Business In Sacramento?

We are going to discuss a little about running a small business. After you have a name, a business license, a bank, and all that basic stuff, it’s go time. But what does “go time” even mean? Let’s deep dive into some of the main items that you will need to execute in order to launch …

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