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So, what happens when FootLocker closes up shop in the Fillmore District in San Francisco? Make way for cookies!


Peanut butter cookie, chocolate chip cookie, and sample size chocolate chip


For years I baked a really good chocolate chip cookie that got rave reviews. I baked thousands of those cookies for a variety of causes. Then I went to work at the inner city high school where we baked Otis Spunkmeyer cookies. Again, thousands of cookies to fund all the basic supplies for the business department. The recent newsletter from Urban Solutions had an article about a new cookie business opening on Fillmore Street, and I knew I had to go inspect it, and tell you, dear Reader, all about it, since I know my way around a good cookie.

Bumzy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies is a mother-daughter run business in a new retail space in the Fillmore District. The small shop had previously been the storeroom for FootLocker, but they closed up and left. Sheila Harris and Toni Young went to work, literally from the ground up, turning the space into a pristine, eat-off-the-floor clean, cookie store. Plumbing, electrical…it all had to be done. And then there is that floor drain that is so crucial to a commercial kitchen. To hear Toni tell it, the whole permit process was enough to make them age considerably. But nothing stopped these two ladies who have a passion for baking cookies. A passion and a recipe that goes back 80 years.

Sheila’s mother, Sadie, taught her to bake; Sheila taught her daughter, Toni, to bake, and Toni’s brother, Taron, was the taste tester. Toni’s dad always called her “Bumzy,” so the cookie’s name was set.

Bumzy’s cookies are 100 percent organic, made with high quality ingredients, mixed by hand. You can see the very spartan kitchen where the work is done.

I love the fact that these are baked each day, just the right amount for what will sell, and that there are NO PRESERVATIVES. Just plain old honest ingredients like you would use if you were making cookies in your own kitchen. But Toni and her mom are getting up early and doing all the work. Just come by after 11 and enjoy the fruits of their labor. And for those of you who aren’t close to San Francisco, you can order the cookies. Check the website for more information about that option.

Bumzy’s  1460 Fillmore Street  San Francisco  415 346-3222  www.bumzys.com

There’s more than just cookies to this story that resonates with me. Cookie baking is an encore career for these two ladies. Sheila had a 23-year career as an ICU nurse and is now getting ready to take the California bar exam, and Toni has worked as a court reporter and a model. Now they are following their cookie passion and becoming entrepreneurs.


Toni, at the counter and ready to take your order


This post was written with the help of Janice Lee, Development and Communications Director at Urban Solutions. To read more about their projects, check out this post I wrote in May.

EDGE Competition

EDGE Competition

Originally uploaded by dkzody

Starting with this assortment of odds and ends, my four marketing seniors developed and built a product for a target market in 30 minutes which they then presented in the form of an infomercial to a panel of judges at the local college.

They were among 11 teams, all the others made up of college students. Pretty daunting for my inner city high schoolers, but they held their own and took third place. I was very proud of them. Just going out to the college and competing took lots of guts. I told them, “you never win anything if you don’t take the risk.”

My students made a comfort carrier with all sorts of goodies to carry on a plane and use in the hotel room. The infomercial they created was very clever and I think that is what won the prize for them.

Another marathon week

My senior marketing class had another marathon week, with their fearless teacher leading the way.

On Tuesday, our regular Junior Achievement mentor brought along a tv news crew to tell the story of entrepreneurship and teenagers.


We were on the evening news.

The next day we spent the whole period, working feverishly to get our Red Ribbon Week door decorated for the next day’s judging:


We didn’t win.

Thursday morning we headed to our local community college, only two blocks away, for a morning of motivational speakers from Extreme Tour about being entrepreneurial.  This is great jumpstart for the kids’ business plans.


Thank goodness we get an extra hour this weekend, I need it.  I’m also taking Monday off as my body, soul, and spirit are exhausted.  I have to recharge to get ready for the next marathon.

I call this good Kharma

Dear Reader, you know I teach entrepreneurship, and I’m a big believer in women starting their own business, and I lOVE San Francisco.  So, today I can tell you that all these things have combined, and it makes me very happy.

I just found a new blog about a business in SF, started 90 years ago, but now run by four enterprising young women.  Today, there is an article in the SF Chronicle about them.  Isn’t that just the best?

Those of you, who like me, love SF, check out the business, Paul’s Hat Works, and say hello to the four “Pauls.”  Next time in SF, I will try to get out to the Richmond to see this place for myself.

do your school work, win money


It was again time for the NFTE awards dinner, and just like last year, my student took third place in the competition.  This is the competition where the students present their business plans, first in the classroom, and then if they place first there, at this banquet.  The top three students from each school win money, and if the student places in the top three at the dinner, they take home additional money.  


With the big check

With the big check

My first place student got $450, the other two girls got smaller amounts.  It’s a great opportunity for all of us to show what we know and what we can do.

It was a very good night

The entrepreneurship students presented their business plans and the top three attended a dinner and awards presentation at a local banquet hall.  Four schools were represented, and the top student from each school was able to present his or her business plan to a group of business leaders who then selected the top plan.  That student will go on to compete in New York City for a $10,000 scholarship.  The young man who received this top honor was from our cross-town rival, but that’s ok because his plan was exemplary and his showmanship was the best.

Each participant received a beautiful trophy and cash prize, and the top students received additional awards.  My students walked away with $650 in cash, not bad for doing a classroom assignment.

The kids’ parents attended, and they were as proud as the teacher.  Sometimes, you feel like the work is worth it.


Do you teach entrepreneurship or any type of business class?  This podcast might be of interest to you.  Or, if you’re just interested in Shutterfly and how it does business, you will also enjoy this podcast from Stanford University.