What Small, Really Small, and One-Person Businesses Say

Anne Subercaseux

commercial artist

"It is helpful to look at my business with your kind of overview–to see where things have been missing and make the changes needed. I appreciate your help."

Don Propstra

Don Propstra


"The consultations I did with you were definitely an important factor in the rapid gains in my business. I have taken your suggestions and support to heart and they have greatly strengthened me and my work."

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Nina Sazer

non-profit development professional

"We are impressed with Claude’s ability to educate and understand. He has a good feel for the special needs of non-profit organizatinos. We especially enjoyed the collaborative and cooperative manner in which he works."

Tom Asher

Tom Asher

Art Venture (clothing manufacturer)

"You took the time to understand the business before contributing your clear and effective advice. Your ideas were really helpful and you pin-pointed the key problems with our company. Thank you for all your help over the last two years."

Charlie Varon

Charlie Varon

humorist, performance artist and teacher

"Thanks for the session on Friday. It has turned my outlook around completely! I'm very excited! I'll tell to you more when we meet next week." 


"Thank you for your good energy and help. I enjoyed it very much and appreciate your good ideas and commitment."

Dyanne Ladine

Community Organizer
East Palo Alto, California


"It felt good to talk about the issues I’m facing and to be understood. I appreciate the concrete suggestions and look forward to another session."

Kat Gootee

Market Researcher
San Francisco

What Participants Say
About My Workshops and Courses

Christian Forthomme

Christian Forthomme, MBA

college adminstrator

"I truly enjoyed the seminar, both for its content and for the insights it gave me about a certain "quality" of being in business that you certainly embody."

Meg Siddeshawari Sullivan, R.N., M.S.N.

Meg Siddheshwari Sullivan, R.N., M.S.N.

Reiki Center of the East Bay

"I met Claude many years ago in [one of his] business training programs. Being more oriented to the emotional world and the invisible world, and being shy about marketing myself, I felt overwhelmed by what is required in business.

Claude simplified the business aspect of things and made me feel that, indeed, I could earn the money I needed doing the work I love.

Claude has a lovely combination of Heart and business sense that he presents in a way that feels normal and do-able."

Debra Amerson

"Claude was my instructor at CIIS in the Master of Arts in Business program which was conducted in large part over the Internet. He showed patience, humor, and wisdom. Claude is a maverick — a real entrepreneur, smart, creative and determined. Working with him offers many benefits."

Debra Amerson, proprietor


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"I still think about the circles and intersections exercises from our 'Art of Business/Business of Art' workshop. Yes, 20 years have passed, with lots of little things and one feature documentary, 'Mrs. Judo”, in the can. I am working on another feature now and hoping to have it out soon. Thanks to your early foundation work, I'm still around doing this."
Yuriko Romer
Yuriko Romer, filmmaker
Flying Carp Productions
Be Strong. Be Gentle,
Be Beautiful.

What Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Education Clients Say

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"Many thanks for sharing your knowledge about the value of online communication with this year’s Fellowship class. With your inspiration, these Fellows will no doubt continue to strengthen the online community they have begun to build."
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The Fellowship Staff
Health Forum Fellowship, American Hospital Association
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NASA Astrobiology Institute
IT Support Group
"[Claude is a] creative thinker and revolutionary educator, combining technological sophistication with highly developed people skills. A pleasure to work with, reliable, thorough and innovative."
Lisa Faithorn, Ph.D.
Lisa Faithorn, Ph.D.
cultural anthropologist, NASA Ames


"You’ve done a terrific job! The Company and I thank you! My first and stronger reaction to the Quick Guide (documentation) is EXCELLENT!!!"

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Keith Butler
Corp. Comm. Manager

Pacific Bell, San Francisco

What My Professional Peers Say

"Claude is a creative, forward thinker with excellent leadership qualities and organizational skills.

I've known and respected him for many years."

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“Claude is a deep water community builder and networker. He was in on the ground floor of the PC revolution in the '80s and has learned his way up with it, inventing and evolving many useful solutions. He has tirelessly supported right livelihood approaches to business, and other sensible strategies for the new century."
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David Sibbet
author, founder of The Grove
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"The work you've been doing all these years has been an incredible contribution to our common work in building community and introducing participatory ways of becoming wiser together."
Juanita Brown
Juanita Brown
organization consultant, co-creator "World Cafe"
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World Cafe in action.
Christian Forthomme
"Claude Whitmyer is one of the most thorough, versatile and effective consultants I know. The breadth of his business knowledge and his demonstrated commitment to integrity and social responsibility make him a uniquely gifted business advisor and management consultant . . . .  Claude truly makes a high-value contribution to each project he undertakes."
Christian Forthomme
Christian Forthomme, MBA
founder, RealChange Network
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"We were quite glad you changed your plans so that you could be with us. Not only did you contribute to the bankers’ thinking, you contributed to ours, too! We look forward to working with you on other projects."

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Matt Taylor

Management Consultant
Boulder, Colorado

What People Say About My Books

Mindfulness and Meaningful Work: Explorations in Right Livelihood

" Mindfulness and Meaningful Work explores mindfulness and ethics in the workplace. In these pages some of the leading thinkers and doers of our time—Thich Nhat Hanh, Joanna Macy, Sam Keen, E.E Schumacher, Gary Snyder, Shakti Gawain, Shunryu Suzuki, Robert Aitken, Tarthang Tulku, Marsha Sinetar, Rick Fields, Ellen Langer and many others—share their insights on the practice and value of working mindfully and of finding work that is meaningful, life-affirming, and non-exploitative.
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Comments from Reviewers

"If you have the greatest job in the world, read this book.

"If you're unemployed, read this book.

"If you question the value of your work, read this book.

"You'll learn about yourself and about different ways of approaching not just your work, but your life."

Don't mistake my finger for the moon.
Mountain Record
The Zen Practitioner's Journal

Running a One-Person Business: Business as Lifestyle

" Running A One-Person Business provides a comprehensive approach to the needs of the solo entrepreneur, with or without employees. With interviews of many successful entrepreneurs who have struck out on their own and stuck with it, this book is brimming with practical information needed by those currently in business for themselves or those who are planning to be."
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Endorsements from Thought Leaders

[Running a One-Person Business is ] ". . . . a fabulous testament to creating a rewarding lifestyle through your work, whether gardener, physicist, or dressmaker. It's also a no-nonsense, one-step-at-a-time primer to getting there from here . . . I wish I'd had it . . . when I wiggled out of the corporate cocoon."
Tom Peters
Tom Peters, author
In Search of Exellence, Liberation Management, and many others
[Running a One-Person Business] ". . . will rank with the top ten business books of [the 1990s] in importance and usefulness. Long after the most recent crop of corporate cheerleading manuals have been remaindered, Running will provide the kind of information people truly need to know in order to express themselves and change their lives through commerce."
Paul Hawken
Paul Hawken, author
Growing a Business and many others

Comments from Readers

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" Running a One-Person Business is wonderfully practical and easy to read. I have recommended it to other people. "The advice you and Ms. Rasberry provide is simple and to the point. The respective backgrounds which you [each] brought . . . reflected a sense of competence. I have read several other books which you referenced. I figured if you referenced them, they are likely very good also."
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Michael Riley, reader and fan
San Francisco

In the Company of Others: Making Community in the Modern World

Comments from Reviewers

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Spirituality and Practice: Resources for Spiritual Journeys

"Creating community and making it work is one of the most powerful imperatives of American life. While many social critics have been lamenting the loss of this precious resource in today's world, few have really treated the subject with the breadth and depth it deserves.

In the Company of Others: Making Community in the Modern World gathers together 32 essays on this important aspect of contemporary life. Editor [and contributor] Claude Whitmyer draws on his experiences as the coordinator of the Briarpatch Community to introduce the sections of this paperback on seeking, making, finding, and living communities.

New forms of shared life, connectedness, and common purpose have come to the fore in our heterogeneous and pluralistic world. Essayists such as M. Scott Peck, Ram Dass, and Gary Snyder comment on the challenges of communication, authority, decision-making, and purpose in the maintenance of community.

One thing is for sure: there is no shortage of variety in the forms of association covered in this book. Some of the types include neighborhood service clubs, business support teams, food co-ops, men's and women's ritual groups, intentional spiritual communities, electronic networks, intellectual salons, and artists' groups.

In the Company of Others is one of the best books on community published in many a moon."

[https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/book-reviews/view/7132/in-the-company-of-others – as of January 15, 2019]

Comments from Readers

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Anne Wilkomm

On Good Reads

"[In the Company of Others is a] . . . great complication of essays about community. I used this to teach a freshman composition class and not only could the students identify with the authors, but they could feel a sense of connection to what they were trying to say in each essay."

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