The Biz Beat

The Biz Beat

The Biz Beat: Good Karma Bikes keeps San Jose moving

San Jose’s Good Karma Bikes provides free bicycles to those in need of reliable transportation, which has been a lifeline for many, including refugees. CEO James Gardner sees bicycles as tools for improving mental and physical health, environmental sustainability and transforming lives. In addition to recreation, bikes provide transit for those who can’t afford the...

The Biz Beat: CamBinh Nguyen keeps Vovinam martial arts alive in San Jose

On a chilly January evening, a group of students stood in formation and practiced their routine in Master CamBinh Nguyen’s backyard. She looked out from a gazebo surrounded by medals and trophies and recalled the many years she’s spent teaching generations of San Jose students the principles of Vietnamese martial arts, Vovinam. “It’s not easy—this job requires your heart, your...

The Biz Beat: For 40-plus years, Hicklebee’s in San Jose has brought stories to life

Sitting comfortably in an aisle of Hicklebee’s bookstore, Calvin, 11, shares a book with his 9-year-old brother, Malcolm. The boys look right at home, which isn’t surprising since their mom Emily Liu-Elizabeth has been bringing them there since they were born. Liu-Elizabeth herself has come to the shop since she was a little girl. “Bookstores...

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