October 14, 2009 |
The nation's bellwether technology sector is kicking into gear as businesses and consumers boost their spending on computers and electronics. Shipments of semiconductors are on the rise. Some companies are hiring. Tech stocks outperformed the market all summer. And U.S. exports to China, including technology products, have climbed 33% since January. That's good news for California, home to hundreds of companies that make the software, chips and switches that power many of today's bestselling computer and electronics devices.
October 4, 2009 |
With debt-burdened American consumers cutting back in response to the recession, many U.S. companies are increasingly looking outward, toward fast-developing countries such as China, India and Brazil. But instead of seeing these nations primarily as cheap producers of goods to sell to Americans, U.S. corporate leaders see them as potential customers for American products and services. That shift, which has been underway for several years but has intensified sharply during the downturn, comes as vast numbers of families in these emerging economies are moving into cities and spending like never before to improve their living standards.
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February 15, 2010 |
Back when feuding couples had equity in their homes and investments worth fighting over, Scott Sagaria made a good living as a divorce lawyer. But the recession cut deep into his family law business, causing the San Jose practitioner to redirect his talents. Now he makes a good living as a bankruptcy attorney. Like solo and small boutique law practitioners across the country, Sagaria has been better able to adapt to a shifting legal landscape than Big Law firms that had to shed more than 4,600 lawyers nationwide last year.
May 31, 2013 |
For years, politicians and labor unions have pilloried Wal-Mart and other large employers for paying workers so little that many qualify for government health insurance at taxpayers' expense. Now critics fear the public will get stuck with an even bigger tab as California and other states expand Medicaid as part of the federal healthcare law. That has California lawmakers taking aim at the world's largest retailer and other big firms. Legislators, backed by unions, consumer groups and doctors, are calling for fines that could reach about $6,000 per full-time employee who ends up on Medi-Cal, the state Medicaid program for the poor and others.
November 29, 2010 |
Dear Karen: My business was incorporated by an online service on the last day taxes were due for the year. Had it waited one more day, I could have saved $800. Answer: Your experience shows that dates matter when it comes to filing legal documents. And, although online services can be convenient and inexpensive, it is incumbent on the entrepreneur to research details or hire a professional to help. "Online formation companies are very good at getting the documents prepared and filed with the secretary of state," said Deborah Sweeney, chief executive of MyCorporation in Calabasas.
June 12, 1988
R.H. Lindeman Architectural Associates and Pelke & Associates have relocated to shared facilities at 1815 W. 213th St., Torrance.
October 4, 1987
PHH Design Group, at 716 S. Olive St., is the new firm name for Walker Associates and Neville Lewis Associates.
February 24, 1985
EDC Inc. and Buena Vista Properties Inc. have merged and reorganized to form McCune, Gerwin & Partners Inc., a multi-displinary design and construction firm with offices in Los Angeles and Ventura. Charles McCune is president, and Paul Gerwin is vice president.
November 2, 1986
Merrill Lynch Mortgage Corp., a subsidiary of Merrill Lynch Realty Inc., has signed an agreement with General Motors Acceptance Corp. for GMAC to service the $1 billion in mortgages Merrill Lynch Mortgage originates every year. GMAC, the financial services subsidiary of General Motors Corp., is the nation's largest mortgage servicing firm, with a portfolio of $22.5 billion.
February 19, 2012 |
Danielle Bemoras showed up for her job interview with a social networking company prepared for some tough questions. Instead, she found herself in the middle of a psychology experiment. The company had invited a fellow job seeker to the dinner meeting in Chicago, looking to see how the rivals would handle the pressure of a joint interview. Awkward? No question. But Bemoras just rolled with it. She avoided alcohol to keep her head clear. She skipped the sushi to prevent chopsticks mishaps.