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September 20, 2007 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
Laura Yamanaka was a self-described "corporate geek" with her nose buried in financial statements. She didn't know or care much about the issues of female business owners. That changed when the executive launched her own firm, TeamCFO Inc. of Los Angeles, in 2000. Like many business-owner newbies, she found herself in need of customers as well as moral support. Yamanaka discovered both among the women who made up the Los Angeles chapter of the National Assn. of Women Business Owners.
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September 20, 2007 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
Laura Yamanaka was a self-described "corporate geek" with her nose buried in financial statements. She didn't know or care much about the issues of female business owners. That changed when the executive launched her own firm, TeamCFO Inc. of Los Angeles, in 2000. Like many business-owner newbies, she found herself in need of customers as well as moral support. Yamanaka discovered both among the women who made up the Los Angeles chapter of the National Assn. of Women Business Owners.
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November 10, 2009 | Cyndia Zwahlen
Bashing pint-size radio-controlled monster trucks around bumpy dirt tracks has always been a blast for Dan Dunst, who opened a hobby shop specializing in the pricey toys near downtown Los Angeles last year. But his store, VG Racing, was soon broadsided by the sour economy. Sales at the shop and its online sites have slipped over the last six months, and now Dunst and his wife, Sarah, have to figure out whether the company can continue. "I'm being run over," said Dunst, 50, who also designs and manufacturers custom roll cages for the zippy vehicles that sell for $250 to $800 or more.
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February 21, 2008 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
Laura Yamanaka isn't stressing over tackling her company's taxes. With deadlines to file returns looming, she said she didn't have much paperwork left to do for her accountant. As president of TeamCFO Inc. in downtown Los Angeles, Yamanaka recognizes that her company of financial and accounting executives for hire is probably ahead of the game compared with the average small business. But her secret is within reach: Tax time is not a once-a-year chore.
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