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May 12, 1999 | KAREN E. KLEIN, Karen E. Klein is a freelance writer
Because of her involvement in hiring former welfare recipients and encouraging other businesses to do the same, Rena Burns won this year's SBA Welfare to Work Small Business Owner of the Year Award. She says that making communication and respect among her employee teams a constant priority keeps her customers as well as her workers happy. Burns was interviewed by freelance writer Karen E. Klein.
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April 8, 1999 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not many entrepreneurs have had a rougher start than Valencia businesswoman Margo Groger did. When her husband passed away, she knew little about the spa and whirlpool fittings business he had left behind. Then a devastating fire burned the assembly plant to the ground. But the former junior high school counselor was determined to make good on her husband's legacy.
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January 20, 1999 | ELEANOR YANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Following President Clinton's proposal Tuesday to spend $1 billion on new welfare-to-work efforts, Los Angeles County officials are launching their own initiative to increase hiring of aid recipients. They are targeting small businesses to boost the number of welfare hires, which has held steady at 4,000 a month in the last year. An estimated 135,000 Los Angeles County welfare recipients are expected to enter the work force in the next four years.
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