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BUSINESS
July 8, 1987
The federal Small Business Administration said its Orange County branch office will move to a new facility at 901 W. Civic Center Drive, Suite 160, in Santa Ana, from its previous location in the Fidelity Federal Building in Santa Ana. The new office will open Monday.
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BUSINESS
July 26, 2013
The gig: As president of the Los Angeles Business Council, Mary Leslie, 53, covers a lot of ground. On any given day, she might be meeting with major contributors to evaluate progress on a grant, driving to the San Fernando Valley to check out a fledgling solar installation company or researching an initiative to stop storm runoff from reaching the ocean. In spare moments, she will plot out the finer details of an upcoming summit, where government representatives, business leaders and academics will convene to solve nagging problems in housing, transportation and jobs.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By James Barragan
President Obama intends to nominate Maria Contreras-Sweet, the founder of a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles and a former state Cabinet secretary, to head the Small Business Administration. Contreras-Sweet, who is highly regarded in the L.A. business community, is expected to be nominated Wednesday afternoon. She would fill the last vacancy in Obama's Cabinet. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Contreras-Sweet immigrated to Los Angeles when she was 5. She was the first Latina to serve as a Cabinet secretary in California when she was secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency from 1999 to 2003.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2001 | Associated Press
The U.S. Senate confirmed Glendale entrepreneur Hector V. Barreto Jr. to head the Small Business Administration. Lawmakers approved President Bush's nominee by voice vote. Barreto, 39, owns an employee-benefits company and is a former head of the Latin Business Assn. He will head an agency whose budget Bush has proposed cutting from $900 million to $539 million next year.
NEWS
August 23, 1990
Expo '90, a free program sponsored by Rep. Esteban Torres (D-La Puente) to help small-business owners find new markets, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Rio Hondo College Campus Inn in Whittier. Representatives of federal, state and local governments and 20 large corporations will discuss business opportunities. The program will also include seminars on marketing and Small Business Administration loans.
BUSINESS
August 5, 1998
Los Angeles-based Imperial Bancorp has formed a thrift and loan association called Crown American Bank to provide financing for small businesses. Imperial's entire small-business lending division, including its Preferred Lender Program license from the Small Business Administration, will be transferred to the new entity, which will be headquartered in Los Angeles and operate out of regional branches in El Segundo, Inglewood, Encino, Costa Mesa and Riverside.
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