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March 12, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
For generations, Americans turned to the Better Business Bureau to find out if the local grocer was cheating customers or if the neighborhood dry cleaner was mishandling clothes. But this week the 101-year-old consumer watchdog turned its sights on one of its own - ousting the Los Angeles chapter that grades local businesses. BBB of the Southland was expelled after years of internal strife and a slew of audits by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. The chapter, which was the organization's largest and covered Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange and Riverside counties, was accused of demanding that businesses pay membership fees in exchange for good ratings.
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April 2, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Will putting "Made in California" labels on products help them fly off the shelves? That is the belief of state Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro), who has introduced legislation to create such a marketing effort. SB 12, which was approved Monday by its first committee, is sponsored by the group Small Business California as one way to give products made in the Golden State a competitive advantage. California is known worldwide as a leader in many fields, including technology, fashion and entertainment, and Corbett said she believes that a "Made in California" label would add cachet to products in the eyes of many consumers.
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March 12, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
California's small-business owners worry about the economy, regulatory burdens and taxes, but they're also concerned about the deteriorating quality of public education and crumbling roads and other public works. Those are the findings of an annual survey of 1,067 small-business executives just released by Small Business California, an advocacy group. Employers -- just over half of them with 19 workers or less -- have trouble finding capable staff and then have trouble navigating clogged freeways, said Scott Hauge, a San Francisco insurance broker who is Small Business California's founder and president.
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March 12, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
For generations, Americans turned to the Better Business Bureau to find out if the local grocer was cheating customers or if the neighborhood dry cleaner was mishandling clothes. But this week the 101-year-old consumer watchdog turned its sights on one of its own - ousting the Los Angeles chapter that grades local businesses. BBB of the Southland was expelled after years of internal strife and a slew of audits by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. The chapter, which was the organization's largest and covered Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange and Riverside counties, was accused of demanding that businesses pay membership fees in exchange for good ratings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Will putting "Made in California" labels on products help them fly off the shelves? That is the belief of state Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro), who has introduced legislation to create such a marketing effort. SB 12, which was approved Monday by its first committee, is sponsored by the group Small Business California as one way to give products made in the Golden State a competitive advantage. California is known worldwide as a leader in many fields, including technology, fashion and entertainment, and Corbett said she believes that a "Made in California" label would add cachet to products in the eyes of many consumers.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2010 | By Lisa Mascaro and Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times
Ending months of partisan delay, the House gave final passage Thursday to a small-business tax and lending assistance bill, handing Democrats a legislative victory on the economic issues central to the midterm elections. President Obama had pressed Congress to pass the bill despite scant Republican support, and small-business owners welcomed his pledge to sign it into law Monday. "The small-business jobs bill passed today will help provide loans and cut taxes for millions of small-business owners without adding a dime to our nation's deficit," Obama said.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2006
Dozens of agencies and organizations in Southern California offer advice and expertise to small companies that are looking to expand. Some provide information on how to start and finance a business. Others offer counseling on how to improve operations and profitability. Here's a sample of what's available: Small Business Administration www.sba.gov This federal agency offers information on starting, financing and managing a small business, as well as tips for finding business opportunities.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2009 | Cyndia Zwahlen
Workers laid off by California's smallest businesses have a shot at subsidized healthcare under a bill moving quickly through the Legislature. As part of February's stimulus package, some laid-off employees can get the government to temporarily cover 65% of the cost of continuing their health insurance under the federal COBRA law, which allows workers to keep their healthcare coverage but requires them to pay the premiums.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2008 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
Israel Briceno has been too busy running his tamale shop to think about saving for retirement. And no one at Briceno's bank has ever suggested he start putting money aside for when he's done working. But now that a local legislator has introduced a bill to create a state-sponsored IRA, Briceno, 28, is interested in signing up along with his mother, Maria Morales, and one other full-time worker at the aptly named Mom's Tamales in Lincoln Heights.
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April 19, 2010 | By Cyndia Zwahlen and Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Like small-business owners across Southern California, Hilario Sanchez knows all too well the shaking, the damage and, of course, the inevitable cleanup after an earthquake. But, he says, he has never seen the need for earthquake insurance -- a pricey decision facing small companies each year. As owner of Goleth's Beauty Salon in downtown Los Angeles, Sanchez said he has suffered earthquake-related damage in the past, but he said neither those quakes -- nor the magnitude 7.2 temblor in Baja California that struck April 4 and the spate of aftershocks that have followed -- have persuaded him to pay for coverage.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — State legislation to start a retirement plan for low-income workers who get no pensions and rely only on Social Security has run into a storm of opposition from business groups in Sacramento. The controversial proposal would require private employers to withhold about 3% of the wages of employees who participate. The state would collect the money, invest it and eventually provide a modest sum to retirees who don't have traditional company pensions or 401(k) retirement plans.
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March 12, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
California's small-business owners worry about the economy, regulatory burdens and taxes, but they're also concerned about the deteriorating quality of public education and crumbling roads and other public works. Those are the findings of an annual survey of 1,067 small-business executives just released by Small Business California, an advocacy group. Employers -- just over half of them with 19 workers or less -- have trouble finding capable staff and then have trouble navigating clogged freeways, said Scott Hauge, a San Francisco insurance broker who is Small Business California's founder and president.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2010 | By Lisa Mascaro and Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times
Ending months of partisan delay, the House gave final passage Thursday to a small-business tax and lending assistance bill, handing Democrats a legislative victory on the economic issues central to the midterm elections. President Obama had pressed Congress to pass the bill despite scant Republican support, and small-business owners welcomed his pledge to sign it into law Monday. "The small-business jobs bill passed today will help provide loans and cut taxes for millions of small-business owners without adding a dime to our nation's deficit," Obama said.
BUSINESS
April 19, 2010 | By Cyndia Zwahlen and Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Like small-business owners across Southern California, Hilario Sanchez knows all too well the shaking, the damage and, of course, the inevitable cleanup after an earthquake. But, he says, he has never seen the need for earthquake insurance -- a pricey decision facing small companies each year. As owner of Goleth's Beauty Salon in downtown Los Angeles, Sanchez said he has suffered earthquake-related damage in the past, but he said neither those quakes -- nor the magnitude 7.2 temblor in Baja California that struck April 4 and the spate of aftershocks that have followed -- have persuaded him to pay for coverage.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2009 | Cyndia Zwahlen
Workers laid off by California's smallest businesses have a shot at subsidized healthcare under a bill moving quickly through the Legislature. As part of February's stimulus package, some laid-off employees can get the government to temporarily cover 65% of the cost of continuing their health insurance under the federal COBRA law, which allows workers to keep their healthcare coverage but requires them to pay the premiums.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2008 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
Israel Briceno has been too busy running his tamale shop to think about saving for retirement. And no one at Briceno's bank has ever suggested he start putting money aside for when he's done working. But now that a local legislator has introduced a bill to create a state-sponsored IRA, Briceno, 28, is interested in signing up along with his mother, Maria Morales, and one other full-time worker at the aptly named Mom's Tamales in Lincoln Heights.
BUSINESS
October 30, 1989 | From Associated Press
A New England shoe chain walked to the top of the Forbes 1989 list of the "200 Best Small Companies in America." Insurers, specialty retailers and restaurants dominated the rankings but California led all states with the most companies on the Forbes list. Boston-based J. Baker, a newcomer to the list, took top honors with the highest return on equity--a five-year average of 100%, Forbes reported in its Nov. 13 issue.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2007 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
The Small Business Administration has unveiled its latest effort to get serious about being small. The SBA began sending letters last week to as many as 1,000 prime contractors asking them to identify by Sept. 30 any small-business contracts they or their subsidiaries and divisions hold. Federal agencies then could no longer count those contracts toward their goals of awarding 23% of their contract dollars to small businesses.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2007
Many agencies and organizations in Southern California offer advice and expertise to small companies and to those hoping to start a business. Here's a sample of what's available: Small Business Administration www.sba.gov This federal agency offers information on starting, financing and managing a small business, as well as tips for finding business opportunities. Los Angeles district office: (818) 552-3215 Central Contractor Registration www.ccr.
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