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October 7, 1992 | BILL BOYARSKY
Last week, the San Fernando Valley was the battleground for Gov. Pete Wilson's unusual war against the Democratic-controlled Legislature over workers' compensation reform. I knew it was war when I heard Wilson speak to about 200 owners of comparatively small businesses at the Precision Dynamics Corp. plant in San Fernando. I've observed four previous governors--Pat Brown, Ronald Reagan, Jerry Brown and George Deukmejian.
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NEWS
March 29, 1990 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assembly Speaker Willie Brown acknowledged Wednesday that he faces long odds in the fight to require all California employers to provide health benefits to their workers. But he had some advice for anyone who doubts that he can do it: "Never, never, never bet against me," he said.
BUSINESS
October 26, 1992 | From Associated Press
Even in a cool economy, computers and health care are hot industries for small businesses, Forbes magazine says in its annual ranking of the nation's 200 best small companies. Hawking everything from software to peripherals, computer outfits took 36 spots on the best small companies list, which the twice-monthly business glossy released Sunday in its Nov. 9 issue. For the second year running, Forbes' top small company was Cambex Corp., a Waltham, Mass.
BUSINESS
January 8, 1993 | PATRICK LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson's proposals to cut taxes should help spur new investment and stimulate small businesses, but they won't end the state's persistent recession or reverse long-term trends siphoning jobs away from California, business leaders and economists say.
BUSINESS
April 21, 1993 | From Bloomberg Business News
Bank of America said Tuesday that it will increase loans to small California businesses up to 25%--to $1.8 billion--in a program aimed at boosting the state's lackluster economy. The bank also plans to help small businesses by discounting financial services through May 31, speeding up loan processing and sponsoring small-business seminars.
BUSINESS
August 20, 1996 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three years ago, Mary Flowers hired welfare recipients to fill entry-level jobs and to get tax credits for her fledgling prefabricated construction company in Pomona. Now, with sales expected to reach $2 million this year, Flowers says Sturdy Quick Building Systems is too successful to take on such help anymore. "We're growing and we have no time to train," she said. Hiring people on welfare is "not as easy as it seems. Usually the skills are not in place."
BUSINESS
December 29, 1996 | VICKI TORRES
California came several years late to the nation's economic recovery party, but the state should be celebrating all through 1997. Here is what key industries will be up to: SMALL BUSINESS: The self-employed and small firms will benefit from federal legislation that in 1997 will bring increased business deductions, health insurance deductions, medical savings accounts for employees and simplified pension plans.
BUSINESS
December 28, 1997 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's blazing economy is cooling several degrees heading into the new year. Ironically, the chill is coming from the very sector that has helped set the economy on fire the past couple of years: exports. While prospects for company profits, jobs and spending are still pretty bright, economists say the Asian currency crisis undoubtedly will take its toll. Orange County sends 43% of its $8.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2000 | Denise Gellene
As the nation's technology and entertainment capital, California's entrepreneurial credentials seem impeccable. But a new study by a Massachusetts-based consulting firm says 14 other states have shown themselves to be better places for businesses to grow. In coming up with its list, Cognetics Inc. measured employment growth at companies no more than 10 years old. It also looked at the proportion of start-ups in a given state, region or city.
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