March 29, 1990 |
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.
October 26, 1992 |
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.
January 8, 1993 |
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.
April 21, 1993 |
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.
August 20, 1996 |
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."
December 29, 1996 |
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.
December 13, 2000 |
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.
March 27, 1995 |
Earlier this month, Bank of America trumpeted a loan it had awarded, the first of its kind in the country. It was not a megabucks deal for international corporate expansion, but a $51,000 start-up loan under a new federally backed loan program to the owners of Loubara's, an 18-table restaurant in San Diego. A few days later, Wells Fargo publicly declared its intention to lend $550 million this year to small businesses in Los Angeles.
October 27, 1989 |
Last week's Bay Area Quake probably inspired you to stockpile bottled water and batteries at home, but have you thought about how your business and your employees would survive a major disaster? Fire, safety and insurance experts say small businesses fare the worst during disasters because most are ill-prepared and under-insured for misfortune. Busy small-business owners rarely take the time to draft a disaster plan or even discuss how employees should react during an emergency.