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BUSINESS
June 12, 1995 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Patty Shaw, chief financial officer of a Torrance technology firm that bends light for communication purposes, is in the nation's capital today with a goal. As a California delegate to and exhibitor at the White House Conference on Small Business, Shaw wants to ensure that small high-tech companies don't get lost among the 1,790 delegates and 90 exhibitors expected here this week.
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BUSINESS
March 27, 1995 | VICKI TORRES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
August 2, 1994 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Small businesses in California cannot be sued for age discrimination under current law, the California Supreme Court held unanimously Monday. The court, reviewing an Orange County case, said the only state law that prohibits such discrimination, the Fair Employment and Housing Act, exempts employers with fewer than five workers. "We conclude that there presently exists no 'fundamental policy' which precludes age discrimination by a small employer," Justice Marvin Baxter wrote.
NEWS
April 23, 1994 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kathleen Brown put on two hats Friday, as the state's treasurer and a Democratic candidate for governor, to kick off a new government program for small businesses that helps fulfill her campaign pledge to create 1 million new jobs. The goal of the California Capital Access Program is partly to help fledgling companies get an early boost by making small-business loans easier to obtain.
NEWS
March 20, 1994 | ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Forty thousand workers at small California businesses will get an extraordinary piece of good news on Tuesday: At a time when health insurance costs are climbing by 6% to 8% a year, their premiums will actually be reduced for the year starting July 1.
BUSINESS
January 2, 1994 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, This report was compiled by Times staff writer Donna K.H. Walters
SMALL BUSINESS: The longed-for California recovery will buoy the small-business sector first. Small companies, on the economic front-lines and more sensitive to small shifts in customer confidence and spending, will continue to keep the job market alive.
BUSINESS
August 30, 1993 | DONNA K. H. WALTERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In California, as in the rest of the country, small business is being asked to do an enormous job: spur economic growth. Small companies are indeed vital to job creation and economic expansion. And California--reeling from massive restructurings and downsizing in some of its biggest industries and corporations--certainly could use the help. But don't expect too much from small business, economists warn.
BUSINESS
August 17, 1993 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California small businesses remain particularly gloomy about economic conditions, with only 6% considering this a good time to expand their businesses and nearly one-third expecting overall business conditions to worsen over the next three to six months, according to survey results released Monday.
BUSINESS
May 19, 1993 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson, proclaiming "a new way, a better way, a less-expensive way for small businesses to buy health insurance," on Tuesday unveiled California's state-run cooperative for purchasing medical coverage. The cooperative, regarded as a potential model for federal health reforms, is part of sweeping changes to take effect July 1 in the state health insurance laws governing small businesses.
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