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May 22, 1998 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The small-business development center contract that was left up for grabs after UC Irvine closed its Accelerate program is now attracting interest from several groups in the county. Next month, the state Trade and Commerce Agency plans to begin accepting proposals for a new center, which will receive about $300,000 in annual funding from the state and the federal Small Business Administration.
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August 12, 2012 | By Laura Hautala, Los Angeles Times
Microloans — the relatively small loans meant for burgeoning entrepreneurs — are best known for helping launch businesses in developing countries. But some microlenders operate right here in the U.S.: Kiva, best known for its work abroad, recently brought its Kiva City program to Los Angeles. It partners with the Valley Economic Development Center to offer loans to small businesses that can have a hard time getting credit elsewhere. Call Valley at (213) 488-3599 to learn more.
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January 28, 1998 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John J. Rooney is president of Valley Economic Development Center Inc. in Van Nuys. Founded in 1978, the organization provides consulting, training and financing to small businesses. Last year, it won a Commerce Department award as the best economic-development lending program in the Western United States. Q: What services do you offer? A: We are a full-service, small-business development center, so we offer every type of service a small-business owner would need to grow a business.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2011 | By Cyndia Zwahlen
Establishing good credit is a key step for a small business, and not just because it paves the way to getting loans at good rates. High credit scores can also lead to better payment terms from vendors. And it can mean more sales, because business customers sometimes check the credit rating of a new firm before trusting it with their orders. "Your cost of doing business will go down and your cost of growing will go down," said John Schafer, a partner in the Newport Beach law firm of Manderson, Schafer & McKinlay.
BUSINESS
October 6, 1999 | VICKI TORRES
Although dozens of cities nationwide boast One-Stop Capital Shops--small-business financial service centers conceived by the federal Small Business Administration--Los Angeles is still struggling to get one going. After nearly five years, three proposed locations and three co-sponsors, the center here exists only as a skeletal operation.
BUSINESS
December 26, 1995
Sales techniques: Small businesses can get tips on selling their products or services at a workshop Jan. 10 at the Glendale YWCA, 735 E. Lexington Drive. The lunch session, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., is sponsored by Contacts Unlimited, a business networking group in the Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena area. Admission is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. Call (818) 246-1263 for reservations.
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July 22, 1992 | TRACEY KAPLAN
The Santa Clarita Valley Small Business Development Center is offering a free seminar on how to survive the impact of the area's first regional mall, which is scheduled to open Sept. 3. The Valencia Town Center, which will contain three department stores and dozens of retail shops, will compete with other local businesses, many of which are concerned about its effects, center manager Margaret Kruglov said. The Aug. 17 program will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.
BUSINESS
November 4, 1998 | Daryl Strickland
The California Trade and Commerce Agency said Tuesday it tentatively agreed to award the operation of a small business development center focused on technology to the Orange County Business Council. The operation of the center has been available since UC Irvine shut its Accelerate small business development center in December. The center helped develop fast-growing and high-tech companies in Orange County by offering services such as management advice and financing options.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1992
A small-business development center designed to provide free technical assistance to both experienced and budding entrepreneurs is expected to open its doors this month in Torrance. The Southwest Los Angeles County Small Business Development Center, which will be operated by El Camino College faculty and outside consultants, will get help from Torrance and the federal government.
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October 12, 1991 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Department of Commerce has awarded a Van Nuys agency a $143,000 grant to open the city's first Small Business Development Center. The new center will be operated by the Valley Economic Development Center and will offer owners of small businesses free counseling on matters such as licensing requirements, business plans, marketing, accounting and financing, said Edward Kawahara, director of the state's Small Business Development Center Program. "The principal service . . .
BUSINESS
March 22, 2010 | By Cyndia Zwahlen
Linda Ikeda started her energy-bar business in Long Beach two years ago, hand-mixing, baking and packaging the oat, spice and fruit blends for her Jumpstarter Bodyfuel snacks. She is a sole proprietor, but Ikeda said she had the advantage of working with Phil Glover, a business consultant from the small-business development center at Long Beach City College. He met with Ikeda monthly for more than a year, giving her free advice on how to write a business plan, cut production costs and sell her bars to Whole Foods Market stores and other businesses.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2009 | Cyndia Zwahlen
Last-minute cuts in the California budget are threatening programs that have been instrumental in helping entrepreneurs beat back the recession's perils. Small Business Development Centers, which offer loans, counseling and other resources using a mixture of state, federal and corporate funding, have been busier than ever this year. But the state's budget squeeze brought a 32% reduction in the funding that community colleges can use to operate some of the 35 centers in California.
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January 6, 2009 | DANA PARSONS
It wouldn't have surprised me if Leila Mozaffari and her staff were spending their workdays in stone silence, amusing themselves by watching the hands on the clock inch forward. And when that got old, perhaps twiddling their thumbs or making paper airplanes. Anything to while away what I imagined might well be long, lonely hours without any clients. How dare I underestimate the pluck of the American entrepreneur. Or, in some cases, the survival instinct.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2008 | Karen E. Klein, Special to The Times
Dear Karen: After reading your recent column I looked up the Small Business Administration's 504 loan program. How do we proceed? Answer: Consult with SCORE ( www.score.org) or your local Small Business Development Center. Both entities provide counselors free or at low cost. Talk to one about whether your business would qualify for a 504 loan and whether you should apply. Use this url to find a local business development center: www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sba programs/sbdc/sbdclocator /SBDC_LOCATOR.
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April 7, 2008 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
Southern California small-business consultant Phil Borden went to Iraq with high hopes for playing a small part in rebuilding the tattered economy. The yearlong venture shredded that dream. Charged with taking over a failed effort by a State Department contractor to create a national model of a profitable small-business development center, Borden expected to use his considerable stateside experience helping entrepreneurs.
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.
BUSINESS
November 25, 1994 | Don Lee Times staff writer
Home of the Technopolis: The folks at Accelerate Technology, the Small Business Development Center at UC Irvine, have a new nickname for the region: Orange County Technopolis. The term, says Accelerate's director Tiffany Haugen, underscores Orange County's strength in high-innovation sectors--electronics, measuring devices, drugs and medical instruments. In employment, Haugen says, Orange County surpasses the Silicon Valley in all of these except for electronics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2000
The Northeast Valley Small Business Development Center is scheduled to open this month at 12502 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima. The SBDC is a national program funded by the California Trade and Commerce Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The program is operated locally by the Valley Economic Development Center, a nonprofit organization. VEDC had served the community through a city funded Business Assistance Center.
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January 23, 2001
The Valley Economic Development Center and the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, two of the Valley's most visible business organizations, hope to team up to buy a $3.1-million office building in Van Nuys, officials said Monday. Development center President Roberto Barragan said the organizations expect to close escrow this week on a 25,000-square-foot building at 5121 Van Nuys Blvd. that was formerly leased by the state.
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