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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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BUSINESS
July 5, 2000 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE) and the Vermont Slauson Development Corp. are among seven organizations statewide that have received grants to offer technical assistance to small businesses whose owners are low-income, minority, disabled or women. The $350,000 grant from Wells Fargo Bank will be divided among the organizations as part of an initiative to help entrepreneurs raise their chances of success.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2000 | KAREN E. KLEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Q: What factors should an entrepreneur take into consideration when deciding whether to sell wholesale versus retail? Can one do both successfully? --L.J., Altadena * A: The difference between wholesale and retail is something like chocolate and vanilla. The rules, the contacts, the funding level needed and the business practices involved are so different that it is very rare for established companies to do both well.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1998 | COLL METCALFE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was just after William Rushing had the idea that he ran straight into a brick wall. The idea? Opening an art gallery. The brick wall? Opening an art gallery. So, like hundreds of other stymied, would-be entrepreneurs, he and his wife, Toni, turned to the Ventura County Small Business Development Center for advice. What they got was a whole lot more than they bargained for.
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.
BUSINESS
October 13, 1998
Joseph Huggins, manager of the Gold Coast Small Business Development Center in Ventura, calls strategic planning one of the key elements to business success. Unfortunately, he says, it is also one of the elements lacking in the operation of most small businesses. Huggins will conduct a strategic planning seminar Nov. 6 to help local entrepreneurs chart a long-term course of operation.
BUSINESS
September 16, 1998 | PATRICE APODACA, Patrice Apodaca covers economic issues for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-5979 and at patrice.apodaca@latimes.com
The California Trade and Commerce Agency has issued its long-awaited request for proposals to operate a technology-based small business development center in Orange County. Information about the state's guidelines was mailed to the dozen or more local organizations that have expressed interest in making a bid, said Trade and Commerce spokesman Mike Marando. They have until Oct. 15 to respond with a detailed proposal about how they would run the center.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
May 20, 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 Orange County. Early next month, the state Trade and Commerce Agency plans to begin accepting proposals for a new center, which will receive approximately $300,000 in annual funding from the state and the federal Small Business Administration.
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