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August 9, 1996 | PAT PRINCE ROSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Barbara Price knows what it's like to have a job that doesn't work. "I had to be at the office at 8 a.m.," she recalls. "But the school bus didn't come until 8. . . . If the baby-sitter didn't show, then I was late and got yelled at. But if you've been yelled at too many times, you suddenly develop the flu and call in sick for the whole day."
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BUSINESS
August 9, 1996 | PAT PRINCE ROSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Barbara Price knows what it's like to have a job that doesn't work. "I had to be at the office at 8 a.m.," she recalls. "But the school bus didn't come until 8. . . . If the baby-sitter didn't show, then I was late and got yelled at. But if you've been yelled at too many times, you suddenly develop the flu and call in sick for the whole day."
NEWS
September 2, 1988 | MARK LAWRENCE, Times Staff Writer
Small businesses in states with strong parental-leave policies have continued to grow at a robust pace, discrediting fears of some business leaders that a federal requirement for such leaves would create an undue burden on small companies, a new study released by the National Assn. of Working Women said Thursday.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2009 | Cyndia Zwahlen
As the recession bores deeper into the economy, small and medium-size businesses are showing the effects by shedding workers at a rapid pace. That indicates, employment experts say, how the downturn is spreading well beyond the manufacturing and housing sectors. On a more upbeat note, California officials have decided not to stiff the smallest businesses even though the budget mess has left the state unable to pay many of its bills.
BUSINESS
November 10, 2008 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Zwahlen is a freelance writer.
A trio of new reports provides more evidence that small businesses, considered by many to be an engine of economic growth, could have a tough time pulling the country back to prosperity. For the first time in eight years, monthly employment at small businesses has declined, dropping by 25,000 jobs in October, according to the latest ADP Small Business Report.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2010 | Sharon Bernstein and Don Lee
President Obama called for renewed efforts to stimulate small business, long the nation's major engine of job growth, as new private data Monday showed that many smaller firms are losing confidence in the economic recovery and are slowing the pace of their hiring. Amid the latest signs of a sluggish recovery from the deep recession, Obama chastised Republicans for holding up legislation that would restore funding for certain federally backed loans to small businesses and provide other relief.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2010 | By Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times
For the recovery to gain steam, most economists believe small businesses need to be strong enough to hire new workers. But according to one measure, the employment picture in this sector is weakening. Intuit Inc., which provides payroll services for small employers, says the nation's tiniest companies had fewer new hires last month than any time since October. The data are further evidence of a trend that has had many economists worried for months and intensifies concerns that smaller firms may not be robust enough to help lead the country out of its financial slump.
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.
NEWS
May 19, 1989 | MARIA L. La GANGA, Times Staff Writer
Here's the scenario: You're looking for a job at a retail firm, and you have two offers, one from a small, mom-and-pop clothing store and another from a major chain. Which job do you take? If you want to work for higher wages, have medical coverage and a pension plan for your old age, your best bet might be to think big, as in Big Business. But if friendliness, flexibility and potential opportunity are high on your priority scale, less can indeed be more in Orange County's burgeoning small-business sector.
NATIONAL
September 29, 2004 | Warren Vieth, Times Staff Writer
In appearances across the country, President Bush contends that the tax proposals of Sen. John F. Kerry would shut down a powerful engine of employment growth in America. Kerry's plan to roll back income tax reductions for the wealthy, the president says, would "raise taxes for the 900,000 small businesses and entrepreneurs ... who are creating most of the new jobs in our changing economy."
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