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May 1, 1998 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Following a two-year hiatus, the Small Business Administration is set to resume its micro-lending program in Los Angeles, a move that could eventually funnel up to $2.5 million worth of tiny loans to hundreds of credit-starved entrepreneurs countywide.
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BUSINESS
May 28, 2001 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Flora Montes de Oca's plans to expand her factory had come to a frustrating standstill just a few months ago, with the new plant site she bought in Sun Valley idled by bureaucratic permitting hurdles. But help from a retooled city-funded program has given her hope. Consultants brought in by the Valley Economic Development Center are helping her seek a parking variance so she can soon begin building a facility that will more than triple her space.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Small businesses in Pacoima and 34 other communities nationwide can benefit from a new federal loan program designed to aid communities suffering from high unemployment, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Mission Hills) announced Tuesday. The program, which provides as much as $750,000 in Small Business Administration loans to eligible businesses, was created as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993 but only went into effect in August, Berman aides said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1999 | D.B. YOUNG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If groups like the Valley Economic Development Center are out in the field helping San Fernando Valley firms get the advice and money they need to grow, then the U.S. Small Business Administration is behind the lines providing strategy and financial resources that make much of the effort possible. In many ways, the SBA is the glue that holds together the region's wide range of small business outreach programs.
BUSINESS
March 20, 1990 | HARRY BERNSTEIN
Congress may soon give a tad of help to America's jobless, who have been treated shabbily since former President Reagan began making it more difficult for them to get unemployment benefits. And two states are experimenting with an innovative idea that might get some workers out of the ranks of the unemployed by helping them become small--very small--capitalists.
BUSINESS
December 13, 1992 | JAMES FLANIGAN
The Little Rock economic conference opens Monday with roughly 200 business executives and economic thinkers gathered with President-elect Bill Clinton to mull over the business outlook. It will be an occasion undoubtedly for high-level chin scratching and solemn recitations of the obvious--that the economy is burdened by budget deficits, job losses and bank failures, not to mention fears of rising interest rates and higher inflation. But Clinton might be laughing secretly.
BUSINESS
February 15, 1989 | JANE APPLEGATE, Times Staff Writer
Small business owners across the country and particularly in California are facing major delays in receiving Small Business Administration guarantees for their bank loans and may have trouble getting any new government-insured loans in the near future, officials said Tuesday. Since October, there has been an overwhelming demand for SBA-insured loans and a 40% increase in the dollar amount of loan guarantees issued in the region serving California.
NEWS
May 2, 1991 | HELAINE OLEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
America's small businesses may be becoming the employer of last resort for the nation's drug users. The evidence so far is mostly anecdotal, but it appears to be growing every day, Labor Department and congressional officials say. The reason is simple: Larger firms are much more likely to screen job applicants routinely for drug use. By contrast, smaller companies don't have the money--or the time--to put anti-drug programs into effect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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
August 13, 1997 | PETER BEHR, WASHINGTON POST
The Clinton administration intends to greatly expand the number of white women entrepreneurs eligible for the government's largest program that aids minority businesses, officials said Tuesday. The move comes at a time of growing political and legal challenges to federal affirmative-action policies.
BUSINESS
May 1, 1998 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Following a two-year hiatus, the Small Business Administration is set to resume its micro-lending program in Los Angeles, a move that could eventually funnel up to $2.5 million worth of tiny loans to hundreds of credit-starved entrepreneurs countywide.
BUSINESS
March 20, 1998 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The new owners of a Pacoima shutters factory are the first entrepreneurs in that community to receive funding under a new government-sponsored loan program targeted at areas hard-hit by the North American Free Trade Agreement. Brothers Bruce and Randy Landsberger secured $306,000 in funding earlier this week to complete their purchase of Sequoia Shutters. The company employs 31 people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Small businesses in Pacoima and 34 other communities nationwide can benefit from a new federal loan program designed to aid communities suffering from high unemployment, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Mission Hills) announced Tuesday. The program, which provides as much as $750,000 in Small Business Administration loans to eligible businesses, was created as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1993 but only went into effect in August, Berman aides said.
BUSINESS
August 13, 1997 | PETER BEHR, WASHINGTON POST
The Clinton administration intends to greatly expand the number of white women entrepreneurs eligible for the government's largest program that aids minority businesses, officials said Tuesday. The move comes at a time of growing political and legal challenges to federal affirmative-action policies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1996 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A public-private partnership committed to providing $126.5 million in loans to small businesses in the San Fernando Valley was announced by Mayor Riordan and other city officials Wednesday. Flanked by Councilmen Richard Alarcon and Michael Feuer and state Sen. Herschel Rosenthal (D-Los Angeles), Riordan hailed the Valley Business Lending Partnership as a major step in the resurgence of the Valley economy and a means of generating thousands of new jobs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1993 | BERT ELJERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Thu Trong Nguyen owns a business so small, it's not even called a small business. It's called a "micro-enterprise," but on it the 52-year-old former captain in the South Vietnamese Army is building his American dream. With a $5,000 loan from a new federal program designed to remove refugees from the welfare rolls and additional money provided by friends, Nguyen just a month ago started a sewing business with his wife and three children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1996 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A public-private partnership committed to providing $126.5 million in loans to small businesses in the San Fernando Valley was announced by Mayor Riordan and other city officials Wednesday. Flanked by Councilmen Richard Alarcon and Michael Feuer and state Sen. Herschel Rosenthal (D-Los Angeles), Riordan hailed the Valley Business Lending Partnership as a major step in the resurgence of the Valley economy and a means of generating thousands of new jobs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1993 | BERT ELJERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Thu Trong Nguyen owns a business so small, it's not even called a small business. It's called a "micro-enterprise," but on it the 52-year-old former captain in the South Vietnamese Army is building his American dream. With a $5,000 loan from a new federal program designed to remove refugees from the welfare rolls and additional money provided by friends, Nguyen just a month ago started a sewing business with his wife and three children.
BUSINESS
December 13, 1992 | JAMES FLANIGAN
The Little Rock economic conference opens Monday with roughly 200 business executives and economic thinkers gathered with President-elect Bill Clinton to mull over the business outlook. It will be an occasion undoubtedly for high-level chin scratching and solemn recitations of the obvious--that the economy is burdened by budget deficits, job losses and bank failures, not to mention fears of rising interest rates and higher inflation. But Clinton might be laughing secretly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 . . .
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