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October 30, 1995 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From the Long Beach office of his nursery company, so stricken by the regional economic downturn that it has downsized by half in the past five years, Tom Lucas contemplates his small role in Los Angeles County's health care crisis. "I would love to be able to afford health insurance for my employees," he says. "I think they deserve a lot--they work their butts off. There would be less stress in their lives, which would mean less stress in our lives."
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BUSINESS
June 7, 2000 | LEE ROMNEY and MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Start-ups can benefit from another low-cost how-to course, conducted by the Women's Enterprise Development Corp. (WEDC) and the SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership. WEDC is interviewing entrepreneurs--male or female--interested in the 12-week course, which begins June 22 and covers topics such as business plan development, marketing, record keeping, insurance and taxes, public relations, sales, business law and employee matters. The course will be held in El Monte.
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August 3, 1999 | D.B. YOUNG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This community's "antique row" on Sherman Way between Canoga and Owensmouth avenues is trying hard to shake its image as the Valley's down-market place to buy collectibles. Rows of newly planted trees line both sides of the street, interspersed with freshly painted old-style street lamps featuring stenciled iron designs with antique themes.
BUSINESS
May 31, 2000 | JAMES FLANIGAN
In a single Southern California city, you can see the world economy, with all its promise of larger markets and good jobs, and all its threats of low-priced competition and shifting standards. Azusa, a city of 50,000 in the San Gabriel Valley, has a vibrant industrial sector of small manufacturing companies. Their stories reflect the triumphs and problems common to industry throughout this vast region.
BUSINESS
September 15, 1999
More information about the Times small-business survey and its first-ever focus on minority-owned businesses--detailed in today's paper--will be presented at the second Los Angeles Times Small Business Strategies Conference on Sept. 24-25. Survey creators, plus representatives from minority business associations, will discuss results that showed significant differences between minority companies and white-owned firms.
NEWS
September 15, 1999 | MARLA DICKERSON and DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An overwhelming majority of small companies in Los Angeles County are enjoying brisk business, but minority-owned firms are lagging white firms in sales growth and generally harbor deeper concerns about what lies ahead, according to a new Los Angeles Times Poll. Nearly three-quarters of all small-business owners described conditions at their companies as "robust," affirming the region's broad economic recovery. But about 60% of the minority entrepreneurs shared that assessment.
BUSINESS
March 23, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
L.A. County Establishes Micro-Loan Program: The County Micro Business Loan Program will guarantee loans of between $5,000 and $50,000 made by private lenders to small companies. The program, established with $700,000 in Department of Housing and Urban Development funds sent to Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, is designed to encourage banks to make riskier or non-traditional loans to spur economic development. If a borrower defaults, the bank is reimbursed for the balance of the loan.
BUSINESS
December 17, 1997 | Karen E. Klein
Tony Haywood got his start in business because of a lemon. His car broke down so often that he became expert at fixing it, especially his engine's turbocharger. After working in Los Angeles County's heavy-equipment maintenance department, he eventually decided to open his own shop selling rebuilt turbochargers. These days, national and international mail-order customers make up about 80% of Haywood's business, much of it generated by his Web site (http://www.a1turbo.com).
BUSINESS
June 29, 1999 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County is home to more women-owned businesses than any other metro area in the country, and those firms employ more than 1 million workers locally. Those are among the findings of a study to be released today that shows that employment and revenue growth in the nation's women-owned firms continues to outpace the overall economy. Nationwide there are now more than 9.1 million women-owned businesses, employing a total of 15.5 million workers and generating sales topping $2.1 trillion.
BUSINESS
February 25, 1998 | KAREN E. KLEIN
Ben Dossett, a 1984 film-school graduate, met Meiert Avis while working on a music video for Bruce Hornsby. The two decided to form a film-production company and soon produced videos for performers such as U2 and Bob Dylan and television commercials for companies including Coca-Cola and Lexus.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2000 | GRAHAM WITHERALL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As the owner of a travel agency, Kevin Notrica is adept at making sure clients arrive at their destination. Charting a successful course for his own business, however, has proved much more challenging. Airline commission cuts and the Internet's growing appeal have taken a bite out of business at Notrica's Nance Travel Services in Long Beach. Further complicating the picture has been the loss of several corporate accounts the agency once held with local divisions of major national companies.
BUSINESS
December 22, 1999 | CYNDIA ZWAHLEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After 23 years flying solo, Shari Canepa is convinced that her small interior design firm needs the instant bulk a merger or joint venture can provide to thrive in the next quarter century. The industry veteran has watched the competitive landscape grow rockier for generalists such as Interior Spaces Inc. of Santa Monica. The number of niche players who charge higher prices for their specialties has grown. Consumers are increasingly design-savvy.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1999 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like many more-recent Korean American entrepreneurs, John Kim did not want the hardships or risks of running a dry cleaner or an inner-city minimarket. So in 1992 he opened a one-hour photo shop not far from his home in Torrance. What Kim did not foresee was the mushrooming of discount drugstores and club warehouses all around him.
BUSINESS
September 15, 1999
More information about the Times small-business survey and its first-ever focus on minority-owned businesses--detailed in today's paper--will be presented at the second Los Angeles Times Small Business Strategies Conference on Sept. 24-25. Survey creators, plus representatives from minority business associations, will discuss results that showed significant differences between minority companies and white-owned firms.
NEWS
September 15, 1999 | MARLA DICKERSON and DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An overwhelming majority of small companies in Los Angeles County are enjoying brisk business, but minority-owned firms are lagging white firms in sales growth and generally harbor deeper concerns about what lies ahead, according to a new Los Angeles Times Poll. Nearly three-quarters of all small-business owners described conditions at their companies as "robust," affirming the region's broad economic recovery. But about 60% of the minority entrepreneurs shared that assessment.
NEWS
September 15, 1999 | MARLA DICKERSON and DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An overwhelming majority of small companies in Los Angeles County are enjoying brisk business, but minority-owned firms generally are lagging their white counterparts and harbor deeper concerns about what lies ahead, according to a new survey by the Los Angeles Times Poll. Nearly three-quarters of all small-business owners polled countywide described conditions at their companies as "robust," affirming the region's broad economic recovery.
BUSINESS
July 22, 1997 | JULIA SCHEERES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After 35 years, Jim's Office Center is reluctantly going out of business, unable to staunch a steady defection of clients to the Staples and Office Depot stores that opened within a half-mile of the retailer. Business slowed, then trickled to a near standstill, when the two industry giants landed in the neighborhood in 1988 and 1991, respectively.
BUSINESS
March 10, 1999 | CYNDIA ZWAHLEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bill Gates can rest easy. His business empire is safe for now from Torrance start-up NonTech Computers, despite the owner's early hopes to quickly join Gates in the pantheon of household names. Craig Burdick is having a hard enough time mastering business basics as his computer sales and repair company hits the three-year mark this month. Sales jumped 35% to $270,000 last year, a reflection of Burdick's technical and people skills.
BUSINESS
September 15, 1999 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which represents the interests of the nation's 1.4 million Latino businesses, is remaking itself as an economic development organization to capitalize on the corporate and political attention its constituents have captured.
BUSINESS
September 15, 1999 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Joe Gutierrez grew his business slowly, starting with little more than $1,000 in cash and skills learned in his father's Texas flooring company. Thirty-five years later, his JJJ Floor Covering Inc. helps form the backbone of Los Angeles County's Latino business economy, pulling in $21 million in annual revenue.
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