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Archived Posts from this Category
The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club recently announced its Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards, with winners selected from 424 entries from media professionals in the 11 Greater Bay Area counties.
SCL Biz is pleased to share The Press Democrat award winners with you, especially Kevin McCallum for his business story “Bad Loans, Big Losses” :
Thursday 18 Jun 2009 | All Business
Money’s tight and the business climate has certainly been better – if your small business is stressed meeting expenses during these economic times, the U.S. Small Business Administration has a new loan program designed just for you.
SBA’s America’s Recovery Capital Loan Program can provide up to $35,000 in short-term relief for viable small businesses facing immediate financial hardship to help ride out the current uncertain economic times and return to profitability. Each small business is limited to one ARC loan.
ACT NOW – ARC loans will be offered by some SBA lenders for as long as funding is available or until September 30, 2010, whichever comes first.
Thursday 04 Jun 2009 | All Business
Freelancing – the word has been around for hundreds of years, but the world of freelancing today, while offering a tremendous freedom to those who are self-employed, also presents challenges.
The Freelancers Union is addressing some of these issues: “Freelancers Union is a nonprofit organization that represents the needs of America’s independent workforce though advocacy, information, and service. Independent workers make up 30% of the nation’s workforce. We are freelancers, consultants, independent contractors, temps, part-timers, contingent employees, and the self-employed. Despite our contribution to America’s economy, we’re often left out of the social safety net. Most freelancers can’t access affordable insurance, are taxed more than traditional employees, and have limited access to protections such as unemployment insurance, retirement plans, and unpaid wage claims.”
It appears that Sonoma County freelancers have access to health, dental, disability, and life insurance, and to a 401k retirement plan.
Monday 01 Jun 2009 | All Business
The May/June 2009 issue of Via: AAA Traveler’s Companion magazine has a great article featuring Alexander Valley as “An Even Greater Alexander (Valley, That Is): It’s Sonoma County’s Upstart Destination for Wine and Food,” by Jennifer Reese.
Some of the featured businesses:
|Bosworth & Son General Merchandise
Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Locals Tasting Room
Daviola Pizzeria & Salumeria
Hope-Bosworth House & Hope Merrill House
|Clos du Bois Winery
Geyser Arts Gallery
Route 128 Vineyards & Winery
Terroirs Artisan Wines
Old Crocker Inn
Wednesday 13 May 2009 | All Business
If you love the company you work for and would like everyone to know about it, nominate it for the North Bay Business Journal’s ‘Best Places to Work in the North Bay.’ Winning companies will be featured in a special section devoted to the best companies to work for and will be recognized at the awards celebration in September 2009. Companies must be in Sonoma, Marin, or Napa counties.
Nominations must be postmarked by May 16, 2009.
Tuesday 28 Apr 2009 | All Business
There are many, many accounting programs available for small businesses, and now there is a website that can help you choose the best for your business or to recommend to a client. Find Accounting Software is a free service that you can use in either of two ways:
The is a free service of CPA Online and offers this disclaimer:
FindAccountingSoftware.com is independent. We’re not affiliated with any software developer, nor do we sell any software. We work for you. So you can count on us to find the best accounting software solution.
Tuesday 21 Apr 2009 | All Business
Rubicon Consulting, a Los Gatos company, has produced an interesting report on business and the proliferation of online communities: Twitter, Facebook, Plurk, Yelp, Wikipedia – fanciful names, but can they help (or hurt?) your business?
Tuesday 14 Apr 2009 | All Business
Intuit, Inc, the makers of a variety of small business software, including QuickBooks, is offering small business owners a chance to win over $300,000 in grants and more:
Share your small business story with us, send to your friends to get rated, and you get the following:
Ask everyone you know to read and rate your story. The more ratings you receive, the more likely you are to win.
Intuit Share Your Story and Win – You must enter by April 24!
Thursday 09 Apr 2009 | All Business
The North Bay Business Journal will recognize 40 extraordinary professionals under the age of 40 at an awards reception – come meet this impressive group of young professionals impacting the future of business in the North Bay. Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate and network with 40 of the North Bay’s most remarkable up-and-coming leaders of the next generation, as you enjoy the wine bar and hors d’oeuvres.
Wednesday 08 Apr 2009 | All Business
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers [SABEW], the largest national organization of financial writers, honored the Press Democrat and Staff Writer Kevin McCallum with top awards in the Best of Business writing category for stories on Exchange Bank and AIG in 2008. The judges cited the stories as solid, professional, research and writing and for being clear and reader-friendly.
We are very fortunate in the North Bay to have such excellent coverage of our business community.
Saturday 04 Apr 2009 | All Business
With more than 500 posts informing Sonoma County of business events, great websites for small businesses, and the best in free Library materials for starting, growing, and managing your own business, SCL Biz started on March 31, 2006.
Thank you to all of you who have offered suggestions and support – may your business prosper.
Tuesday 31 Mar 2009 | All Business
The North Bay Business Journal is seeking nominations to “honor outstanding women in the North Bay for their success and contributions to the business community as leaders, innovators and visionaries from among the following industries: Banking & Finance, Construction, Employment, Health Care, Hospitality & Tourism, Insurance, Nonprofits, Real Estate, Technology, Wine, and Other Professional.”
Plan on attending the Leaders -Innovators -Visionaries Women in Business 2009 Awards Dinner Gala in June.
Nomination deadline is April 17!
Wednesday 25 Mar 2009 | All Business
The Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner has hundreds of short videos and podcasts on every aspect of business, featuring leaders in all fields. Search by speaker or topic, or you can browse the videos, podcasts, and a list of all of the speakers.
And it’s all free.
Thursday 19 Mar 2009 | All Business
The United States is a diverse population and anyone in business should try to learn more about the buying power of various groups. Published by Selig Center for Economic Growth, Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia, The Multicultural Economy 2008 report, by Jeffrey M.Humphrey, outlines the buying power of Native Americans, Asian, Hispanic, and Black Americans in the US, backed up by statistical data from 1990-2008 along with projections for 2009-2013.
For instance, according to the report, Asians spend more on food, housing, major appliances, telecom services, education, and personal insurance – you’ll find the same info for each group. There are also many tables with stats for topics such as U.S. Buying Power Statistics by Race, Total Buying Power by Place of Residence, The Nation’s Largest Consumer Markets in 2008 (California tops the list), The Nation’s Fast-Growing Consumer Markets in 1990-2008, and buying power statistics are available for all fifty states.
Saturday 14 Mar 2009 | All Business
Wednesday 04 Mar 2009 | All Business