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    Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    SBA OCIE District FY19 Guarantees supported more than $1.08 billion with 1,721 approved loans  The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Orange County/Inland Empire (OCIE) District FY19 ending numbers showing that SBA guarantees supported more than $1.08 billion to entrepreneurs that otherwise would not have access to capital to start, grow, or expand their small businesses. The OCIE ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    By: Catherine Ho Open enrollment for Covered California, the state marketplace that sells subsidized health insurance to Californians who do not get insurance through their employer, begins Tuesday and ends Jan. 31. Those who sign up by Dec. 15 will have their health coverage take effect Jan. 1. Those who sign up from Dec. 16 to Jan. 31 will have coverage take effect Feb. 1. About 235,000 ...read more
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    Monday, October 14, 2019
    Federal and state governments are sitting on more than $60 billion in unclaimed cash. 1 out of every 10 individuals has unclaimed money waiting to be collected. Some sources of unclaimed money are:Undelivered federal, state, and local tax refundUtility deposits and energy rebates Forgotten checking or savings accountsUnpaid wagesUncollected retirement benefitsUnclaimed death benefits ...read more
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    Friday, October 11, 2019
    Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (DFEH), employers are obligated to conduct an internal investigation whenever they receive a complaint of sexual harassment or discrimination In this episode of The Workplace, investigations expert Lisa Buehler joins CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank to talk about emerging ...read more
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    Monday, October 07, 2019
    FILE - This Feb 23, 2019, file photo shows the inside of a computer in Jersey City, N.J. While small and mid-sized businesses are increasingly targets for cybercriminals, companies are struggling to devote enough resources to protect their technology from attack. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File) NEW YORK (AP) — While small and mid-sized businesses are increasingly targets for cybercriminals, ...read more
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    Wednesday, October 02, 2019
    The U.S. Small Business Administration announced 60 winners of SBA’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The recipients, including UCI Beall Applied Innovation in Irvine, represent accelerators and incubators across 39 states and territories focused on a broad set of industries and sectors and will receive a total of $3 million in awards to support startups and entrepreneurs researching and ...read more
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    Monday, September 30, 2019
    By David Leporiere For many years, employers with 50 or more employees were required to provide supervisors with two hours of sexual harassment prevention training every two years. Last year, SB 1343 was signed into law that required all employers with 5 or more employees to provide the same training to supervisors and an additional one hour of training to employees. This training had to be ...read more
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    Friday, September 27, 2019
    By CalChamber Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation placing in law the test for determining when a worker is an independent contract as outlined in a California Supreme Court decision last year. AB 5 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego) codifies the “ABC” test adopted by the California Supreme Court and its exemptions go into effect on January 1, 2020. Much of the talk surrounding AB 5 has ...read more
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    Thursday, September 26, 2019
    By Jenna Chandler Within the next few weeks, the governor is expected to enact rent control in California by signing Assembly Bill 1482. That means the state would begin to regulate how much your rent can increase every year, limiting it to 5 percent, plus the local rate of inflation. Once signed, the measure would take effect January 1 and expire in 2030 (unless lawmakers vote to extend ...read more
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    Thursday, September 26, 2019
    By CalChamber In today’s modern workforce, it’s not uncommon to find employees from a number of generations in a single company. In this episode of The Workplace, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank talks with employment law expert Jennifer Shaw about the pitfalls of age-based stereotyping, succession planning, and mandatory retirement.Read more.Listen to the ...read more
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    Thursday, September 26, 2019
    Last May, OCTA asked Beach Boulevard users how to improve the major street which runs from Huntington Beach to La Habra. Now, they are asking for additional public feedback through a short online survey. Your response will help build a better Beach Boulevard for all. Click here for the survey.
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    Thursday, September 26, 2019
    By Martin Crutsinger The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2% annual rate in the second quarter, a pace sharply lower than the 3%-plus growth rates seen over the past year. Many analysts believe growth will slow further in coming quarters as global weakness and rising trade tensions exert a toll. The April-June increase in the gross domestic product, the economy’s total output of goods and ...read more
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