December 31, 2013
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, California is home to more than 3.5 million small businesses, which employ more than 37% of all workers in the state. These hard-working and dedicated individuals are the backbone of our local economy, and they face the brunt of challenges that affect the economic development of our community. That's why last January I organized my first Small Business Advisory Commission. I had the privilege of sitting down in a room with eight dedicated business owners from my district to discuss the challenges facing small businesses right here in our community.
November 13, 2012
Assemblyman Mike Gatto's large margin of victory (60.46%) over Greg Krikorian (39.54%) on Nov. 6 was an impressive polling. We may be a bit spoiled here; every district has its Assembly member, but we may not realize just how incredibly effective our member has been for education, small business and the state's financial future. But those vote totals confirm it: Gatto works across the aisle whenever possible, and that bipartisan approach obviously resonates with local Republicans and independents as well as Democrats.
October 31, 2012
Recently, the importance of local commerce became a focal point in the presidential campaign. Both sides highlighted the success of small businesses as a key to the recovery of our economy and then used that as a platform to promote their economic agendas. Regardless of the politics, small businesses are vital to the local economy and despite what the president may do to help, the real formula for success is that someone with vision and guts opens their doors and then we, the consumers, do our part by purchasing the services or goods offered.
August 30, 2012
We hate to hear of anyone “suffering” because we don't have a Walmart or Sam's Club in Burbank. Maybe they should consider going to the Walmart in Panorama City and the Sam's Club in Sylmar. Everyone talks about how many jobs Walmart would bring, but no one mentions how many small businesses (with employees) would go out of business. The three women behind that lawsuit are not the only ones that do not want a Walmart in Burbank. There are many more that 100% support what they are doing.
July 27, 2012
At a time when small business owners are struggling to get off the endangered species list, a lifeline in any form is a welcome reprieve. But when it's a lifeline worth tens of thousands of dollars, it can be a game-changer. A program at Woodbury University - in which MBA students essentially act as full-fledged consultants for small business owners who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford the service - is that sort of lifeline. These student consultants, hooked up with businesses through the college's new summer entrepreneurship program, do it all: they develop market research, business plans and advertising and marketing strategies - all of it summarized, packaged and delivered to their clients, who can then use that information to secure bank loans or make internal adjustments to improve revenue.
May 1, 2012
Burbank's aim to simplify zoning regulations for business will be a nightmare for mom-and-pop commercial property owners. City staff maintains these changes will streamline the approval process, but in reality it will chase away expanding business that hires locals. It will send a clear message to small business looking to start in Burbank that says “Go to Glendale.” City changes will result in conditional use permits that cost as much a $1,860 and can take six months to complete.
January 29, 2011
Jacqueline Waltman knows how to hold people accountable, and the Burbank City Council hopeful has spent her entire career doing so. The 56-year Burbank resident serves on the city's Landlord-Tenant Commission while working as a state parole agent. Waltman said her experience as a social worker has taught her not to take all information at face value, and to ask questions. She said it is important to focus on fiscal realities and balance income with expenses. "My entire career has involved assessing needs and identifying resources to achieve practical solutions," Waltman said.
February 24, 2010
The Verdugo Workforce Investment Board has begun a nearly $100,000 marketing effort to help small businesses get the funding they need to add jobs. The marketing plan was funded by a federal earmark obtained by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) that will help the board engage businesses with discounted loan and financing options funded by the Small Business Administration. The $98,257 grant was awarded in October, but was delayed by the federal agency before the Glendale City Council, which authorizes financial decisions for the board, could officially accept the grant.
February 22, 2010
The Verdugo Workforce Investment Board has begun a nearly $100,000 marketing effort to help small businesses obtain the funding they need to expand and add jobs The marketing plan was funded by a federal earmark obtained by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) that will help the board engage businesses with discounted loan and financing options funded by the Small Business Administration. The $98,257-grant was awarded in October, but was delayed by the federal agency before the Glendale City Council, which authorizes financial decisions for the board, could officially accept the grant.
February 21, 2009
LOCAL STIMULUS PLAN The City Council on Tuesday directed city planners and redevelopment officials to pursue a range of programs aimed at stimulating local businesses. Much of the focus was on business- to-business networking to cross-promote services, and holding an ?economic summit? for the small business community to cull input on future city involvement. From restaurant and business guides to Facebook to possible business loans and other measures, council members asked that a number of programs be developed further and come back in a follow up report.