Managing money is part of our lives and if we do it well, we can thrive. From NEWS of economic issues to advice on money, this category keeps you informed.
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|2019-07-08Jul 8, 2019
A Social Purpose Corporation, by its nature, prioritizes people and community. The word CORPORATION has taken on a negative meaning over time because priorities tend to be profit above all else. Investors seek to make money on their money so corporations do what it takes to make their investors happy. Often that means making compromises that create profit in the short run but that harm people, communities, the environment, etc. in the long run. Socially conscious corporation and businesses function within the guidelines that long-term investing is more than for financial gain. That benefits to communities, people and the planet are also assets to be counted and valued.
|2019-04-25Apr 25, 2019
Today (April 25, 2019), Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation requiring out-of-state and online retailers like eBay, Etsy or Amazon to collect sales taxes like local brick and mortar California businesses, eliminating the out-of-state and online unfair advantage.
|2019-04-24Apr 24, 2019
Sonoma County is at a crossroads right now with new and ongoing challenges such as climate change and extreme weather, housing needs, and transportation. The upcoming General Plan update are intended to provide a vision and path forward and to provide certainty for residents and voters in the long-term.
|2019-04-24Apr 24, 2019
California State Treasurer Fiona Ma announced the sale today of $83.9 million in revenue bonds on behalf of the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to provide financial assistance to local governments for safe drinking water projects. The sale represents the inaugural issuance of bonds by the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Program.
|2019-04-21Apr 21, 2019
Recently Donald Trump and the Republicans called for eliminating the "Death Tax", the estate tax on the extremely rich after they die. I don't understand their logic at all. When better to tax someone than when they're dead?
|2019-03-30Mar 30, 2019
There was an interesting article a while back in INC Magazine on motivating employees. The article contained a lot of sound advice. However, as an owner or manager you may not always be around to motivate staff, you may not have time. Everyone, at one time or another needs motivation, though few of us are trained in how to motivate employees or ourselves. However, no matter what position you hold in the company, if you want to perform well, you need to be motived. While motivation from managers and owners is a great thing, it is not always available. So here are some ideas on how you can motivate yourself and how to stay motivated, rather than waiting for someone else to come along and help with that.
|2019-03-28Mar 28, 2019
A year and a half after the devastating wildfires in the North Bay, at theGrowth Tour: North Bay Summit, Alice, the AI-powered platform for business owners, announced the release of five entrepreneur city guides to support the recovery and growth of local business owners.
|2019-03-25Mar 25, 2019
Over 300 educational, business, government and community from the North Bay Counties will meet onApril 5, 2019 at Sonoma State University to discuss pathways to Economic, Social and Environmental Resilience at the14th Annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference.
|2019-03-23Mar 23, 2019
I am going through a nasty divorce so I hired a family law attorney last month. The initial retainer was $3500, which I paid. I just received the first itemized bill, and all of the $3500 is spent (and now the attorney wants another $5000)! When I reviewed the itemized bill, it looks like the attorney is charging me outrageous amounts, like $100 an hour for a secretary to organize and set-up my file, $150 an hour for the paralegal to review the file, and of course the whopping $400 an hour every time the attorney touches the file. Are there any rules or guidelines regarding how attorneys can bill?
|2019-03-17Mar 17, 2019
There is a good bit of talk about a Green New Deal (GND), a plan to address climate change by directing federal dollars to restructure the economy, protect us from further disasters, create high paying jobs and reduce social inequities. How might a Green New Deal benefit the North Bay?
|2019-03-13Mar 13, 2019
Elizabeth Gore has traveled the world espousing the economic advantages of entrepreneurship. Now, the globetrotting businesswoman from Houston is hosting two upcoming events for entrepreneurs in Sonoma County.
|2019-06-18Jun 18, 2019
Santa Rosa, CA - Today, the City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma, together with seven other counties and cities, announced that they and PG&E have accepted a mediator’s proposal of $415 million to resolve the collective cities’ and counties’ North Bay Fires claims. The mediator’s proposal is exclusive of and does not affect the claims of any residents, individuals, or businesses.
|2019-03-05Mar 5, 2019
|2019-03-04Mar 4, 2019
When we think of new housing development, we need to think outside the twentieth-century box and look for 21st Century solutions, even if these solutions mean going back to simpler ways of living.
|2019-02-28Feb 28, 2019
In late February, local veterans experiencing homelessness finally moved into their new homes, a group of 14 small houses located on county-owned land in north Santa Rosa. The lot, located on the county’s administrative campus, is the location of Veterans Village, a group of tiny houses intended to house veterans receiving federal benefits.There are approximately 200 veterans living without shelter in the county, out of the total estimated homeless population of nearly 3,000, according to the county’s 2018 point-in-time count of people experiencing homelessness.
|2019-02-21Feb 21, 2019
California State Treasurer Fiona Ma announced today the availability of $27.3 million in mental health wellness grants for children and youth. This competitive grant program funds facility acquisition, construction and/or renovation, equipment acquisition, and applicable program startup or expansion costs for crisis residential treatment facilities, crisis stabilization facilities, mobile crisis support teams, and family respite care.
|2019-02-20Feb 20, 2019
At a workshop for developers and city housing officials, the commission in charge of the county’s affordable housing funding lay out their priorities for choosing projects to receive approximately $2 million in federal affordable housing funding during the next fiscal year.
|2019-06-13Jun 13, 2019
Last month, something special happened right in our back yard. Over 450 women, from all 50 states, and as far away as New Zealand and the UK, came to Sonoma County to participate in the Circular Summit. Only 1.7 percent of women-owned businesses make more than $1 million in annual revenue and only two percent of venture capital goes to female-founded companies. Alice, the company behind the Circular Summit, aims to change those statistics.
|2019-05-27May 27, 2019
As it is already May retail businesses are seeing more customers it seems like a good time to remind you of methods of interacting with customers that can and will increase sales in your business. Once the customer has walked in the door, it is up to us, as salespeople, to discover what their needs and wants are so we will know what and how to sell to them. Some time ago I created a handout for the seminars I do, entitled, D.A.R.E. To Sell. This became one of my most popular handouts with retail sales people because of the easy to implement tips on sales.
|2019-05-26May 26, 2019
Local Fisherman Dick Ogg provided information on the Whale entanglements and why the sudden closure of the season. (Whales often get caught up in crab traps because they feed in biologically rich areas). “Crab season, which would typically extend to June 30th was closed Statewide April 15th. Not due to an increase in Dungeness crab gear entanglements but due to the litigation of the lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity. Of the total entanglements in 2017, there were only six confirmed crab entanglements, 2018 there were 5, and to date, there are 0 for 2019. The fishermen have gone to great length to tighten up their gear (less line scope), shorten buoy length, neutral line which doesn't float on the surface and removed leads on the line to help decrease the possibility of loops. Our increased effort to recover our lost gear through our gear recovery programs has also been very successful”.
|2019-05-23May 23, 2019
This is what we call GOOD NEWS. Some of the roads getting funds are considered escape routes for emergencies. We have learned from our own fires and floods, as well as from neighboring counties, the consequences of not having roads in good condition that lead people out of harm's way. We also know how important good roads are for our tourist industry that supports thousands of Sonoma County residents. There are MANY reasons to improve roads.
|2019-05-20May 20, 2019
Sonoma County activists and students gathered at a May 15 meeting to discuss local approaches to support the Green New Deal, a proposal to tackle economic inequality and combat climate change at the same time.
|2019-04-30Apr 30, 2019
On Monday, April 29th Forestville teachers voted unanimously to authorize a strike after a state-mandated impasse mediation on Friday, April 26th failed. The parties are now moving to Fact-Finding, the last step in the legal process before a strike
|2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019
While money won't buy you happiness, a recent scandal revealed that cash will probably buy you a ticket to a fancy college. But will the students whose parents took advantage of the system be kicked out of college? One Sonoma State student argues that such students should be forced to reapply.
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