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By Bradley Zint | May 1, 2013
Costa Mesa's business license tax seems poised again for City Council discussion. Following Councilwoman Wendy Leece's request Tuesday afternoon for the Finance Advisory Committee to examine the annual tax, its members decided to wait for council direction. The scope of the newly renamed committee - it was previously the Investment Oversight Committee - requires such direction, they contended. "This is a big issue when you start talking about tax increases," said Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger, who serves on the committee as the mayor's designee.
By Bradley Zint | July 21, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - There's no mistaking the aura of a small business about to open its doors for the first time. Not yet dulled by writing, the tips of the pencils are still sharp. A pile of freshly printed business cards sits strategically placed. The shelves are artistically stocked, price tags clearly displayed, no corners left unclean. It's the calm showcase - one well-planned, the final product of untold work hours - before the customer/client storm most owners hope to get. But beyond the spick-and-span exterior, there's a more interesting story.
April 27, 2009
OCC will host the 10th annual Orange County Small Business Conference from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The theme this year will be ?Opportunities in a Challenging Market,? and the workshops will offer information for entrepreneurs and those thinking about starting a business in this challenging economy. The program is divided into three 50-minute sessions: business, marketing and finance. A panel of small businesses, and OCC?s business and computer division?s instructors, will present ?
June 22, 2013
The purpose of this letter is to describe our excitement and reasoning for choosing the city of Costa Mesa as the location to open our new chiropractic practice. Both doctors in our office graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis. Not being from here, it was important for us to find a city that aligns with our mission and standards, and we believe we have found just the place. Costa Mesa is a connected, unique city that brings much to offer the members of its community.
April 17, 2003
Paul Clinton Merrill Lynch & Co. has set aside $490 million in cash statewide to lend to small minority-owned businesses like Costa Mesa's Wahoo's Fish Tacos. The taco-stand chain, with 28 restaurants, has tapped into Merrill funds to help finance expansions since 1996, when the two struck up a partnership. Merrill's announcement, on April 10, marked the third time the financial services company has set aside capital to lend to companies it describes as "nontraditional."
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 30, 2013
In the front window of his store on Marine Avenue on Balboa Island, Neil Roberts turned over a batch of candles in to smooth out the bottoms. The store was empty Saturday morning, but reusable bags with a small-business slogan hung on the bench outside and beckoned people in from the crowded sidewalk. This year, as in past years, the two owners of CandlEssence took part in Small Business Saturday, a promotion American Express created in 2010 to help mom-and-pop stores compete with big box retailers' Black Friday bonanza of shopping.
By Michael Miller | April 26, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — State Sen. Tom Harman has an apron at home with the word “girlyman” printed across it, a sly reference to one of his governor’s favorite gibes. So when the staff at Wonderland Bakery asked Harman to don an apron with pink trim and a portrait of a young blond woman on the front Friday morning, he didn’t put up a fight. Harman recently chose Wonderland Bakery as the winner of the California Small Business Award for his district, which stretches from La Palma to Dana Point.
By Amanda Pennington | October 16, 2006
Almost eight months ago, optometrist Dr. Robert Glass, owner of Costa Mesa Eye Styles for Lifestyles, was looking to refinance a series of business loans. After borrowing from large banks and the Small Business Administration over the years, he was ready for something new. His interest rates were high and he wanted to restructure to get a better deal. "I've worked with a lot of large banks over the years and they can be very restrictive in the way they do small business loans," Glass said.
By Sarah Peters | May 21, 2012
While recognition by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a national champion is nothing to sneeze about, the honor isn't what made Wendy Navarro tear up Monday. The Costa Mesa store owner got misty-eyed when talking about her 17-year-old daughter, Saige Nicole, whose name was used for Navarro's baby and toddler boutique in 2006. "It's so wonderful when she comes to me after she's seen an article on the store and says, 'Mom, I'm so proud of you,'" Navarro said. Navarro, alongside other business leaders, will be honored June 5 at the SBA's 49th annual Small Business Week Awards Celebration in Anaheim.
By Mona Shadia, | September 28, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — The audience cheered and clapped every time Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina threw a jab at Sen. Barbara Boxer. "She's ineffective and can't get anything done," she said. But other than that, the former technology executive didn't give many details on how she plans to do a better job than her Democratic opponent during the Grass Roots Community Forum at the Newport Beach Golf Course's "Tee Room" on Tuesday. "She painted a broad brush," said Tom Pollitt, a Costa Mesa resident.
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