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Looking back on 2013’s small business challenges

NEW YORK — Small business owners are probably glad to put 2013 into the books. For many, it was a frustrating year of waiting. Waiting to learn about the new health care law. Waiting for lawmakers to solve budget disagreements. And waiting for the economy to improve. Many put off big decisions like purchasing equipment and hiring as they... Read more →

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Brief: All-star from Allstate

Allstate agency owner Larry Goldberg received Agency Hands in the Community Awards for his commitment to helping others. With these awards came $1,000 grants from The Allstate Foundation for both the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica and the Ocean Park Community Center. The Allstate Foundation awards more than $1 million every year to... Read more →

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BMW coming to Civic Auditorium

CIVIC CENTER — The Civic Auditorium is open for business. Well, some business. City Hall is finalizing an agreement that would bring a BMW media launch to the auditorium for five weeks next year. The proposed rental could bring in $300,000 — cash that would be put toward financing the building’s laundry list of needed repairs, said... Read more →

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Brief: Get health care

The Westside Family Health Center in Santa Monica is available to help people without insurance sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. To avoid a penalty for not having health insurance in 2014, folks must enroll before Feb. 15. To have coverage kick in by Jan. 1, people must enroll in a plan... Read more →

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Council taps team for development of city-owned lot

(Rendering courtesy City of Santa Monica) CITY HALL — Heights may be worth the benefits from the massive project proposed for Arizona Avenue Downtown, City Council decided Tuesday night. City Hall will enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement with Metro Pacific Capital, which is proposing 448,000 square feet of office, hotel,... Read more →