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Los Angeles-based business leader Maria Contreras-Sweet has launched companies, boosted Latino and female entrepreneurs, and run the U.S. Small Business Administration under President Obama. This week, in a surprise Hollywood plot twist, she emerged as potentially the best hope yet to save troubled...

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    Having problems with your hospital care? Speak up!

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    California Inc.: The roads should be clear this holiday weekend (just kidding)

    Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section. I'm Business columnist David Lazarus, and here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week. Good times in the Golden State: We learned Friday that California added 31,700 net jobs...

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    How to figure out the right time for retirement

    Dear Liz: I hear so much talk about waiting to collect Social Security. What are good reasons to start collecting Social Security at age 62? I recently retired from the military with a monthly retirement of $4,400. I plan to work a civilian job until I'm 62 (eight more years). I'm in fairly good...

  • Trump administration updates demands as NAFTA talks continue

    Trump administration updates demands as NAFTA talks continue

    President Trump’s top trade official has issued new objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement — including some likely to irk Canada and Mexico, as well as the U.S. recording industry and other major business interests, as talks continue this weekend. There are few surprises...

  • An HOA needs an attorney retainer agreement, but a good one requires negotiation

    Question: Every year, the board automatically renews the association attorney’s retainer agreement and deposit. Without reading it the directors sign and send him a check for $60,000. This year, I spoke up and told my fellow board members that we should not make the deposit and not sign the agreement...

  • Stocks jump, helped by strong Wal-Mart and Cisco earnings

    Stocks jump, helped by strong Wal-Mart and Cisco earnings

    U.S. stocks closed sharply higher Thursday, snapping a two-day losing streak. Investors cheered strong quarterly earnings from Wal-Mart Stores, Cisco Systems and other companies. Technology stocks accounted for much of the market's gains, which helped lift the Nasdaq composite index to its first...

  • FCC weakens limits on owning TV stations, easing Sinclair-Tribune deal

    FCC weakens limits on owning TV stations, easing Sinclair-Tribune deal

    Federal regulators rolled back a series of decades-old regulations Thursday in a move that will make it far easier for media outlets to be bought and sold — potentially leading to more television broadcasters, newspapers and radio stations being owned by a small handful of companies. A major beneficiary...

  • Facebook launches video app for content creators that could challenge YouTube for talent

    Facebook launches video app for content creators that could challenge YouTube for talent

    Facebook has launched a new video app called Creators aimed at building a community of closely followed producers like YouTubers, the company announced Thursday. The app, which was announced in June, comes as the social network is investing heavily in original programming, live streaming and video...

  • LAX is adding 14 automated screening lines at its international terminal

    LAX is adding 14 automated screening lines at its international terminal

    Travelers headed out of Los Angeles International Airport to other countries may find security screening lines moving a bit faster this holiday season because of a new system for moving bins of personal items to the X-ray machines. LAX officials plan a Friday debut for five “automated screening...

  • Phone companies get new tools to block spam calls

    Phone companies get new tools to block spam calls

    Phone companies will have greater authority to block unwanted calls from reaching customers, since regulators adopted new rules to combat automated messages known as robocalls. Rules adopted Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission represent the latest tools against robocalls, which pester...

  • Stocks fall modestly as oil prices slide

    Stocks fall modestly as oil prices slide

    Energy companies led U.S. stocks modestly lower Tuesday, erasing the small gains the market made a day earlier. The biggest drop in crude oil prices since October weighed on oil producers and other energy stocks. Disappointing results or outlooks from retailers and other companies also weighed...

  • 2 more airlines stop serving hot food from LAX caterer hit by listeria

    2 more airlines stop serving hot food from LAX caterer hit by listeria

    Delta Air Lines and Virgin Australia have stopped serving hot meals from Gate Gourmet at Los Angeles International Airport after listeria was found in the caterer's local kitchen. Virgin Australia is giving passengers vouchers for food before their LAX flights. Delta said it found another caterer...

  • Tech start-ups fight Senate plan to change the way stock options are taxed

    Tech start-ups fight Senate plan to change the way stock options are taxed

    Senate Republicans have touted their tax bill as business-friendly, but technology start-ups — including Hyperloop One, Airbnb, Uber and Vimeo — are fuming over a provision that would make a major change to how stock options are taxed. A key tool for start-ups to attract employees, stock options...

  • Disneyland is adding 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' scenes to its Star Tours ride

    Disneyland is adding 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' scenes to its Star Tours ride

    “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” doesn’t open in theaters until Dec. 15, but Disneyland visitors who board a vehicle on the Star Tours attraction will get an early glimpse of scenes from the film starting this week. Disneyland will add scenes from the newest “Star Wars” movie to its Star Tours attractions...

  • Tesla's entry into truck-making presents a whole new challenge for Elon Musk

    Tesla's entry into truck-making presents a whole new challenge for Elon Musk

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  • Mattel stock jumps more than 20% after a report of Hasbro's takeover offer

    Mattel stock jumps more than 20% after a report of Hasbro's takeover offer

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  • Senate Republicans must still figure out how to eliminate tax bill's deficit after 10 years

    Senate Republicans must still figure out how to eliminate tax bill's deficit after 10 years

    As Republicans race to enact a tax overhaul this year, most of the focus as been on the affects of the cuts and other proposed changes over the next decade. But as the action starts shifting to the Senate this week, the biggest hurdle to passing a tax bill could be what happens in year 11.

  • Space start-up Xcor Aerospace fails to find a backer, files for bankruptcy

    Space start-up Xcor Aerospace fails to find a backer, files for bankruptcy

    Once a darling of the Mojave aerospace start-up scene, space plane builder Xcor Aerospace has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. A court document filed last week with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California says the company has more than 100 creditors and assets estimated...

  • The fastest-growing jobs in America pay about $22,000 a year

    The fastest-growing jobs in America pay about $22,000 a year

    The largest two categories of America's fastest-growing jobs offer some of the country's lowest wages and weakest benefits. Over the next 10 years, analysts expect to see 1.2 million more jobs for home health aides and personal care aides, according to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics....

  • Retailers' wish lists feature early holiday shopping

    Retailers' wish lists feature early holiday shopping

    Most consumers haven’t bought their Thanksgiving turkey yet, but it’s already the holiday shopping season in the minds of many retailers. Walmart Stores Inc., Target Corp. and others are aggressively advertising holiday specials online and in stores to get a jump on the spending spree that remains...

  • Travelers happier with rental cars despite longer lines, study says

    Travelers happier with rental cars despite longer lines, study says

    Travelers are happier with the car rental industry than in the past despite longer lines and headaches when picking up or dropping off a car. That is according to the newest satisfaction survey by research firm J.D. Power, which attributed the increased satisfaction to daily rates that have dropped...

  • Managers can prepare HOA budgets but the buck stops with the board

    QUESTION: My neighbor, who’s a board member, recently handed me a copy of a solicitation letter from an HOA trade group given to him at a management conference. The letter encourages managers responsible for drafting association operating budgets to include donations to the group as an “incidental”...

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    Make holiday shopping for your clients easy this year

    The holidays are known as the most wonderful time of the year, but they're also a great opportunity for reflection, particularly in a business setting. This is the time of year when you can look back on the last 12 months and appreciate everyone who helped make the year a success for your business....

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    Small businesses have struggled to find funding: Not anymore

    In business, dreams are easy. Finding the money to make them happen, however, can be difficult. Even established, successful businesses can get turned away for loans at banks. This was the case for Sole Bicycles, a popular maker of stylish, high-performance bikes based in Venice Beach, California....

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    5 big changes for today's small businesses

    A generation ago, the notion of a small business owner meant something very different. You pictured a person who owned their own storefront, often named after themselves, and every day they were the first to arrive and the last to leave. They worked tirelessly for their customers, and their reward...

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