States offer breaks to minority marijuana entrepreneurs

(AP) – Some states that have legalized marijuana are encouraging minorities to enter the growing cannabis industry after years of drug enforcement that had a disproportionate effect on black and Hispanic communities. A look at some of the efforts nationwide: ___ CALIFORNIA California voters legalized recreational marijuana in November. The first retail sales are expected […]

California may require pet shops sell only rescue dogs, cats

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California may ban pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits unless they are rescue animals under a bill passed by the state Assembly on Tuesday. Lawmakers voted 44-6 to send the measure to the state Senate. The bill by Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell aims to prevent California pet stores from selling […]

Odyssey Media’s ‘Keys to Success’ Elevates Black Women-owned Businesses

(NNPA) – In an effort to increase opportunities for Black women entrepreneurs, Odyssey Media launched “Keys to Success: Access to Capital,” a $25,000 business pitch competition and digital workshop series for women of color who own and operate small businesses. The Coca-Cola Company’s “5by20 Initiative” supported Odyssey Media in the launch of the competition and […]

EARL COOPER: California’s Escalating Auto Insurance Costs are Worsened by New CDI Auto Repair Regulations

OPINION – The Black Business Association (BBA) is the oldest ethnic business organization, and headquartered in the State of California. Along with others, the BBA is concerned about the increasing severity and frequency of auto accidents, and the growing trend that will most likely result in an increase in insurance costs for the Golden State. […]

City of Sacramento Offers Multiple Youth Employment Opportunities

SACRAMENTO – The City of Sacramento has several opportunities for area youth looking for employment. District Eight City Councilmember Larry Carr and City of Sacramento Neighborhood Services join together on Saturday, April 1 to present the 2017 Youth Job & Resource Fair. The event is aimed at young people ages 16-24 and will be held […]

Proposed Tax On Services Could Hurt Small Business Owners

(CBM) – A proposed state bill designed to restructure California’s tax system could end up hurting small businesses. Senate Bill 640, which was introduced by State Sen. Robert M. Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles,) would raise taxes on services such as haircuts, and beauty shop and veterinary visits. According to the bill, the funds raised would also […]

Wells Fargo Commits $60 Billion to Increase Black Homeownership

(NNPA) – Wells Fargo & Company has set aside a staggering $60 billion to lend to at least 250,000 black homeowners by the year 2027. Metropolitan Atlanta’s second-largest bank also pledged to increase the diversity of its home lending sales team and spend another $15 million to give financial education and counseling over the next […]

Goldman Sach’s Small Business Program Alumni Create Jobs, Increase Revenue

LOS ANGELES (NNPA) — Eight hundred Southern California businesses have joined thousands of entrepreneurs across the country in an initiative to create jobs. The business owners are participants in Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, a scholarship-based program that convenes them to learn critical business skills and create growth plans for their companies. Just one of […]

California looks to build $7 billion legal pot economy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The future of California’s legal marijuana industry is being shaped in a warren of cubicles tucked inside a retired basketball arena, where a garden of paper cannabis leaves sprouts on file cabinets and a burlap sack advertising “USA Home Grown” dangles from a wall. Here, in the outskirts of Sacramento, a […]

Appeals court to decide future of California carbon auctions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Businesses looking to invalidate California’s fee for carbon pollution took their arguments to a state appeals court Tuesday in a case that could determine the future of one of California’s signature efforts to combat climate change. With a central piece of Gov. Jerry Brown’s legacy on the line, lawyers for the […]