.Business

Jul 28, 2010

Educating Tomorrow’s Employees

In a portable classroom located on the far end of the College of Alameda campus in Alameda, Bill Gravel is running through the particulars of the next project for his Introduction to Warehousing Operations class: He's assigned teams of students to design a local or regional warehouse. The jovial banter...
Jul 28, 2010

Let’s Close the Financial Literacy Gap

As I wrestled with my English homework at the kitchen table, my father would remind me that "knowledge is power." He knew the hours I spent cracking the books would translate into a myriad of opportunities in...
Jul 28, 2010

Is It Legal to Tax Large Pot Farms?

The City of Oakland hopes to make millions of dollars each year by taxing the four giant medical cannabis growing operations it plans to permit in early 2011. Likewise, Berkeley hopes to cash in on six large...
Jun 30, 2010

Ask Barbara J. Lippard

Berkeley's Barbara J. Lippard is a counselor at East Bay SCORE, a local branch of the national organization that provides free small business mentoring and training. Prior to her retirement, Lippard was an investment manager for Time,...
Jun 30, 2010

New Tax Threatens Oakland’s Small Businesses

Oakland retailers have shown signs of rebounding from the Great Recession in the past several months, particularly small, independent businesses. The local restaurant industry also is flourishing. About 25 new eateries have opened in the city in...
Jun 30, 2010

The Sustainable Economies Law Center Wants to Help You Share

Berkeley attorney Janelle Orsi is the co-founder of the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), which aims to help social enterprises, worker-owned co-ops, and other mission-oriented enterprises sort through legal red tape. The co-author of The Sharing Solution,...
Jun 30, 2010

Rebuilding an East Bay Manufacturing Base

Mandela Parkway is ground zero for Oakland City Councilwoman Nancy Nadel's vision of maintaining an industrial base in Oakland. Amidst the tangled patch of homes and hulking brick and tin buildings that line the well-manicured street and...
Jun 30, 2010

Noncompete Agreements Are Also Nonlegal in California

You hire Joe to work for you. After learning everything he can, he quits and starts a similar business. He also hires several of your other employees and lures away some of your best customers. Is this...
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