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California hopefuls blame incumbents as farm towns struggle

Oct. 19, 2018 8:44 PM EDT

HURON, Calif. (AP) — A rooster signals the start of the day as workers wearing sombreros emerge from the shadows and shuffle past boarded-up businesses in this tiny farm town. They converge on a dimly lit dirt lot outside Panaderia de Dios, a bakery sweetening the air with the aroma of Mexican cookies and...

California hopefuls blame incumbents as farm towns struggle

Oct. 19, 2018 8:18 PM EDT

HURON, Calif. (AP) — A rooster signals the start of the day as workers wearing sombreros and ball caps emerge from the shadows and shuffle past boarded-up businesses in this tiny farm town. They converge on a dimly lit dirt lot outside Panaderia de Dios, a bakery sweetening the air with the aroma of...

Melinda Gates speaks on smoothing the shift to digital age

Oct. 19, 2018 12:49 AM EDT

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Instead of destroying jobs and leaving legions of people without work, the digital revolution can open doors to unseen opportunities and industries, but only if everyone has access to the internet and the ability to use it, Melinda Gates said in a recent interview with The...

People priced out of Salinas, California, look to the ballot

Oct. 18, 2018 8:05 PM EDT

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — Middle-school English teacher Maryam Powers doesn't take vacations. To earn additional money, she picks up an extra period of teaching when she can and mentors new hires. But to afford the mortgage on a $330,000 three-bedroom home she purchased in Salinas in 2015, Powers still must...

Costly Salinas looks to California ballot for housing relief

Oct. 18, 2018 5:56 PM EDT

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — Middle-school English teacher Maryam Powers doesn't take vacations. To earn additional money, she picks up an extra period of teaching when she can and mentors new hires. But to afford the mortgage on a $330,000 three-bedroom home she purchased in Salinas in 2015, Powers still must...

Correction: SmallBiz-Small Talk-Staffers Don't Get Along

Oct. 18, 2018 4:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Oct. 17 about small business staffers who can't get along, The Associated Press misidentified a human resources executive at ScaleFactor, a company in Austin, Texas. His name is Derek Felderhoff, not David Felderhoff. A corrected version of the story is below: Company owners need...

Warring staffers? Some strategies for restoring the peace

Oct. 17, 2018 4:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When staffers at a small business can't get along, many owners find that telling them "cut it out" doesn't necessarily work. Owners need to get involved when there's ongoing conflict that disrupts the workplace and threatens productivity. Ideally, an owner encourages staffers to resolve...

California agency, gas tax backers worked closely together

Oct. 16, 2018 10:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As the political battle to overturn California's gas tax increase intensified, the state transportation agency coordinated frequently with the public affairs firm working to block the repeal on behalf of unions, construction companies and local government groups, emails obtained...

Business sales have healthy gain, prices up over 11 percent

Oct. 15, 2018 10:48 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As demand for small businesses increases, so do their selling prices, a sign that owners are reaping the rewards of keeping companies lean and healthy since the recession. BizBuySell.com, an online marketplace for small businesses, counted 2,685 closed sales of companies during the third...

Facing bias as a female business owner? Here's what to do

Oct. 12, 2018 4:09 PM EDT

Women business owners who encounter gender discrimination from investors, customers or others often are taken aback initially. But over time they develop strategies to deal with painful and awkward situations. There's no set formula or one right answer for handling bias. Those who have been on the receiving end...