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Marijuana industry sets environmental, ethical goals

Jun. 18, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An alliance of large marijuana businesses had a message for the public Tuesday: We're good corporate citizens. The 45-member Global Cannabis Partnership, which includes Canopy Growth Corp. and other companies operating in the sector, issued guidelines aimed at minimizing greenhouse gas...

Oregon Democrats rally behind cap-and-trade emissions plan

Jun. 17, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming. The House approved the plan 36-24 Monday after nearly six hours of debate, with supporters...

Businesses, watching economy, play it safe with hiring

Jun. 17, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners, their eye on the economy, are playing it even safer when it comes to hiring. A U.S. Chamber of Commerce-MetLife survey released last week found that 28% of small businesses plan to increase their staffs in the next year, down slightly from 29% in the first quarter....

Growers hope standards bring order to hemp industry 'mess'

Jun. 14, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

AURORA, Ore. (AP) — A unit of wheat is called a bushel, and a standard weight of potatoes is called a century. But hemp as a fully legal U.S. agricultural commodity is so new that a unit of hemp seed doesn't yet have a universal name or an agreed-upon quantity. That's one example of the startling lack of...

California hotel gets $1.6M fine for blocking beach access

Jun. 13, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A posh Northern California hotel was ordered to pay $1.6 million in penalties Thursday for failing to provide public access to its nearby beaches. All beaches in California are open to the public, with rare exceptions, but the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay did not make that clear and...

Correction: SmallBiz-Small Talk-LGBT-Owned Companies story

Jun. 13, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story June 5 about companies certified as lesbian,- gay-, transgender- and bisexual owned, The Associated Press misidentified the organization that does the certification. It is the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, not the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The story also...

Immortals adds OpTic parent in historic $100M esports deal

Jun. 12, 2019 10:17 PM EDT

Immortals Gaming Company has acquired Infinite Esports in what is believed to be the competitive video gaming industry's first $100 million deal. IGC announced the agreement Wednesday, expanding its stable of esports teams by purchasing the parent company for OpTic Gaming. OpTic's franchises include teams in the...

Uber, Lyft suggest changes but want drivers as contractors

Jun. 12, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft say they are willing to change the way they treat drivers in California as long as state lawmakers don't require them to classify drivers as employees, a move that would entitle them to a wide range of benefits. The California-based tech firms...

Need export help? Here are some small business resources

Jun. 12, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners who are interested in exporting, or who need education and assistance about issues like tariffs, can get information or assistance online or from federal, state or local government agencies. A look at some of the resources: Online help: The Small Business...

Back-and-forth trade moves leave businesses uncertain, wary

Jun. 12, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Schwager is wondering whether it truly makes sense to sell his company's cheese outside the U.S. Schwager's company, Sartori, faced potential retaliatory tariffs from Mexico when President Donald Trump threatened nearly two weeks ago to reopen a trade war with Mexico to pressure its...