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This section of our website is dedicated to news and information of interest to small businesses throughout Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley. You are welcome to contribute articles in this category. The types of articles that would be considered are helpful resources for small business owners, guidelines on legal issues for small business owners etc. Please review our contributor guidelines for addtional details.

The Five C’s for Building a Successful Business

Small businesses have made a huge recovery since the economic crash in 2008 and that's good news for all of us. Since we account for 63 percent of new jobs, our success puts people back to work. That, in turn, helps us even more – people with paychecks buy stuff!

And here's more good news: The number of new businesses launching has grown each year since hitting a low in 2009. One report put it at 540,000 new businesses a month this year.

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Five Disaster Planning Steps for Small Businesses

Could your business bounce back if a disaster occurred? A minimum of 25 percent of small to midsize businesses that close temporarily due to a natural or other disaster ultimately never open their doors again, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety.

It is possible to weather any type of business interruption, however, if you're properly prepared. The California Society of CPAs (CalCPA.org) offers these tips to ensure you're ready for anything.

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Leadership and Fundraising

Black news from Pasadena - Small Business - Leadership and fundraising". . . the true leader can be recognized because somehow or other his people consistently turn in superior performances . . . A leader is great, not because of his or her power, but because of his or her ability to empower others. Success without a successor is failure." This quote from Robert Townsend was used by Jeanette OBryant, Development Coordinator at the National Civil Rights Museum as she introduced her boss, outgoing museum president Beverly Robertson.

She concluded her remarks with Townsend's words: "Loyalty to the leader reaches its highest peak when the follower has personally grown through the mentorship of the leader. Why? Because you win people's heart by helping them grow personally."

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