Monthly Archives: March 2010

SBA Warns Businesses About Loan Fraud

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is warning small businesses to use caution if they are contacted by firms offering to help them apply for funds available through SBA programs.
SBA and SBA’s Office of the Inspector General (SBA OIG) have received several complaints from small businesses about abusive marketing practices, scams, and exorbitant fees charged by firms offering to help them obtain a loan, grant, or other federal funds, from SBA.
Some of these complaints include:
Firms charging small businesses high fees to provide assistance applying to SBA funding programs.  Some firms allegedly guaranteed that the small business would obtain SBA funding if they paid the fee.  SBA does not endorse or give preference to specific private companies or their clients.
Firms charging small businesses for services never requested after the small business gave bank account and routing information to a caller claiming to be a firm offering assistance. SBA recommends that small businesses never provide social security numbers, bank account information, or credit card numbers to anyone; and, never over the telephone.
Firms alleging that a small business would be issued a “forfeiture letter” that would make the small business ineligible for any SBA funding for three years if the small business refused to use the firm’s services.
When electing to use a third party to apply for SBA funding programs, small businesses should also bear in mind:
Small businesses can get free assistance in person or by calling one of SBA’s 68 District Offices and from information on SBA’s Web site (www.sba.gov). They can also get assistance from Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Veterans Business Outreach Centers and SCORE Chapters, either free or for a reasonable fee. Location and contact information for the centers can be found on SBA’s Web site.
Small businesses should ask for references and confer with trusted colleagues and institutions, such as the Better Business Bureau, when selecting service providers.
Small businesses should clearly establish and document:  1) What they are being charged; 2) When they will be charged; 3) What they must do; and 4) What services they will receive.
SBA’s Office of the Inspector General will investigate and respond to all complaints.  SBA encourages anyone with knowledge of a misrepresentation regarding SBA Business Loan Programs, or any other SBA proram, to contact SBA OIG by calling the OIG Hotline toll-free at (800) 767-0385, or submitting an online report at the SBA OIG Web page (www.sba.gov/ig), and click the link for “Report Fraud Waste or Abuse.”
Anyone who has a question regarding an SBA loan or any SBA program, may contact their local SBA District Office, the SBA Answer Desk at 1-800-U-ASK-SBA (1-800-827-5722) or e-mail answerdesk@sba.gov.

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SENATOR DUCHENY SELECTS WOMEN OF THE YEAR

In honor of Women’s History Month, Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny (D-San Diego) announced her selection of the 2010 Women of the Year. This year Senator Ducheny selected two women from the 40th District to be honored.

The women being honored are Lupe Quintero from El Centro, CA and Brenda Wise of Potrero, CA.

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Wind Advisory for Imperial County, CA

Issued by The National Weather Service
Phoenix, AZ
2:53 pm PDT, Wed., Mar. 31, 2010

… WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MST /MIDNIGHT PDT/ TONIGHT…

A WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MST /MIDNIGHT PDT/ TONIGHT.

* TIMING: WINDS WILL BE STRONGEST THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE AFTERNOON HOURS INTO MID EVENING AND SHOULD WEAKEN AROUND MIDNIGHT.

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IMPERIAL STUDENT NAMED TO BERKELEY COLLEGE DEAN’S LIST

Berkeley College President Dario A. Cortes, PhD, is proud to announce that Brando Ramos of Imperial in Imperial County, CA, a student at the Westchester Campus in White Plains, NY, has been named to the Dean’s List at Berkeley College for the Fall 2009 Quarter.

“Berkeley College is proud to recognize Brando for his outstanding academic achievement,” said Dr. Cortes. “Students who reflect this level of dedication to their studies become our future leaders.”

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In Other Words

Tea Party Is Just A Social Party; Solar Energy Is Hot In The Valley Now

WHEN IT COMES TO BEING A GRASSROOTS political movement, you can count the Tea party as among the weakest in the country.
They must be drinking herbal tea. The decaffeinated kind.
The Tea Party staged a rally in Searchlight Nevada over the weekend, supposedly to embarrass Harry Reid and force him out of office. The Senate Majority Leader responded by being elsewhere.
Meanwhile, the Tea party was made up mostly of white, middle class retired people who came in their motor homes for what turned into a platform for conservative radio announcers.
Most people weren’t even aware it was taking place. Calls and conversations with people outside the immediate are got these kinds of responses when about the rally:
“They’re having one where?”
“Who are they?”
“What for?”
All in all it was a nice sunny afternoon in the desert and a chance for the old folks to get out and socialize with their people. Sarah Palin even flew in for a very short visit. Then flew out quickly.
So much for the revolutionary spirit of the retired American. They’re moving on to the next party as we speak.
And the rest of us might actually get some expanded health care.
EVERYBODY IS ANXIOUS TO SEE WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN WITH SOLAR ENERGY.
There are several companies looking to develop solar energy fields here  and send the electricity off to places in Southern California.
The IID has been helping with the development, but doesn’t appear to be building its own fields. At least not yet.
With help from the Federal Government this can be the boom industry of the decade. we’re glad to see so many companies involved in this exciting technology for the future.
NEWSPAPERS ARE dying?
I ran across an interesting piece of mail form a printer that gives you some of the other side of the coin when it comes to paper and the printed word. It opened by saying”
“Read a printed newspaper today,
Send a printed direct mail piece,
Write a letter on paper, and eat some apricots.
Forests are a renewable and sustainable resource. so you aren’t saving anything by switching to non- paper methods of communicating when it comes to “going green.”
There are 750 million acres of forest in the U.S., about the same as 100 years ago and the annual net growth of U.S. forests is 36 percent higher than the volume of tree removals.
“Help save a forest and be an environmentalist by reading a printed newspaper, send direct mail advertisements, write an actual handwritten letter (you know grandma would approve).
The message was sent by Patti Parkes-Wright, V.P. pf Fricke-Parks Press in Union City California. the apricots was a reference to apricot orchards that were abundant around her hometown, but disappeared when land developers took over the area.
The best way to save newspapers, she says, is to read them. Keep eating apricots and the apricot orchard will keep growing.
How’s that for an advertorial for the industry? I thought it had a message that really hit home.
Save a printer and a newspaper at the same time.
THIS IS EASTER WEEK and despite the usual array of troubles in the world that are brought to you by your national news, we think the world is on the right track to becoming a better place.
Now if  Obama  will live up to his promises to get the troops out of Afghanistan, at least, it could be a very good year for everyone. The U.S. shouldn’t continue to fight everyone else’s battles under the pretense of “National Defense.” Who are we defending in Afghanistan?
We’re perpetuating a war that doesn’t need to be fought. The military wants us there, because that’s how it makes a living. But let’s quit telling ourselves that we’re defending freedom by handing lots of aid to this desolate country.
Peace at Easter.

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