Ronald Wong helps businesses and others reach out to people of color

Sunday, 04 October 2015 07:14 Written by
The gig: Ronald W. Wong, 49, is the founder and president of Imprenta Communications Group in Pasadena. Imprenta surged this year into the Inc. 500 list of the nation's fastest-growing privately held companies, at No. 413, from well back in the 1,000s the previous year. Wong is passionate about what he calls "social marketing," taking on jobs that ensure that communities of color are informed "in a way that recognizes their diversity and shows a…
Supported employment helps both workers and businesses
Sunday, 04 October 2015 05:08 Written by
“Help Wanted” signs dot the local landscape. From restaurants to retailers, businesses are bemoaning a shortage of committed, skilled workers. But there exists a largely untapped pool of talent among people who live with mental illness. On average, only 22 percent of people served in community mental health programs are employed, despite the fact that more than three times that number want to be (many of them with college degrees).
A sunny outlook for jobs in the Golden State
Saturday, 03 October 2015 16:48 Written by
The economic news for California lately has been worrying. Turmoil in the markets of China, one of the state's largest trading partners. A punishing drought that has left a half-million acres of farmland fallow this year. A "business climate" that perpetually ranks near the bottom in national surveys. But a recent series of economic forecasts paints a different picture.
Relativity lenders to pay $125 million for its TV business
Saturday, 03 October 2015 14:43 Written by
Senior lenders to Relativity Media have agreed to pay $125 million for the troubled studio's television business, according to court documents filed Saturday. The deal could leave the remaining Relativity assets -- including the film unit -- in the hands of its founder and chief executive Ryan Kavanaugh. The group of lenders -- composed of Anchorage Capital Group, Luxor Capital Group and Falcon Investment Advisors -- had previously submitted a starting bid of $250 million…
New bear market threat forces the issue: How much can you stand to lose?
Saturday, 03 October 2015 12:23 Written by
Game over? The turmoil that has racked financial markets for the last two months has stoked fears that stocks' six-year-long bull run has ended — and with it, hopes for a continuing economic recovery. For tens of millions of Americans who own stocks in retirement savings plans, the prospect of suffering through a horrendous market decline like the 2008-09 plunge is chilling.
Drug cartel money-laundering indictment is first major effort against hawala tactics
Saturday, 03 October 2015 11:17 Written by
Federal authorities said Friday they had broken up an international network of money launderers who moved millions of dollars for the Sinaloa drug cartel and other criminal groups using an off-the-books system of remittance that bypassed traditional banks. Gurkaran Singh Isshpunani, 34, who prosecutors allege is the leader of the scheme, appeared in a Los Angeles federal courtroom late Friday afternoon to face charges that he helped launder more than $4.5 million in narcotics proceeds…
Rocktoberfest 2015 is Going on TODAY (Rain or Shine)
Saturday, 03 October 2015 09:39 Written by
RAIN OR SHINE! Come on, rock La Plata for good! Be front and center on one of the festival’s indoor and outdoor stages . #Rocklp4good The La Plata Business Association (LPBA) will host the 2nd annual Rocktoberfest, a rock music festival and fundraiser, produced by Island Music Company.
Despite a New Yorker spitting at her, Ellen Page loves being out and her first gay role in 'Freeheld'
Saturday, 03 October 2015 09:15 Written by
"I'm freezing," Ellen Page said, tucking her hands inside her sleeves. She shrank down in a conference room chair, looking pained until a hotel attendant arrived with a pot of tea. "I needed to heat up," she said, cupping the drink in her palms. As she drank, she suddenly appeared less small.
Supreme Court: A look at some noteworthy cases in new term
Saturday, 03 October 2015 08:58 Written by
Some noteworthy cases the Supreme Court will hear in its new term that begins Monday: —Affirmative action: In a case being heard for the second time, a white Texan who was rejected by the University of Texas is challenging the school's use of race among a range of factors in filling roughly one-quarter of incoming freshman classes.
Race is on to file suits against VW
Saturday, 03 October 2015 07:51 Written by
Volkswagen's stunning admission that it rigged its diesel cars to pass emissions tests is setting up one of the largest, costliest legal cases in U.S. history. And it could all be played out in a federal courtroom in Los Angeles. More than 230 federal class-action lawsuits have been filed against the German automaker in courts across the United States.

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