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North Aurora police introduces new citizen reporting portal for residents - Kane County Chronicle

North Aurora police introduces new citizen reporting portal for residents - Kane County ChronicleNorth Aurora police introduces new citizen reporting portal for residents - Kane County ChroniclePosted: 28 Jan 2020 05:28 AM PSTNORTH AURORA – The North Aurora Police Department has announced a new, efficient, and simpler way for the public to submit certain types of information to officers.According to a news release, the department has partnered with Frontline Public Safety Solutions' Mobile Tool-Kit, which residents and businesses can use for citizen reporting, vacation watch requests and business and residential keyholder entry.Beginning Jan. 28, the public can go to to access these features.The citizen reporting portal allows users to provide police with details of incidents that do not require an immediate police response, such as reporting crime tips and requesting extra patrol or traffic enforcement. Requestors may choose to rema…

Small business owners' confidence in the economy erodes with uncertainty about recession - USA TODAY

Small business owners' confidence in the economy erodes with uncertainty about recession - USA TODAY

Small business owners' confidence in the economy erodes with uncertainty about recession - USA TODAY

Posted: 10 Sep 2019 06:04 AM PDT

Douglas A. McIntyre, 24/7 Wall Street Published 9:04 a.m. ET Sept. 10, 2019


It appears that worry about the economy has started to catch up to small businesses owners. One of the primary barometers of their sentiment was released Tuesday, and the results were troubling, although not completely negative.

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index for August showed a drop of 1.6 points from the month before. At 103.1, the index showed that sentiment is still better than normal. However, there were cracks in the figures.

"In spite of the success we continue to see on Main Street, the manic predictions of recession are having a psychological effect and creating uncertainty for small business owners throughout the country," said NFIB President and CEO Juanita D. Duggan in the August report. "Small business owners continue to invest, grow, and hire at historically high levels, and we see no indication of a coming recession."

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Though small business owners have become more concerned about the future, the reasons are not entirely negative: "The Uncertainty Index rose four points in August, suggesting that small business owners are reluctant to make major spending commitments," the report said. "In fact, the main impediment to more growth is the record level of no qualified workers."

Capital outlays and purchase of equipment stayed strong.

The number of owners who believe they can raise prices fell five points to 17%. The reasons for this were not entirely clear. The number of owners who expect to raise compensation tailed off as well.

Finally, the problems small business owners have is a bit of good news. "As seen in NFIB's August Jobs Report, a record 27 percent of owners reported finding qualified workers is their No. 1 business problem," the report said.

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BizBrief: Today's News To Know - Long Beach Business Journal - Long Beach News

Posted: 10 Sep 2019 09:34 AM PDT

Harbor Commission OK's Sale Of Long Beach Container Terminal
Yesterday, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved an agreement finalizing the transfer of ownership of Long Beach Container Terminal from Orient Overseas International Line (OOIL) to Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (MIP). The sale was required by the United States government in order for COSCO Shipping Holdings to complete its acquisition of OOIL, a deal first announced in 2018. MIP operates within Macquarie Infrastructure And Real Assets, a subsidiary of Australia-based Macquarie Group Limited. Long Beach Container Terminal is located within the Port of Long Beach's Middle Harbor, and is in the midst of a nearly $1.5 billion infrastructure development project that will enable the terminal to handle more than three million twenty-foot equivalent units of containerized cargo annually. "This was a series of complex negotiations involving multiple parties, with oversight from a government-appointed board of trustees, and subject to terms of a national security agreement," Deputy Executive Director Noel Hacegaba stated at the meeting, adding that the sale is in alignment with the port's interests.

Port Of Los Angeles Continues Streak Of Cargo Gains
For the fifth month in a row, the Port of Los Angeles set another single-month cargo record, having had its busiest August ever. Last month, the port moved 861,081 twenty-foot equivalent units of cargo, a 4.2% increase compared to the same month last year. The largest share of this increase was attributed to the shipment of empty containers overseas, traffic which grew 13.8% in August compared to the same month in 2018. Imports increased 4.1%, while exports decreased by 10%. Overall cargo volumes moving through POLA have increased 5.7% during the first eight months of 2019 compared to the same period last year. Gene Seroka, executive director of the port, noted in a prepared statement that during the final months of 2018, there was "an extraordinary influx of imports" meant to beat out expected tariffs on Chinese goods. "We don't expect to see those kind of volumes in the months ahead," he stated. "We need a negotiated settlement of the U.S.-China trade war to restore trade globally."

Leadership Long Beach Begins Search For New Executive Director
Leadership Long Beach, a local leadership and community engagement organization, announced this week that it is conducting a search for a new executive director after Jeff Williams, who currently serves in the position, announced his pending departure. Williams, who has led the organization for 10 years, will step down following the selection of a new executive director. Leadership Long Beach's search committee is looking for a qualified candidate who will fulfill the organization's mission to empower individuals and establish a team-building approach. Click here for details. The deadline to apply is September 17 at 11:59 p.m.

MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center Names New Chief Medical Officer
Today, MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center announced Dr. Eric Ramos as its new chief medical officer. "In his role at Long Beach Medical Center, Dr. Ramos will support the peer review process, administration of the Vanderbilt model roll out in partnership with the medical staff (a program that helps medical centers and physician groups partner to make health care kinder, safer and more reliable), and work with the chief of staff on medical staff initiatives," according to a statement from MemorialCare. Ramos began his medical career as a registered nurse and has more than 35 years of experience as a physician. He holds a medical degree from the University of Southern California. Ramos's goal for the future is to have Long Beach Medical Center reach the top 10% in the country with respect to patient outcomes for cardiovascular, trauma, orthopedic and stroke care, according to the announcement. "In the end, we all want what's best for the patient and to take an already great medical center and make it better," Ramos stated.

City College Foundation Appoints New Executive Director
This week, the Long Beach City College (LBCC) Foundation announced that Paul Kaminski has been appointed as its executive director. Kaminski's responsibilities include overseeing and directing the foundation's day-to-day operations, community outreach, and management of staff and consultants. Kaminski has 16 years of experience in marketing and public relations, staff and board development, and institutional leadership. "I am extremely excited to be executive director of the Long Beach City College Foundation and to be working with the community I have been part of most of my life," Kaminski stated. "It will be an honor to represent LBCC, one of the true beacons of light in the city."

Local Pollution Abatement Firm Announces New VP Of Sales
Signal Hill-based pollution abatement firm Ship & Shore Environmental, Inc. (S&SE) today announced Jim Stone as its new vice president of sales. "Jim is a highly respected, results-driven industry leader and we are excited to bring him on board as we are confident he will help further position S&SE as a leader in global pollution abatement solutions," CEO Anoosheh Oskouian stated in a press release. Stone, who has more than 25 years of product and business development experience in the air pollution control and hazardous materials industries, will split his time between the firm's Signal Hill and Chicago offices.

Coworking Space To Host Startup Competition
Ironfire, a coworking space located at 4195 N. Viking Way, is hosting its Founders Live competition on Wednesday, September 18, at 7 p.m. The competition features representatives from five startup companies who each have 99 seconds to pitch their business idea in front of a voting audience. The event includes networking opportunities, according to Ironfire. Free early-bird tickets are still available for a limited time at

Five things you need to know today, and an honorable way to serve - Cincinnati Business Courier

Posted: 10 Sep 2019 03:48 AM PDT

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Good morning, Cincinnati. Here are the five most important things you need to know to start your busy business day.


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