Useful Information for Businesses for May, 2024: New Fast…

FUNDING: Grants, Loans, etc. 

This year, Progressive is dedicating $1 million to award 20 deserving businesses with a $50,000 grant each. Grant recipients will also be invited to attend an exclusive 12-week virtual Boost Camp coaching program, designed to equip business owners with the tools and resources to help them achieve their growth objectives. Applications are open through June 14, 2024 at 6 p.m. ET.

Today is a Day to Remember Those Who Sacrificed All in…

Jet taking off at sunset DOD photo

Today is Memorial Day, the day of the year set aside to honor and reflect on those who gave their lives in service to our United States of America. 

From PasadenaNOW: City To Local Businesses: Minimum Wage…

The City of Pasadena said Monday it wants local employers and employees to know that the city’s minimum wage is set to increase from $16.93 per hour to $17.50 per hour for all businesses, regardless of size, on July 1, 2024.

The one exception is local fast-food workers employed at national chains.

From the LA Times: Summer COVID season may get early start…

California doctors see uptick in spread as FLiRT strains make huge gains nationally. By Rong-Gong Lin II

California may be headed to an earlier-than-normal start to the summer COVID-19 season, with coronavirus concentrations in sewage rising in some areas along with the statewide positive-test rate.

The trend comes as the latest family of coronavirus subvariants, collectively nicknamed FLiRT, have made significant gains nationally.

Restaurants must disclose all fees upfront

From the LA TImes: Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta releases guidelines for the state’s new ban on ‘drip pricing.’ By Karen Garcia and Nathan Solis

California restaurants finally have their answer: They, too, must comply with a new state law that bans unadvertised fees, surcharges and other costs tacked onto a bill.

Sip, Savor & Celebrate The 50th Annual AbilityFirst…

Economic Update-Interest Rates, Employment, Housing,…

From the CalChamber: Tourism Spending in California Reaches Record High-Travel spending in California reached a new record in 2023 as visitors from around the world flocked to the Golden State. According to a new report released by Visit California, the state’s tourism economy generated $150.4 billion in travel spending last year, surpassing the prior record $144.9 billion spent in 2019 before the pandemic halted travel.

Pasadena Chamber Publishes Spring 2024 Edition of Pasadena…

Pasadena Perspective, the digital magazine of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce just published the sixth volume.

The Spring 2024 Edition of Pasadena Perspective focuses on some of our healthcare providers. 

There is also a Board member profile and interview with Hillary Schenk of Casa Treatment Center

Bid and Contract Opportunities-Take Advantage of Government…

The City of Pasadena has a new eProcurement System. You can subscribe or register in the system at:  https://procurement.opengov.com/portal/pasadena

City of Pasadena to Consider Rate Increases for Sewer…

Utility rate increases are being considered everywhere. Pasadena is no exception. 

These decisions do not need to be made in a legislative vacuum.

Tonight (Monday, May 6th) the Pasadena City Council will hear a request to raise sewer rates by the Department of Public Works. The hearing will be in the City Council Chambers at 100 North Garfield Avenue on the second floor, Room S249. 

LAist/KPCC is hosting a Tournament of Cheeseburgers-You can…

Yes, the Pasadena Chamber's Cheeseburger Week was in January (a smashing success). 

Now LAist (KPCC) is hosting its own Tournament of Cheeseburgers. 

Vote for your favorite in the LAist preference poll. 

Here is what LAist has to say: