707-964-7571 Fort Bragg/Coast Office & 707-467-5913 Ukiah/Inland Office

West Company offers business consulting and training services to start-up and existing businesses.

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Mendocino’s Small Business Development Center

The Office of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provides management assistance to current and prospective small business owners.

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Women's Business Center

West Company has been assisting women to grow businesses in Mendocino County since 1988.  As one of the pilot centers for the Women’s Business Center program, we have continually hosted this nationwide program since 1990.

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What’s New

E-file and E-pay Mandate for Employers (Assembly Bill 1245)

New state law mandates electronic submission of tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits for all employers.

Beginning January 1, 2017, employers with 10 or more employees will be required to electronically submit employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits to the Employment Development Department (EDD). All remaining employers will be subject to this requirement beginning January 1, 2018. Any employer required under existing law to electronically submit wage reports and/or electronic funds transfer to the EDD will remain subject to those requirements.  For more information, visit FAQs – E-file and E-pay Mandate for Employers.

West Company’s New Executive Director

West Company’s Board of Director has chosen Mary Anne Petrillo to join our team as the new Executive Director starting December 1st.  Mary Anne’s background includes over 25 years of strategic marketing and communication experience in education and the high-tech sector. She began her career as an entrepreneur running her own communications agency.  Click here for the full announcement.

California's New Minimum Wage Law

On April 4, 2016, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (“SB”) 3, which increases California’s minimum wage each year so that it will reach $15/hr in 2024.  Currently, California’s minimum wage is $10/hr.  The first increase to $10.50/hr will take effect on January 1, 2017 for businesses that employ 26 or more employees. The increase schedule for small businesses lags by a year.
Although many large businesses have started to plan for the upcoming minimum wage increases, most small businesses haven’t considered how the increases will affect them.

Through one-on-one counseling and/or the upcoming Minimum Wage workshop, West Company can provide you with planning and budgeting tools to help you create strategies to be prepared for minimum wage increases.

West Company’s CEO Set to Retire

West Company’s CEO, Pamela Patterson, will retire on January 1, 2017, after 18 years of dedicated service.

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