West Company offers business consulting and training services to start-up and existing businesses.
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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If you are a Mendocino County resident, you can apply online through the Northern California SBDC Network to receive free workshops & consulting services.
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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 (Nov 2 in Ukiah, Nov 3 in Fort Bragg), 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. The Board of Directors has begun to search for a new executive director.