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4 Tips to Manage Your Money this Holiday Season

4 Tips to Manage Your Money this Holiday Season

4 Tips to Manage Your Money this Holiday Season   

By Michael Lee

The holiday season is here. Busy calendars are already filling up with festive activities, celebrations and gatherings of families and friends. 

Improved economic conditions are expected to increase consumer spending. A recent national report shows that holiday shoppers plan to spend $1,440 for holiday expenses, and yet less than half plan to stick to a budget for holiday spending.[1]

‘Tis the season to shop and spend, but before you swipe that credit card—there are a few budgeting tips individuals and families should consider to ensure they manage their finances during the holiday rush.  

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries Expanding Staff in Showrooms; Hiring Up to 15 New Associates

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries Expanding Staff in Showrooms; Hiring Up to 15 New Associates

The local owners of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries are expanding staff in their greater Sacramento area showrooms and currently have immediate openings for up to 15 new sales professional/associate designer positions.  Positions are open in their Sacramento, West Sacramento, Roseville, Elk Grove and Gold River stores.  This staff expansion effort will help the local company ramp up for 2016.

“As the economy continues to improve, our business continues to grow and we’re especially excited for 2016 when we will begin a series of renovations in our already beautiful showrooms,” said Jim Reego, co-owner of seven La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores in Northern California.

Youth Hackathon- Sept. 11-13 in West Sacramento

Youth Hackathon- Sept. 11-13 in West Sacramento

Code For Hood is coming to West Sacramento! This 2.5 day hackathon is open to 12-17 year old. Workshops will cover coding, video game design, 3D design, engineering, art, website design, entrepreneurship, startups, civic innovation, and more.

The last day will be the competition day of the hackathon. Each team will be mentored and guided during their project build, using the skills they used in the workshops. Teams will present their projects to a panel of judges and the top 2 teams will win prizes. Washington Unified School District students are encouraged to sign up.

Where:West Sacramento Community Center 1075 West Capitol Ave. West Sacramento Ca.

When: September 11-13

For: Ages 12-17

Cost: $20

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Help Community Business Bank Give Away $10,000 to Benefit Local Non-Profit

Help Community Business Bank Give Away $10,000 to Benefit Local Non-Profit

There’s no fancy party planned to celebrate Community Business Bank’s 10th anniversary. Instead, the West Sacramento-headquartered community bank plans to give away $10,000 to one lucky not-for-profit making a difference in Sacramento, Yolo, San Joaquin or Solano counties.

“For the past decade, it’s been our honor to help meet the needs of small businesses and not-for-profits in our communities,” said John DiMichele, CEO, Community Business Bank. “Our $10,000 give away contest is the perfect opportunity to express our gratitude to a local not-for-profit that is working hard every day to help those in need.” In addition to the cash prize, the winner will receive a full-page ad in thePartners in Philanthropyedition of the Sacramento Business Journal.

Entry period for all nominations is September 1-30, 2015. Here are two ways to nominate your favorite not-for-profit:

SARTA CleanStart Mixer highlights Innovative Engineering

SARTA CleanStart Mixer highlights Innovative Engineering

CleanStart is gearing up for our final 2015 CleanTech Mixer on September 16th at the Capital Public Radio community room and garden. The event is scheduled from 3-5 pm and promises to be a..... Read More

Beer Me at the CA Craft Beer Summit!

Beer Me at the CA Craft Beer Summit!

By Leia Ostermann

Leia Ostermann

It’s been a big year for craft beer in Sacramento. We have sixty-six craft breweries in the region, eleven within city limits and nine I can ride my bike to, with more planned to open later this year... Read More

Saving Water: Rocklin Car Wash Uses New Technology To Reduce Water Usage to As Little As 6 Gallons

Saving Water: Rocklin Car Wash Uses New Technology To Reduce Water Usage to As Little As 6 Gallons

One of the greenest car washes in the Greater Sacramento area is now dramatically reducing its water consumption.

Five Star Auto Center, a hand car wash that already uses less water than most traditional car washes, recently installed new technology to further reduce its water use – down to about 6-12 gallons per car depending on the wash. Typical equipment car washes use up to 60 gallons per car and home car washing uses as much as 120 gallons per car.

It’s especially important for consumers to understand if the car wash they are using is green. Many cities in the Sacramento region are asking citizens to use professional car washes versus washing at home. Some areas have already ruled no more home washing of vehicles.