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4 risks of doing business internationally — and ways to address them

With one of the 10 largest economies in the world, California exported more than $174 billion in goods and services in 2014. Its top trading partners include our neighbors to the south and north — Mexico and Canada — but California is also the top state in the nation in exports to Asia, particularly China, Japan and South Korea. Read More >

Take charge of your workers' compensation costs

If your business is like many in California, you're looking for relief from high workers' compensation costs. In 2014, California's workers' compensation insurance premium rates were the highest in the nation. Businesses in this state spent $3.48 for every $100 of payroll issued — 188 percent of the median cost of $1.85 for all 50 states. Read More >

Boost your business with more efficient payments

You know that cash flow is the lifeblood of any business, but have you considered that how you make and receive payments can have a big impact on your company's operating efficiency? Read More >

Five Ways to Foster an Innovative Mindset in Your Workplace

Employees feel most innovative when they're given the right tools and allowed time away from everyday tasks. These five tips can help build a creative environment in your business where new ideas flourish. Read More >

7 tips to help your loan application stand out

Getting your business loan application to stand out and gain approval doesn’t need to be challenging – especially if you approach the task from a lender’s perspective. Think to yourself: If I were a bank loan officer, what are the things I would most want to know about this business? Read More >

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