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Monday, July 09, 2018
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Social Equity Program Seeks Aspiring Cannabis SMB Owners with Past Convictions

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Largely missing from California's booming new legal cannabis industry are millions of potential cannabis SMB entrepreneurs systematically criminalized by the war on drugs, according to Los Angeles management consulting firm Seira, which today announced a search for participants in its Pilot Program for Cannabis Social Equity.

Participants in this Pilot Program will receive mentorship, training, and access to SMB development resources, preparing each SMB cannabis entrepreneur to begin the process of Los Angeles city licensure as early as August, 2018. Funding and licensure are among the most significant obstacles for entrepreneurs affected by cannabis criminalization, according to Seira founders Steven Vasquez and Simone Cimiluca-Radzins.

Survivors of systematic cannabis criminalization are invited to attend a seminar in Mid-City Los Angeles on July 19, 2018, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, in order to learn if they may qualify for this Pilot Program. Seira is seeking applicants who reside in South Los Angeles, have experienced a cannabis-related criminal conviction, and are considered low-income.

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As cannabis legalization sweeps the country and billions of dollars pour into the marijuana industry, people of color remain shut into prison and shut out of wealth. Black Americans are 3.5 times more likely than whites to be arrested for cannabis consumption, though the U.S. Census Bureau finds cannabis consumption rates are nearly identical across racial lines. Meanwhile, Black Americans own only about 1% of the nation's thousands of legalized storefront marijuana dispensaries, according to a 2016 investigative report by Buzzfeed.

The disproportionate impact of cannabis criminalization on Los Angeles's low-income and marginalized residents aroused the concern of the Los Angeles City Council, which passed a motion in June of 2017 directing the city to develop a Social Equity Program to decrease disparities in life outcomes for marginalized communities and address disproportionate impacts of the war on drugs in those communities. Seira's Social Equity Pilot Program, designed by entrepreneurs within and outside the cannabis industry, will achieve these goals by shepherding entrepreneurs through the entire process of launching their cannabis SMBs.

For more information, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cannabis-social-equity-tell-us-your-story-tickets-47571539756

ABOUT SEIRA, LLC:

Seira is a management consulting firm based in Los Angeles, specializing in small and mid-sized businesses in emerging markets. Seira co-founders Steven Vasquez and Simone Cimiluca-Radzins have championed numerous social equity and awareness projects; Lost In America, a feature film spotlighting youth homelessness; Cannabis Women's Empowerment Society, a women's organization with the mission to empower, train, and mentor more women leaders throughout the world.


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Monday, July 02, 2018
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Enlist your SMB with the Tech Army

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The Tech Army is recruiting experienced installers and technicians to join our nationwide network.  There is no cost to join, and when you enlist you will start receiving bid requests right to your email, depending on the capabilities you specify.  We are always in need of cable wiring specialists, IT professionals, and event production companies.
 

About Our Lead Generating Vendors

 

Our lead generating vendors perform service and installation of a variety of technology services, nationwide.  Rentacomputer.com specializes in short-term technology rentals and event production.  Camera Security Now performs installation and service of security cameras and access control systems.  Xponex Media designs and hosts websites, with an expertise in search engine optimization (SEO).  Computer Service Now provides IT service and repairs for the SMB industry.
 
The Tech Army has been around for decades, with Rentacomputer.com opening for business in 1987.  They handle the customer service and billing, and the Tech Army does the heavy lifting.  Tech Army members are representatives of the organization and are expected to act professionally and perform at the highest level.  Members are vetted and reviewed after every job, and while we consider every Tech Army member to be a valuable teammate, customer satisfaction is always a priority.
 

Expanding Globally

We have done business in all 50 states, as far north as Barrow, Alaska!  We have been operating in Canada and Mexico for years, and recently have expanded globally into the European markets.  So whether you do security camera installations in Boston, event production in Las Vegas, or computer rentals in London, enroll with the Tech Army today!
 

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Security Systems for Bars and Restaurants

It's happening again, and just like last time, you can't understand why. You know that business has picked up, every night your bar or restaurant is packed to capacity. In fact, truth be told, business has never been better. So why is it, that profits are only slightly up, flat, or even declining. What in the world is going on?

If you had our security camera systems installed, you would know why, and you would know immediately, all through a simple internet connected application. Even if your small business has multiple locations, you could have everything connected, with no additional charge.

Employee Theft: Drinks, Food, and MONEY!!!

It is estimated that upwards of seventy-five percent of bar and restaurant employees steal from their employers. The National Restaurant Association points out surveys, wherein employees self admittedly, acknowledge such theft. Many employees admit to not only one-time incidences of theft but multiple and ongoing occurrences.

Be it drinks or food, or money, theft is theft, and it can and will affect the bottom line. Bars and restaurants operate on notoriously thin profit margins, even a 5-6% loss by theft can be devastating.

If your SMB has multiple locations, the risk to your bottom line increases exponentially! Installing bar security cameras or restaurant security cameras is the best way to avoid such losses.

Break-ins, Robberies, and Property Damage

 

As an owner of a bar or restaurant, one of the worst feelings can be arriving to work only to discover that there was a break-in while your establishment was closed. 

Even if you had an alarm system in place, without bar security cameras or restaurant security cameras in place, you would be unable to offer the police much evidence of the perpetrator(s) identities. An alarm system will only tell what time the system was triggered, without providing any visual evidence which could later be used to prosecute the offender(s).

Bars and restaurants, unlike many other businesses, tend to have an abundance of cash present on the premises. It's not only the cash in the registers, it's also the cash and property that their customers maintain on their person.

Robbers are very aware of these facts and as such target bars and restaurants with regularity. While bar security cameras or restaurant security cameras cannot stop such robberies, they can be a deterrent as well as a silent witness, providing police with invaluable evidence.

Vandalism is one more area in which security cameras can be useful for your small business.

Whether it is teenagers spray painting walls and breaking windows, or more seriously someone setting or attempting to set your business ablaze, a properly and professionally installed camera system can be a deterrent or provide valuable evidence for the authorities.

Contact Camera Security Now today to discuss options for your small business. Our security camera systems can easily be installed at one or more locations, with no need for multiple accounts or contracts. Once installed, you will be able to monitor everything from one internet connected application.

For information on how your smb could benefit from having a business security camera system installed, contact us immediately and let us show you.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
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IT Rentals for SMB Seasonal Offices

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Whether you are running a retail shop that specializes in Christmas or Halloween season, a tax accountant who opens a temporary office for tax season, a summer camp for kids, or any type of seasonal business for that matter, it can take a lot of time and effort to get everything organized in time for you to capitalize on the time of year. You need to be prepared in order to ensure that everything goes smoothly when the time for the grand opening comes.
 
Whatever the SMB, an essential part of its day-to-day running will be IT. It is crucial for a lot of key processes, shipping and exporting products, generating profit for the owners or shareholders, and keeping in touch with customers via email.
 
Seasonal businesses have IT or PC needs, albeit on a temporary basis. So, what are they to do? Well, they could always fork out for their own equipment. Have to tear it all down when the season ends, pay to store it for the rest of the year, and then hope when they have taken it out of storage that it still works. Or they could rent their IT equipment.
 
There are countless advantages to renting as opposed to buying it outright. It is worthwhile for businesses to rent the equipment they require, so that they can invest their financial and managerial resources in other aspects of the growing enterprise. Small and medium businesses can benefit from renting IT equipment as it allows them to access the most up-to-date items on the market, giving them a competitive edge where they may not have had it before.
 
Once you buy a piece of equipment, if it breaks and needs repairing, then it is completely on you to sort it out and pay the cost. However, if you decide to rent IT equipment instead, then the rental company will be on hand to get your item back up and running again. You will also cut back on time waiting, as a replacement is conveniently provided as you wait for your item to be fixed. Some IT equipment rentals can be complex, and for those who are not tech-savvy, knowing how to setup a temporary IT network can prove to be a major challenge! If you buy equipment yourself, then it is often up to you work it out alone, but we have experts on staff who can setup your equipment, and help you utilize the equipment to best serve your needs.
 
That's where Rentacomputer.com comes in, we specialize in providing seasonal SMB businesses with IT and PC rentals, nationwide. We have a team of expert technicians who will help you to setup your equipment and take it away when the season is over.  Please come visit our website today to see how we can help your SMB!

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