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May, 2015 - Issue #127
World-renowned Leaders to Speak at Leadercast Valencia
Local leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Leadercast at Real Life Church in Valencia on Friday, May 8 at 8am. The Leadercast event is broadcast live from Duluth, Georgia to hundreds of sites around the world, including Valencia. This year's speaker lineup includes Andy Stanley, leadership author; Mala Yousafzai, Nobel Laureate; Ed Catmull, president of Pixar & Disney Animation Studios; Rudy Giuliani, 107th mayor of New York City; CMDR Rorke Denver, Navy Seal commander; Bill and Giuliana Rancic, award-winning personalities; and more. In addition, Leadercast Valencia is excited to offer an exclusive lunch experience for a limited number of participants with Dr. Chace Unruh. Dr. Unruh is a local Santa Clarita resident and successful business owner. At this gourmet lunch you will hear a short message and then have the opportunity to ask questions. Special group and student discounts are available. For groups of five or more, there is also an option to reserve a room for lunch to meet with your group and discuss the day's events. For more info, log onto www.reallifechurch.org/leadercast. Call to book group rates. 775-2041

A Testimonial from Someone Who's been through It
"Dear Gerry: I was referred to you after my automobile accident. That was the darkest time in my life. I was lost after the accident and a friend suggested that I talk to you. You and your staff were very supportive and knowledgeable. ... You walked me through the first steps to healing and referred me to medical professionals who could meet my needs. ... As a healthcare professional, I believe I have a unique perspective on medical care. I felt I was given a first class work-up and physical therapy geared toward my pain and strength issues. ... This allowed me to return to work. I was treated with dignity and compassion. You did much more than provide me with excellent medical referrals. You protected me from the assaults of the defendant's insurance company. It was quite an experience to see how the insurance company attacks the victim. I don't know what I would have done without you on my side. You anticipated their moves and I felt insulated from their machinations. I am awed by the settlement amount you negotiated for me. I wish everyone could have the benefit of you as his or her advocate." Submitted on March 20, 2014 by Kay
The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus 296-2992

Union Bank's Small Business Economic Survey Finds Brightest Economic Outlook since 2012
Union Bank announced the results of its annual Small Business Economic Survey, which showed that small business owners have the brightest economic outlook in four years. In 2014, nearly a third of entrepreneurs hired staff and significantly fewer reported layoffs. For the first time since 2012, the majority of small business owners believe the overall economy is heading in the right direction, with an all-time high of 90 percent believing their business is headed in the right direction. The rise in optimism reflects data showing that more entrepreneurs worked longer hours in 2014 due to increased business (61 percent, up 6 points from 2013). Among the industries surveyed, 100 percent of owners from the personal services sector (auto repair, salons, dry cleaning, etc.) believe their business is headed in the right direction (up 10 points); more owners from this sector also expressed optimism about the direction of the national economy (70 percent, up 42 points). In terms of their state's economy, more owners from the professional services industry (physicians, certified public accountants, attorneys, etc.) believe their state's economy is headed in the right direction (67 percent, up 5 points).

Union Bank, recently ranked* the country's fifth-largest SBA 504 lender in both units and volume, partners with community-based financing organizations with a goal of transitioning the companies into traditional business financing with Union Bank once their companies have grown, and many of the bank's CBF partners also provide free or low-cost technical assistance programs (i.e. business planning, accounting, marketing, etc.) to assist with the continued goal of building credit of the client and investing back into the small-business community.
Union Bank Newhall 799-8529,
Valencia 799-8531,Canyon Country 424-9686
*Source: U.S. Small Business Administration
(10/1/2013 through 9/30/2014) based on approved loans.
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