Federal Trade Commission Investigating Facebook

The Federal Trade Commission released a statement today confirming that it is investigating Facebook’s privacy practices. The announcement comes a little more than a week after news broke that the data of more than 50 million Facebook users had been obtained and perhaps misused by research agency Cambridge Analytica. Click here to read the statement by Tom Pahl, acting director of the FTC’s bureau of consumer protection.


Business Leaders Express Optimism About The Economy

As the 2018 midterm congressional elections approach, more business leaders are expressing confidence in the outlook for the economy, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Following tax reform and a rollback of regulations, the quarterly Small Business Index conducted by MetLife and the chamber recorded its largest spike ever in optimism in the first quarter of 2018. The report found that this positivity also applied to midsize businesses, with more than 60% saying they plan to raise wages over the next 180 days.


Pulse Of The Ports Peak Season Forecast

The Port of Long Beach is hosting Pulse of the Ports, its peak season forecast event, this Wednesday, March 28, from 7:30-11 a.m. The event, held at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center’s Grand Ballroom, features breakfast and a panel of speakers including: Mario Moreno, senior economist with Drewry; Lawrence Burns, senior vice president of trade and sales for Hyundai America Shipping Agency; Anthony Otto, president of Long Beach Container Terminal, and several other trade experts. A live webcast begins at 9 a.m. at polb.com/pulseports. RSVP to attend the event in person by clicking here.


Workshops To Provide Entrepreneurial Training

The Downtown Long Beach Alliance is partnering with the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at California State University, Long Beach to present a business education series. The sessions aim to provide the tools to start and maintain a successful business. They begin April 7 and run from 8 a.m. to noon on six consecutive Saturdays at InterTrend Communications, 228 E. Broadway. The first five weeks will focus on building a business plan, planning marketing, identifying a location and navigating financials. During the last week, students will present their business blueprint at a PitchFest. To register, visit www.DTLBbusiness.com.


One-In-Four Workers Late Once A Week – Here Are Their Best Excuses

A Career Builder survey has found that one in four workers admit to being late to work at least once a month, while one in 10 are late every week. The western part of the country has the highest percentage of late workers, with 30% reporting being late at least once a month. Some of the more colorful excuses for missing work included:

  • My fake eyelashes were stuck together.
  • It’s too cold to work.
  • My coffee was too hot and I couldn’t leave until it cooled off.
  • An astrologer warned me of a car accident on a major highway, so I took all backroads, making me an hour late.
  • My dog ate my work schedule.
  • I was here, but I fell asleep in the parking lot.
  • Although it’s been five years, I forgot I didn’t work at my former company and drove there on accident.