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Small business profile: Windows, doors turn profit for small firm

first_imgOWNER: Steve and Kathy Knott ESTABLISHED: 1997 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Four DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: We sell windows, doors and related products such as hardware and molding to both homeowners and contractors. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? Yes BUSINESS NAME: Do It Yourself Windows and Doors BUSINESS ADDRESS: 17630 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills, CA 91344 PHONE: (818) 360-4113 WEB SITE: www.diywindowsanddoors.com, [email protected] WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? I was laid off from a company going through bankruptcy. Having sold windows and doors for other companies for nearly 15 years, we decided to do it for ourselves. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? From other salespeople and some of our vendors. Having sold the merchandise for a long time, and having been in management, owning our own business seemed possible. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? About four months. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? Researched online, went to SBA and SCORE meetings, and wrote a business plan to present for financing. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? About $125,000 from an SBA business loan, personal savings and credit cards. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? My father, who’s had several businesses, and people at the SBA. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? The SBA gave me a lot of information, so there weren’t too many surprises. But there were more government fees and taxes than we expected. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $1.5 million. WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To slowly grow and be more profitable, and eventually sell when we’re ready to retire. To be considered for a small business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3677.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

News in brief: Bamford up for award, Bees youngsters draw with Charlton

first_imgBamford has impressed for BoroPatrick BamfordThe Chelsea youngster has been nominated for the Football League young player of the year award. The 21-year-old has scored 16 times in the Championship during a season-long loan at Middlesbrough and is up against MK Dons’ Dele Alli and Norwich winger Nathan Redmond for the award. The winner will be announced on Sunday.BrentfordZain Westbrooke netted for the Bees’ development side as they drew 1-1 at Charlton. The 18-year-old scored in the eighth minute but his goal was cancelled out early in the second half by Mikhail Kennedy.Julius Fenn-EvansThe Brentford academy striker has been called up to the Wales Under-16 squad for the Uefa Development Tournament in the Faroe Islands next week. Fenn-Evans, who turned 16 this month, will hope to play a part in matches against Iceland on Saturday, the hosts on Sunday and Northern Ireland next Tuesday.Hampton & Richmond BoroughThe Ryman Premier side will host Brentford’s development squad in a pre-season friendly on 8 July. Kick-off at the Beveree will be 7.45pm.Dawid MalanThe Middlesex batsman underwent surgery on a broken finger on Tuesday. Malan suffered the injury while fielding on the opening day of the new County Championship season against Nottinghamshire at Lord’s on Sunday. The finger will be in a splint for up to four weeks.HarlequinsThe club’s midweek A team will play a friendly against 11-time Russian champions Krasny Yar on Wednesday evening. The visitors from Siberia boast a number of Russian, Lithuanian, Moldovan, Tongan and New Zealand Maori internationals, and beat the Leicester Tigers academy last year. Kick-off at the Stoop is 7.30pm.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

San Diego gets its smart city on with GE Current hookup

first_imgHow IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Related Posts Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citiescenter_img The City of San Diego announced a major Internet of Things (IoT) deployment this week in collaboration with Current, powered by GE. The deployment will include 3,200 “intelligent nodes” that enhance parking, alleviate traffic and improve liveability in the city.In addition to the huge sensor deployment, Current will also install 14,000 new LED lights in the city; around 25 percent of all outdoor lighting in the city. The upgrades will reportedly save San Diego $2.4 million in annual energy costs.See Also: Kansas City likes sharing its smart city data so other cities benefit tooGE has partnered with AT&T and Intel to ensure a smooth deployment. AT&T will provide the LTE network that connects all of the sensors to the IoT grid, and Intel’s Atom E3900 processor will be inside all of the LED light fixtures.The company has also partnered with some smaller startups, such as ShotSpotter, which has developed a technology to locate the sound of a gunshot in real-time. CivicSmart has an application that makes parking a much less time consumer experience.“Fostering innovation and improving infrastructure are important to enhancing the lives of all San Diegans,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “This new technology will give the City and developers the opportunity to make our neighborhoods safer and smarter.”San Diego will spend $30 million on the IoT platform deployment, in the hopes that its citizens will reap the rewards of a safer, smarter, and more secure city.“We’re honored to be part of this historic transformation,” said Maryrose Sylvester, President & CEO of Current. “We have a proud history of helping San Diego proactively save energy through efficient lighting, and now we’re expanding that same infrastructure beyond energy into a new realm of intelligence.”Installation of the LED fixtures is expected to start in July, with the rest of the project beginning by the end of the year. Once deployed, the city of San Diego hopes that the software community will build on the IoT platform. David Curry Tags:#Connected Devices#Current#environment#GE#General Electric#Internet of Things#IoT#LED lights#parking#safety#San Diego#smart city#traffic last_img read more

Hyundai Motor recalls cars over airbag problems in US

first_imgHyundai Motor Co , South Korea’s top automaker, has decided to recall more than 200,000 units of its Santa Fe sport utility vehicle model and popular Sonata cars in the United States due to problems with their airbags, a report said.According to reports, Hyundai’s US dealers will recall 199,118 Santa Fe SUVs built between April 19, 2006 and July 7, 2008 and 22,512 units of Sonata sedans manufactured from January 24 to June 21 this year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a report released on its website that US state safety agency stated this.The front passenger airbags of the Santa Fe models reportedly appeared to have improper occupant classification system, putting small-bodied people at risk, the US agency said.It added, “The occupant classification system (OCS) may need recalibration to accurately detect small statured adults.”Sensors for the side airbags of the Sonatas are needed to be reprogrammed because they may inflate without receiving a signal, increasing injury risks, the agency said. Meanwhile, Hyundai said it has received complaints from some adults under 60 kilograms whose air bags didn’t deploy. No injuries have been reported. The air bags were originally programmed not to go off to protect children.The company is reportedly also recalling 22,500 Sonata sedans from the 2012 and 2013 model years because their side air bags could go off without warning.Hyundai says it has received 16 complaints about the Sonata’s air bags, but no injuries have been reported.With Agency inputslast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Buds images show off design, expected specs detailed

first_imgWhile the Unpacked event on February 20 will be centered around the Galaxy S10 series, and possibly the Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone, Samsung has a few more interesting products up its sleeves. The company wants to make the tenth anniversary Galaxy event big, which is why you can also expect the Galaxy Buds truly wireless earphones and the Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch make their appearance as well. This week, a bunch of renders of both the devices leaked out along with some key specifications.First up we have the Galaxy Watch Active in high quality renders, posted by SamMobile, that seem to confirm the design as well as the operating system. The Galaxy Watch Active will reportedly run on Samsung’s new One UI customised for the smartwatch. The renders show off some watch faces of the Galaxy Watch Active and what the UI will look like. It certainly looks new and clean, which is what Samsung is going for with One UI. There also seems to be a Dark Theme going on as most of the watch faces, Settings menu and other modes have a dark background. This should also improve the battery life of the smarwatch.It is becoming clear that Samsung will not be bringing its trademark rotating bezel to the Galaxy Watch Active. Instead, the UI will have to be navigated by swiping through the display and using the buttons on the side. The watch faces have been design to keep the focus on delivering activity tracking data and daily goals. The Galaxy Watch Active is said to come with a continuous heart tracking feature.advertisementBased on previous reports, the Galaxy Watch Active will come with a 1.3-inch circular AMOLED display with a 360×360 pixel resolution. It will be powered by an Exynos 9110 chip with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Interestingly, it seems the Galaxy Watch Active will offer a slightly smaller battery at 230mAh compared to the 300mAh battery inside the Gear Sport. The Galaxy Watch Active will also come with an in-built speaker and LTE support, along with Samsung Pay via NFC and GPS. The Galaxy Buds are clearly Samsung’s answer to Apple’s AirPods. The buds are small and will come in a charging case that can be wirelessly charged by placing the case on the back of the Galaxy S10. The buds are said to come with 58mAh batteries, while the case will hold a 252mAh capacity. The Galaxy Buds will be able to store around 2,000 songs as well thanks to 8GB of onboard storage. The Buds will support Bluetooth 5.0 and will come with IPX2 rating for sweat resistance.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Watch Active specs leak out ahead of February 20 launchALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 full specs leak out revealing everything ahead of February 20 launchlast_img read more

Wind Turbine Ban Dropped From North Carolina Statehouse Legislation

first_img ADC AUTHOR A North Carolina state Senate ban on new wind turbine construction across wide swaths of the state has been pulled for a compromise proposal that would add new regulations for building the power-generation structures, The State reported Friday.State negotiators removed the wind turbine freeze from the Senate-approved legislation and added a new provision to the state’s permitting process that directs the state to request for more guidance from military installation commanders.If ultimately signed into state law, the regulatory requirement would be in addition to rules requiring wind turbine companies to seek local, state and federal approval prior to wind turbine construction.The new provision, approved by a state House committee last week, sought a compromise between the House and Senate which differed over the strict ban proposed by state Sen. Harry Brown (R-Jacksonville) that would entirely halt wind turbine construction.Brown has previously warned that wind farms are a threat to installations because they can interfere with military flight training.He has maintained that North Carolina’s wind farms could weaken future statehouse efforts to retain the state’s military installations when federal congressional committees evaluate whether to close or consolidate various bases. Photo courtesy of NASAlast_img read more