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AVIS is first in El Dorado Hills

NEED TO RENT A CAR? AVIS agency operator is ready to take care of you, with a choice of vehicles at 4630 Post St. in Town Center, across from the post office in El Dorado Hills. Photo by Roberta Long

Sitting in his office on Post Street in Town Center, Avis agency operator Scott Williams says that since he opened in January, customers have been telling him they are thankful to have the convenience of an automobile rental service in El Dorado Hills. Even though this may not be the most favorable time to open […]

No Comment / September 16, 2011 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Women business owners need retirement plans

John Zezini

If you’re a woman who owns a business, you’ve got plenty of company. In fact, women own more than 10 million U.S. companies, and women-owned businesses account for about 40 percent of all privately held firms in the U.S., according to the Center for Women’s Business Research. Clearly, the good news is that women like […]

No Comment / September 14, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Grandparents may need to balance gifts and goals

John Zezini

Grandparents Day falls on Sept. 11 this year. While not as widely observed as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, Grandparents Day nonetheless serves a valuable purpose in reminding us of the importance of grandparents in the lives of their grandchildren. If you’re a grandparent yourself, you already know the joy your grandchildren bring you, and […]

No Comment / August 30, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Salon owners blend business and charity

GOOD HUMOR AND GREAT COMMUNITY SPIRIT — Tien Nguyen, right, and fiancé Dave Condell sit in their newly purchased and remodeled El Dorado Hills Salon. Condell handles the business side of the operation and said it's best that he leaves the beauty services to Nguyen. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

When Dave Condell and fiancée Tien Nguyen purchased the El Dorado Hills Salon a little less than two months ago they knew they wanted to reinvent the business. They wanted it to be so much more than a place to get highlights and pedicures. Condell, 46, and Nguyen, 36, wanted to build their salon around community […]

No Comment / August 18, 2011 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Montessori Manor prepares children for lifelong learning

IN A CLASSROOM WITH NO DESKS — Montessori Manor children learn using all their senses. Left to right: Anders Dieter, 5, matches geometric forms; Montessori Manor Director "Miss Leslie" Dillon sits with Austin Miller, 5, as he separates the counting sticks into spaces in a tray; Ryan Vasconcellos, 5, and Silje Dieter, 5, learn geography with map puzzles. Photo by Roberta Long

For 20 years “Miss Leslie” Dillon has been providing Montessori education for children ages 2-1/2 to 6 in a quiet corner of El Dorado Hills. Dillon grew up in Menlo Park with a dream to someday become an elementary teacher. She followed her dream to San Diego State University, where she earned a degree in […]

No Comment / August 15, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns,News | Read More »

Brush up on your investment education

John Zezini

You don’t need to have young children to be keenly aware that we’ve reached that “back-to-school” time of year. Whether you’re shopping for school supplies or not, you may want to take a cue from this season to think about getting a little more education yourself — specifically, investment education. Many people find the language […]

No Comment / August 11, 2011 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Fear of losses may lead to negative investment behavior

Iain Marshall

Like every other investor, you prefer not to see the value of your investments drop. But at some point they will fall simply because of the ups and downs of the market. And how you respond to short-term losses can help determine if you enjoy long-term investment success. Investors’ feelings about losses can be complex. […]

No Comment / August 09, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »