This Week In Business News: Legislator Honored, Yelp Repairs, And Mail Rates

There is sort of a wide array of stuff going on in the world of small business this week. I’m actually surprised considering the usual ramp up for Black Friday that makes everything else fade into the background. But it’s interesting. State Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen of Modesto was honored as the Legislator of the Year by the California Small Business Roundtable Retreat. Yelp has set out on a mission to fix it’s relationship with small business. And postal service rate hikes have negatively impacted small eCommerce businesses. Here’s what’s happening this week.

Olsen Honored by California Small Business Association

The California Small Business Association honored Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, as its Legislator of the Year award during its annual California Small Business Roundtable Retreat in Placerville Sunday evening. “Assembly Republican Leader Olsen is a tireless advocate for California’s small businesses, so we are pleased to have this opportunity to recognize the work she has done to fight back against burdensome regulations in our state, and to bring forward common-sense reforms that work for every community,” said said California Small Business Association (CSBA) President Betty Jo Toccoli. Find out more on the Central Valley Business Journal.

Yelp Is On A Mission To Mend Its Relationship With Small Businesses

Earlier this month, Yelp flew 100 plumbers, salon owners, and restaurateurs to San Francisco. The event was a chance for for individuals whose livelihoods have been evaluated in excruciating detail on the site to finally get inside the company that made it all possible. Get the story on BuzzFeed.

Sellers Say January USPS Rate Hike Threatens Their Business Model

One of the biggest fans of the US Postal Service is uncertain whether he can continue to use it once new rates for parcels go into effect in 2 months. Mitch Goldstone, CEO of ScanMyPhotos in Irvine, California, credits the flat rate Priority Mail box with inventing his entire business, and said so in a USPS video last year. But Goldstone pointed to a 10% increase in his costs under new rates taking effect in January, telling EcommerceBytes they jeopardize the benefit of the USPS partnership and threaten his business model. Read the details on EcommerceBytes.

That’s it for this week. Let us know what you think about this news and about anything we missed in the comments section below. Have an awesome Monday!

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