On Friday, Shares of Hartford Financial Services Group Inc (NYSE:HIG), added 1.11% and closed at $42.82 in the last trading session. The last trading range of the stock ranges between $42.41 and $42.94. Net new business formation has been declining for decades across all states and industries.1 To better understand what is driving this critical economic issue and other trends affecting small business, The Hartford declared a new research partnership with UCLA Anderson Forecast.
“The health of small businesses in America is an important issue for our company and the nation’s economy,” said Stephanie Bush, executive vice president, Small Commercial insurance at The Hartford. “Partnering with this preeminent research team assists us better understand the role that we can play in advocating for small business owners and continuing to meet their evolving needs.”
Produced twice a year, The Hartford/UCLA Anderson Forecast Small Business Project will draw on The Hartford’s data, national surveys of small business owners, and analysis by UCLA Anderson Forecast economists. The research will explore themes, such as employment, the impact of technology, demographics, risk attitudes, and regulation of small businesses.
“The continued economic growth of this country is reliant on the success of small businesses, and we must continue to support them,” said Alfred E. Osborne, Jr., senior associate dean, professor and faculty director, The Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at UCLA Anderson. “We are proud to collaborate with The Hartford on this program that further reinforces the endeavors of the UCLA Anderson Forecast and its understanding of entrepreneurship and the determinants of small business success.”
PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), subtract -0.96% and closed at $61.17 in the last trading session. The last trading range of the stock ranges between $60.93 and $62.36. The company’s Market capitalization is $30.54 Billion with the total Outstanding Shares of 504.01 million. Students across Northern and Central California will have the opportunity to bring clean, renewable energy to communities in Kenya through Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Solar Suitcase Program.
PG&E has selected 19 high schools to take part in the second year of the program and offered each school with more than $8,000 worth of equipment and professional development training in partnership with the nonprofit We Care Solar.
Sharing their commitment to environmental sustainability by developing these local projects, students will build portable solar units and have an opportunity to deliver the Solar Suitcases to students in Kenya. Nearly 1,100 California students have been engaged in the program, and the suitcases they built recently light the living spaces of more than 2,400 Kenyan students.
“I love that PG&E’s Solar Suitcase Program combines education in clean energy with fostering a spirit of community service. It’s about assisting students act locally and think globally,” said Helen Burt, PG&E’s senior vice president, External Affairs and Public Policy.
The We Share Solar Suitcase® is a portable photovoltaic lighting system, powerful enough to illuminate a small room. PG&E is supplying more than 100 Solar Suitcase units to the participating schools, where students and teachers will be trained to use them by We Care Solar and will learn the basic principles of producing clean energy.