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Eibeck to receive ATHENA Award

Eibeck to receive ATHENA Award

STOCKTON — The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce has chosen Pamela A. Eibeck, president of the University of the Pacific, as its 2015 ATHENA Award recipient and Brenna Butler Garcia, San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO, as the 2015 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award recipient.

The ATHENA Awards will be presented to Eibeck and Butler Garcia at the annual ATHENA Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 19 at the Stockton Golf and Country Club... Read More

Stockton among cities with best job prospects

Stockton among cities with best job prospects

STOCKTON — Stockton is one of the cities with the best job prospects, according to workforce consulting firm ManpowerGroup

According to ManpowerGroup’s employment outlook, employers predict the last three months of this year will show the strongest hiring plans since the fourth quarter of 2007.

Of the more than 11,000 U.S. employers surveyed, 21 percent anticipate increasing staff levels in Q4 2015, while 6 percent of employers expect workforce reductions.

Among employers in the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas, the strongest job prospects are expected in Stockton-Lodi; McAllen, Texas; Greenville, SC; Tampa, Florida and Cape Coral, Florida. Among survey participants, the Stockton-Lodi MSA employment outlook is the second best in the nation.

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Using tech to improve customer service

Using tech to improve customer service

David Darmstandler

The benchmark for good customer service used to be fairly standard: friendly sales people, personalized service, easy refund or return policies, and attention to detail. In short, a high-touch service environment.

It was fairly easy for any business to offer a high level of service because the basic needs and expectations of all consumers were similar. Thus the golden rule of “do unto others as you would have done unto you” was a universal service code easily implemented.

Fast forward to 2015. Many service providers serve a widely diverse clientele. Not only culturally diverse but technologically diverse as well. These new descriptors of your customer make following the golden rule difficult, if not impossible, and create a whole new set of service demands... Read More

California rent cheapest in Merced, Stockton and Modesto

California rent cheapest in Merced, Stockton and Modesto

Rent in California’s Central Valley is among the cheapest in the state while Bay Area renters pay among the highest according rental search site zumper.com

Merced, Stockton and Modesto are among the cheapest places in the state to rent a 1 bedroom apartment according the site’s August California rent report.

The site found that the median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment or house in Merced was $550 per month. Renters in Stockton paid $650 while Modesto paid the most among Central Valley cities at $750 per month for a similar unit. Five of the cheapest 10 cities to live in, rent-wise, were located in the Central Valley.

The median rent for a 1 bedroom unit in California is $1,600 per month... Read More

Help Community Business Bank Give Away $10,000 to Benefit Local Non-Profit

Help Community Business Bank Give Away $10,000 to Benefit Local Non-Profit

There’s no fancy party planned to celebrate Community Business Bank’s 10th anniversary. Instead, the West Sacramento-headquartered community bank plans to give away $10,000 to one lucky not-for-profit making a difference in Sacramento, Yolo, San Joaquin or Solano counties.

“For the past decade, it’s been our honor to help meet the needs of small businesses and not-for-profits in our communities,” said John DiMichele, CEO, Community Business Bank. “Our $10,000 give away contest is the perfect opportunity to express our gratitude to a local not-for-profit that is working hard every day to help those in need.” In addition to the cash prize, the winner will receive a full-page ad in thePartners in Philanthropyedition of the Sacramento Business Journal.

Entry period for all nominations is September 1-30, 2015. Here are two ways to nominate your favorite not-for-profit:

Program adds 11 entrepreneurs to its ranks

Program adds 11 entrepreneurs to its ranks

STOCKTON – Eleven women graduated from the Women Entrepreneurs program of the Northeastern California Small Business Development Center San Joaquin Delta College (SBDC) on Wednesday. The graduation ceremony took place on Wednesday at the WorkNet building.

The graduates completed strategic and operational business plans and learned ways to increase their financial independence, personal development and self-confidence while strengthening their communication and presentation skills. The program included 20 hours of  training on core aspects of business management such as marketing, financial management and planning.

The Women Entrepreneurs program began in 1991 and is underwritten by Citibank, as well as the Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator San Joaquin Delta College. In its 14 years in existence, 380 graduates have passed through the program... Read More

Stockton airport signs agreement with Chinese airport

Stockton airport signs agreement with Chinese airport

STOCKTON – The Stockton Metropolitan Airport signed a cooperation agreement with Chengdu Shuangliu Airport in China.

The Stockton airport hopes the agreement will improve opportunities for international trade, tourism and economic development that strategic cooperation can create... Read More