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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

Rail hearing draws standing-room-only crowd

Rail hearing draws standing-room-only crowd

About 200 business and community leaders from throughout the northern Central Valley turned out Friday to voice their support for improvements to passenger rail service in Northern California.

Merced’s Assemblyman Adam Gray, who chairs the Assembly Select Committee on Rail, held the meeting in downtown Modesto to get public input on the expansion of Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) and Amtrak’s San Joaquin service in the Central Valley... Read More

Grant aims to help boost home ownership

Grant aims to help boost home ownership

STOCKTON – The Bank of America Charitable Foundation gave Visionary Home Builders a $90,000 grant as part of the company’s commitment to boosting home ownership.

The grant will be used to give 570 people housing counseling and help them become first-time home buyers. The money will also help 850 people get foreclosure prevention assistance and 77 united of affordable housing will be rehabilitated. Visionary Home Builders will also provide financial management and wealth building services to 1,130 people... Read More

Milk producers eye joining federal system

Milk producers eye joining federal system

California’s three largest milk cooperatives have filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to start the process to join the federal milk marketing order (FMMO) system. Currently dairy producers are part of the state milk marketing order.

Federal and state milk marketing orders require regulated milk processors, to pay minimum prices for milk and adhere to other specified rules. FMMOs are authorized under the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937.

The move comes after years of trying to get the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to bring parity to farm milk prices in California... Read More

Stockton utilities department wins honor

Stockton utilities department wins honor

STOCKTON – The Stockton Municipal Utilities Department’s (MUD) Focus on Safety Program earned the department the Organizational Excellence Award from the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA).

MUD will be honored with the award at CASA’s 60th Annual Conference, Aug. 19 – 21, in San Diego. CASA, with over 100 member agencies, focuses on the wastewater utility issues in California.

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Goodwill to hold hiring fair

Goodwill to hold hiring fair

STOCKTON — Goodwill is hosting a hiring fair this week to fill positions for its San Joaquin County stores.

Goodwill senior leaders will conduct on the spot interviews from 9 a.m. until noon, Aug. 19 at the Goodwill Hiring Center at 129 S. Grant St. in Stockton. No appointment is necessary.

Current openings include ... Read More