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What it takes now to buy your first house

What it takes now to buy your first house

By MICHAEL BLOWER
Central Valley Assoc. of Realtors

The Central Valley real estate market is hot right now, providing more available lower-priced properties for first-time home buyers. However, no matter what market you are in, purchasing a home for the first time can be daunting for anyone.

Sure, it’s easy to dream about that perfect home and ride around looking at neighborhoods, attending open houses and making wish lists about the features you want. But the actual commitment and work involved to take the dream to reality can stop prospective buyers in their tracks. Where do you start? What’s really involved? How can you protect yourself? And in today’s competitive market, how do you end up with the winning bid?... Read More

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CCVEDC Conducts Annual Mission to State Capitol

CCVEDC Conducts Annual Mission to State Capitol

California Central Valley Economic Development Corporation (CCVEDC) board members recently completed their annual Legislative mission to Sacramento. In meetings with 26 Legislators, State Officials and consultants, CCVEDC members outlined issues vital to the economy and the business climate in California. "The Central Valley legislators were extremely interested in supporting the CCVEDC in its efforts to assist valley businesses with their expansion and retention needs." stated CCVEDC President Lee Ann Eager. "The discussions also centered around assisting local economic developers in attracting new business to the San Joaquin Valley." Central Valley representatives again discussed needing Incentives for areas with high unemployment, Regulatory Reform and Tax Increment Financing.

Business community hears from leading Latinas

Business community hears from leading Latinas

STOCKTON — Four Hispanic businesswoman shared the spotlight at the 14th annual Latina Business Conference March 18.

Lisa Blanco Jimenez, principal at Neumiller & Beardslee; Carol Ornales, CEO for Visionary Home Builders of California; Angela Shell, assistant director for Business and Economic Opportunity at the state Department of Transportation; and Cynthia Moreno, Capitol correspondent for the Spanish language news organization Vida en el Valle were on a panel moderated by Sofia Gutierrez of Halldin Public Relations.

During the luncheon attended by about 200 business people, the women answered questions about how they got started in their careers, the challenges they faced and how they stay inspired... Read More

San Joaquin Co. jobs - upward revision

San Joaquin Co. jobs - upward revision

by Mike Ammann, President & CEO, San Joaquin Partnership

The San Joaquin County job market during 2014 was far stronger than initially thought, according to a new report that underscores the emergence of the region as Greater Silicon Valley.

"This is a real positive for San Joaquin County," said Jeffrey Michael, director of the Stockton-based Business Forecasting Center at University of the Pacific. "We are getting close to the point where San Joaquin County will have recovered all the jobs it lost in the Great Recession."

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Stockton and San Joaquin county gets new librarian

Stockton and San Joaquin county gets new librarian

STOCKTON – Suzy Daveluy will be Stockton’s new Deputy Director of Community Services and City Librarian, according to Stockton Community Services Director John Alita.

Daveluy’s biggest duty in her new position will be to oversee the city of Stockton and San Joaquin Public Library system.

Daveluy has been with the library system for 25 years, holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Criminal Justice from CSU Sacramento, a Masters in Library and information Science from San Jose State University and a Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento... Read More

Stockton Honda wins Honda President’s Award

Stockton Honda wins Honda President’s Award

STOCKTON — Stockton Honda was among just 125 American Honda dealerships to receive the Honda President’s Award for 2014, the company announced.

The award is presented yearly to Honda dealerships for exceptional performance in all facets of their operations: profitability, sales, vehicle condition, customer experience, service retention, and brand representation... Read More