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Facebook "Small Business Boost" packs them in!

Facebook "Small Business Boost" packs them in!

More than 500 people filled a large conference room at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel in Stockton today for a free seminar by Facebook Inc. on best practices for small businesses. The two-hour seminar and networking opportunity was made possible through a special partnership with local business organizations.

Facebook Small Business Team Leader Bess Yount surprised the audience with a few facts: Facebook has 1.3 billion users; 128 million people use Facebook daily; 21%of total mobile time is spent on Facebook; and 38% of online purchases are a result of Facebook "shares". "The world is going digital and you need to be online to reach the people trying to find you," said Yount. She illustrated the strategies small businesses can utilize Facebook to bring people to company pages with key objectives being: building awareness; bringing people into a physical store; and increasing online sales. "You can reach the right audience and turn them into loyal customers."

Stockton, CA leading contender for Tesla battery factory says Los Angeles Times

Stockton, CA leading contender for Tesla battery factory says Los Angeles Times

According to an article in yesterday's Los Angeles Times, Stockton is shaping up to be a leading California contender for a Tesla Motors Inc. massive 6500-worker "gigabattery" factory expected to cost up to $5 billion to construct. Caifornia was not even in the running until a few months ago when Tesla announced it was looking in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. But then several state areas stepped up with proposals include Stockton, Concord, Sacramento and Imperial County. San Joaquin Partnership Vice President of Client Services Shelley Burcham says, "There are lots of opportunities here and we continue to put our best foot forward.

Verve Networks nationally recognized

Verve Networks nationally recognized

Ingram Micros Inc. (NYSE:IM), the world's largest technology distributor, has recognized Verve Networks' achievements and success in its annual Ingram Micro SMB 500 list. The SMB 500 is a benchmark for the IT industry at large. Generated by Ingram Micro's Business Intelligence Center, its sales team and The 2112 Group, this annual list recognizes and ranks the top 500 fastest growing Ingram Micro SMB channel partners in the U.S. SMB customers are clients with 2,500 users or less. A spot on the SMB 500 is an indication of a company that is exercising strong business planning, technical acumen and superior customer relationship management.

Verve Networks was the only Stockton based company on the list and ranked them at #306 in the world.

Online Mental Health Services Improve Access to Care

Online Mental Health Services Improve Access to Care

Guest post by Kirsten Schneider, Schneider Communications

HealthLinkNow Connects Patients with Providers Via Secure Videoconferencing

A local company is using the power of telemedicine to expand access to mental health services across the country to those who need it most. HealthLinkNow provides mental health and substance abuse services via secure videoconferencing and instant messaging between providers and patients, with technology for electronic prescribing and practice management... Read More

S.J. Partnership attends trade & investment conference with high-level Chinese business leaders

S.J. Partnership attends trade & investment conference with high-level Chinese business leaders

San Joaquin Partnership President & CEO Mike Ammann participated in a May 30th California-Shandong high-level trade and investment conference in Santa Clara. It was an opportunity to meet Governor Guo Shuqing and business leaders from Shandong, one of China's most vibrant provinces.

The conference focused on high tech, finance, clean energy and life sciences. Representative from Shandong's designated high-tech development zones attended, searching for local firms eager for a "leg-up" in Chinese markets.

Kish Rajan, director of Go-Biz, the Governor's office of Economic Development spoke during the afternoon conference hosted by the Shandong Provincial Government and the Shandong Department of Commerce with the support of the Chinese Consulate of San Francisco and the Office of Governor Brown.

Greater Stockton Employer Advisory Council wins top honors

Greater Stockton Employer Advisory Council  wins top honors

The Greater Stockton Employer Advisory Council (GSEAC) has received the 2014 California Employer Advisory Council Outstanding California EAC award. This award is based on several factors including the underlying question the Awards Committee asked: "Is California and/or your community a better place as a result of what the Employer Advisory Council (EAC) or individual has done?" The goal of the GSEAC is to promote a stronger partnership between the Employment Development Department (EDD) and the business community of San Joaquin County. GSEAC members are a cross section of local employer volunteers who join with EDD staff to assist the employer community to do business more effectively and to promote communication. It's objectives include: giveing back to the community, advocating local workforce development efforts, supporting veterans' stand downs, and providing scholarships to local area young people.

Wells Fargo opens San Joaquin Commercial Banking Office in Stockton

Wells Fargo opens San Joaquin Commercial Banking Office in Stockton

The new office at 3121 West March Lane is led by James Ferguson, Regional Vice President. Ferguson and his team bring extensive commercial banking experience and an in-depth knowledge of the San Joaquin County community to local middle-market businesses. At a grand opening reception last night Senior Vice President & Regional Manager Gary Orr said, "We needed to have a commercial banking presence in this area- it was time." The new office serves the financial needs of middle-market businesses, including agriculture, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, importers, service companies, and real estate developers and investors. Wells Fargo is the nation's #1 Agriculture lender and #1 middle-market commercial lender, and offers a wide range of treasury management products and services. "We offer personalized, local service backed by the resources of a national financial services provider," said Ferguson.