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California Infrastructure Bank to expand

Legislation to expand the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, also known as the "I-Bank," and increase small business lending in California has been signed into law.

  "California's economy has seen strong recovery but the state needs more tools to accelerate the growth of a fundamental lynchpin of the economy - small business," says I-Bank Executive Director Teveia Barnes.

   AB 1247 transfers the California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program to the I-Bank which is located within the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. ]

Butler’s Pantry hits the streets with good-looking kitchen items

Butler’s Pantry hits the streets with good-looking kitchen items

 Combine one stylish vehicle with the latest in kitchen tools, cookware and accessories, and an enthusiastic owner with a designer flair and what do you get?

A unique and popular retail truck called the Butler’s Pantry.

Forensic accountants dig up the dirt in embezzlement cases

Forensic accountants dig up the dirt in embezzlement cases

Richard Gordon is an expert in forensics. No, not the kind you might expect to see on an episode of C.S.I.

Instead of blood and fingerprints, this Lodi accountant specializes in numbers and paper trails.

Gordon is a forensic accountant.

Winemaker investing millions in San Joaquin USA

Constellation Brands is investing more than $20 million to expand its California wineries and vineyards, with much of the focus on the company's Lodi-area operations.

Those San Joaquin County expansions include:

» The purchase and/or lease of more than 750 acres to develop new vineyards in the Lodi area of the San Joaquin Delta. Plans call for planting of cooler-climate varietals, such as pinot noir, chardonnay and some cabernet sauvignon.

» At Turner Road Vintners winery on Turner Road west of Lodi, Constellation is adding 7,000 tons of crushing capacity and 1.5 million gallons of wine storage.

» The Turner Road facility has also installed a new, in-house Tetra Pak bottling line. Constellation's Vendange brand is the leader for wine in Tetra Pak containers, with a 70 percent market share.

Papapavolos's owner talks about healthy food and family

Papapavolos's owner talks about healthy food and family

Andy Pappas opened the first Papapavlos restaurant in 1989 using recipes he and his father developed based on their Greek heritage. Now he’s on a mission to spread the word about the benefits of eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruit and lean meat, first through his restaurant and the wholesale distribution of some of his signature dishes.

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Residential solar sales heat up

Residential solar sales heat up

Our forefathers may have made hay while the sun shined, but today Central Valley residents are making electricity.

Reduced system costs, continued economic incentives and more efficient technology have combined to make this a great time for homeowners to invest in residential solar energy.

River Islands, Lathrop, CA Receives Final Approval for Development

River Islands, Lathrop, CA Receives Final Approval for Development

  River Islands received unanimous approval to start the first residential neighborhoods in its master plan last night at a special meeting of the Lathrop City Council. Nine separate actions were taken by the City Council, in accordance with recommendation from the Planning Commission and City staff.