Almost 15 years ago, the Gold-mining town of Sonora, CA used to have a reasonably-priced portrait studio, but that had closed down and local townsfolk were left to take family pictures on their own. Sonora is the county seat for Tuolumne County (population ~55,000) and has a number of expensive wedding and on-location photographers which charge hundreds, or even thousands of dollars for large event photography. But for a family trying to save memories of growing children or grandchildren, or who wished to have inexpensive professional pictures to hang on their walls or for Christmas cards, there were few options – and most of those were at least an hour away. Read More…
Laura Kuffler has been in the legal field for about 15 years. In looking at how people get help for legal issues, she realized that she could help in a different way. While working for the court, she realized that there could be a mobile service that would come to her clients at a convenient time and place, so they wouldn’t have to take a lot of time out of their busy schedule. So, Laura started Advantage Legal Document Assistance and Notary Service.
BY JOHN HOLLAND, Modesto Bee
Published on FEBRUARY 24, 2017 6:39 PM
A March 8 workshop in Hughson will give food and beverage producers tips on getting in on the already big business of ag exports.
The Valley Sierra Small Business Development Center and several partners are putting on the event, which includes a free breakfast. It will be from 8 a.m. to noon at Samaritan Village, 7700 Fox Road.
Attendees will hear about starting and expanding exports, loan programs, finding international customers, getting paid for the goods and tax incentives. The event is open to accountants, attorneys, educators and other people besides farmers and food processors.
Published March 2, 2017 6:47 p.m.
An international trade workshop in Hughson next week hopes to provide a boost to the local economy through providing resources to small business owners looking to export their products.
Hosted by Valley Sierra Small Business Development Center, “Understanding the Lucrative World of Exporting” will provide guests with resources on how to start or expand export sales, special loan programs, finding international customers, and IC-DISC tax incentives.
“Exports are important to the valley and certainly important in our county — ag exports in particular,” said Valley Sierra SBDC director Kurt Clark.
Valley Sierra SBDC is funded in part through a subcontract between Opportunity Stanislaus and the University of California, Merced under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Clark said that SBA has increasingly pushed exports as a priority, which is why Valley Sierra SBDC decided to host an international trade workshop.
The way most businesses start off, according to Howard White, is with a passion for something. That generally has nothing to do with the general knowledge of how to run a business.
For example, for a person who wants to open a bakery, the love of baking doesn’t necessarily come with the skills to create a business plan, keep the books or design a business website.
That’s where White is able to step in and help lay out a roadmap for anybody, regardless of where they are in the journey of starting or growing their business.
White, 59, works with two organizations, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE).
For the last twenty years, Potter Farms operated as one of the most efficient fruit drying operations in California’s Central Valley. Located in Patterson, CA the dry yard was right in the middle of California’s apricot growing “Mecca”. The Patterson area has the perfect climate for apricot orchards. Although Potter had experimented with drying different fruits, he always came back to processing apricots. Read More…
Modesto Bee, August 4, 2016
Got an idea that might turn into a business? The Stanislaus Innovation Challenge could help it launch.
The third annual contest involves pitches to expert panels and audience voters at five regional rounds in Stanislaus County, followed by the Dec. 8 finals in Modesto. The winner and runner-up will get a total of $5,000 in cash and $3,000 in legal, accounting and other business services.
Tuesday is the deadline to enter the first regional round, which will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Kirk Lindsey Center, 1020 10th St., Suite 102, Modesto. Other rounds will be Sept. 15 in Patterson, Oct. 6 in Ceres, Oct. 26 in Oakdale and Nov. 17 in Turlock.
Since 1962, family-owned and operated Bertelson Precast Corporation has been manufacturing concrete products ranging from parking bumpers and stair treads to custom site furnishings, planters and picnic tables and benches, all proudly made in the USA. Originally founded in the Bay Area, the company moved to Modesto in 2002 to better serve clients in both California and Nevada.
“Manufacturing excellence, outstanding customer service, and a dedication to delivering solutions to meet our customers’ needs and expectations have guided our company since the beginning,” says Chet Bertelson, who is now the company President. “This philosophy has helped to set us apart from other providers, and is the foundation to our company’s longevity.” Read More…