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Free workshop on exporting offered Aug. 15

MODESTO – San Joaquin Valley businesses can receive free training to tap the potential of exporting in a workshop offered by the Small Business Administration. The Aug. 15 workshop is…

Chamber memberships in flux

What goes up must come down. That’s proving as true for the memberships of local civic groups as it is for the economy and the real estate market. For example,…

Love it and lead it!

My last few columns have discussed the most important traits and attributes of effective leaders with the hope that you will find one or two tools in each article to…

Alliance helps businesses find the right workers

MODESTO – More than a decade after it was created, the Stanislaus Economic Development and Workforce Alliance still has its eye on its primary goal: taking care of business. While…

Four questions that determine whether you’re safeguarding your business

It takes vision, preparedness, skills and desire, not to mention focused dedication to achieve your goals. If you are like most business owners, you’ve worked hard and made many sacrifices…

Leadership mentoring: The ultimate learning experience

Quick show of hands: how many of you are a mentor? How many of you have a mentor? Odds are low that you answered “yes” to being a mentor. Odds…

Businesses find leadership, tradition key to longevity

Businesses find leadership, tradition key to longevity

Businesses that survive for three or four decades are rightfully considered successful. The Central Valley has businesses that have flourished for nearly a century or have surpassed the 100-year mark,…

A tale of two managers

The other day while talking with my friend Bill, I casually asked him how work was going. “It’s great!” Bill responded enthusiastically. “My boss Barry is great! He lets me…

Employee theft common among small businesses but prevention is easy

Jennifer Wallace remembers vividly the moment embezzlement turned her business life upside down. “There was a missing check, and it was brought to my attention,” Wallace said. She opened the…

Communication: One of the top attributes of every great leader

A couple of months back in this column I mentioned that successful leaders demonstrate many key attributes, but two of these qualities stand head and shoulders above the rest. The…

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