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Tax credit seminar set for Manteca

MANTECA — Business owners and managers can learn how to apply for tax credits under the California Competes program at a workshop in Manteca Thursday. The application period for the…

How to make a winning pitch to investors

MODESTO — The biggest challenge when starting a business or getting a new product to market is often finding the money needed to make a new venture successful. That can…

Man arrested in American Chevrolet embezzlement case

MODESTO — A man accused of embezzling vehicles from American Chevrolet in Modesto has been arrested. Michael Badiou, 55, of Denair, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges of…

Lodi office manager, receptionist charged with embezzlement

LODI — Two employees of a Lodi electronics company are accused of embezzling more than $900,000, according to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office. Deborah Veronica Adams and Denise…

Farmers & Merchants Bancorp announces dividend

LODI — Farmers & Merchants Bancorp will pay shareholders a year-end cash dividend of $6.50 per share. Shareholders, as of December 4, 2015, will receive their payment on Jan. 2,…

Farmers & Merchants Bancorp announces record income

LODI — Farmers & Merchants Bancorp announced a record third-quarter and year-to-date net income on Thursday. The company reported a net income of $7 million for the third quarter, a…

F&M Bank rolls out ATMS with new features

LODI — Farmers and Merchants Bank of Central California (F&M Bank) has spent $1 million to upgrade its automated teller machines (ATMs). Over the summer, F&M Bank installed 34 new…

How to avoid the 5 biggest mistakes investors make

STOCKTON — Money management is a tricky topic. With inflation, uncertain Social Security and other financial factors out of your control, it’s easy to feel bewildered by your bank account.…

Interest rates to remain steady

WASHINGTON — Interest rates won’t go up, at least not yet. The Federal Reserve decided not to raise its benchmark federal funds rate Thursday. It’s a sign the Fed believes…

BAC Community Bank gets approval for Tracy branch

TRACY — BAC Community Bank has received approval from federal banking regulators for its new full service branch office in downtown Tracy, the bank announced Thursday. The bank has begun…