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California exports start 2017 strong

California exporters were off to a strong start in 2017, according to a Beacon Economics’ analysis of U.S. trade statistics released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Automation and robot-proofing your career

STOCKTON — For more than 40 years, robots have been at work in U.S. factories doing mainly routine, repetitive work. While the number of manufacturing jobs has gone down in this country, productivity has gone up.

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Manufacturer sells low-flow innovation



Business Journal writer

COARSEGOLD — It’s not uncommon to hear about the decline of American manufacturing, but one Central Valley Company is building its business making water-efficient showerheads with made-in-California parts.

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Top 5 IT issues for growing businesses


David Darmstandler

When it comes to technology, most business owners and managers just want things to work. With everything else there is to manage with a growing business, IT is usually left for last. For many, it’s out of sight and out of mind. How much could this ignorance cost?

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Gender pay gap grows in California

The gap between what men and women earn is growing in California, despite the focus it has received recently.

According to data released this month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, California women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of $775, or 84.8 percent of the $914 median usual weekly earnings for their male counterparts in 2015.

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Feel lucky? Modesto nonprofit raffling office building

MODESTO — The nonprofit education group, AgSafe, plans to sell its building in an unconventional way. It’s going to hold a raffle.

“One of our board members actually came up with the idea,” said AgSafe’s President and CEO Amy Wolfe. “We ran it by our lawyers and accountants. Once they signed off, we decided, ‘Why not?'”

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Stockton manager honored by Save Mart



MODESTO — Save Mart has named the manager of its S-Mart Food store in Stockton its Manager of the Year.

Vince McFarland received the company’s 2016 Nicholas J. Tocco Outstanding Store Manager of the Year Award last weekend.

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