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“The market will probably have more exposure. I think it will be a good thing for downtown and for us.”

#Merced   #farmersmarket  
The Merced Certified Farmers Market is moving in an effort to make it the centerpiece of downtown Merced's revitalization efforts.
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VIDEO: Here's a taste of what the Amgen Tour of California in Lodi was like yesterday.

#AmgenTOC   #Lodi  
Thousands of people were in Lodi Monday to watch the Amgen Tour of California cycle through downtown to finish the second stage of the race.
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“Lodi has never really had anything this big in terms of getting us on the global stage, with global visibility of broadcasting in 200 countries.” 

#AmgenTourofCalifornia   #bicycling   #wine  
Lodi is getting ready for the exposure it will get when the second stage of the Amgen Tour of California finishes downtown on Monday, May 11.
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“It kind of looks like a little flower shop inside,” she explained.

The pop-up floral trucks that are fairly common in big cities influenced Terpstra to start Happy Girl Flowers. While mobile businesses in general may be a novel trend, this format for selling flowers is nothing new.
Barbara Terpstra, owner of Happy Girl Flowers, is relying on an old formula to give owning a floral business a facelift.
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"Through a very community-involved process, we invited people from the community to come and refurbish them, paint them and help install them throughout the community where we felt Little Free Library would be most utilized,” said Moses Zapien, Stockton’s District 4 councilman. 
With low literacy rates haunting the Central Valley, local public libraries and literacy advocacy groups have launched individual campaigns aimed at improving access to books and library services throughout San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties.
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“We’re dealing with air pollution that comes from mobile sources here in the Valley." #alternativetransportation   #electricbike  
Volkmar Kunerth is on a mission to make the transition to low-emission vechicles a smart move for individuals and businesses by selling electric bikes, scooters, and ATVs .
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Construction is underway on Cal Weber 40, the first housing project in downtown Stockton since the Great Recession.

The partners involved in the project held a groundbreaking ceremony in the building at California Street and Weber Avenue for city officials and reporters Thursday morning. No actual ground was broken, however. Construction on the project began March 23.
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The Do Good Distillery story began more than 10 years ago as craft brewing was taking off. 

#craftspirits   #modesto  
The Do Good Distillery story began more than 10 years ago as craft brewing was taking off.
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“Construction has gone from essentially zero to chugging right along.”
Construction is on the upswing after a five-year recession, according to economists and construction companies on the national and local level.
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“We’re used to wearing the halos here,” said Manteca almond grower and processor Dave Phippen. “We haven’t had to defend ourselves.”

Almonds are the state’s third biggest commodity, after dairy and grapes, with a value of about $6.4 billion. The almond industry also contributes 104,000 jobs in California, according to a report from the University of California Agricultural Issues Center.
The almond industry is defending its status as the valley's economic golden child since Gov. Brown ordered water cuts for cities but not agriculture.
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Here's what they're building at Crossroads Shopping Center in Riverbank.
We now know two of the businesses that are going into the new building under construction at Crossroads Shopping Center.
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“Though their intentions may be harmless, hiring managers could unknowingly be putting themselves at risk for legal action, as a job candidate could argue that certain questions were used to discriminate against him or her.”
When it comes to knowing what’s appropriate to ask a job candidate and what isn’t, the line isn’t always clear.
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The mission of the Central Valley Business Journal is to be most trusted local source of positive business news in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. 

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