| new magi |
Having made a name for himself as a guitar player, Randall Padilla is now sharing his knowledge by offering lessons at his Modesto Advanced Guitar Instruction business. In this video report, he offers insights into the business.
| Using history in modern marketing |
Using history in modern marketing
Bank of Stockton has turned to its vast and unique collection of photographas of California's past for its ongoing marketing campaigns. In this video meet the bank's archivist, who talks about rhe unusual collection.
| successful thinkers |
Most startups have only a small income stream at first but expect to grow it.
In this case of this business, having zero income is part of the plan.
So how does Jim Bellacera do it?
| Vision Magazine |
Entrepreneur sees a niche for a new product in a crowded marketplace. How is she doing it? She's found an untapped reservoir of support.
| reshoring |
Gordon Zuckerman says re-establishing American dominance in worldwide manufacturing can happen, starting in Stockton.
The businessman and author, who’s a Stockton native, says it will take the same entrepreneurial spirit that made Stockton California’s second largest manufacturing center by the late 1800s.
While some differ, others share his overall view as you'll see in this report.
| business forecast |
2013 may prove to be a good year for many small businesses in the northern part of the Central Valley, says a top regional bank official, Sylvester Aguilar, senior vice president of Bank of the West.
Mr. Aguilar was team leader for the annual Business Forecast Conference sponsored by the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Thursday in Stockton.
He offers some of his views in this video interview.
| Ptak |
Fitness and wellness instructor and entrepreneur Jim Ptak has had to overcome an obstacle that would have stopped most small business owners -- being paralyzed in a traffic accident. How he did it -- and his plans for further business growth are seen in this report.
| Boost sales with better communication |
Boost sales with better communication
It's not only what you say and how you say a, but how you adjust your verbal style to your audience that can lead to more sales and better relationships, says personal improvement coach Beverly Taylor.
| Blimpie franchise |
Is a franchise for you as a first business? There are pluses and minues as you'll see in this report.
| solar power |
Why pay thousands up front for solar power when you can lease the equipment? But what's the catch? Check out our video for some of the answers.
| alpacas |
It’s a face you’ve gotta love… but is it the face of a business?
It’s an alpaca and Gaye Cornell can tell you a lot about both
| Opportunity Cruises |
Entrepreneur John Jordan hopes opportunity cruises into his dock in Stockton as he launches the Delta's newest cruise service, Opportunity Cruises.
| office etiquette |
It's more important than you think. Here are some tips to maneuver through the etiquette minefield.
| classic design |
How a mantra of personalized service -- and advice from Franklin D. Roosevelt -- are the foundation for this small business success as it competes against the big box stores.
| abol pest control |
abol pest control
| home-based business |
Kathy Harris operates a business out of her Central Valley home and says she wouldn't have it any other way. She tells how she does it -- the pros and the cons -- in this video.
| barsetti vineyards |
There's no quiet retirement for this couple. They've embarked on a new business in the highly competitive California wine industry. Janis Barsetti Gray talks about how they're doing it in this video.
| Perfect Pome |
Small family business invents new way to make pomegranate juice. How they are carving their own niche in a market dominated by one major player.
| Calm Computing franchises computer calmness |
Calm Computing franchises computer calmness
Sacramento entrepreneur now franchising his methods of bringing computer calmn to homes and small businesses.
| Juice It Up |
Juice It Up
Zac Cort isn't just talking urban revitalization -- he's doing something about it.
| Lodi winemakers host Chinese buyers |
Lodi winemakers host Chinese buyers
As part of a growing effort to tap into the vast market for medium-priced wines that China offers, the Lodi Chamber of Commerce in early June hosted two delegations of buyers. One was from the city of Shenyang, population 7 million, and the one profiled in this video was from Shanghai, population 23 million.
| Fleenor Paper |
Family-owned Fleenor Paper is growing despite the Great Recession -- and staying family owned, despite the odds. So how do they do it? Rebecca Fleenor offers some ideas.
| Big Valley Ford at 30 |
Big Valley Ford at 30
Paul Umdenstock talks about founding Big Valley Ford and how it has been successful over 30 years even as competitors failed.
| Crowdfunding basics |
You've heard about it. Now here's a primer on what crowdfunding is -- and is likely to become -- for small businesses.
| Utility Telephone calls success |
Utility Telephone calls success
Small "CLEC" (competitive local exchange carrier) phone company in California's Central Valley says human-to-human customer service is the key to successfully competing against the giant phone companies.
| Kickstarter |
Funding for projects and soon small businesses is being changed by the Internet and "cloud funding." In this report, meet one artist/author who is using cloud funding for her project and hear from an expert in the field about what might be next thanks to recent changes in federal law.
| Tips for job seekers -- and employer |
Tips for job seekers -- and employer
Both the job seeker and the employer hoping to retain top talent can gain insights from this video report.
| Where the jobs are |
Where the jobs are
The Central Valley seems to be finally emerging from the Great Recession with more companies beginning to hire again. In this short video, Kimberly Steiner-Murphy, regional manager with staffing firm Robert Half International, talks about where the jobs are.
| The fitness business |
The fitness business
How two women have combined their talents into a successful fitness training business.
| Clean tech in Stockton |
Clean tech in Stockton
EPA's Jared Blumenfeld says Stockton is getting a wide reputation as a center for clean technology companies.
| Expanding a small business |
Expanding a small business
Gregg Lewis is a Central Valley entrepreneur who is expanding his Lodi-based business and in the process restoring an historic building and helping other small winemakers.
He's interviews as construction goes on in the background as well as at his existing Dancing Fox winery.
| Exporting |
How California wines are finding new markets in other countries. Plus, how Lodi wineries are marketing to Chinese customers.
| Fruits of his labor |
Fruits of his labor
If you enjoy what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. Avery McQueen personifies that old saying as you'll see in this report on one of the smallest fruit stands around and the octogenarian who runs it.
| Avoiding career-ending mistakes |
Avoiding career-ending mistakes
Clowning around at work might be funny, but it can also killk a career. Tips on how to rescue a career if you make these mistakes.
| Business turnaround |
How Barney Kramer rebuilt a failed franchise into a strong independent business. This special-length report includes tips from family business expert Peter Johnson on what to look for when buying a small business: Why you might want to drive by at night -- and more.
| Loyal customer base |
Loyal customer base
This small, woman-owned and operated business has grown steadily by creating a base of loyal, repeat, customers.
| Marketing: Finding expertise |
Marketing: Finding expertise
Small business taps its local university's expertise to help it grow. This has been a recipe for success.
| Baskets of success |
Baskets of success
Home-based business has seen more than 17 years of success. The pros and cons of a home-based business.
| Exporting tips - Part 2 |
Exporting tips - Part 2
Small businesses can find new markets overseas. And it's not as difficult as it might seems. Here are some tips from a top official with the Export-Import Bank in part two of our two-part series.
| Exporting: Even small businesses can expand by exporting |
Exporting: Even small businesses can expand by exporting
Small business can find new markets overseas more easily than they might expect. Pick up some tips from Umpqua Bank bankers in this two part-series.
| Franchising tips -- Divorce franchise |
Franchising tips -- Divorce franchise
Yes, there is a franchise for divorces. Meet this entrepreneur who says she has a better way to handle many divorces.
| What's wrong with TV news? |
What's wrong with TV news?
Who knows better than a man who spent most of his career there? Thoughts from a veteran broadcaster in this interview.
| Framing success |
Yes, you can compete against the big box stores, if you work hard enough and are willing to think outside the big box, as you will see in this report from Zenet Negron.
| Lunch Pail royalty |
Lunch Pail royalty
How can a small business stand out from its competition, especially without a lot of marketing money? Check out what this baker is doing in Modesto -- it's world class.
| When the company leaves you |
When the company leaves you
What do you do after the company where you've spent your career goes out of business, merges with another or otherwise leaves you in the cold?
Advice from one who's been there, plus how to change your career in later life from the experts.
| Resume tips |
How do you get your resume to the top of the pile? and if you're a hiring manager, how do you sift out the frauds? Check out this video from a recruiting expert.
| Internet sales |
Here's a new way to make sales on the Internet. Consultant Beverly Taylor explains in this report.
| Wine exportng |
How Central Valley wineries are expanding their markets by looking overseas.
| Family financing started this million dollar business |
Family financing started this million dollar business
Using funds from the family to get your small business of the ground. How this husband and wife did it.
| Health insurance for small business |
Health insurance for small business
Does your small business offer employees health insurance? It's tough to do these days, but the owner of a small business in the Central Valley has some ideas.
| Max Muscle |
It started as a one-store business but now Max Muscle is a powerhouse in its industry. This report tells how it grew from its humble beginnings in Stockton.
| Spinetta winery |
Dating back to Gold Rush days, this family-owned winery has had to change with the times to stay prosperous.
| Sunverge |
A Stockton company says it has a way to store solar power -- after the sun goes down.
| Getting published |
You'd think with all the books in stores and libraries that getting published ought to be easy. But ask would-be book authors and you'll get another story. This report offers tips from experts.
| Chatz Coffee |
A passion for coffee percolates through this Central Valley small business.
| Rethinking unemployment |
Jobless because of the Great Recession, this Central Valley man is remaking himself into a country singer.
| Denios |
The biggest year-round swap meet in California has grown from very humble beginnings. And it's still family-owned and operated.
| Pancake syrup and the economy |
Pancake syrup and the economy
Veteran businessman has idea on how to solve the economic crisis through pancake syrup.
| Plus IT |
Carving a niche in the computer service world.
| Shifting to a higher level of success |
Shifting to a higher level of success
Even auto repair shops are impacted by the Great Recession. But this businessman uses his experience in weathering other downturns to fight through the current one.
| Success can be a good massage |
Success can be a good massage
These small business owners say that despite the recession, their massage business is increasing -- perhaps because many see it as a still-affordable luxury.
| College as an alternative to unemployment |
College as an alternative to unemployment
Colleges and universities are seeing more students, including older students unable to find work in their customary profession.
| Painting success a new color |
Painting success a new color
How a small business owner has remained successful competing against big box stores -- and even expanding.
| Recipe for restaurant success |
Recipe for restaurant success
Annual Stockton restaurant week helps showcase many newer and lesser-known restaurants.
Meet the owners of the restaurant that even city natives have a hard time finding.
| The ice cream man |
The ice cream man
Innovating to survive the Great Recession.
| Delta Discovery Cruises |
Delta Discovery Cruises
A cruise ship on the California Delta? Well, a very large yacht with all the amenities, including gourmet dining gives a new perspective to the largest estuary on the west coast of the western hemisphere.
| The Dancing Fox |
The Dancing Fox
Husband and wife follow their passions and open a combination bakery-winery-and-restaurant in downtown Lodi.
It features artisan breads plus wines from the family's vineyard.
| Bozzano olive oil |
Bozzano olive oil
Family-owned olive oil company is helping lead the rebuilding of the California premium olive oil industry
| Brain chemistry-2 |
Beverly Taylor continues explaining how to tap the potential of your brain in this second of a two-part report.
Be sure to watch Part 1 to get the full picture.
| Brain chemistry (Part 1) |
Brain chemistry (Part 1)
Find success by tapping your brain in a new way, says Beverly Taylor, founder and CEO of the Easy Key to Life Institute.
| Successful branding is more than a logo |
Successful branding is more than a logo
For small businesses, branding can be a critical difference between success and failure.
| Brewing a success story |
Brewing a success story
Sacramento craft beer maker Rubicon was one of the first small breweries in the region and it's been one of the most successful. Hear what the founder did to brew success.
| Job hunting tips from an expert |
Job hunting tips from an expert
Avoiding common mistakes when looking for a job can make a huge difference when so many people are applying for so few openings. Check out this video with an expert recruiter from Robert Half International.
| Yoga success |
An interest in yoga propelled this businesswoman into owning her own studio. Please watch our report to see how -- and why -- she did it.
| Jeremy Wines |
Husband and wife are running one of the smallest wineries in California. Watch our report to see how they got into it -- and why.
| ValleySportsLive |
• Internet-only broadcasts feature local schools
• ‘There’s a void in so many communities for real-time reporting on local sports’
| Hotel Burgess |
• Owner of a boutique hotel in Reedley refuses to give up
• Has spent 11 years rebuilding 99-year-old hotel
This is a story of perseverance by a Central Valley small business owner who has maintained his sense of humor.
Once the video loads in its window, please click on the “play” arrow to watch our report.
| career changing |
Changing the course of a business or a career can be tough. Here is advise from two people who have done it for themselves and their small businesses.
| air tech |
Husband and wife own a successful air conditioning and heating company, growing it over 20 years despite intense competition. They explain how they do it in this video, including how they balance working all day together and family life.
| jim collins |
Here, in just over 20 minutes, is some of the best advice any small business owner or would-be owner should know from an entrepreneur who has been there, done that and probably sold a lot of the T-shirts -- Jim Collins, one of the founders of a famous craft brewery and now the "entrepreneur in residence" at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.
| modesto transfer |
Moving company is family affair
| boytique |
Lindsay Hill of Stockton was experiencing all the joys of being a mother for the first time – and one of the frustrations. Here's how that has turned into a successful small business.
| stclair |
Starting a consulting business may seem easy but it takes more than a thorough knowledge of your subject area. It also takes understanding how to market your business.
Susanne St. Clair talks about how she has succeeded in starting and growing her consulting business through both good times -- and bad.
| Staffing: Hiring top talent |
Staffing: Hiring top talent
How a small software maker attracts and retains top talent in one of the most competitive arenas around.
| batteries plus |
Here's how a first-time businessman has made a success out of an unusual franchise, even as he competes almost in the shadow of the world's largest retailer.
| Article marketing for small businesses |
Article marketing for small businesses
For small business owners who know their profession inside out, there's a new way to market their business inexpensively. In this video we talk with Beverly Taylor, an expert on article marketing.
| Hotel Burgess |
Owner of a boutique hotel in Reedley near Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks refuses to give up even though the Great Recession refuses to loosen its grip on the economy of California's Central Valley.
| Pencils |
This family business is carving a new niche in one of the oldest businesses in the world, despite the economy, despite huge competitors, despite the industry's image as a commodity and despite offshoring. It's a matter of passion for the business and knowing how to put a new spin on an old product.
Here's how they do it:
| Bozzano Olive Ranch |
Bozzano Olive Ranch
Quality counts, as Cartier and Tiffany have long known. Here's how a small business in a more down to earth market is counting on quality to set it apart, It makes high-grade olive oil, with most of the olives from its own orchards.
| Family business -- Spouses working together |
Family business -- Spouses working together
This couple pretty much lives their business since they both work at it full-time. And they thrive. While every family will work out the nuances for themselves, here's how they're doing it.
| jesus mountain coffee |
jesus mountain coffee
Some of California’s best wines come from wineries where everything is tightly controlled – from the growing of the grapes to the final bottling of the wine.
Using that model, Stockton entrepreneur Bing Kirk is building a specialty coffee business.
Here’s how he’s doing it:
| olive heaven |
Jasmine Harris knows her niche. And by identifying that niche, in two years she has built a two-store retail operation selling gourmet olive oils and vinegars.
| ValleySportsLive |
Two veteran broadcasters turn to the Internet for the next iterations of their careers, broadcasting high school sports live on the world wide wide.
| Brain Chemistry-1 |
Business consultant Beverly Taylor talks about the new field of brain chemistry as it applies to business and personal relationships. This is the first of two parts.
| Brain Chemistry-2 |
This is the second of two parts.
| Health and small business |
Health and small business
Do not let your small business kill you. Watch how one small business owner came to terms with a life-threatening stroke.
| Out of work at middle age? Experts offer advice |
Out of work at middle age? Experts offer advice
Tips for landing a new career from two experts. Hear how many do it.
| Following your passion |
Following your passion
Starting both a small winery and a small bakery more or less at the same time sounds like you're asking for trouble. But this husband and wife have found small business success by following their passions.
| uvaggio |
Finding that niche in a highly competitive business can spell the difference between frustration and success.
Winemaker Jim Moore has done that by growing Italianate varieties of winegrapes in Lodi and then crafting award-winning Italian-style wines from them.
| Farming as a business -- Jumping through government hoops to success |
Farming as a business -- Jumping through government hoops to success
Some might grouse about government regulations. But this agricultural entrepreneur has worked out some of the toughest hurdles any agribusiness can face and is now a model for the nation. In fact, his farm is now a must-visit from agribusiness people from around the world.
| dickson |
With one book published already, this teenage author sees a business ahead in writing novels. Her mother tells how it was accomplished..
| blake neumann springfield |
blake neumann springfield
The real stories of small business owners and how they have overcome challenges, creating success for themselves and others.