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Picking Up Speed
Auto sales are finally back in gear
Check out the license plates of your fellow motorists the next time you are out for a drive, and you may notice more dealer tags than usual.
Changing opinions about energy efficient vehicles
If Rick Wylie were cast in a Chevy commercial, the director might pair him with a rugged pickup truck. It makes sense; Wylie worked his way up from sheet-metal apprentice to president of a construction company. In the real world, however, Wylie drives a Volt, pearl white with black trim.
Getting on the Right Track
High-speed rail will reap benefits in the long term
High-speed trains linking Northern and Southern California have been a point of contention for more than a decade. For some, such “bullet trains” are the ideal solution to growing transportation needs; for others, they represent a boondoggle with enormous economic risk.
The hand-carved Italian frame hanging in the back of Archival Framing is priced at $1,400. It surrounds a $10 plastic clock.
The Colonel Behind the Cuisine
Acuity with Jot Condie
Jot Condie, 46, the California Restaurant Association in 1998 as its chief lobbyist. In 2004 he was promoted to president and CEO.
Curd Your Enthusiasm
Cheesemaking in the Capital Region gets better with age
Tucked in the back of a local restaurant in downtown Winters is a nondescript room revealing an enticing view: floor-to-ceiling shelves packed with 10-pound wheels of cheese.
The Capital Region's best bets for leadership development
Small-company advancement is on the rise, and more local businesses are seeking innovative leadership training that can help catapult their companies into a source of industrial growth.
Resolute leadership for a floundering GOP
Assemblywoman Connie Conway, a Tulare County Republican, made her presence felt immediately in the California Legislature.
Let’s Make a Deal
Business acquisitions are on the rise
If two words could sum up the collective attitudes of those who buy and sell businesses, they’d be “enough already.”
Jobs That Pay
New opportunities for accessing venture capital
New legislation is typically received by the business community with as much adoration as a Yankee fan at Fenway, but there are exceptions.
Third-party IT options for small business
When it comes to financial planning, Cesar Lopez knows his stuff. He can write up an annuity, help with investment and tax strategies and give advice on insurance needs. Just don’t ask him to fix his own computer.
Are private pensions the answer to retirement savings
When Dr. Dena Davidson graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry in 1995, she thought her income expectations were pretty reasonable.
Connect the Dots
Advancements in laser scanning technology
If a civil engineering firm were to measure a section of a busy street in the Capital Region for an upcoming project, they could survey the road — even during rush hour — with ease, using an advanced laser scanner. With this new technology, an engineer can capture every detail of the street and even take measurements as if the traffic had disappeared.
Build It Beautiful
Designer homes in the city of trees
The housing market may still be depressed, but here in the Capital Region there is no scarcity of talent when it comes to residential architecture and interior décor.