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$60 million for employee training available for small businesses

The Employment Training Panel (ETP) has $60 million in training money for California employers to upgrade thier employees skills.

ETP was created in 1982 and is funded entirely through employer contributions into the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Businesses must meet a $13.32 minium wage standard to particpate in the program and provide a living wage that leads to a career path.  Business owners determine what trainiing employees need, create the curriculum, choose the trainers and deliver the training in a way that best suits thier needs.

As an example, according to Mike Ammann, president & CEO of the San Joaquin Partnershipp, a non-profit private economic development organization serviing San Joaquin County, Amazon used ETP to train employees for the Tracy and Patterson fulfillment centers.

Manteca company lands contract with Dubai

Manteca-based Retail Green has developed a new platform for businesses to produce elelctronic receipts for customers and it just signed its biggest contact - with the emirate of Dubai.

According to Retail Green co-founder Ayman Sulaiman there is nothing like their product on the market now.

He says they developed a non-intrusive platform that produces receipts for retail sales without ever producing a hard copy receipt.

Sulaiman syas the deal with Dubai, which could be worth up to $150 million, the country will mandate that retailers use the platform beginning next year. He adds that Dubai is also beginning construction of a data hub to service the contract that could bring up to 10 new high-tech jobs to Manteca in 2014.

With the software, customers get a receipt sent to their smart phone through an app called Receipt Box which is avaialbe on Android and iPhones. The system also saves a copy in the Cloud service.

the tenth year

the tenth year

Officially this blog is nine years old today which means it is like one of those old frontiersmen kind of blogs. Wow! A lot has happened since I first started that little AOL journal and a lot remains the same … Continue reading →

Valley tech win: Dubai signs on with Manteca's Retail Green

A technological revolution is slowly taking place in retail marketing and the Central Valley may play a big role in that change. Manteca-based Retail Green has developed a new platform for businesses to produce electronic receipts for customers.

"There is nothing like this on the market right now," said Ayman Sulaiman, who co-founded Retail Green in 2009.

The company has developed what Sulaiman said is a non-intrusive platform that produces receipts for retail sales without ever producing a hard copy receipt. The company has signed its biggest contract to date with the emirate of Dubai.

Under the deal, which Sulaiman said could be worth up to $150 million, the country will mandate that retailers use the platform starting next year. The company is also beginning construction on a data hub to service the contract that could bring up to 10 new high-tech workers to Manteca in the next year.

Manex/Partnership Seminar gives economic update

Manex/Partnership Seminar gives economic update

"Northern California leads state out of recession..."

A mix of about 35 contractors, manufacturers, business owners, government officials and community leaders filled the San Joaquin Partnership conference room this morning to learn about opportunities for job growth in Northern California.

Manex Consulting, a Partnership Investor, provides a broad array of proven advisory and implementation solutions exclusively to manufacturers, distributors, and their supply chains.

Bill Browne, Manex Director of Client Services, presented  examples of improving business trends, predicting that over the next two years future hiring and population growth in the north state will  be on the rise.

Crothall Laundry Services - Anchor Tenant in CenterPoint Intermodal Center - Breaks Ground

Crothall Laundry Services - Anchor Tenant in CenterPoint Intermodal Center - Breaks Ground

As trains moved along the UP intermodal tracks in the background and a clamshell digger started moving dirt, groundbreaking ceremonies took place for the first project at the CenterPoint Intermodel Center in Manteca yesterday morning.

Long-awaited River Islands development to start first phase

Long-awaited River Islands development to start first phase

After nearly a decade of delays, lawsuits, regulatory hurdles and a major recession, the Cambay Group has given the green light to the first phase of the 5,000-acre River Islands at Lathrop development on Stewart Tract.

"We anticipate closing on 239 out of the first 498 lots we offered," said project director Susan Dell'Osso. "My hope is that the models will open next May."

Currently the development has four builders under contract to begin work on the first of the 2,500 homes that have been approved for the development. The first group of homes will run in the $350,000-$450,000 price range.

Ultimately planners hope to see 11,000 homes dot the landscape near the San Joaquin River on Stewart Road. Over the next 25 to 30 years, the master-planned community will also include a high school, two middle schools and eight primary schools. There is also a planned business park that will provide jobs.