Small businesses key to California’s economic health

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The start of the new year brought a new governor and a new Legislature, which provided opportunity for Californians to set new goals and expectations of our elected leaders in Sacramento. Small business owners, especially, have much at stake in the halls of the state Capitol, with many new opportunities and challenges ahead in 2019. Members of the National Federation of Independent Business offer a unique and important perspective on policy-making since our membership is comprised entirely of small business owners who represent nearly every industry imaginable, from automotive repair shops to financial advising firms. And our advocacy positions are a product of annual...
New “Strong Start Index” Designed to Help California’s Children to Thrive and Succeed

Monday, February 18, 2019

The California Strong Start Index, a unique new tool that seeks to make better and smarter use of available data about children, was launched. The Index is based on the premise that all children deserve a strong start in life. First 5 Association of California, partner to the 2018 California Economic Summit, and Children’s Data Network developed the Index to help policymakers, service providers and government agencies support children and families more effectively and to ensure that resources go where they are needed most. Half a million babies are born in California each year, with some having access to more resources than others....
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2018 Program Successes

Monday, February 04, 2019

Tehama County Economic Development had a busy and successful 2018, and we are working hard to build on the success for a great 2019.  Here is a quick reminder of what we worked on last year: Worked with nine business leads: including seven new businesses and two locally expanding businesses Senate Bill 1259, put forward by Senator Nielsen sponsored by Tehama County was signed into law permitting a wayfinding sign to the Manton wineries  Collaborated with USDA on the possibility to include a kitchen incubator at the Red Bluff Community Center kitchen, allowing the kitchen more frequent use, and providing local entrepreneur a...
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Supervisor's Corner with Bob Williams and Steve Chamblin, Winter 2019

Monday, February 04, 2019

In our last quarterly issue of the “Supervisors Corner”, our focus was on the job skills needed to more fully take advantage of employment opportunities in Tehama County and the efforts that are being made by our economic development team and our local schools in the area of Career Technical Education (CTE).  I am happy to report that those efforts are not only ongoing but that we continue to work with our educational partners to seek out new, as well as enhance existing opportunities for our local students, whether they are youth or adult, that will increase their chances of...
Youth explore science at educational event

Friday, February 01, 2019

RED BLUFF — Youth and parents alike had the chance to explore science at the Tehama County Department of Education, where about 50 participants attended the Snow Much Fun Science Day. Read full article.
County approves extension of AB-109 transitional housing

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

RED BLUFF — A three-year contract will extend the use of the former Sportsman’s Lodge, 768 Antelope Blvd., as transitional housing for AB-109. The contract was approved by the Tehama County Board of Supervisors along with a contract for Church Without Walls to continue in the role of case manager. While the annual cost for the program is about $201,000, it will not impact the general fund as it is fully covered by AB-109 realignment funding, said Chief Probation Officer Richard Muench. The cost is broken down into a $160,000 lease and about $41,000 for case management. The program, which houses 22 from probation,...
Local Bank Caters to Customers, Community, Small Businesses

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Cornerstone Community Bank markets itself as “old school in the best way.” A good example of this philosophy in action is demonstrated when customers call the bank during business hours. They’re greeted by a human voice rather than an automated system — and it’s a local person assisting, not someone from a remote call center. Cornerstone started in October 2006 as a single branch in Red Bluff. In 2011, it expanded and opened a branch in Redding. Today the bank employs 40 people between its locations and it continues to grow. President and CEO Jeff Finck says the bank works to set...
California's job market remains hot, despite economic uncertainty

Monday, January 28, 2019

Trade tensions and stock market volatility loom over the nation’s economy, but California’s job market powered forward in November with a robust expansion of payrolls and a record low unemployment rate. Employers added 30,700 positions, according to the state Employment Development Department, accounting for nearly a fifth of the nation’s new jobs last month. Read full article. 
Small businesses key to California’s economic health

Thursday, January 24, 2019

The start of the new year also brings a new governor and a new Legislature, which provides opportunity for Californians to set new goals and expectations of our elected leaders in Sacramento. Small business owners, especially, have much at stake in the halls of the state Capitol, with many new opportunities and challenges ahead in 2019. Read full article. 
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Book Loft offers a new way to read

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Have you ever had a blind date with a book? You can at Turn the Page Book Loft! Books are beautifully wrapped in brown paper and twine with clues and descriptive words written in calligraphy as to the book's genre and story. Choose what you feel like reading with the clues and be surprised when you unwrap and read! It gives a literal meaning to “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. Author Riley Rose opened the book loft in downtown Red Bluff where she not only offers books but also a beautiful, cozy and peaceful place to read. Books are...
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Makery 1900, a Downtown Hub for Creativity

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Andrea Emerick has opened a new store downtown, Makery 1900, which has quickly become a place for makers to come together to work on crafty projects and socialize. Andrea has been working on her craft since high school with a senior project in antique restoration, keeping it as a hobby throughout the following years while she worked for the State of California. She took a job transfer to Tehama County in 2008 and has loved the small town feel. “I value tight-knit communities and like to know people in the places I frequent so calling Tehama County home just fits.”  In...
Red Bluff students get technical with robotics

Friday, December 21, 2018

RED BLUFF — Red Bluff Union High School has launched its first year of a new robotics course with a full class. “This is Red Bluff High School’s first year doing a Robotics class,” said instructor Stan Twitchell. “These are mostly juniors and seniors who have gone through our computer science program so it’s kind of a capstone class.” The teams compete in the Northern California Vex Robotics competitions. Continue to full article
Lariat Bowl in Red Bluff celebrates 60 years

Thursday, December 20, 2018

RED BLUFF, Calif. — Wednesday marked the 60th anniversary of Lariat Bowl in Red Bluff, a bowling alley that opened its doors in 1958 and has remained a fixture in the town ever since. Business was good for Lariat Bowl on Wednesday. The theme was, "Way Back Wednesday," with everything offered at 1958 prices, meaning games were 25 cents a piece, and shoe rentals were only 10 cents. Continue to full article
A lot buzz with the new developments coming to Red Bluff

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

RED BLUFF, Calif. — There has been a lot buzz with the new developments coming to Red Bluff. The construction on the former Walmart building in the Red Bluff Shopping Center is moving along as constructions crews are already at work. "We have really exciting new developments happening in Tehama County. Probably the one that's going to be the most buzz right now is Ross Dress 4 Less," said Amanda Jenkins, the liaison for Tehama County Economic Development. Continue to full article
Assuring Water for California’s Future

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

In past decades, most people were unaware of the State’s contentious water issues. Today, due to the drought, Californians are very mindful of the need to conserve water and it is influencing the way many of us go about our daily lives. Drought is just one critical challenge to our water future. The other challenge—not yet fully recognized—is the gradual loss of the snow pack that accounts for about one third of California’s water supply. The snow pack acts as a natural reservoir equipped with an automatic release mechanism. The snow gradually melts every spring and summer, refreshing our water supplies when we need...
The Golden State’s economy shines brighter when rural California is thriving

Monday, December 17, 2018

The resources, benefits, and opportunities of rural California are often overlooked, and the area underrepresented. While the Rural County Representatives of California’s (RCRC) 36 member counties represent a population larger than 24 states, it’s a challenge to be heard in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. The irony is that the entire state benefits when rural California is thriving. Rural California is home to the precious natural resources that provide all Californians with an abundant source of clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat, and unsurpassed recreational opportunities. California’s forests store and filter more than 60 percent of the state’s water supply, and store...
Report: Job Training is Key to Growing California’s Economy, Closing State’s Economic Divide

Friday, December 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Asserting that job training is key to closing California’s economic divide, forty groups including colleges, unions, philanthropic organizations, and organizations representing workers and businesses are urging governor-elect Newsom to adopt a workforce development agenda that would connect more people to good jobs and grow a skilled and diverse workforce. The groups have endorsed a new report entitled Securing a strong economic future for all Californians that offers nine strategies on how California can develop a world-class workforce development system that would increase the state’s economic growth and boost California businesses by promoting opportunity for all Californians to get the education and...

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Sacramento, Calif. – The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced that the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) committee approved $70 million in tax credits for 17 companies projected to create 2030 jobs, retain 4,468 existing jobs, and make $468 million worth of new investments across California.  View the complete list of approved companies and award amounts.  “The California Competes Tax Credit encourages companies from around the world to locate, expand and add good paying jobs in our state.” said Panorea Avdis, GO-Biz Director and Chair of the California Competes Tax Credit Committee.  “This round of recipients includes the largest single tax...
Broadband internet spotlight of town hall

Thursday, November 29, 2018

RED BLUFF — Broadband internet was the topic of discussion during Supervisor Candy Carlson’s monthly town hall meeting. Carlson brought in Broadband Specialist David Espinoza of the Geographical Information Center to be the guest speaker of the evening. Espinoza gave a slideshow presentation while explaining how Tehama County could potentially get better internet coverage to rural areas. During his presentation, Espinoza showed coverage maps of the county and the rate of internet speed in more rural parts, which in many cases were non-existent. Most zones are running at an internet speed of 6/1 megabits per second. To put that into perspective, the FCC standard for...
Bank celebrates new riverfront location

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

RED BLUFF — More than 100 people turned out at Cornerstone Community Bank’s new riverfront location to celebrate the branch’s move during Good Morning, Red Bluff. The bank sits at 500 Riverside Drive and is officially open for business after being under construction since last year. Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce President Dave Gowan praised the business during the ceremony. “With Cornerstone Community Bank, the strongest part of that name is community, in both banking and supporting other organizations,” Gowan said. The bank’s new location is not only the Red Bluff branch of the company but the official headquarters for Cornerstone. A ribbon cutting...
Lariat Bowl in Red Bluff celebrates 60 years

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

RED BLUFF, Calif. — The end of October marked the 60th anniversary of Lariat Bowl in Red Bluff, a bowling alley that opened its doors in 1958 and has remained a fixture in the town ever since. Business was good for Lariat Bowl on Wednesday. The theme was, "Way Back Wednesday," with everything offered at 1958 prices, meaning games were 25 cents a piece, and shoe rentals were only 10 cents. Bowlers young and old came out to celebrate. Much has changed in the six decades since the bowling alley's founding. The owner, Susan McFadyen, reflected on some of those changes. "Now there's no smoking, there's...
A lot buzz with the new developments coming to Red Bluff

Monday, November 26, 2018

RED BLUFF, Calif. — There has been a lot buzz with the new developments coming to Red Bluff. The construction on the former Walmart building in the Red Bluff Shopping Center is moving along as constructions crews are already at work. "We have really exciting new developments happening in Tehama County. Probably the one that's going to be the most buzz right now is Ross Dress 4 Less," said Amanda Jenkins, the liaison for Tehama County Economic Development. Jenkins said the building will be divided into seven suites. The first tenant being Ross Dress for Less, who is taking the front corner of...
Cybersecurity Starts with Your Employees

Sunday, November 25, 2018

We’re all familiar with Smokey the Bear and the “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires” slogan. In 2015, Smokey got an update and the new “Receive a Bear Hug” ads ran nationwide. In the ad, Smokey runs out of the woods and gives a big bearhug to a camper for properly checking campfire embers. The new, more huggable version of Smokey rewards campers for making responsible decisions rather than scolding them to prevent wildfires. Fear and anxiety are not always the best motivators, and many people respond better to positive motivation through awareness activities. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In 2003,...

Friday, November 23, 2018

Sacramento, Calif. – The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) today announced grant awards to 84 recipients of the California Small Business Technical Assistance Expansion Program (SB TAEP). The state’s $17 million in new grant funding has been allocated to technical assistance centers serving traditionally underserved business groups, including women, minority, and veteran-owned businesses and businesses in low-wealth, rural, and disaster-impacted communities. “California is home to the largest number and fastest growing start-ups and small businesses in the country doing everything from providing professional services to innovating next gen consumer products,” said GO-Biz Director Panorea Avdis. “This new grant program will give...
Support Nonprofits on Giving Tuesday

Thursday, November 22, 2018

November 27 is Giving Tuesday, a day where people throughout our community, and the world, donate to the causes they are passionate about. This is a global day of giving. Unlike shopping holidays like Black Friday that focus on consumerism, this day is all about giving back to the community. Giving Tuesday encourages us to look beyond the busyness of the holiday season and to consider those in our community who may need our help and support, along with the charities that are bridging the gap for those in need. Reasons to Support Local Nonprofits Nonprofits are an important part of our local...
Support Small Businesses on Nov. 24 and Beyond

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

November 24 is Small Business Saturday, a shopping holiday that urges consumers to patronize small and independent businesses rather than online retailers or big box stores. American Express was behind the first Small Business Saturday, which started in 2010. The initial goal was to counter the negative effects of the recession on small businesses and local economies. The holiday quickly caught on. In 2011, the Senate passed a resolution in support of Small Business Saturday. Consumers have now spent an estimated $85 billion at independent retailers and restaurants over the eight Small Business Saturdays since its inception. Small Businesses Make a Significant Economic...
Chamber: Local business community celebrated

Thursday, November 15, 2018

RED BLUFF — For the 103rd time the business community of Tehama County gathered together to honor the achievements of businesses, individuals and organizations at the annual chamber installation dinner. The Red Bluff Community Center held a capacity crowd for the sold out event and guests enjoyed a mariachi band, silent auction and dinner catered by Los Mariachis Mexican Restaurant. The top individual award of the night, the Gene Penne Award for Business and Community Leadership, went to Lisa Hansen, owner of Express Employment Professionals. Hansen served consecutive terms as chamber chairwoman and is a longtime member and officer with Red Bluff Kiwanis. The...
Red Bluff Chamber: Free communication training for employers

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

California Employers Association and the Red Bluff Chamber presented a free training session called Communicate Like a Leader – Be a Leader not a Boss, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 520 Adobe Road in Red Bluff. Business professionals must have rules and tools for communicating effectively. Successful leaders know that both internal communications within an organization, as well as the communication skills of their employees is important to long term success. They understand effective communication should be an ongoing focus in business. This training gave leaders tools to understand and be understood by those they lead. Participants learned to define,...
Meet the farmers of the future: Robots

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Alexander would like to introduce you to Angus, the farmer of the future. He’s heavyset, weighing in at nearly 1,000 pounds, not to mention a bit slow. But he’s strong enough to hoist 800-pound pallets of maturing vegetables and can move them from place to place on his own. Sure, Angus is a robot. But don’t hold that against him, even if he looks more like a large tanning bed than C-3PO. To Alexander, Angus and other robots are key to a new wave of local agriculture that aims to raise lettuce, basil and other produce...
IRS tips: Small businesses, self-employed should make quarterly payments

Monday, November 12, 2018

With the last third of the year now in full view, the IRS reminds small business and self-employed taxpayers of the importance of meeting their tax obligations. Part of those obligations normally include making quarterly estimated tax payments. This is the third in a series of four news releases aimed at helping taxpayers pay the right amount of tax and avoid an estimated tax penalty. This is part of the wider Paycheck Checkup campaign to encourage people to check their tax situation, including withholding and estimated tax payments. Who may need to pay estimated taxes Individuals, including sole proprietors, partners and S corporation shareholders,...
California gained 44,800 jobs in August; unemployment holds at record low

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The California economy barreled forward in August as employers added 44,800 net jobs and the unemployment rate held at a record low of 4.2%, according to data released Friday by the state's Employment Development Department. Wages grew but barely enough to top the increase in consumer prices. All in all, the data reveal a resilient economy that is improving despite high housing costs and rising trade tensions with China, a major trading partner for the Golden State. “California’s economy continues to sizzle,” said Sung Won Sohn, president of SS Economics in Los Angeles. The good news could change as the Trump administration ratchets up...
How the generation wars are playing out in the Golden State

Friday, November 09, 2018

The cost of living in California may eventually result in millennials gaining the upper hand over entitled baby boomers. As successful baby boomers reach retirement age, plenty of them express frustration with kids today, especially millennials—those born between the early 1980s and early 2000s. Foremost among the young adults’ sins is their seeming inability to support themselves: “Those kids need to develop a work ethic and save—penny by penny, like their parents and grandparents did.” “One day they might be able to move out of their parents’ basement or even—hallelujah—buy a home of their own.” But how soft and spoiled can young adults really be...
Three ways to elevate the economic portrait of rural California

Thursday, November 08, 2018

When California became the fifth largest economy in the world earlier this year, experts attributed the state’s economic success to the financial services, real estate and technology industries based largely in urban and coastal regions. Left out of the economic success story were many of the state’s vast rural regions. California’s rural areas are some of the most beautiful and bountiful in the world. The economies there are heavily based on natural resources and “working landscapes” that benefit the entire state. These regions provide valuable resources and commodities for all Californians, including food, water and open spaces. But many of these regions...

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Program will provide grants to community-based nonprofit organizations and local health departments to support communities disproportionately affected by past federal and state drug policies Sacramento, Calif. – The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced a series of workshops to solicit input and feedback on the new California Community Reinvestment Grants program it is developing.   This program will provide grants to community-based nonprofit organizations and local health departments to support the following activities for communities disproportionately affected by past federal and state drug policies: Job placement Mental health treatment Substance use disorder treatment System navigation services Legal services to address barriers to reentry Linkages to medical care “These...
Construction on schedule - Ross opens mid-March

Monday, October 22, 2018

Construction of the former Walmart building in Red Bluff is moving along swiftly and right on schedule, according to a source at Ethan Conrad Properties. The building will be divided into seven suites with the first tenant, Ross Dress For Less, taking the front corner and occupying 20,000 square feet. There will be facades for three stores in the front of the building with the remaining storefronts on either side and one in the back. The deadline for completing construction is mid-February. Ross plans to open a month later in mid-March. The exterior of the building and facades will be completed...
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Celebrating and Supporting Women in Business

Friday, October 19, 2018

The number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. has risen 3,000 percent since 1972. It’s an impressive statistic, especially considering the fact that women were required to have a male co-signer in order to get a loan up until 1988. Women have come a long way since the then. October was designated as National Women’s Small Business Month. In this month and beyond, it’s an opportune time to recognize and celebrate the impact female entrepreneurs have on our economy. Tehama County supports a wide range of women-owned businesses, from restaurants to retailers, design firms and more. Kelli Graves is one such female...
Construction begins on new department store

Monday, September 24, 2018

RED BLUFF — The former Walmart building is showing signs of life as construction workers roam the grounds of what will eventually be the new Ross discount department store. Fences have gone up with construction signs at the former Walmart location in the Red Bluff Shopping Center on Luther at Mill. Workers could be seen entering the building and prepping a new sign on the rear wall. According to Amanda Jenkins with Tehama County Economic Development, there is no exact date for when the discount department store will open but updates are expected as soon as it is announced. Community Development Director Scott...
Meet the staff at Corning Health Center

Friday, September 21, 2018

The following people make up the staff at Corning Health Center. Sara Morse, a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), is the head of the Medical Assistance staff. Her smile and knowledgeable application of nursing protocols make her an asset to Corning Medical Association. Medical Assistants who work under Morse are Gaby Bobadilia, Maria Castrejon, Martha Comacho, Lidia Rhoades-Hardin, Samantha Trexler and Alma Rosas. These women are cheerful professionals. It is not unusual to hear them assist each other. Their spirit of community sharing is catching, and they are friendly, committed to patient care and love what they do. Trexler works as a scribe for...
Business owners, officials join for development conference

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

RED BLUFF —  Local business owners, community members and state officials came together for an open discussion on economic development and the roadblocks that hinder it. Issues that came up at the meeting included the need for housing, a steady workforce and broadband internet, cumbersome regulations and programs in schools to teach kids and adults about business or trades. Recurring themes were an increase in construction costs while funding for local entities is declining and the need for improved adult and high school education in trades. Much of the discussion involved complaints about state and federal regulation. County Supervisor Bob Williams was joined...
Simpson University named College of Distinction

Monday, September 17, 2018

Simpson University in Redding has been named as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction. Simpson has created a unique learning environment where students not only earn college credit and valuable life experience, but also participate in character-building first-year seminars, service learning programs, intensive writing courses, national and global service trips, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, capstone projects, study abroad programs and internships. “We are truly honored to name Simpson University as a College of Distinction for its continued commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, COO for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction applauds Simpson University for pushing the envelope...
Red Bluff women start video series

Friday, September 14, 2018

RED BLUFF — Two local women have joined together to create a video series showcasing Tehama County businesses behind the scenes. The duo is called “2 Mandis on a Mission” and consists of Mandi Selvester-Owens and Amanda Jenkins. They began the video series as an effort to bring information to the community that could help unite shoppers with stores and restaurants. “Our goal is to educate people about places and events in this area and show them things they’re not going to see on the internet, behind the scenes kind of stuff,” Jenkins said. “Things they wouldn’t already know about the businesses.” Both women...
Magazine ranks Chico State one of 50 best

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

As students begin their fall 2018 classes at California State University, Chico this month, they’ll be furthering their education at a campus recently recognized as one of the country’s best. This week, Money magazine released its fifth annual ranking of the nation’s “50 Best Public Colleges,” and CSU, Chico arrived at No. 37 out of 727 American universities. “Rankings like these help demonstrate that the University’s faculty — among the best in their fields—provide our students with top-tier academic and research opportunities,” said Kim Guanzon from CSU, Chico’s Office of Admissions. “And our students are well-prepared for their future employment following graduation....
Casino announces new executive team

Monday, September 10, 2018

CORNING — Rolling Hills Casino announced it has brought in new faces to its top leadership positions. A press release issued, Tribal Chairman for the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians Andrew “Dru” Alejandre praised the new team as well as new general manager Steve Neely. “We are proud to have this new team on board to lead us into the next era of success for our tribe,” Alejandre said. “Steve and his team are at the top of their games when it comes to generating revenue and providing guests an exceptional experience. That is why we brought them on and look forward to...
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Attracting Millennials to Tehama County

Friday, September 07, 2018

It’s hard to know what to believe about millennials; the overall impression is that they are lazy, entitled and killing American culture one day at a time. If this is the case, then why do so many communities work to attract them? In truth, we know that there is a lot more to millennials than what floats around in popular culture. We know that they can be a vibrant addition to any community and we want them here. To attract them, it is important to dig deeper and learn more about what makes millennials tick. Every week there’s a new ground-shattering revelation...
Rural economic development program helps communities target, lure new industries

Friday, September 07, 2018

Pick three. Or two. Or four. Your choices range from electrical equipment manufacturing to soap making, toilet preparation, synthetics manufacturing, telecommunications or pharmaceutical manufacturing. Or, instead of concentrating on luring new industries into the area, you could devote some effort into expanding existing businesses: oil and natural gas pipelines, chemical manufacturing, cement and concrete making, or, (gasp!), newspaper, periodical and book publishing. All of these industries were identified as potentially the most desirable and compatible businesses to bring into, or expand in the Emery-Carbon area. Continue to full article
‘Invest and prioritize’: What to do about California schools

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

California Influencers this week answered the question: What can California schools do to improve their national rankings? The single most important thing we can do to improve opportunities for California schoolchildren is to stop focusing just on catching up and instead focus on leapfrogging into the 21st century. We’ve got to allow for, and incentivize, a complete re-thinking of the purpose and structure of school. Local educators and education systems need the flexibility to adapt a rigid 20th century school model that has remained largely unchanged for more than 100 years. Consider how much is changing. Our students are coming with ever demanding...
Report emphasizes ag impact on north state economy

Monday, September 03, 2018

CHICO — The economic impact of agriculture in northeastern California was put at more than $4.7 billion in a report by Chico State University, which by percentage was more than double the impact statewide. The report authored by Professor Eric Houk found that in 2016, ag accounted for 16.2 percent of the value added to the economy in the northeast. The percentage statewide was 6.2 percent. The report covered the 13 counties in Chico State’s “service area” and noted that area includes two different agricultural economies. Six of the counties are primarily in the Sacramento Valley: Colusa, Yuba, Sutter, Butte, Glenn and Tehama. The...
Red Bluff Chamber: Annual awards dinner coming in September

Friday, August 31, 2018

The Red Bluff-Tehama County Red Bluff Chamber of Commerce will present its 103rd Annual Community Awards & Recognition Dinner Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the Red Bluff Community Center. Get your tickets, nominate some outstanding people and organizations and help sponsor this amazing event. This wonderful evening will begin with music, a social hour, silent auction and no-host bar at 5 p.m. The evening will continue with a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. and the awards and induction program. A mariachi band will perform and Mexican food will be served by our Business of the Year Los Mariachis. The chamber will present the following awards to community...
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: Keeping PACE in California

Friday, August 31, 2018

Bipartisan state leadership, business and environment leaders tout innovative energy and disaster resiliency financing program SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As a national leader in Property Accessed Clean Energy (PACE), Ygrene's ability to successfully navigate regulatory changes and leverage its strengths while growing a presence across California has contributed substantially to the company's progress in the industry. Ygrene is more committed than ever to expanding its PACE program to help property owners meet their energy efficiency and resiliency goals. As PACE legislation works its way through the California legislature, state officials, business and environment leaders, and stakeholders continue to acknowledge that PACE financing, an energy financing innovation...

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Sacramento, Calif. – The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), released the results of a California Cybersecurity Labor Market Analysis and Statewide Survey. This document details the findings of a study done by the California Community Colleges Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Research and demonstrates that there is much work to be done in order to adequately prepare Californians for the demands of the digital and cyber economy. Conducted as part of the California Advanced Supply Chain Analysis & Diversification Effort (CASCADE) initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Defense,...
Workshops offered in Chico for small businesses

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The following workshops are being offered by the Northeast California Small Business Development Center at Butte College. All courses are at the center, 2480 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico, unless otherwise noted. Financial Management Training Series for Existing Businesses, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Aug. 9-30. The workshops are free but you must register to attend. The series is designed to teach existing business owners how to manage business financials for success. Topics include interpreting financial statements, identifying cash flow cycle and how it impacts your business; learning how to calculate and use financial ratios to troubleshoot fiscal dangers and improve performance; how to think...
Greenhouse company on track for building

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

RED BLUFF — Drivers on Montgomery Road have probably noticed two large dome structures across from Interstate 5. These domes, as well as the land around them, are the site of Emerald Kingdom, a greenhouse business that began the process of moving from Redding to Red Bluff more than a year ago. The company obtained the 20-acre lot in March of 2017 and the business was expected to bring up to 20 new jobs to Red Bluff. The city has been working alongside the company to open the business on Montgomery Road but the process has taken a longer than expected. The city initially approved...
Corning program to spruce up downtown storefronts

Monday, August 13, 2018

CORNING — The city and community groups have announced a new grant program meant to encourage a better looking downtown. Local businesses that reside in downtown Corning will be able to apply for funding through the Corning Community Foundation, which is partnering with the city and 3CORE, an economic development district formed at the federal level, to help business owners beautify their storefronts in what has been dubbed the City of Corning Facade Program. Once the applications are finalized, City Manager Kristina Miller said, business owners will be able to apply for the grants. If approved, they will match up to $1,500 toward...
County plans summit to promote economic growth

Friday, August 10, 2018

ly 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm | UPDATED: July 17, 2018 at 6:01 pm RED BLUFF — The Tehama County Economic Development Team will join with development, business and agricultural officials from around the state in August to seek ways to remove barriers and promote economic growth in the county. Local business owners will be invited to join US Department of Agriculture Rural Development California State Director Kim Dolbow Vann and representatives from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, Rural County Representatives of California and California Association of Local Economic Development for a discussion around government barriers that stymie growth in the...
As California grid expansion nears finish line, hurdles only get higher

Thursday, August 09, 2018

"With this bill, anything we do makes someone grumpy," said one architect of legislation to create a full Western electricity market. California may finally achieve its dream of an integrated western grid — if skeptics can be convinced the state's energy policies and economy are protected. Regionalizing would eliminate barriers between the 38 independent systems across the Western states and create a full regional electricity market. Advocates for Assembly Bill 813, which would the process in motion, say it could cut the West's electricity costs by eliminating interregional transmission charges and the building of redundant generation. Continue to full article
OP-ED: ? California's Economic Prosperity

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Economic expansion, high-paying jobs, reducing poverty Though California is the world's 5th largest economy, we must expand economic prosperity. With over 20% of our population living below the poverty line, we have the nation's highest poverty rate. Our skilled labor shortage means that high-paying jobs often go unfilled and our job creation infrastructure, including career tech education, is lacking. Bi-partisan legislation, Assembly Bill 2596, will require the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GoBiz) to produce an Economic Development Strategic Action Plan for California by January 10, 2020. Continue to full article
Governor Brown Signs Legislation for Tehama County

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Tehama County Economic Development is excited to announce that Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1259 (Nielsen), which will permit a wayfinding sign to the Manton wineries at the intersection of Highway 36 East, and Manton Road at Dales Station. Supervisor Dennis Garton who represents Manton and has worked on behalf of the region for many years said, “I’m proud we were able to work with Senator Neilsen and Governor Brown on this bill that will continue to enhance the work of the Manton Valley Wine Grape Growers Association and individual business owners in the region.  We hope this sign will provide...
Tehama County unemployment sees another drop in May

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

RED BLUFF — Tehama County’s unemployment rate is at 5.1 percent, according to preliminary reports released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. The 5.1 percent is down from the previous month’s 5.5 percent and an entire percentage drop from May of 2017. California’s unemployment rate dropped .1 percent from 3.8 percent in April to 3.7 percent in May. Unemployment for the nation also saw a .1 percent drop from 3.7 to 3.6 percent. San Mateo County kept its top spot for lowest unemployment in the state at 1.9 percent, a drop from 2 percent in April. Marin and San Francisco counties are in second with 2 percent and 2.1...
Small business workshops offered

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The following workshops are being offered by the Northeast California Small Business Development Center at Butte College. All courses are at the center, 2480 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico. The New Venture Entrepreneurial Series will be held 8:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays July 10-31. The cost for the series is $50 per person prepaid or $60 at the door. This 4-part training series provides essential information for individuals thinking about starting a new business and new business owners. Topics include: Legal Requirements & Market Analysis, Cost Analysis, Funding Your Small Business and Business Plan Overview. You will learn the legal requirements for business start-up, how...
Farmers markets continue strong

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Wednesday night “Market Downtown” is in its third week and will feature live music with Flashback this week. Enjoy a great evening  5-8 p.m. filled with most delicious locally grown fruits, vegetables, other food, refreshments and great vendors. We are having a great year with lots of great farmers, vendors, music and kids activities by the Parks and Rec Department. We hope to see Downtown at Pine and Washington streets in front of the former courthouse. Increased EBT, WIC and credit card services this year. Continue to full article
Recycled Products: Start a Business in Tehama County

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Tehama County Economic Development and the Tehama County Solid Waste Management Agency are excited to partner on Tehama County’s Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ). The RMDZ program combines recycling and economic development to fuel new businesses, expand existing businesses, create jobs, and divert waste from landfills. The program does this through providing low-interest loans, technical assistance, and free product marketing to businesses that use materials from the waste stream to manufacture products in Tehama County. The Tehama County Solid Waste Management Agency estimates they have received about twenty-four inquiries about the program in the past twelve months. Interest in the program...
California continues rise as ‘economic powerhouse’

Friday, July 20, 2018

California’s grades on the 2018 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card don’t look overly impressive: There’s just a single “A,” lots of “Cs,” even a “D.” No, California won’t be this year’s valedictorian. But, the Golden State is among the most improved of the class. Bolstered by improvements in four of nine categories – highlighted by a significant advancement in tax climate, long considered one of the state’s greatest weaknesses in business growth and retention – California is solidly positioning itself as “an economic powerhouse for years to come,” according to Michael Hicks, director of the Indiana-based center that produces the annual report...
County plans summit to promote economic growth

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Tehama County Economic Development Team will join with development, business and agricultural officials from around the state in August to seek ways to remove barriers and promote economic growth in the county. Local business owners will be invited to join US Department of Agriculture Rural Development California State Director Kim Dolbow Vann and representatives from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, Rural County Representatives of California and California Association of Local Economic Development for a discussion around government barriers that stymie growth in the county, and possible solutions to promote progress, according to a press release. Click here for...
California Community Colleges launch Self-Employment Pathways in the Gig Economy project

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

It’s a uniquely tech sector term—the gig economy. That’s a cool description for a fast-growing part of our workforce—one that is built around short-term, discrete jobs (or gigs) performed by people who operate independently (translated, they are working for themselves). Uber, Lyft, Turo and Airbnb are just four well-known companies that have emerged in this dynamic and disruptive space. How big is the gig economy? In the “Freelancing in America” study, commissioned by Freelancers Union and Upwork and conducted by independent research firm Edleman Intelligence, 34 percent of the American workforce – or 53.7 million people – are working as freelancers who “have...
California Applauds Multi-State Coalition's Releases New Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan

Monday, July 16, 2018

BOSTON, MA: As the Trump Administration attempts to weaken federal greenhouse gas (GHG) and corporate average fuel economy standards for the nation’s light duty vehicle fleet, nine Northeast and West Coast states today reaffirmed their strong commitment to a clean, low-carbon transportation sector with the release of a new Multi-State Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Action Plan for 2018-2021 to support the successful implementation of the states’ ZEV programs. “These nine states, one-third of the nation’s car market, will bring millions of clean cars to America’s roads and highways,” said California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.  Continue to full article

Friday, July 13, 2018

GO-Biz is leading a large and diverse delegation to this year’s annual SelectUSA Investment Summit—a unique platform to connect with potential new business partners and showcase California’s exceptional value-proposition to the international marketplace.  Washington D.C. – For the fifth year running, the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) will lead a state-wide delegation of nine city and county economic development organizations to attract foreign direct investment to California at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s 2018 SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, DC, on June 20–22, 2018.  The theme for this year’s Summit is “Invest Here. Grow Here. Succeed Here,” focusing on...
Workshop offered on performance management

Friday, July 06, 2018

The Tehama County Employer Advisory Council and Employment Development Department presented an Employee Performance Management workshop Thursday, June 7 at the Tehama County Department of Education Assembly Room, 1135 Lincoln St. in Red Bluff. Human Resources Consultant Jesse Converse discussed setting clear and specific performance expectations for each employee and providing periodic formal and informal feedback about employee performance relative to those stated goals. HRCI and SHRM credits were available. Continue to full article
Red Bluff Chamber: Early registration for downtown farmers market

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Registrations are open for summer Wednesday and Saturday markets. Looking forward to a great year with lots of great farmers, vendors, music and activities which started in June. For questions, to register or more info, visit or call 527-6220. The Saturday market is year around at the River Park, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bands needed The chamber’s Wednesday night farmers market is looking for bands to play from 5:30-8 p.m. The summer concert season began June 6 and runs through August. Please contact Jason for questions or an application to be considered for this summer at 527-6220 ext. 301 or write to...
Regulation has helped, not hindered California’s green economy

Friday, June 29, 2018

How else do you grow an economy by 80 percent without increasing carbon emissions? Earlier this year, California raked in $2.7 trillion gross state product, overtaking the UK as the world's fifth largest economy -- only Germany, Japan, China and the US itself produce more annually. It isn't just our lush farming regions or the technological wonders coming out of Silicon Valley that have made California an economic bellwether, the state's strict adherence to environmental regulations, which go far and above what the rest of the nation demands, have certainly helped as well. California has long been on the leading edge of...
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Wayfinding Signs for Manton Valley Wineries

Thursday, June 28, 2018

A bill could be enacted next year that will make it easier for visitors to find Manton Valley area wineries and vineyards. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau recognized the Manton Valley as a unique wine region in 2014. But the remote area of eastern Tehama County hasn’t been able to fully promote its wineries to tourists because of a state law that restricts signage. By California statute, wayfinding signs can only lead to destinations a maximum of 10 miles off state highways. Manton Valley’s closest winery is about 11 miles from the highway, which is just outside the statutory...
California Launches Online Directory of Business Incentives

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Businesses in California now have a new centralized directory with which to find information about relevant state and local incentives. Dubbed the California Business Incentives Gateway, or CBIG, this directory is essentially an online portal. The way it works is simple: State, local and county governments simply log on and upload information about the incentives available in their communities, and then businesses refer to it whenever they need that information. “It includes anything that state, county or local governments do to help California businesses to get started, or that they do to keep businesses here in California,” says Steve Juarez, deputy treasurer for California. These incentives,...
California Labor And Workforce Development Agency Announces Record Number Of Apprentices - On Track To Reach 100,000 Active Apprentices By The End Of 2020

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

SACRAMENTO – California Labor and Workforce Development Agency Secretary David M. Lanier has announced that there are nearly 82,000 active apprentices in California – the highest number in the 79-year history of formal apprenticeship job training in the state. In 2015, California had approximately 53,000 active apprentices and is on track to double the number by the end of 2020. “Apprenticeship programs provide workers with paid on-the-job training that can lead to goodpaying careers and supply employers with skilled workers.” said Secretary Lanier. “We have made significant progress during this period of economic growth in strengthening existing apprenticeship opportunities – reflected by the nearly...
California gains more than 39,000 jobs; unemployment falls to record low

Monday, June 25, 2018

The California economy rebounded from a disappointing March and added 39,300 net new jobs last month, as the unemployment rate fell to a new record low of 4.2%, according to data released by the state Employment Development Department. The report indicates that the California economy remains robust despite some fears job growth was tapering off. April showed marked improvement compared with March — which itself was better than originally believed. The original estimate showed California lost jobs that month, but that was revised upward Friday to job gains of 5,400. "Each month in 2018, it seems that California's employment boom will end, and...
Employee Engagement

Monday, June 25, 2018

Study after study shows employees who are more engaged and invested in their place of employment will work harder and perform better. Disengaged employees often have lower performance and bring down the morale of those around them. So what helps keep employees engaged? Surveys are one valuable way to see what your employees are looking for. Being intentional about your culture is important. Make people feel valued but also allow a little fun and camaraderie among employees. Also be honest in communications. If you expect something out of your employees hold yourself and leadership to the same rules. Lastly, and...
SEO Tips to Increase Your Exposure

Monday, June 18, 2018

Search engine optimization (SEO) is critical for your business presence online. Without it, you could have a website that doesn’t come up in a local search. For most local businesses, it is important to come up in a local search more than a national one. To make this possible, use the name of your town or Polk County on your website when writing content. For example, “Visit XYZ dentist in Polk County”. This is a simple step that can help you to show up when someone conducts a local search. Also, make sure that when designing your website, your meta tags...
Employee Reviews

Monday, June 11, 2018

Do you conduct formal employee reviews? If not, it might be time to start. At least yearly you should be conducting employee reviews so employees realize their value and know what to work on. It seems to make sense at the beginning of a new year but the time of year isn't important. If possible have coworkers also review each other. That will provide the most accurate review. Conduct the review in an organized fashion with prepared information that you want to review with the employee. Information shared at the review whether positive or negative should not be new information...
Facebook-Growing Your Followers

Monday, June 04, 2018

If your business has an active Facebook page the next step to build your page to help ultimately build your business is to gather reviews and testimonials on your page. Ask people who do business with you to rate you on Facebook or better yet leave a testimonial. Testimonials can be used all over the place as soft advertising. Another idea is to invite followers via posts to invite their friends to like your page. Maybe you could even have a fun and friendly competition among employees to help get more Facebook likes. If you want more followers try a...
Facebook Ads and Targeting

Monday, May 28, 2018

Facebook is constantly changing the game when it comes to advertising. Keeping up with the trends can be a great advertising opportunity to reach a segmented audience. Using specifications, you can design an audience for Facebook ads to your target. Maybe you want to target those shopping for a house, or newly engaged women or new dads. These can also be used to find job candidates. Once a post is built in Facebook go in and set the parameters for who to target. You can even target friends of people on Facebook engaged with your page. The cost on these...
Resource expo helps share program information

Monday, May 28, 2018

Red Bluff >> Tehama County residents were given the chance to learn about a variety of services available to them at the first Community Education and Resource Expo held at the Red Bluff Community Center. The event was a partnership between Prosperity Tehama, a subcommittee of the Tehama County Community Action Agency, CalWorks Administrative Oversight Team and First Five Tehama, said Tehama County Department of Social Services Director Amanda Sharp. The event was aimed at strengthening families. “Our event had two main purposes, first education and connecting service providers and secondly to promote awareness of those services to bridge the gap of...
Progress made on Manton way-finding signs

Friday, May 25, 2018

Red Bluff >> Tehama County Chief Administrator Bill Goodwin there had been progress on seeking way-finding signs for Manton vineyards and wineries, with State Sen. Jim Nielsen putting forth Senate Bill 1259. The bill, which seeks an exemption for Tehama County due to its rural nature, is set to go before a Senate Transportation hearing soon, he said. The county has been working toward way-finding signs for groups identified in a branding effort several years ago as being of historical or cultural interest. Manton was left out because it falls outside of the limit set by Caltrans, according to a staff report...
The Incubator Model

Monday, May 21, 2018

An incubator is a physical or virtual space to build a business or start a new business. The National Business Incubation Association has a search engine to find local incubator locations. Some incubator locations are meant to support networking and access to services new businesses might need like lawyers or revenue resources. Others are meant to be a physical space to start a business or space to expand an existing business. Virtual incubators are sometimes set up to foster networking among new businesses. Visit the search engine to find an incubator if you deem it may be an asset to...
With recession in the rear view, a more upbeat California looks to choose a new governor

Monday, May 21, 2018

Standing beneath a radiant blue sky, Mary Cox set aside her broom and counted the blessings of living in California. Sure, taxes are high — especially compared with Indiana, where she lived a few years ago — and there’s a lot of government red tape, as she’s learned owning a tavern in this charming bedroom community midway between San Francisco and Sacramento. But crime isn’t a big problem here, the schools in Vacaville are better than they were in Indianapolis and the weather, the 47-year-old Cox said as she smiled at the crystalline morning, couldn’t be finer. While Cox swept up, her sister...
Will opportunity zones kick-start economic development?

Friday, May 18, 2018

A program that proponents believe will spur investment in economically challenged areas is being hailed by North State Congressman Doug LaMalfa. But will opportunity zones be a difference maker in the game of economic development? Opportunity zones are part of the recent federal tax overhaul. They are billed as an opportunity for investors to use a capital gains deferral in exchange for investing the money in disadvantaged communities, Sen. Tim Scott said on his website. The South Carolina Republican championed the bipartisan effort to get opportunity zones in the tax law. “The creation of Opportunity Zones was a critical component of our new tax law that...
California’s economy isn’t just L.A. and Silicon Valley. We need a statewide strategy

Monday, May 14, 2018

We all feel California is in the driver’s seat. The Golden State has the keys to the most innovative economy in the world, yet we are constantly managing economic crises in housing, poverty, homelessness, and infrastructure. Why are we faced with these ongoing, systemic issues when we are the world leader in innovation and fuel the strongest economic engine in the country? California should independently, regularly and cohesively measure its economic behaviors and build a comprehensive statewide economic development plan, as well as create an opportunity for constructive dialogue on the unique needs and features of our state. Continue to full article. 
Google Local Listings

Monday, May 14, 2018

When is the last time you googled yourself, well actually your business? Googling your business is more important than you think. Especially, if you operate a retail store or have contact with the public it's important to have your name, location(s), hours and phone number listed correctly on Google. If anything is incorrect go in and change it. Make sure to check back in a few weeks that it updated. Also, if you have the option, take ownership of the listing so you can easily update the information in the future. You may have a verification code mailed to your...
Made In California

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Golden State is increasing the benefits for manufacturers that participate in its recently launched CA Made state labeling program. If California were a country, it would have the sixth-largest economy in the world. While everyone knows that a significant portion of our vegetables are grown in CA, the Golden State has launched an aggressive program to make sure we know about the manufactured products that are produced in California. The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) recently announced a partnership with California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) designed to increase the benefits for businesses that participate in GO-Biz’s recently launched...
GO-Biz Committee Approves $76 Million in Tax Credits for 63 Companies Adding 6,100 Jobs in California

Monday, May 07, 2018

Sacramento, Calif. – The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced that the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) committee approved $76 million in tax credits for 63 companies projected to create 6,166 jobs and make $490 million worth of new capital equipment investments across California. View the complete list of approved companies and award amounts. “The California Competes Tax Credit encourages companies from around the world to locate, expand and add good paying jobs in California,” said Panorea Avdis, GO-Biz Director and Chair of the California Competes Tax Credit Committee. “In the last four years, hundreds of companies have made commitments to...
Keeping your Best Employees

Monday, May 07, 2018

With the unemployment rate going down it should come as no surprise that employees are getting more interested in the job perks besides pay. There are a few ways to help retain employees. One thing many employees are looking for is wellness programs. This could mean rewards for healthy living, help with quitting smoking or cheaper gym memberships. Employees are also looking for a path to advancement or options to seek further training. Lay out a clear career path. Lastly, flexible work benefits are becoming more and more common. This could mean offering hour variations or the option to telecommute....
Mentors and Leadership

Monday, April 30, 2018

Growing the next generation of leaders is essential to any business. There has to be qualified employees to take over in the future. One way to build this is through mentoring. Mentoring can also help drive sales, increase employee loyalty and job satisfaction. It is helpful to start a mentorship program, whether formal or informal, especially at small businesses. There's a few ideas for making the mentorship successful. Before starting have clear objectives for what both wish to gain from the mentorship. This lays the groundwork and establishes trust and honesty. As a mentor find ways to challenge the mentee...
Hiring our Heroes

Monday, April 23, 2018

Looking for a employees, but having trouble finding the right candidate? How about hiring our heroes? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has  a program to connect veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses with employers in need. The program is called Hiring our Heroes. It includes a website for veterans to post their resume and potential employers to search resumes. They also host hiring fairs across the United States. There’s also opportunities for veterans to work as “fellows” or interns. Identifying as a veteran friendly workplace could mean for valuable employees for years to come. Search online for ways...
Input offered on opportunity zone designations

Friday, April 20, 2018

Red Bluff >> The Tehama County Board of Supervisors voted to approve recommendations for an opportunity zone program stemming from a 2017 federal tax reform bill. The bill directs each state to designate specific US Census tracts with high poverty that would benefit from private investment and California has been given the go-ahead to designate as many as 879 opportunity zones from the 3,516 zones in the state, said Tehama County Chief Administrator Bill Goodwin. While there is no direct financial impact, it is hoped the designation will result in greater private investment and jobs creation. Each county will have two census...
California aims to retool its workforce for the future of work

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Near the California state capitol, inside a hip work loft — a one-time car dealership that’s been up-scaled to a professional office —community and business leaders came together this week to talk about the future of work – the dynamic, fascinating and at times unsettling future of work. “The economy is unforgiving to those without skills,” said Van Ton-Quinlivan, executive vice chancellor at the California Community Colleges. “The rules of the labor market have changed.” Many of the participants at the Future of Work MeetUp event have one foot in “the building” where state policies and budgets influence the fates of 40 million Californians,...
California To Designate 'Opportunity Zones' To Spur Investment In Low-Income Communities

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Communities in California with poverty rates of at least 20 percent could soon be designated “Opportunity Zones,” under a program created by the GOP-led federal tax plan. Irena Asmundson, chief economist at the California Department of Finance, said the Brown administration is studying which impoverished areas to include. The program allows investors who put money into the communities to receive federal tax breaks on capital gains. “The intention of the program was to ensure that underserved areas, under federal tax law, would be able to attract a little more investment,” Asmundson said during a call with reporters on Friday. Parts of the Central...
Broad coalition of support grows for California’s online community college idea

Monday, April 16, 2018

A diverse coalition is building for Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to create a statewide online community college designed to serve workers who need more skills and credentials to move ahead but cannot access traditional college courses. CA Fwd, co-organizer of the California Economic Summit, encouraged in a letter to key legislators that the proposal should be approved because, in addition to online instruction, the plan includes competency-based learning, multiple start times, and personalized support – all of which have been proven to work with untraditional students. The Governor pointed out there are still two and a half million Californians between the ages of 25 and...
Business Meetings-Some Tips

Monday, April 16, 2018

Many times a meeting at a business can seem tedious or a waste of time. On the contrary, meetings can be important to the success of a business, if they are done right. Before a meeting is organized determine the correct audience and the objective of the meeting. Is it a brainstorming meeting or a way to get information across to a large group of employees? Pick a meeting time that employees will be the least distracted (avoid Monday mornings or Friday afternoons) and that the majority of those needed can attend. If employees use Microsoft Outlook for email, schedule...

Thursday, April 12, 2018

As part of California’s continued leadership in strengthening career pathways for cybersecurity, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and Cal Poly announced the 2018 California Cyber Innovation Challenge, set for June 22-25. Twenty teams of high school students will compete at the California Cyber Training Complex (CCTC) in San Luis Obispo, California, on June 23-25, following a cybersecurity workforce development summit on Friday, June 22.   “Every day, California companies deliver ground-breaking technological advances – from the Internet of Things to artificial intelligence, 3D printing and nanotechnology,” said GO-Biz Director Panorea Avdis. “This program will help students across California gain...
California unemployment rate falls to record low 4.3 percent in February Employers add 14,000 nonfarm payrolls jobs

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

SACRAMENTO – California’s unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent in February - a new record low in a series dating back to the beginning of 1976 - and the state’s employers added 14,000 nonfarm payroll jobs, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two surveys. California has also now gained a total of 2,876,200 jobs since the economic expansion began in February 2010. The U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged in February at 4.1 percent, while the nation’s employers added 313,000 nonfarm payroll jobs. In February 2017, the state’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent. The...
How to Use Video Marketing for Your Business

Monday, April 09, 2018

Video marketing can be an incredibly valuable tool for your business both in generating exposure and improving your search engine optimization. Most people think they need to hire a professional videographer to create videos but that’s not the case! You can create a simple video using your smartphone or one of the free online services like Wideo. Keep in mind that you are the subject matter expert for your business and industry. For example, if you are a plumber, you could create a short video with a tip for how to spot or stop a leak. By speaking into the camera...
Retaining Your Best Millennial Employees

Monday, April 02, 2018

More than any other generation, Millennials, those born from the early 1980’s to mid-1990’s are known for switching careers often. A 2015 article titled “Four Ways to Satisfy (and Retain) Millennial Employees,” estimates 60 percent of Millennial employees leave their jobs within 3 years. Millennials are those entering the workforce now and also currently in the workforce. How can they be retained to grow your business? Pay them well. Most Millennials are still paying for student loans. At least if you can’t pay them well, look for other ways to reward Millennials who are hard working and a value to...
Care home named business of the quarter

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Congratulations to Brookdale Red Bluff as the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber’s Best Business of the Quarter. Brookdale was recognized for the exceptional care the staff provides to residents. The nominator expressed gratitude for the level of care and concern shown to her mother from all the staff. This nominator added that the staff and environment are very welcoming to visitors and residents alike. Another nomination expressed appreciation to Brookdale for its ongoing involvement in the community and support to many local charities. The nominator shared several examples of the business’ fundraising, including the annual spaghetti dinner, annual Thanksgiving pie sale and the...
Downtown shop owner retiring

Monday, March 26, 2018

CrystalArt & Apparel has successfully reached its time line for 15 years in business in the Red Bluff community. Owner Wilma Petrzelka is taking her early retirement and the store will be closing its door on March 31. Petrzelka thanked her loyal customers who have supported the business over the last 15 years. She has enjoyed serving the Red Bluff community. Continue to full article. 
Remember to Say “Thanks”

Monday, March 26, 2018

It never costs anything to say the words “thank you.” Remember this fact when it comes to employees. While bonuses and paid vacation are great ways to say thanks, a compliment to employees who work hard can go a long way. Often this is forgotten by management and it’s an important way to build company loyalty. Taking time to wish employees a happy birthday or anniversary, bringing coffee or lunch periodically are simple things management can do to say thanks. Remember it only takes two words and it can go a long way, “thank you.”  
Red Bluff Chamber: Home town champs theme for Round-Up parade

Friday, March 23, 2018

The theme for this year’s Round-Up parade is Home Town Champions. Congratulations to this year’s grand marshal, Tehama County’s own world champion barrel racer Nellie Miller of Cottonwood. Sign up for the Round-Up parade online at or at the chamber office 527-6220. It’s at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21. Registration deadline April 9. COWBOY GOLF TOURNAMENT The Cowboy Golf Tournament is set for 9 a.m. Friday, April 20 at Wilcox Oaks Golf Club in Red Bluff. Lots of prizes, fun and have a chance to play with pro rodeo cowboys. There will be a $500 closest to pin on hole 18 sponsored by...
Workshops offered for small businesses

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The following workshops are being offered by the Northeast California Small Business Development Center at Butte College. All courses are at the center, 2480 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration and information are available by calling 895-9017 or visiting GROW THROUGH MARKETING A series of workshops on “Grow your Business Using Effective Marketing Strategies” will be held 8:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, March 6-27. The cost is $50 per person pre-paid or $60 at door. Must register to attend. Are you looking to grow your business? It is important to have realistic goals and a plan in place to help you achieve them....
Elevate CA: Four ways California can build more grads ready for college and a career

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The California economy is humming. Unemployment is at historic lows, even in many parts of the state often left behind in good times. But even this silver lining has a cloud. Parts of the Bay Area and Southern California are beyond full employment, which means some California regions are creating more jobs than the labor force can support. As Robert Kleinhenz of Beacon Economics wrote, “with the state at full employment, job growth and general economic gains will largely be constrained by the availability of workers. This is good for workers who might achieve pay increases in the coming months and quarters, but...
California’s Economy Will Continue to Outshine Most of the United States

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The California economy has been going gangbusters over the past few years and should continue to march along nicely over the next two years. As one of the most populous states in the country, California contributes slightly more than 14 percent to the nation’s gross domestic product—far more than any other state. And that should continue with the state’s economy predicted to grow 2.7 percent this year and 2.6 percent next year, according to the recent “Economic Forecast & Industry Outlook for 2018/2019,” released on Feb. 21 by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. The LAEDC report outlined a good-news scenario for...
Hiring the Right Employees

Monday, March 19, 2018

Are you stuck in a place in your business where you need to expand or you have a current job with high turnover? Finding the right person for the job can often be a difficult task. A few helpful tips include writing a good job description and knowing exactly what you are looking for in an employee. Spend a little time and money recruiting. Facebook is becoming a popular website for posting jobs. Use the job board area or just a general Facebook post to get the word out. Depending on the job, post to industry specific website where job...
Attracting Millennials to your Workplace

Monday, March 12, 2018

We’ve all heard about the generation of “Millennials,” adults considered to be born the early 1980’s to mid-1990’s. They are a group currently entering the workforce or possibly ready to move up in their current career. Although a generation can’t be stereotyped as one way, there are a number of common themes Millennials look for in a career or job. One important topic is money. Like past and future generations, proper compensation in the form of money, is something Millennials are looking for. More importantly than that Millennials often look for a job where they can contribute to a greater...
Shasta College Workforce Development Programs-Community and High School Programs

Monday, March 05, 2018

The Tehama Campus of Shasta College has a Economic and Workforce Development Division to address needs of Northern California industries. There are a number of initiatives tailored specifically toward high school students and the community as a whole. One program is called 21st Century Employability Skills. This program helps equip students for their future in the “New World of Work” through stand alone courses and helping educators incorporate the curriculum into existing coursework. They also have developed a course in Social Diversity Awareness. Shasta College also had a leadership program for high school students. This program takes a group of...
Shasta College Workforce Development Programs-Doing What Matters and Strong Workforce Program

Monday, February 26, 2018

Shasta College is a member of the North Far North Regional Consortium. This is a group of 15 member colleges who work together to develop programs to meet economic and workforce needs for the area. They have programs for Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Water and Environment Technologies, and Small Businesses to improve innovation and competitiveness for all kinds of companies in California. They conduct trainings and technology education to help keep the California workforce competitive and highly trained. The Strong Workforce Program is also a program run through Shasta College. This is an initiative to expand Career Technical Education (CTE) programs and...
Shasta College Workforce Development Programs

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Tehama Campus of Shasta College has an Economic and Workforce Development Division to address needs of Northern California industries. The division then tailors programs and classes to fit those needs. They are working to invest in California’s workforce now and for the future. Shasta College partners with industries and businesses to develop highly specialized training. Shasta College is currently part of three grants in the areas of: Advanced Manufacturing, Small Business, and Agriculture, Water and Environmental technologies. There are programs developed for each of the grant areas. There is also a Pathways 2 Possibilities program that helps students stay in high...
Tehama County Trade Forum Wrap-Up

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Tehama County had the honor of hosting a Trade Forum on Thursday, December 14th, at the Red Bluff Community Center in conjunction with the Rural County Representatives of California and the Center for International Trade and Development (CITD).  Numerous trade professionals provided attendees pertinent information on how local business owners can increase sales through trade, and resources available for businesses wanting to learn about trade. Brooks Ohlson, Director of the Sacramento Regional Center for International Trade Development kicked off the morning panel, discussing how California CITD’s across the state provide a full range of trade assistance services to companies and individuals...
Red Bluff Moose Lodge #2002 Supporting Tehama County Residents

Monday, January 29, 2018

Veterans, kids, first responders, the Moose Lodge supports all of these groups and more.The lodge has meal specials, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  The organization meets every other week and a free meal to moms on Mother’s Day and dads on Father’s Day. Visit the Moose Lodge for a fun evening!  
Kiwanis Club Works for Kids and Communities in Tehama County

Monday, January 22, 2018

Red Bluff Kiwianis Club is a local organization part of a global organization that works for communities and kids. The global organization celebrated 100 years of working for change in 2015. They are a passionate group of people who has fun while working hard. The Red Bluff Kiwanis club has a number of fundraisers including: a pancake breakfast in April, an annual Easter egg hunt, a children’s carnival, and “telephone santa,” where children can call in to speak to Santa around Christmas time. They also run a summer camp each year at the end of July and a golf team...
Los Molinos business adds truck, trailer rentals

Monday, January 22, 2018

U-Haul recently announced Sy’s Truck & Auto Parts & Supplies has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Los Molinos community. Sy’s is at 8022 State Route 99E and will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment and moving supplies. Normal business hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. After-hours drop-off is available for customer convenience. Reserve U-Haul products at this dealer location by calling 576-5059 or visiting here. Owner Everado Espinosa said he is proud to team with U-Haul to better meet the demands of Tehama County. Continue to full article. 
Red Bluff Chamber: Christmas breakfast a big success

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What a wonderful morning at Red Bluff Dodge for the Chamber Christmas Breakfast. So many Toys for CHiPs for Kids, thanks everyone for donating. Excellent food catered by Los Mariachis. And a special thanks to Zelma’s Awards and Balloons and More. Luke Parodi did it and amazing job singing Christmas carols. We have the largest crowd ever and they did a great job singing along as well. Thanks again Red Bluff Dodge for being amazing hosts. DIRECTOR’S CORNER Merry Christmas. No matter how old I get, I must admit I love receiving Christmas gifts. Don’t get me wrong, I love giving them as well. But...
Car culture, high housing costs could stand in way of California’s climate goals

Monday, January 15, 2018

California has become the face of the resistance to President Trump's dismantling of climate change policies — and in many ways that reputation is earned. The Golden State gets nearly half its electricity from climate-friendly sources, including solar, wind, hydro and nuclear. Carbon emissions keep inching downward, putting the state on track to reduce planet-warming pollution to 1990 levels by 2020, as mandated by state law. Some lawmakers think it's time for more ambitious goals. State Senate leader Kevin de León introduced a bill last year that would have required the state to get 100 percent of is electricity from zero-carbon sources by 2045 — a big jump from current requirements. That bill...
Fresh Air and Big Spaces

Monday, January 15, 2018

California is getting more and more crowded by the day, but in Tehama County there’s still plenty of open spaces. With thousands of acres of state and national parks and a booming agriculture industry, find the peace you need in Tehama County. The farmer’s markets are plenty with fresh produce and dairy. Anderson and Son’s Shelling, located in Vina, produces world renowned walnuts and other fine table nuts. For wine lovers, vineyards and wineries are scattered throughout the county. Corning is considered the Olive Capitol, with fresh pressed olive oil, tours and tastings. For fresh prune and peach tasting, Tehama...
California Competes Tax Credit Workshops

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Prior to each application period, GO-Biz hosts workshops and online webinars about the California Competes Tax Credit program. Each workshop or webinar consists of a 45-minute presentation, followed by a question and answer session. Each presentation includes the following: Overview of the program Program goals and evaluation criteria Step-by-step instructions through the application process All businesses are encouraged to attend a workshop to receive instructions on how to apply. We also provide webinars for those who are unable to attend workshops. Visit our California Competes Tax Credit Webinars page for schedule information.    Continue to full article for Workshop Schedule.
A Great Place to Call Home

Monday, January 08, 2018

Learn about the wide variety of housing options in Tehama County where home prices are less than half the California average ($426,790 compared to $162,860 in Tehama County). From a river in your backyard in Tehama to a gated community in Cottonwood, Tehama County really does have it all. If you want a home of your dreams at a reasonable price with reasonable taxes look no further than Tehama the County. Couple that with our many parks and recreational activities, beautiful senior living communities, top notch healthcare facilities and great schools and you can build the life of your dreams...
Hardworking Workers in Tehama County

Monday, January 01, 2018

Local, hardworking and loyal are all important qualities companies look for in employees. Tehama County has a workforce that fits these qualities.  Companies state they have a low turnover. Employees are dedicated and live in the communities where they work. A large employer in Tehama County boasts the highest production compared to other facilities nationwide. Wages are lower compared to other counties in California and Tehama County has considerably lower housing costs and taxes than surrounding major cities. Mark Lathrop is the Community Relations Manager for Sierra Pacific which is one of the largest employers in Tehama County with nearly 1,200...
Expect More Summit looks toward growing local workforce

Friday, December 29, 2017

Educators and various community representatives gathered at Rolling Hills Casino for the ninth annual Expect More Tehama Educational Summit with a theme of Create and Cultivate aimed at helping grow local talent to fill work force needs and to raise expectations for Tehama County students beyond that of a high school diploma. “If the businesses and communities are to thrive and grow, we need more of our students to fill key positions. A talent and worker shortage and low unemployment is forcing the region to be more strategic and creative in how we grow our own today and into the future,”...
Gerber Change Awards honors community leaders

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Five Tehama County community leaders were honored at the second Gerber Change Awards Gala that doubles as a fundraiser for the Gerber Children’s Christmas Fiesta in December. The awards were started by Danny Munoz, a professional singer and master of ceremonies in Los Angeles who grew up in Gerber. He puts on the fiesta with his family and friends as a way to thank those who selflessly love the community without expecting anything in return. The first award of the evening was the Philanthropy Award, given to a person or organization who donates to projects in the community or helps a family...
Pinning for Business-How to Use Pinterest for your Business

Monday, December 25, 2017

Pinterest isn’t just a way to show your friends new recipes, it’s becoming an important part of business marketing techniques. Depending on your business, Pinterest can really be a boost for sales. It can help build brand awareness or show some of the things your business and employees value. It can also be a place to put ads to generate more sales. For those new to Pinterest, it is a platform to post and share content and each “pin” has either a photo or video with it. The interesting part about Pinterest is a large majority of users are women.   There...
Ribbon cutting held for new office

Friday, December 22, 2017

Compass SLS & ILS is excited to officially be a part of the Red Bluff community at 855 Walnut St. The company has been supporting adults with disabilities in Tehama County for years and the staff is excited to have a home base near the center of the city. The business has a Community Room available to the people of Red Bluff. Those interested in the room can visit or cakk Danette at 276-5657. Pictured are owners Eric and Sadie Hess with staff, clients and chamber officials. Continue to full article. 
Hiring trends show optimism, challenges of new year

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

To provide timely employment forecasts for the U.S. and Canada, Express Employment Professionals International Headquarters conducts an ongoing Job Insights Survey to track quarterly hiring trends for businesses across a wide range of industries. Results from the 2017 fourth quarter Job Insights survey, as well as trends noted across all four quarters this year, paint an optimistic picture of the state of hiring and the economy as we head into 2018. Businesses are optimistic about the economy. The vast majority of respondents reported that they expect to see an upward trend in hiring, or at least maintain the status quo. Only 11% of...
How manufacturing in California will remain part of our economic future

Monday, December 18, 2017

California’s manufacturing sector has long been viewed as a ticket to the middle class. While there are fewer manufacturing jobs than existed a generation ago, they still are vitally important of California’s economy. Earlier this month, thousands of students visited manufacturing plants in California to learn about the industry and the job opportunities it offers. “There are close to 1.3 million Californians working in manufacturing today. Manufacturing is still a huge sector and that is why we are investing in Strong Workforce Programs to create a pipeline of trained and qualified employees,” said Jose Anaya, sector navigator for advanced manufacturing for the...
Shasta College Workforce Development Programs-Community Partnerships

Monday, December 18, 2017

Shasta College partners with a number of community organizations to increase their mission of creating a skilled workforce for generations to come. North State STEM works to see how to leverage time and talents of community members to make a difference for students in the present and future. It is a collaborative to increase the opportunities for students to pursue a variety of science, technology, engineering and math careers. STEM offers a career day and a lending library. Reach Higher Shasta aims to create clear pathways for students from infant to working adult. Students are matched with mentors along the way...
How a vibrant rural California helps entire economy

Friday, December 15, 2017

The California Economic Summit has been focusing some of its attention on the economic prospects of rural California.  California has a significant rural landmass—encompassing about 55 percent of our landmass-- with a rural population spread throughout many counties. The population is only about 9 percent of the state’s population—so often the needs of those who live in rural California are drowned out by the more populous areas. At the recent Summit convening in San Diego, conversations about how to create connectivity among rural economic development projects created real excitement. The president and CEO of the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) Greg...
Northern California's wine country needs you to visit

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The wine is flowing again at Steve Ledson's ornate castle winery in Sonoma County. In the main salon behind a hand-hewn wooden bar, Ledson servers welcome guests with tastes of chilled and crisp sauvignon blanc. In one of the private tasting areas on the second floor, guests nibble on platters of salami and cheese between smells and sips of zinfandel or cabernet. The pop of a cork being pulled from a bottle rings out from an adjacent room. In the fall, this Normandy-style attraction locked its doors and shut down as flames from one of the most destructive fires in California history advanced to mere...
Free Machining and Forming Technology classes-Advance workforce skills!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Red Bluff Joint Union High School District provides summer and yearlong programs to advance skills for laborers in the area.The Machining and Forming Technology course provides hands on and classroom instruction for entry-level Machinist employment with companies such as:  Lentec, Bell Carter, PCM, QRC, Sierra Pacific, Pactiv, Louisiana Pacific and Crain. The average wages for a Machinist in Northern California, according to Employment Development Department is $15-$20 per hour. The course will cover all necessary topics for a career as a Machinist, including safety techniques, use of precisions measuring equipment, and practice with machine feeds and speeds, just to name...
Quentin Tarantino's New Film Receives California Tax Incentive

Monday, December 11, 2017

It is one of 11 features that together have qualified for a new allocation of $62.8 million in credits under California's Film and Television Tax Credit Program 2.0. Quentin Tarantino’s new film, currently referred to as Untitled #9, which is being produced by Sony, and Fox’s upcoming adaptation of Jack London’s The Call of the Wild, to be directed by Chris Sanders, have been selected to receive tax incentives under California’s expanded Film & Television Tax Credit Program 2.0. The two films — among 11 new projects announced Monday that together will receive $62.8 million in incentives — were cited as examples of big-budget...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The partnership provides CA Made manufacturers with access to the statewide benefits of CMTC’s ‘Made in California’ program. Sacramento, California – The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) today announced a partnership with California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) designed to increase the benefits for businesses that participate in GO-Biz’s recently launched ‘CA Made’ state labeling program for manufacturers. The partnership provides CA Made manufacturers with access to the statewide benefits of CMTC’s ‘Made in California’ program. “Our partnership with CMTC will increase the visibility of the CA Made program and provide manufacturers with improved access to suppliers, business-to-business networking and events, and...
77th Annual Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale

Monday, December 04, 2017

For five days at the end of January, the “best of the west come together to meet and compete” at the Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale. This great event also includes a huge western art and trade show and the Cinch Jeans Buckin’ Best Invitational Bull Riding.  The Bull sale helps sellers and buyers come together for an enjoyable shopping and selling experience. See the best of what the Red Bluff area has to offer for bull sale and purchasing! The Gelding sale is another way to pair buyers with sellers. People come from far and wide to experience...
Survey Employees-It's Important!

Monday, November 27, 2017

A great way to increase employee satisfaction is to survey employees yearly and anonymously. High performing companies take the time to ask employees how they feel about their job, inefficiencies with work and how they feel about their team and supervisor. There's many different questions to ask based on your type of business. The most important parts of a survey are to make them anonymous and to make changes (if possible) based on results. Be prepared to accept what employees say and alter your work if necessary. Employees who feel their opinions are valued are more likely to stay at...
Red Bluff Elk’s Lodge #1250 Working Hard in Tehama County

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Red Bluff Elk’s Lodge #1250 is a local lodge of the Fraternal Order of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. The Elks are involved in donating to almost every charity in the Tehama County area. The Elks take special interest in helping children grow up in drug-free areas and supporting veterans. The Red Bluff chapter’s lodge has spots for 16 RV hookups, a marina, tennis courts and a large BBQ pit. It is located along the Sacramento River, just steps away. The lounge has a full service bar and special meal nights, including steak night on Monday. Each year...
Tehama County CattleWomen

Monday, November 13, 2017

The beef industry is an important part of the Tehama County economy. The Tehama County CattleWomen believe in the importance of the industry for our world as a whole. The organization started in 1953 and is associated with the Tehama County Cattlemen’s Association. The CattleWomen group includes women who are interested in promoting the beef cattle industry and who are involved with the day to day work of raising beef cattle. They strive to support the industry with labor and finances, to encourage producers and to instill the same love for the industry in future generations. They also work to...
Active 20 30 of Red Bluff #455 Works Hard for Kids

Monday, November 06, 2017

For those in the 20-39 age group that have a passion for working with kids, the Active 20 30 Club of Red Bluff is the perfect organization. An organization that dates back to 1922 Active 20 30’s, roots can be traced to California in the early 1900’s. The Red Bluff organization holds events throughout the year to raise money for local Red Bluff children. They also strive to develop leadership and help young adults connect with one another. It is one of the oldest young professional associations out there. Some of the events the Red Bluff organization holds are monthly meetings,...
Free Advanced Machining Techniques Program-Advance workforce skills!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Red Bluff Joint Union High School District provides summer and yearlong programs to advance skills for laborers in the area. The Advanced Machining Techniques course is a fast moving course that is free to take! This course expands on the Machining and Forming Technology course with hands on and classroom training. This course prepares adults eighteen years of age and older for careers at Lentec, Bell Carter, PCM, QRC, Sierra Pacific, Pactiv, Louisiana Pacific, Crain and more! Students who complete all course requirements will receive a certificate of proficiency. We want our workers in Tehama County to be some of the...
Tehama County CattleWomen and Red Bluff Business Association’s Beef N’ Brew

Monday, October 23, 2017

The headline event of the year for the Tehama County CattleWomen and Red Bluff Business Association is the Beef N’ Brew event held each year in Red Bluff in September. The event includes beer and beef sampling along the historic downtown Red Bluff. Red Bluff has over 30 local businesses to visit while strolling the downtown area. The evening ends with live music, a tri-tip wrap and beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. There are over 20 breweries to sample beer from at this fun event. There are even local “celebrities” pouring the beer; they are all local residents in authority...
Forward Movement on Broadband – We Need Your Help!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Tehama County Economic Development continues to work with Praxis Communications, Rural County Representatives of California, and California State University Chico to secure funding for Broadband through Tehama County and the greater North State. We need assistance from local businesses and residents to show that Tehama County does not have the level of Internet speed many companies claim our area has.  By downloading CalSPEED and running speed tests, you can help collect data that will improve understanding of broadband coverage in our region. CalSPEED test results reveal accurate download and upload speeds, delay, and delay variation.  These results are uploaded to the California...
Los Mariachis is named the Red Bluff Tehama County Chamber Best Business of the Quarter

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Congratulations to Los Mariachis as the Red Bluff Chamber’s Business of the Quarter! Roberto and Consuelo Reyes has owned and operated Los Mariachis-Mexican Restaurant in downtown Red Bluff for seventeen years, and they currently have seventeen employees.  Mr. and Mrs. Reyes are active and involved in the local Red Bluff community. The individual who nominated Los Mariachis was grateful to them for serving 625 hot delicicious meals at the “Welcome to Red Bluff” dinner for the California State Jr. High School Rodeo finalists and their families.  Los Mariachis prepared enough food for 1000 meals, and the left-overs fed the kids again at...
Sweets Shop opens Downtown

Saturday, October 21, 2017

  Meme’s recently opened on Main Street in Red Bluff and is the only shop in Red Bluff offering candy, sweets, and a self-serve frozen yogurt bar.  The owners, Murl and Dianne McDonald, have been long-time residents of Tehama County. Mrs. McDonald had always dreamed of opening a cupcake shop. While driving down Main Street the McDonald’s noticed a spot for lease and saw the opportunity to make the dream a reality. The plan was to start with yogurt, truffles, old-fashion candy and gifts but no later than opening the doors the first call came in requesting cupcakes. They’ve been a hit...
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The Spa Downstairs Opens Second Location and Expands Services

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Spa Downstairs is expanding its services and opening a second location at 655 Main Street, next to Holbrook’s Stoneware and Village Pottery. The new studio, Permanent Makeup by Kelli Graves, will offer permanent makeup services like Eyebrow Design, Eyeliner Enhancement, Lip Liner and Fill, Areola Restoration and Tattoo Removal.   Owner, Kelli Graves, is a state licensed Body Art Practitioner in addition to being a licensed Esthetician.  She has advanced training in Powdered Eyebrow techniques and Smoky Lash Enhancement. “Permanent makeup has exploded in the last three years,” states Graves. She continues to invest in herself and her business by attending...
Vendor Boutique and Wine Bar Opens Downtown

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Wendi Vaillette opened Americana on Main on October 4th with the help of Karen Lucero (previous owner of Dazzling Decor). “It has been an idea for about two years” states Lucero. The boutique currently has thirteen vendors renting spots. Vaillette and Lucero wanted to maximize space in the store, so beams in the middle of the store are rented for advertising or hanging products like jewelry. The opportunity to join the boutique has been well received as there are currently ten vendors on the waiting list. “We won’t have two of the same type of vendor” Vaillette states, “each differs...
Manton winery expands into a brewery

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

MANTON, Calif. - Cedar Crest Vineyards has expanded into a brewery, according to owners Jim and Corey Livingston.  They said they are now the only brewery and winery in Tehama County. "We try to craft it into the best beer we know how to make," Jim noted. Their sons Tim and Mark Livingston swayed them into the craft beer business because they were already home-brewing. "We added the beer business really because my two sons have an absolute love for beer," Jim  explained.  In 2015 Cedar Crest Brewing began operations.  "We introduced four beers to start with," Jim noted. "We introduce...a blonde and a red ale called...
Fun for Everyone

Monday, October 16, 2017

When it comes to outdoor recreation Tehama County has it all. From one of the world’s largest three day rodeos in April to kayaking down the Sacramento River. The calendar is packed with activities all year from food and wine to art and music festivals. Lassen Volcanic National Park has beautiful sights all year. The Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area in Corning has beautiful mountains in the distance and ample hiking opportunities. Red Bluff has about 90 acres of city parks for all ages, including a skate park, dog park, campfire recreation area and community center. Learn about the California pioneers...
Remodeled health facility to serve all at single site

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Red Bluff >> Tehama County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dennis Garton welcomed the audience to a ribbon cutting to celebrate the newly remodeled building at 1850 Walnut St. that will allow Tehama County Health Services Agency to provide integrated services with all clients entering the same door. “We are gathered here for a ribbon cutting of a historical icon that has served many generations of Tehama County to meet their various healthcare needs, including that of a supervisor who was born here 65 years ago today,” Garton said, referring to Supervisor Steve Chamblin. The building had 70 beds when it initially opened as...
Beef ‘N Brew brings crowd to downtown Red Bluff

Friday, October 13, 2017

Red Bluff >> Sidewalks and businesses were bustling with people attending the eighth annual Beef N’ Brew held in downtown Red Bluff. The event drew record numbers last year with more than 1,700 people in attendance and 2,600 pounds of beef served, said Tehama County CattleWoman and Event co-Chairwoman Cathy Tobin. “We had no idea it’d be so successful that first year, but after the first few years we knew we had a success,” Tobin said. “ It always does well and the crowd seems to enjoy themselves. We draw people from all over and even out of county. Last year we had...
Oak Creek Golf Course purchased by ownership group

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Red Bluff >> Oak Creek Golf Course looks to be on its way to re-opening soon. Closed since August due to an ownership change and maintenance with the nine-hole, 2,622-yard course, it was announced this week that a local ownership group has made a deal to purchase the Montgomery Road course, with escrow expected to close Oct. 12, according to a legal notice sent to the Daily News. Oak Creek was built in 1975 and offered terrific views and challenging play for golfers of varying skill, said long-time resident Robert Jackson. It offered a great place for senior citizens to get out...
Sierra Pacific Expands in Red Bluff

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Growth is coming for Sierra Pacific Windows as they plan to double in size within five years. Recently, they purchased 33 acres from Louisiana Pacific which sits directly across the street from the Sierra Pacific Windows office on Reading Road. The land has a 120,000 square foot building on it that was previously used for storage. Sierra Pacific will add a new product line to their Red Bluff operation that will still provide the wood window look but at a lower cost to customers. This production will be housed in the new building along with new state of the art...
Health as a Hobby

Monday, October 09, 2017

In Tehama County, staying healthy is a hobby for many residents. Tehama County has more health clubs per capita than most towns of the same size. After work, many residents enjoy hiking, biking, jogging or canoeing down the Sacramento River. On any given day local residents are enjoying these activities with their friends and neighbors. Each year on Thanksgiving Red Bluff holds a Turkey Trot, which benefits a local youth sport organization. Corning holds a Color Run in March of each year to benefit the St. Elizabeth Community Hospital. A fun 5k, where you can decorate a white shirt (and...
What business exodus? California tops in U.S. for company creation

Monday, October 09, 2017

Toyota’s leaving. Nestle USA, too. Also Chevron and Occidental Petroleum. To name a few more. Even the headquarters of Jamba Juice and Carl’s Jr. So with much talk about companies supposedly fleeing California en masse — purportedly due to unfriendly conditions for business — would you be surprised if I told you the state had the nation’s largest increase in the number of companies between 2014 and this year? I tossed into my trusty spreadsheet tallies of “commercially-active businesses” by state from reports by American Express and Dun & Bradstreet. I was pleasantly surprised to see a significant California growth story. In the...
2017 USDA Value-Added Producer Grants Available in California

Saturday, October 07, 2017

USDA Rural Development’s Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps California’s ag producers increase income opportunities by developing or expanding markets for new or existing value-added products. VAPG applications are now being accepted. Please visit the VAPG website, or the August 28, 2017 Federal Register notice for complete program details. In addition, USDA Rural Development California staff will host a webinar on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 9:00am. Anyone interested in applying to the VAPG program is strongly encouraged to attend. Topics will include: Who can apply and what are eligible program uses; How to write a strong application; Common mistakes and how to avoid them. Please RSVP for the webinar to Greg...
$500,000 Awarded to Build Statewide Food & Ag Incubator Network!

Friday, October 06, 2017

This EDA investment funds the creation of the Verde Innovation Network for Entrepreneurship (the VINE), a California statewide network of interconnected incubators, innovation hubs, research centers and other places, to support innovators and entrepreneurs in agriculture, food, and natural resource technologies. The VINE will be a catalyst to accelerate the commercialization of technologies that create transformative advances in food, agriculture, and natural resources in California, across both rural and urban communities. Learn more at: Continue to full article.
Large Industrial Property For Sale in Red Bluff, California

Monday, October 02, 2017

This 154 acre property is zoned for general industrial and is in a convenient area for commercial development. This property is in a proven distribution area and some of the most reasonable land in California. It is adjacent to a major highway in Tehama County, Highway 5 and is also near the Red Bluff Municipal Airport, which has about 80 flights per day. The Union Pacific railway system, two single track lines, runs from Sacramento to Portland, Oregon. Deep Water ports in Stockton and West Sacramento are both less than 200 miles away. The inland port in West Sacramento is...
California's future tied to rail: Report

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) released a research report that details the impact freight and passenger rail operations have on the state economy. The report, Rail and the California Economy, is being released as an early research product supporting the 2018 California State Rail Plan and provides an overview of opportunities for rail to address the state's needs and challenges in the future. "Rail is a fundamental component of our transportation system that plays a strategic role in meeting California's transportation needs. California's population is projected to grow by 21 million by 2050 so efficient movement of freight and people, while...
25 Years of the Manton Apple Festival

Monday, September 25, 2017

For 25 years the Manton Area has been serving up delicious apples and a fun day to Tehama County residents. What started as a small apple festival, has grown to one of the premier craft and art events of Northern California. With local foods, arts, crafts, there is something for the whole family. This one of a kind event also features a pie eating contest for kids and pie baking contests for kids and adults. For music lovers, there is plenty of live entertainment all day! The proceeds of this event benefit local Manton non-profit scholarships and scholarships for local...
Remodeled health facility to serve all at single site

Friday, September 22, 2017

Tehama County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dennis Garton welcomed the audience to a ribbon cutting to celebrate the newly remodeled building at 1850 Walnut St. that will allow Tehama County Health Services Agency to provide integrated services with all clients entering the same door. “We are gathered here for a ribbon cutting of a historical icon that has served many generations of Tehama County to meet their various healthcare needs, including that of a supervisor who was born here 65 years ago today,” Garton said, referring to Supervisor Steve Chamblin. The building had 70 beds when it initially opened as a county...
Elevating California means all regions must rise together

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Paul Granillo is the president and CEO of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and has been a strong voice for developing a triple bottom line approach to economic development—-one that creates more sustainable middle-class jobs for all Californians. Mr. Granillo is also a former co-chair of the California Economic Summit Steering Committee. When I adopted the term "Two California’s" several years ago, it reflected the frustration that some of us who live outside California's coastal "boom areas" have.  As a proud product of the Inland Empire—an area that has more than 10 percent of California's population—I wanted to make sure that we weren't forgotten...
Five, Once in a Lifetime Winery Visits

Monday, September 18, 2017

Where in the world can five wineries be found with grapes grown in volcanic soil? Manton is nestled at the foot of the Cascade Mountains near Lassen Peak. It is thought that the volcanic soil from Lassen Peak helps grow the grapes that make some of the best red wine in the country. The grapes in the mountains often see heavy snow, which is also thought to aide in the growing of these world renowned grapes and ultimately wines. The high altitudes also help because with higher altitude comes slightly colder weather, meaning less pests that affect grapes. Driving along the...
Red Bluff Chamber: Get your dinner tickets today

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce will host its 102nd annual Community Awards and Recognition Dinner Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the Red Bluff Community Center, 1500 S. Jackson St. Get your tickets, nominate some outstanding people and organizations, sponsor a table to decorate with your business wares on it or be a sponsor this amazing event. Visit or call 527-6220 (301). This wonderful evening will begin with soft jazzy music, a social hour, silent auction red carpet photo op and no-host bar at 5:30 p.m. The evening will continue with a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. and awards program. Additionally,...

Thursday, September 14, 2017

670 California companies rank among Inc.’s 5000 List Inc. magazine released their 5000 fastest growing companies in America list with California holding the top spot for most companies on the list: 670. “First and foremost, California is home to dreamers with an idea and the passion to make it a reality,” said Jesse Torres, the California State Small Business Advocate. “Combine that entrepreneurial spirit with top-notch research institutions, a talented workforce, and a community of innovators, and you have the secret sauce for success.” Eligible companies on the list for 2017 were required to meet each of the following qualifications: Be privately-owned, based in the...
A Unique Festival-Corning Olive Festival

Monday, September 11, 2017

Festivals are plenty throughout the United States, but not many people have been to a festival celebrating OLIVES! Corning is hailed as the “Center of the Olive Universe.” This year’s Corning Olive Festival will take place October 7 at Corning Skate Park. What is to celebrate when it comes to olives? In Corning, there is a lot. They have been celebrating olives since 1946. At the time there was 9 olive canneries operating in the area.  The week leading up to the festival includes a missing olive contest for kids, think treasure hunt and the treasure is an olive. There is...
35th Annual Western Open Fiddle Championship

Monday, September 04, 2017

Fiddling and making music was our forefathers’ form of entertainment, whether they were at a family get together to a school dance to sitting on the back porch. Since 1982, the Western Open Fiddle Championship has captured this and continued the tradition. It is an event for skilled fiddlers from young to old to gather to share their skills in fiddling. This has become one of the largest and most popular fiddle championships in the Western United States. The championship takes place every year in October, in 2017, the 19th through the 21st in Red Bluff. The kickoff concert is...
Tehama County-Fun for All

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Tehama County Visitor Center is a neat place to visit. Located in Red Bluff the visitor center is run by local disabled adults through North Valley Services. The visitor center has information on all the events and places to visit in Tehama County. Visit for more information. For those in the area who enjoy gambling Rolling Hills Casino is the place to be! Play slots, play cards, or play golf! Stay in one of two hotels, or the campground with RV hookups. Enjoy the buffet, lounge, coffee house or steakhouse for a meal or a quick pit stop with...
Tehama County=World Class Education

Monday, August 21, 2017

Tehama County has 19 well respected school districts and the Tehama Campus of Shasta College. Shasta College works hard to meet the education needs of the community and workers. Elementary and high school educators have worked hard to make Tehama County’s schools strong for the future. Part of the mission statement states, “we prepare students to live, work, and thrive in a highly connected world.” The city of Corning is well known for its excellent reading program and goal to instill appreciation for lifelong learning. Red Bluff is one of the largest communities in the county and has three kindergarten...
Learn about all Tehama County has to Offer with our Videos

Monday, August 14, 2017

See some of the beautiful sights of Tehama County and learn more about the many reasons Tehama County can work for your business and lifestyle. Learn about the booming agriculture industry, tourism, and amazing home prices. The education system is known throughout California and our atmosphere of healthy living is amazing. Tourism is booming and one of the world’s largest rodeos happens every year in April. Click on any of the eight videos to learn and see more!  
Start your Dream Business in the Blue Tent Creek Area

Monday, August 07, 2017

Own a piece of history in the historic gold mining Blue Tent Creek area, near Jelly’s Ferry off of Highway 5.  The 136 acre property is zoned for a RV park, Gas Station/Mini Mart, Restaurant and Hotel/Motel.The historic Jelly’s Ferry area is a prime business opportunity in a high visibility area. Traffic volume on Highway 5, a major highway in the county, has traffic volume of 75,000 cars per day.  This area includes ample opportunities for hunting, fishing and boating. The property has a proven well and a large area for a septic system.The rest of the property is available for...
Crown Cleaners, “Royal Treatment” for your Garments

Monday, July 24, 2017

Looking for a dry cleaning company that will keep your most precious garments safe AND clean them at the same time? Look no further than Crown Cleaners located in Red Bluff. Crown Cleaners can be found in  convenient location in Raley’s Shopping Center. Owners Kim and Dan Barry take pride in cleaning everything from an expensive suit to children’s stuffed animals. Kim has been working in the dry cleaning industry for over 26 years and is certified as a Garment Care Professional with the Dry Cleaning and Laundry Institute International in Laurel, Maryland. Not only can the Barrys take care of...
Emerald Kingdom’s Move to Red Bluff Brings Jobs

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Emerald Kingdom Greenhouse (EKG), will move to Red Bluff and hire 5-10 laborers, welders, and fabricators.  EKG’s larger location in Red Bluff will allow Emerald Kingdom to begin manufacturing tubing they currently order from Arizona.  Cutting costs for EKG, and creating jobs in Tehama County. Emerald Kingdom owner Jeff Lloyd looks forward to their move to Red Bluff, which will start in the next couple weeks. They should be fully moved and ready for production by end of fall. At that time, they will hire electrical engineers, structural engineers, and drafters and employ 50 or more people. EKG started manufacturing greenhouses in...
Harbor Freight Hires for New Store in Red Bluff

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Harbor Freight is moving to Red Bluff and store manager Robert Wallan already hired 26 people for the new location, with a goal to hire 35 employees total.  They are looking for hardworking individuals who are interested in growing with the company, and had great success finding employees in Red Bluff, hiring about 90% of interviewees. Privately owned for 40 years, Harbor Freight started selling tools out of back of a truck at job sites and they pride themselves on delivering value. All tools are designed and manufactured by Harbor Freight, any tool returned is sent back to manufacturing and evaluated...
Local Tehama County Business Lentec Expanding

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Expansion is in the works, says Mike Nystrom of Lentec, “The demand is there now, we just need space and people.” Lentec builds industrial machines and food processing equipment primarily for the agricultural industry. With the recent boom in the nut, wine, olive industry and word of mouth referrals, Lentec has seen an increase in business. With the company’s excellent reputation in custom stainless-steel fabrication, their customers are often willing to be put on a waiting list to get Lentec’s product or their own design.  Because of this, Lentec’s need for expansion is urgent. Current expansion is underway, and will include the...
The Summer Months Mean It’s Time for Farmer’s Market

Monday, July 17, 2017

Eggs, produce, fresh meat, baked goods and handmade items can all be found at the Red Bluff Farmer’s Market. Wednesdays and Saturdays are both great days to come enjoy all the activities the Farmer’s Market has to offer. Wednesday nights from 5:00-8:00 p.m. bring the whole family for live music, everything from rock to fiddle to acoustic country. There is also kid’s activities from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Saturday markets are held along the river from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Support your local farmers all summer at the Red Bluff Farmer’s Market. A bonus is the EBT program is a part...
Greenhouse manufacturer to take root in Red Bluff

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Red Bluff >> Emerald Kingdom Greenhouse, a greenhouse manufacturer and supply company, is relocated from Redding to Red Bluff, adding 15-20 new jobs to the area. The company signed paperwork with the city on March 4 for a 20-acre lot on Montgomery Road, south of Ben’s Trucking. Once the company is up and running, which could be completed by the end of this year, City Manager Richard Crabtree said the city anticipates the business will provide up to 20 new jobs. Site plans for the project and the manufacturing building are being reviewed. The company’s primary focus is developing innovative greenhouse systems that...
California colleges adapt to training workforce for autonomous, flying future

Monday, July 10, 2017

“The robots have left the building and are part of how we work today.” That declaration is from Keith Kaplan, co-founder and CEO of the Tesla Foundation. “We must evolve and innovate all systems to integrate man and machine for the betterment of all.” Another way to look at it is "don’t be afraid." That’s why six California Community Colleges in Orange County are working together to develop curriculum that address what is called Autonomous Systems Engineering—technology tied to manufacturing or flying in the sky. The project is a workforce development program that's part of the California Community Colleges' $200-million Strong Workforce Program and will follow two...
Report: California employs more people in creative industries than any other state

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Bay Area has long been recognized as a hub of technology, but the creative industry still thrives in the region, and, according to a recently-released report, it still contributes significantly to the statewide economy. California employs a higher number of people in creative industries – architecture, entertainment, fashion, media, and publishing – than any other state, according to the "2017 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California." The report was released by the Otis College of Art and Design on Thursday and prepared by the Institute for Applied Economics. The California creative economy output totaled $406.5 billion, and the sector generated 1.6 million jobs statewide,...
Tehama District Fair “Back to Summertime Fun”

Monday, July 10, 2017

97 years is quite a legacy. That is how long the Tehama District Fair has been showcasing local agricultural and fair fun in the northern Sacramento Valley. Along with the typical fair derby, food and showcasing local animals, this year’s fair includes a magic show, balloon sculptor, live music, racing pigs and reptile displays. A highlight event is the Free Style MX, where motorcross riders showcase flips and tricks. With athletes made famous in the X Games, Dew Tour and Gravity Games-don’t miss it! This is a fun three days, July 13-16th. Come “back to summertime fun” at the Tehama District...
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Local Life with Lisa Hansen

Sunday, July 09, 2017

What do you do for a living? My husband and I own Express Employment Professionals, a staffing company.  We are celebrating our 20th year in business in Red Bluff. Do you have any small business experience yourself? I own a small business and understand the hardships a smaller company can face when going up against large corporate competitors. What is your favorite thing about Tehama County? I love being a part of the community!  Nothing feels better than to work together to better our community, whether it’s helping send a child to Kiwanis Camp or helping another business with educational opportunities and growth.   Do you have...
Where can you sample the most delicious apple pies in Northern California?

Monday, June 26, 2017

If you love apples, you’ll want to work up an appetite for the Manton Apple Festival held annually on the first Saturday in October. Considered one of Northern California's premier craft and art events, the Manton Apple Festival features high-quality artisan-made arts and crafts, as well as food of all kinds, locally grown apples, whole and by the slice apple pies, apple-themed products and live entertainment. Have fun watching the apple pie baking and eating contests, as well as the many family entertainment events that occur throughout the day. Festival proceeds help support Manton non-profit organizations and fund scholarships to support...
Don’t miss one of the best local events of the year

Monday, June 19, 2017

If you like beef, love sampling craft beers or just want to support some great Tehama County businesses, you can’t beat the Red Bluff Annual Beef ‘N Brew for a great night out. Come hungry to sample 21 different beef appetizers served up at businesses throughout historic downtown Red Bluff from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Enjoy a cold craft beer from your choice of 18 breweries on hand. Then from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, head over to Cone-Kimball Plaza to hear some great live music while enjoying a delicious tri-tip wrap and a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. craft brew. Check out all...
Tehama County’s unemployment rate decreases in May

Friday, June 16, 2017

Red Bluff >> Tehama County’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.6 percent in May to 5.6 percent, according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department. In May there were 25,360 people in the labor work force in the county. Of those, 23,930 were employed and 1,430 were unemployed. That’s 10 more people in the labor work force, 140 more people employed and 140 fewer people unemployed. The data are not seasonally adjusted. Tehama County dropped three spots to 39th from 36th out of the 58 counties in the state in unemployment. The Northern Rural Training and Employment Consortium region of the...
Fresh local produce is at the Red Bluff Farmers Market

Monday, June 12, 2017

Now’s the time to take advantage of the home grown produce and goodies at Red Bluff’s Certified Farmers Market, scheduled to close for the season in September. Get up early Saturday morning and enjoy a stroll through the colorful displays of fresh and local fruits, vegetables, flowers, dairy products, grass-fed beef and much more from 7:30 am to noon at City Park, 100 Main Street. Be sure to take advantage of the 5:00 to 8:00 pm Wednesday night market at Washington and Pine Streets downtown before it closes in early September. If you like farmers markets, you’ll love touring Tehama County’s beautiful...
100 years of “County Fair USA”

Monday, June 05, 2017

If you love the sights, sounds, tastes and excitement of a western style county fair, get your tickets early for County Fair USA at the Tehama County District Fairgrounds in Red Bluff the third weekend in September. This year’s big event is the Red Bluff Monster Truck Spectacular—three days of thrilling competition with a lineup that includes The Patriot, Titan, Hooligan, Terminator and many more. Watch these MASSIVE trucks crash the Fair and take over the arena as they vie for dominance in the electrifying, spectacular style these big boys are famous for. Another must-see event is the Best Voice talent...
New psychiatric health facility Restpadd holds grand opening

Thursday, June 01, 2017

The Red Bluff Restpadd Psychiatric Health Facility at 925 Walnut St. opened its doors Wednesday for a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its offering of mental health services for those in the community. The facility is the only one of its kind in this area that provides mental health services for adults and youth. Director of Business for Restpadd, Ifeanyi Ezeani, welcomed the crowd of more than 50 at Wednesday’s ceremony and thanked everyone for coming out. Administrators are waiting for the final license from the state and hope to be open for patients Monday. The Restpadd facility program is built around...
Corning Wine Art and Food Festival draws hundreds

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lines were already snaking almost out the door about 15 minutes after doors opened Saturday for the 12th annual Corning Wine, Art and Food Festival at Rolling Hills Casino. “It’s a beautiful day and we’re very thankful for that,” said Corning Rotary President Valanne Cardenas. “We’re hoping for between 1,200 and 1,500 people, but it’s already a great turnout. The event made $14,000 last year so we’re hoping for $15,000 this year. It all goes to our scholarships, of which we give out 13.” The event had 17 wineries available and seven teams competed in the Clam Chowder Cook-off during the afternoon. Continue...
How would you like to list your commercial real estate for sale on the Tehama County Economic Development website for free?

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tehama County Economic Development (TCED) will put your commercial property for sale listing on our site free of charge. Fill out the online form to submit your listing. Once approved, TCED will put a photo of your property, address, sales price and map on the Available Properties page of our website with a link that opens to a full page describing your property with full details, including an interactive map and more photos. Often the first place new and relocating business owners look to find information about Tehama County is the official TCED site. Make sure your commercial property listing is up for...
Letters: State is putting money where its mouth is

Saturday, May 20, 2017

In a recent column [“Gov. Brown’s words don’t match deeds on state’s business climate,” Opinion, May 17], sadly, the author’s words don’t quite match reality. It’s easy to regurgitate anecdotes and cherry-pick reports from interest groups to construct a tired narrative about California’s business climate, but this approach is neither intellectually rigorous or particularly informative. As another Southern California News Group columnist put it just last week [“California: The state where people don’t move,” May 8], “The state isn’t perfect, but the imagery of Californians being forced to leave isn’t an honest backdrop to numerous policy debates for various political ideologies.”...
California unemployment rate falls, but is the state’s economy slowing?

Friday, May 19, 2017

California’s unemployment rate fell to a near-record low of 4.8 percent last month, but experts cautioned that the Golden State’s economy might be slowing down. April’s jobless rate was the lowest in 16 years and only a tenth of a percentage point higher than the all-time low from records dating to 1976, according to statistics released Friday by the state Employment Development Department. Officials said the all-time low statewide jobless rate was 4.7 percent in November-December 2000. In March the state’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, and in April 2016 it was 5.5 percent. EDD said the state has gained nearly 2.5 million...
Health and Beauty Expo held at Red Bluff Elks Lodge Saturday

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Health and Beauty Expo, a first-time event, was held Saturday at the Red Bluff Elks Lodge, where about 20 vendors of all types were available to talk with attendees. “We wanted to make an event where people could learn more about health and wellness as well as be able to support others in the industry,” said Christi Szychuld, who co-founded the event with Liz Merry. The two often do small events in the area, but wanted to see one that was focused more on health, Merry said. Continue to full article. 
Corning Chamber: Historical presentation set for Saturday

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Tehama County Museum, 275 C St. in Tehama, will present Jedediah Smith and Firearms of the Fur Trappers. Joe Molter with give a discussion of Jedediah Smith, mountain man and explorer, and his expedition through Northern California, including Butte, Tehama, and Shasta counties. Lee Dummel will explain the different firearms used by the fur trappers of the West. Donations are gratefully accepted and appreciated. All funds will benefit the Tehama County Museum. For more information, please call the Tehama County Museum at 384-2595. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS The Tehama County Coordinating Council for the Developmentally Disabled invites you to attend the Annual Emergency Preparedness Fair 10 a.m....
How do you find an affordable community in which to live, work, and employ people?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Obviously the answer to the above question has to do with the cost of living, housing/real estate and wages and how those costs compare with other communities. When it comes to the numbers, Tehama County may just be California’s hidden treasure of affordability. According to the latest statistics, the cost of living in Tehama County is lower than most other areas in California. Businesses thrive here for many reasons and Tehama County Economic Development works to keep it that way. Housing and property in Tehama County are not only affordable, but also quite varied. The area offers many choices...from a riverside...
New California microloans aim to jump-start business in poorest neighborhoods

Monday, May 15, 2017

The state of California is introducing a new loan program that will provide micro-loans of $500 to $10,000 to entrepreneurs and nonprofit founders whose organizations could bring jobs to the poorest neighborhoods. “These low-wealth entrepreneurs simply do not have access to financing that other communities have,” said Teveia Barnes, executive director of the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, known as IBank. “We specifically targeted the...program to low-wealth individuals who are in low-wealth communities to try to reinvigorate these communities and to basically help these entrepreneurs get a jumpstart on their business.” The initiative is, in fact, called the Jump Start Loan Program, and IBank will be...
Red Bluff Chamber: Farmers markets just around the corner

Monday, May 15, 2017

The chambers farmers markets are set to start June 3. Red Bluff Parks and Recreation will be hosting kids activities again this year at the Wednesday night markets, which begin earlier this year — 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 7. The Saturday Market by the River is from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Registrations are open for Wednesday and Saturday markets. Do you have a business, a farm, an organization that you would love to promote more? The Wednesday and Saturday farmers markets could be a tremendous venue for you. Looking forward to a great year with lots of great farmers, vendors, music and activities. For questions, to...
California again outpaces U.S. in job growth as state unemployment rate drops to 5.1%

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The California economy started 2017 on a strong note, with employers adding a net 9,700 jobs in January and the unemployment rate dropping to 5.1%, according to data released by the Employment Development Department. January was a banner month for the country — which gained a net 227,000 new jobs. But California continued its years-long trend of outpacing the national economy in job growth, piling on jobs at a year-over-year rate of 2%, faster than the national rate of 1.6%. The unemployment rate in the state has improved markedly since January 2016, when it was 5.7%. But California’s jobless rate of 5.1%...
Corning discusses broadband for economic growth

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

The city is considering expanding broadband Internet access in order to prompt economic growth. City Manager Kristina Miller spoke about broadband in the region and encouraged all residents to install the California Public Utility Commission’s broadband measurement tool, CalSPEED, on mobile devices and computers to help the city understand the actual connection speeds in order to apply for grants. The North State has struggled to be competitive for grant funding because Internet service providers over report the speeds they are generating, Miller said at an April 28 meeting. “We are not successful in receiving grant funding because the Internet service providers self report...
Insurance office holds grand opening

Monday, May 08, 2017

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently at Robin Fleming’s new insurance office and Medicare supplements, 95 Sale Lane Ste. C in Red Bluff. Born and raised in Southern California, Fleming and her husband moved to the North State in 1991 to raise their children in a more rural, tranquil environment. During her early career Fleming held positions with various local government agencies in the purchasing field. In 1999 Fleming decided to make a career change into the insurance industry. Beginning with a company that sold small disability policies, she spent the next several years earning a great deal of knowledge and experience...
What’s the connection between firefighting and Tommy K’s 4-Alarm Frozen Yogurt?

Monday, May 08, 2017

At first glance it seems unusual to connect firefighters and frozen yogurt but in the case of one Red Bluff frozen yogurt store, it makes perfect sense. Lori Kinner opened Tommy K’s 4-Alarm Frozen Yogurt in September 2008, naming the store after her late husband, Red Bluff Firefighter, Tom Kinner. Tommy K’s quickly became a success and is now a popular destination for locals, tourists and firefighters. Tragedy struck in early August 2015, however, when a fire spread into the store. Thanks to the rapid response of the very firefighters Tom Kinner had worked with, the fire was contained and the...
Innovative Data Tools for Communities, Economic Developers and Businesses

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Did you know that EDA partners with businesses and universities through its Research and National Technical Assistance program (PDF) to develop and disseminate “data tools” on emerging economic development concepts? These tools are paving pathways of success for economic development and innovation by helping communities develop strategic plans, locate and evaluate regional clusters, explore existing innovation capacity and much more. For example, the StatsAmerica Innovation Index 2.0 Tool that we highlight in this edition of Innovate@EDA is providing economic development practitioners with a fast, simple way to calculate whether a country, region, or neighborhood may meet EDA eligibility thresholds for unemployment and income. Another tool that...
Assembly Jobs Committee examines upward mobility strategies and entrepreneurship in California

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County), chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy (JEDE) held the second in series of hearings, which will serve as a foundation from which the Members will oversee current state programs and evaluate legislative proposals. The focus of the JEDE Committee hearing is on strategies that support upward mobility. Using a framework of economic growth, the JEDE Committee will examine the factors that support long-term economic security. “The recovery and transition of the state’s economy has established California as a powerhouse nationally, and internationally.” said Committee Chair, Sharon Quirk-Silva. “This leaves us...
A great weekend starts with a trip to the farmers market.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Plan a delicious weekend of special treats with a trip to the Corning Farmers Market Thursday evening from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. Get to know your area farmers and craftspeople while buying the best in local produce, homemade jams, breads, smokin’-good barbecue and way more, including flowers and a variety of one-of-a-kind crafts. (Rumor has it Wyatt’s famous pretzels are so good, they could support Tehama County Economic Development all by themselves.) Learn more at the Corning Farmer’s Market Facebook page. Did you know Tehama County is a world-class nut grower, supplying fine table nuts to countries across the globe? The county’s biggest...
Tourism to Lassen Volcanic National Park creates $32.6 million in economic benefit

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A new National Park Service report shows that 536,068 visitors to Lassen Volcanic National Park in 2016 spent $32.6 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 478 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $37.5 million. “Lassen Volcanic National Park welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Jim Richardson. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. We also feature the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National...
Frozen yogurt, candy shop opens downtown

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Meme’s on Main, serving frozen yogurt, old time candy, truffles and gifts, has opened in downtown Red Bluff. Owned by Murl and Dianne McDonald, the retail shop at 643 Main St. is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Dianne has been a Red Bluff resident since she was 3, graduated from Shasta College with a general education degree and was active in PTA and Little League while her children were in school. Murl lived in Los Molinos until he was 27, where he was a school board member and active in 4H and FFA...
Tehama County sees growth in economic development

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tehama County wants to bring new jobs for residents, and help our existing local businesses thrive. For that reason, in 2015, the Board of Supervisors created an economic development program, to continue and enhance the efforts of residents who have worked for many years to increase tourism and help local business. When the Board took this action, they cited meetings they had with economic development officials in Patterson, California, who said economic development is a process and that it generally takes five to ten years before significant progress is achieved. Even given that warning, we are proud of the progress...
What makes Tehama County employers brag about Tehama County employees?

Monday, April 24, 2017

There’s something about Tehama County…its culture, its work ethic, its traditions…that produces hard working, dedicated employees. Employers in Tehama County are proud and grateful to have such high caliber employees working for them. A certain very large Tehama County employer has consistently found that its most productive facility, out of all its facilities nationwide, is the one in Tehama County. Local employees are loyal--a trait greatly prized by employers who know how valuable a low turnover rate is to any business. A large percentage of Tehama County employees are skilled and educated workers, too. All this despite the fact that wages...
Hope Chest Thrift Store completes remodel

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Red Bluff >> The Hope Chest, a thrift store at the corner of Breckenridge and Grant streets that supports the Family Counseling Center, underwent a remodel thanks to a $50,000 grant from the McConnell Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation. The Family Counseling Center, previously known as the Family Service Agency, was started by local civic groups to meet the counseling needs of low income members of the community and continues to be supported by the Hope Chest, which celebrated 50 years of service to the community in 2015. “It was built in 1915 so it’s an old building and it’s...
How it takes a local bank to move local dreams forward

Monday, April 17, 2017

It’s not often that you see community events listed on a bank’s website. Many if not most banks these days are corporate conglomerates with national websites far removed from anything local. But Tehama County’s Cornerstone Community Bank is different. There’s a page on the menu called “Our Community,” where local events, news and customers’ social media conversations are featured. When they say they’re ‘community-oriented,’ it’s not just lip service. Cornerstone Community Bank is a California state chartered bank that opened in 2006. Headquartered in the town of Red Bluff, Cornerstone is locally owned, locally managed and built from the ground up to...
Corning women’s club to celebrate 115 years

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs will be celebrating Federation Day on April 24, commemorating more than a century of volunteer service to communities and the Maywood Woman’s Club in Corning will celebrate 115 years. Mayor Douglas Hatley Jr. proclaimed April 24 as General Federation of Women’s Clubs “Federation Day” in the city Tuesday. “I congratulate the Maywood Woman’s Club on their 115th anniversary of their April 2, 1902 Charter with the California Federation of Women’s Clubs,” Hatley said. “I thank members, both past and present, for their numerous contributions to our community.” Maywood President Emma Rivas was present to accept the proclamation...
California’s major economic sectors to benefit from new Strong Workforce funding

Thursday, April 13, 2017

2017 is shaping up to be a big year for an ongoing upgrade of California's workforce. The California Community Colleges are beginning to put to work the $200 million in Career Technical Education funding the Legislature and Governor Brown approved last year. Nearly 700 programs have been certified as part of the Strong Workforce Program to address the middle-skills gap that employers and educators are saying holds back California’s economy. Not surprisingly, many of the programs are aimed at better responding to the workforce needs in California’s largest employment sectors. "California has the immediate need for 50,000 trained cybersecurity workers right now," said Stephen Wright, sector navigator for...
Tehama County Farm Bureau celebrates 100 years

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

 The Tehama County Farm Bureau celebrated the start of its 100th year with a centennial celebration held at the Tehama District Fairground. “It was 100 years ago when several progressive, forward-thinking Tehama County farmers joined with a national and statewide effort, led by the University of California’s Division of Agriculture, to form Tehama County Farm Bureau,” said manager Kari Dodd. “The Tehama County Farm Bureau was formally organized in 1918. One year later, the California Farm Bureau was established.” California Farm Bureau First Vice President Jamie Johannson, who served as master of ceremonies, continued the background of the farm bureau in his...
Where can you choose from a colossal selection of olive-related products and spend the afternoon tasting the best olive oil, beer and wine?

Monday, April 10, 2017

If you’re looking for anything that has to do with olives, chances are you’ll find it at the Olive Pit. What started nearly 50 years ago as a frosty and hamburger stand that sold olives on the side has grown into a Corning landmark and tourist magnet. The Olive Pit brings you the finest quality olives, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, wine and craft beer, nuts, candies, olive-based soaps and lotions…even a Café that serves breakfast, lunch and ice cream shakes! For those who want to try before they buy, the Olive Pit offers both an olive oil tasting bar and a...
Up Ahead: 140 miles of motorcycle twisty road heaven in Tehama County.

Monday, April 03, 2017

If you love riding your motorcycle on winding, twisty roads with gorgeous, mountain scenery, you have got to check out Highway 36 starting from Red Bluff and going west toward Fortuna. This stretch of dramatic curves and turns is known as the number one windiest road in California! When you first start out from Red Bluff, you won’t believe the intense elevation changes. You’ll literally feel like you’re on a roller coaster! The road conditions are perfect so expect a smooth, excellent road surface for just about all of the 140-mile, four-hour trip (it gets a tad rough toward the end)....
California Community Colleges releases annual Economic and Workforce Development report

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The California Community Colleges (CCC) Chancellor’s Office released its annual report on the 2015-16 Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) program. Created as part of the Economic and Workforce Development Division, the EWD program is designed to combine local colleges, industry partners and other stakeholders to create opportunities for Californians. “Specifically, it invests in the development, execution and distribution of world-class skills training to Californians seeking to be work-ready employees in the California businesses that need them to thrive,” California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley said in a press release. The program acts as an incubator of educational and workforce innovation to increase California’s economic growth and...
Smith named president of Redding hospital

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mercy Medical Center Redding announce Monday that after an extensive nation-wide search, Todd Smith has accepted the position of hospital president beginning Feb. 26. Smith has served as president of St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff since 2013 and the Dignity Health North State leadership team is confident that his engaging and focused leadership style will continue to serve Dignity Health well into the future, according to a press release issued Monday. “We are very excited to welcome Todd to Mercy Medical Center Redding,” said Mark Korth, chief transformation officer and recent past president of Mercy. “This is a great opportunity...
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County economic program sees growth in 2016

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tehama County wants to bring new jobs for residents, and help our existing local businesses thrive. For that reason, in 2015, the Tehama County Board of Supervisors created an Economic Development Program to continue and enhance the efforts of residents who have worked for many years to increase tourism and help local business. When the board took the action, it cited meetings it had with economic development officials in Patterson who said economic development is a process that generally takes five to 10 years before significant progress is achieved. Even given that warning, the program is proud of the progress it is...
What makes a great local supermarket?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Residents of Los Molinos, CA feel very fortunate to have a wonderful local supermarket in their town called Nu Way Market. Locally owned and operated, it’s no surprise that Nu Way Market was named Best Business of the Year in 2012. Why do people love shopping there? For one thing, everything is super fresh and beautifully displayed…from the gorgeous fresh produce to the fresh meats to the fresh flowers and other groceries. The store is always clean and very well stocked. You can count on finding what you need every time you visit. Shopping at Nu Way Market is easy. Their...
Study shows Tehama District Fair has a positive economic impact

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The California Department of Food & Agriculture Fairs and Expositions Branch preformed an economic impact study for the Tehama District Fair’s 2015 season showing a clear indication of the impact the fair has on state and local economies, and a report was presented at the Board of Directors meeting on Jan. 24. According to the study, the Tehama District Fair and other fairs in California create jobs and income for the community each year with the various activities planned throughout the year. Continue to full article. 
Motocross provides personal growth and mutual respect among kids and their families.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Three miles west of Red Bluff is the Fingerlakes MX Park, a private, non-profit motocross track where kids ride and compete in events like the Ironman Cross Country Race and many others. The park was started to give young MX riders a positive environment in which to grow, develop respect and participate in a wholesome and healthy fellowship. Located on the Fingerlake Ranch, the park consists of three tracks and a staging area. The 1.2 mile Motocross Track features large and small jumps, including a 90 ft table top. The PeeWee Track is designed for the 85cc beginner and under. The...
What makes the Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area (ONA) so outstanding?

Monday, November 14, 2016

A Tehama County historic and natural resource, the Sacramento River Bend ONA is a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts who return time and again thanks to the great variety of recreational activities available. The eight-mile long stretch is the last undeveloped section of the Sacramento River. The area is ideal for boating, fishing, kayaking, hiking, camping, hunting, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking and viewing wildlife. The Sacramento River Bend ONA’s diverse landscape is home to bald eagles, osprey, migratory/song birds, deer and salmon alike…from its panoramic rolling hills of blue oak savannah to its lush riparian habitat surrounding the Sacramento River and...
SERRF helps California rank #1 in after school programs

Monday, November 07, 2016

The Safe Education and Recreation for Rural Families (SERRF) after school program creates a safe, healthy and enriching environment in which kindergarten through eighth grade children can participate in many different activities. SERRF serves all twenty-five Tehama County elementary and middle schools, including the small, isolated rural school sites. The program provides academic enrichment, homework assistance, tutoring as well as academic games and activities. Recreational programming includes physical activities, clubs, arts and crafts, music, drama, cooking, woodworking, to name a few. Students also benefit from social skills development, youth development, field trips, guest speakers and so much more. Learn all about...
CA New Film/TV Tax Credits Generate $1.5B in Spending During the Fiscal Year

Thursday, November 03, 2016

With the first fiscal year for the new California film tax incentives now complete, the California Film Commission on Thursday issued a report that said the $220 million in funding that became available in fiscal year 2015-2016 generated $1.5 billion in direct in-state spending from film and TV production, including $600 million in below-the-line wages. Signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2014, California’s incentive program, dubbed Program 2.0, replaced the existing, first-generation film and TV tax credit program. Expanding funding from $100 million per fiscal year to $330 million per fiscal year — with $220 million allotted in its first...
Counties unemployment rate decreases in September

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Red Bluff >> Tehama County’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.9 percent from a revised 7.4 in August to 6.5 percent in September, according to the data released Oct. 21 by the California Employment Development Department. In September there were 25,640 people in the labor work force in the county. Of those, 23,980 people were employed and 1,660 people were unemployed. That’s 460 more people in the labor work force, 660 more people employed and 200 fewer people unemployed in the month. Tehama County is ranked 37th out of the 58 counties in the state. That’s down 8 points due to the decrease...
Download the USDA Agricultural Research Partnerships Newsletter

Thursday, November 03, 2016

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is USDA’s primary internal research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to major agricultural problems that are both national and international in scope. ARS has nearly 2,000 scientists nationwide and a few in overseas locations. ARS scientists carry out 750 research projects on a variety of subjects. Click here for the complete article.
Former Corning resident launches new olive oil company with Kickstarter campaign

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Former Corning resident Dewey Lucero and family have launched a new olive oil company, Wild Groves, in Newcastle. The company is dedicated to providing fresh California-grown extra virgin olive oil that is certified to be 100 percent authentic, the most important certification an olive oil can have by the California Olive Oil Council. “With recent findings of widespread fraudulent labeling of extra virgin olive oil ... we believe it is our mission to not only provide an authentic, certified, fresh extra virgin olive oil from California, but to also educate the marketplace in the process,” Lucero said in a press release.  Click here...
Tehama County Economic Development makes marketing video debut Wednesday at State Theatre

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Red Bluff >> Tehama County took to the big screen Wednesday when the Tehama County Economic Development series of marketing videos, available on the county website, made a debut at the State Theatre. Tehama County Supervisor Bob Williams served as master of ceremonies for the event. “Welcome everyone and thank you all for attending,” Williams said. “It’s nice to see so many people turn out for tonight’s event because tonight is about celebrating and looking forward to the future of the Tehama County Economic Development Program.” Click here for the complete article.
Tehama County Farm Day teaches students about agriculture

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Red Bluff >> The sun returned to the North State Tuesday just in time for 581 fourth grade students to enjoy the annual Tehama County Farm Day held at the Tehama District Fairground. “Welcome to Farm Day,” said Shelley Macdonald, a member of the Tehama County Farm Bureau’s Agricultural Education Committee. “We hope you’re excited to learn about where your food comes from and how farmers are a part of our every day life.” Tuesday’s event marks the 21st year the farm bureau has hosted Farm Day in Tehama County, said manager Kari Dodd. Sponsors include the farm bureau, Golden State Farm...
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JC Pendergraft, Running the Corning Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

How long have you lived in Tehama County? On and off since I was born, I moved away when I was a child, but came back around the age of ten and attended local schools.  Graduated from Corning High School, and like most people at that stage of life couldn’t move away fast enough.  I spent a lot of my 20’s traveling and living different places, but found nowhere that felt like home as Corning did.  My family asked me to move back nine years ago, and I have no intention of leaving, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. What do...
See how charming an old-fashioned western town can be. Come to Corning, CA.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Called the Olive Capital, Corning is a quaint, rural town known for…you guessed it… award-winning olive products. Time has been gentle on our agriculture-centered town, home to primarily olive groves but also walnut, almond and peach orchards as well as cattle and sheep ranches. If you’re a ‘foodie’ or you appreciate especially delicious olives and olive oil, make sure you schedule time for Corning’s olive oil tasting tour to experience how amazing freshly-pressed olive oil and olives taste. Other must-see attractions include the Corning Olive Festival in early October during harvest time and the Rolling Hills Casino and Resort, a popular...
Why joining and participating in the Corning Chamber of Commerce is great for business.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Whether it’s growing olives or growing businesses, the City of Corning, CA excels at both. The Corning Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of Executive Director, JC Pendergraft, offers local businesses the most and the best opportunities to promote themselves in the community and region. Through monthly networking, advertising, promotional products and hosting and participating in events such as the Corning Olive Festival and Corning in the Evening, your business gains significant exposure in the regional marketplace. Learn more about the Corning Chamber at With a cost of living that’s one of the most affordable in the state, Tehama County is...
Ever been to an old time, toe-tapping fiddle championship?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Treat yourself to some of the best fiddling this side of the Mississippi at the Western Open Fiddle Championship, Thursday through Saturday of the third week in October. Join us as we ‘fiddle around’ during Fiddle Week, a fun Tehama County tradition. The Red Bluff Elks Lodge is home to the Western Open, which features a kick-off concert Thursday night with a world-renowned, champion fiddler. Friday and Saturday are packed with 12 hours of non-stop music in every nook and cranny of the Lodge…from the popular swing style to traditional old-time fiddle tunes. Young and old alike compete in their categories...
'Livestock Man of the Year' is Tehama County rancher

Friday, October 14, 2016

A Tehama County man who has been involved in the cattle business and the promotion of beef has been named the state's 2016 Livestock Man of the Year. Jerry Hemsted was selected for the prestigious recognition by the California State Chamber of Commerce and the Grand National Rodeo Horse and Stock Show. He will accept the prestigious award at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on Oct. 15. Hemsted was born into the cattle industry. He demonstrated his first love of the industry with the purchase of a heifer named Domino Princess the 44th at the age of 10 in Millville. Click here...
How to Bring Back Manufacturing Jobs

Friday, October 14, 2016

America has a long-running crisis in manufacturing employment. Quite simply, year after year, the number of people employed in making things declines — the figure is down by nearly 5 million since 1996. And in election years like this one, it is common to hear politicians talk about how they will bring manufacturing jobs back. Across the board — on both sides of the aisle, in every part of the country — there is an overwhelming desire to have more manufacturing jobs. This is partly due to nostalgia and symbolism. But it’s also driven largely by economics: Generally speaking, the manufacturing...
Job Creation Surges into California

Friday, October 14, 2016

Job growth was solid in August, in California and greater Sacramento, as the state’s economy continued to perform well. Employers statewide added a robust 63,100 jobs during the month, the Employment Development Department reported Friday, although the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.5 percent. The job gains for August were a sharp contrast with a fairly weak showing of 18,600 the month before. In greater Sacramento, the unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a point, to 5.5 percent. Employers added 5,200 payroll jobs during the month, and the construction industry led the way with 3,300 jobs. Retailers added 1,600 jobs. Click here for the...
New Tools and Resources for Workforce Development Online

Friday, October 14, 2016

With the widespread planning occurring to implement the $200M Strong Workforce Program, its dedicated section of the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy website has been updated and filled with timelines, resources, standard communications templates, regional convening calendar, searchable library of labor market information and more. These resources will assist with important planning and stewardship of these funds as community colleges invest in more and/or better career technical education (CTE). Click here for the complete article.
Small Business Center offers variety of courses

Friday, October 14, 2016

The following workshops are being offered by the Northeast California Small Business Development Center at Butte College. All courses are at the center, 2480 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico, unless otherwise noted. ServSafe Food Safety Training & Certification workshop: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. The cost is $120 per person prepaid or $130 at the door including ServSafe textbook, or $80 prepaid and $90 at the door without book. New Venture Entrepreneurial Series, a series of workshops for start-up and new businesses: 8:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 5-25. The cost for the series is $50 per person pre-paid or $60 at...
What’s so special about Tehama County’s higher altitude mountain wines?

Monday, October 10, 2016

Words alone cannot describe the uniqueness of Manton wines…you have to taste and experience them for yourself. So escape the city and take the mountain road to Manton for a tour of Tehama County’s five exceptional wineries-- Shasta Daisy Vineyard, Mt. Tehama Winery, Cedar Crest Vineyards, Alger Vineyards and Indian Peak Vineyards. They say the secret to Manton wines is in the soil—in this case, volcanic soil. Each of the Manton vineyards is located near the Lassen Peak Volcanic National Park. The nutrient-rich volcanic soil, snowmelt waters and bright mountain sunshine provide the perfect growing environment for grapes. Learn more about...
Olives are so cool, they get their own festival in Tehama County

Monday, October 03, 2016

Corning, NY may be known for glass, but Corning, CA is known for olives and America's oldest and longest running olive festival. Billed as the ‘Center of the Olive Universe,’ Corning hosts the Olive Festival every year in early October. As you can imagine, there’s no better place to buy olives and olive oil. You’ll also enjoy an historic olive tour, parade, ‘Missing Olive’ contest, ‘Corning Does it Bedder’ bed races, olive pit spitting contest and more. Get all the details for this year’s unique festival at Corning is famous for growing the ‘Queen of all olives,’ the Sevillano olive or...
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Raul Mena, Enjoying Tehama County Seasons

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Raul, how long have you lived in Tehama County? I moved here in June of 1994. What brought you to Tehama County? Work, I was offered a position at the Wal-Mart Distribution Center, but I was not going to move here if I didn’t like the area.  When I came to visit, and the natural beauty here was a huge draw, so I made the move. What do you do for a living? I am a manager for Wal-Mart Distribution Center Logistics; one of the things I like about working there is how they encourage their employees to be involved in our community and volunteer. What...
2016 State Rankings: California Leads for Installed Solar Power Capacity

Sunday, September 11, 2016

California maintained its spot as top-ranked state for Installed Solar Power Capacity and Texas kept its crown as king of Installed Wind Power Capacity in Business Facilities’ 12th Annual Rankings Report. California maintained its formidable lead as Business Facilities’ top-ranked state for Installed Solar Power Capacity and Texas kept its crown as king of Installed Wind Power Capacity in the magazine’s 12th Annual Rankings Report. The Golden State’s installed solar capacity is more than four times greater than any other state. Arizona, North Carolina, New Jersey and Nevada filled out the top five, respectively, in BF‘s annual solar energy ranking. Cick here for...
Manton vineyards hold blessing of the grapes ceremony

Sunday, September 11, 2016

On Friday, the brothers of the Monastery of St. John of San Francisco, located in Manton, went out to at least two local vineyards where a blessing of the grapes ceremony was held prior to the start of harvest. Cedar Crest Vineyards, at 32505 Forward Road, was one of the stops where Superior Father Innocent and Alexis were assisted by Shea Kolar in sprinkling holy water while singing and praying over the harvest, said Corey Livingston who owns the vineyard with her husband Jim Livingston. Click here for the complete article.
Manton winery expands into a brewery

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Cedar Crest Vineyards has expanded into a brewery, according to owners Jim and Corey Livingston. They said they are now the only brewery and winery in Tehama County. "We try to craft it into the best beer we know how to make," Jim noted. Their sons Tim and Mark Livingston swayed them into the craft beer business because they were already home-brewing. Click here for the complete article.
Shasta Livestock Auction Yard to celebrate 50 years in Cottonwood

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Shasta Livestock Auction is turning 50, having been run by the Peek family since it made its first sale in Cottonwood on Sept. 9, 1966. The community is invited to attend a 50th anniversary celebration Friday, Sept. 9 at 3917 Main St. The auction yard and the Branding Iron Cafe will be celebrating with specials the week leading up to the anniversary at the cafe, and a raffle items and prizes for consignors along with a lower commission rate for the cattle sold, said Brad Peek, manager of the auction yard and son of owner and founder Ellington Peek. Click here for...
Tap Into Tehama fills Red Bluff River Park, raises money for Moose Lodge

Sunday, September 11, 2016

More than 40 varieties of beer from 22 different breweries were available to try on Saturday at the Fourth Annual Tap Into Tehama microbrew festival held at River Park. The event started as a conversation between friends about holding a community brew festival and organizers had no idea it would get as big as it has when they started, said Michelle Hickok who co-founded the event with Stephen Ferguson. The 2015 event drew at least 350 people and continues to grow each year, she said. Click here for the complete article.
Tehama County Farm Bureau Awards $4,000 in scholarships to local youth

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Tehama County Farm Bureau recently awarded about $4,000 in scholarships to the following Tehama County Youth. Will Macdonald is the son of Rob and Shelley Macdonald, he is a 2015 graduate of Red Bluff High School. He attends Lassen College in Susanville. Will is pursuing a major in Agriculture Business Management and Agriculture Science. Will is currently on the Lassen College Rodeo Team and is an active member of the California Young Cattlemen’s Association. His career objective is to work in the Agriculture Industry and someday owning his own operation. Click here for the complete article.
Tehama Small Business and Resource Seminar Coming in September

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Invited to Present: California State Board of Equalization Small Business Administration Employment Development Department Franchise Tax Board Internal Revenue Service Small Business Development Center Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development Small Business Seminar Topics: Basics of Sales and Use Tax Loan Programs and Services Employee or Independent Contractor? Forms of Ownership Better Business through Better Records Marketing Your Business and Business Resources Click here to view event details.
Indoor baseball training and development facility opens

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A new indoor baseball training facility, The 6th Tool Baseball Training and Development, opened its doors in May for athletes interested in learning the fundamentals of the game and developing their skills through classes and training. The facility is near Trainor Park and Vista Preparatory Academy, at 1005 Vista Way in Red Bluff. The facility hosts classes, lessons, open cages and travel teams, with player development and year round training being the focus, said Dan Tating, owner and lead instructor. Classes in hitting and pitching mechanics, infield and catching fundamental and learning baseball strength and agility training are at the forefront of...
Placemaking as an Economic Development Strategy

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to planning, designing and managing public spaces. During the last decade, the focus of many economic development programs has shifted from the attraction of businesses to the retention and attraction of talented workers. Communities seeking to attract talented residents must position themselves as centers of innovation and creativity. The principals of placemaking have the potential to transform underutilized public spaces into vibrant community assets where people congregate and add vitality to the community. Click here for the complete article.
Realizing the dream of entrepreneurial success

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Entrepreneurship is strong in North America. The U.S. and Canada have the highest levels of entrepreneurial activity in the world. If the thought of working for yourself and following your dream is appealing, here are seven important questions to consider: 1. Do you have the personality traits to run a business? You’ve probably heard that entrepreneurs are risk takers and innovators, but there are additional factors to keep in mind. Are you a good planner? How are your networking skills? This checklist of 25 characteristics by will help you determine whether you are suited to own your own business. Click here for...
Red Bluff Chamber: Social media training offered for businesses

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Social Media 101 is a chamber business class aimed at showing local businesses how to get customers. The Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center at Butte College will present ongoing business training. Learn to use social media to advertise and grow your business successfully. Not only is social media effective it can be very cost efficient. In this training, you will learn how to effectively use social media. Do you want to know the best techniques and tools to use when marketing your new or existing business? This workshop will provide you strategies and practices to effectively...
Red Bluff Chamber: ‘Market Downtown’ open to all

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

All farmers and vendors welcome to the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce’s Wednesday night farmers market. If you have fruits or vegetables to sell or have great merchandise, please register today for our fantastic markets. Come get some delicious certified produce and meet great vendors. Click here for the complete article.
Restaurant holds ribbon cutting ceremony

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Leigh & Val’s Wings and Wheels Restaurant held a ribbon cutting recently at the Red Bluff Airport, hosted by the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce. Pictured in the middle are Leigh Ann Dugdale and Val Karel, owners, and Ken Raatz, cook. Click here for the complete article.
Tehama County is excited to announce a new partnership with CGI Communications

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Tehama County is excited to announce a new partnership with CGI Communications, Inc. to create a series of professionally produced online videos to highlight everything our community offers residents, visitors, and business owners. In addition to creating the videos, CGI is ensuring they are seen. For many businesses, getting noticed online can be a challenge, however, utilizing video dramatically improves visibility and drives more action to your website than static pages, with the demand for video climbing even higher for users on mobile devices. With an easily viewable interface on the official county website, this video program will encourage viewers to learn...
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Red Bluff and Tehama County Chamber of Commerce holds successful expo

Monday, February 22, 2016

More than 65 local businesses gathered Thursday at the 4th Annual Business Expo And Mixer to promote themselves and connect with the community at the Red Bluff Community Center. “This year has been the biggest thus far,” said Dave Gowan, president and CEO of the Red Bluff-Tehama County Chamber of Commerce. “This is a great opportunity to promote local businesses and organizations in Red Bluff and Tehama County.” Click here for the complete article.
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Red Bluff Chamber: BEAM a hit, on to Round-Up

Monday, February 22, 2016

The 2016 Business Expo And Mixer, or BEAM, was a wonderful success. Thank you, to all the businesses and organizations that made our Business Expo this year such a fantastic time. Also, thank you Red Bluff and Tehama County residents for coming out and showing great support of your local businesses and organizations. The Red Bluff Community Center did a great job hosting this event again. Click here for the complete article.
Grab your hat and spurs for 11 Days of Round-Up Rodeo mania.

Saturday, January 23, 1988

  For an unforgettable vacation experience for the whole family, take a trip to Red Bluff, CA in mid-April. Because for eleven days in April, the entire town and most of Tehama County goes crazy for all things cowboy in anticipation of the internationally-known three-day Round-Up Rodeo. Here are some of the popular, fun events you can expect during what’s known as ‘The 11 Days’ (It’s best to wear cowboy attire to these whenever possible):   Chili Cook-Off Competition and Car Show Round-Up Parade Cowboy Golf Tournament Cowboy Coffee networking event at the Round-Up Museum Round-Up Business Decorating Contest for the best decorated office Cowboy Mixer after 5:00 PM...
Registered Dental Assistant Program: Application Due April 13th

Tuesday, January 19, 1988

The need for dental assistants throughout Northern California is GREAT. Butte RDA Program Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent Ability to read at 10th grade level Computer skills TB clearance - current two-phase (required prior to the first day of class) Hepatitis B immunization (verification of first immunization or completed series required prior to the first day of class) Click here to visit the Butte County Office of Ed's Career Technical Education Center website to learn more. Shasta ROP also has a, RDA program. Visit their site in April for complete details. Shasta CTE RDA program prerequisites: Age 18 or over High School diploma or GED Orientation Interview Assessment Test To Apply: Applications are...
Ribbon cutting ceremony held for medication disposal

Monday, January 18, 1988

The Corning community came together for ribbon cutting ceremony recently at the Corning Police Department to celebrate the county’s second safe pharmaceutical disposal site. The original safe disposal site is at the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department, 22840 Antelope Blvd. in Red Bluff. The Corning site is at 774 Third St. The pharmaceutical drug disposal kiosk will provide Corning and surrounding areas the opportunity to drop off unwanted, unused and expired medications safely. For more information, call 529-7940 in Red Bluff or 824-7015 in Corning or visit a kiosk 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Continue to full article. 
Where can you find a bar in Tehama County that looks like a log cabin?

Saturday, January 16, 1988

  It’s called the Cabin Saloon and, yes, it looks like a log cabin on the outside and in. Although the business is new to Tehama County, the owners are locals who have created a beautiful, cozy bar with a laid back atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re having a drink right at home. Located in Los Molinos by the water on State Highway 99e, the Cabin Saloon has all your favorite fine spirits, beer and wine, plus great live music, a happy hour, pool tables and the coolest jukebox in town. Everyone who comes to the Cabin Saloon remarks how...
Diversity, inclusivity key to a growing economy

Monday, January 11, 1988

For the American economy to prosper, it must be diverse and inclusive, UC Santa Cruz Professor Chris Benner tells business leaders in a new report written in collaboration with the University of Southern California and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. “America is changing,” opens Benner in “Diversity and Inclusion for the 21st Century Economy: An Imperative for Chambers of Commerce,” a paper co-authored with long-term collaborator Manuel Pastor, a UC Santa Cruz alumnus and former UC Santa Cruz professor now with the University of Southern California. The face of small business is shifting. From 2007–2012, Latino-owned businesses in the U.S. grew by 34.5...
What is an “Eco-Mercantile” and why are their products so unique?

Saturday, January 09, 1988

If you go exploring down Main Street in Red Bluff, you’ll soon discover Discover Earth, a one-of-a-kind boutique store that sells an eclectic collection of earth-friendly, mostly locally-produced merchandise for green living. Once inside, you won’t know where to look first with so much eye candy at every turn. The selection is dazzling, from unique quality natural fiber clothing, cool European leather shoes and quirky home and garden décor to decadent lotions and soaps, luscious jammies, designer jewelry and organic, locally-produced baby products. Check out their in-store goodies or buy online at Tehama County Economic Development supports innovative, out-of-the-box businesses like...
Grow California manufacturing to lead on climate change

Monday, January 04, 1988

Climate change is a high priority for Gov. Jerry Brown and many other state leaders, and an effective way to move forward in this fight is to promote energy-efficient economic development, particularly in manufacturing and other energy-intensive sectors. Manufacturers using California’s low-carbon energy are responsible for fewer greenhouse gas emissions than manufacturers in other locations with less stringent regulations. Keeping manufacturing in California rather than letting production leak out of state is key to lowering overall global greenhouse gas emissions. Coninue to full article. 
Which olive oil company in Tehama County has been growing its own olives since 1947?

Saturday, January 02, 1988

Almost 70 years ago, H.R. Crane bought his first 25 acres of old olive trees in the premier olive growing region of Corning, CA. Today, his family owns over 500 acres of olive trees, and grows, mills and bottles a premium extra virgin olive oil under the Lucero Olive Oil brand name. Sixteen olive varieties are used in the creation of various premium extra virgin olive oils for the Lucero brand and other top brands that are private labeled in the U.S. and overseas. Come sample Lucero’s gourmet quality extra virgin olive oils, blends and flavored olive oils in their tasting...
Corning Chamber installs board, recognizes community

Monday, December 28, 1987

Several community members and organizations were honored Saturday evening at the Corning Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner, where the new board was sworn in by Corning Mayor Doug Hatley. Directors include President Dale McFall, President Elect Anabel Hernandez, Treasurer Terry Barbo, Ashley Kester, Jerry Crow, Darian Mikkelson, Kandace Pendergraft, Kristin Behrens, Lauren Price, Maria Salas, Past President Melodie Poisson, Oscar Mundo, Ronda Haywood, Steve Kimbrough and Tony Cardenas. Continue to full article. 
Which pizza restaurant in Downtown Red Bluff has been voted the best every year since it opened?

Saturday, December 26, 1987

If you live in Tehama County, the above question is easy to answer. Firehouse Pizza Restaurant has been a shoe-in for best pizza in the County for five years running, which is how long the restaurant’s been open. Quite simply, everybody who tastes this pizza falls in love with it. There are a combination of things that make Firehouse Pizza so special. A secret dough recipe allows cheese to be cooked on the crust, adding flavor. The pizza smells especially delicious and the crust is sturdy enough not to fall apart or bend in your hand. All toppings are hand-chopped and...
Eclectic surprises abound at this shop

Saturday, December 19, 1987

Perhaps one of the most eclectic and fascinating places to go in all of Tehama County is the Red Bluff Gold Exchange Jewelry Pawn Shop. A fixture in town for the past 21 years, the store is sure to offer you something new to discover each time you visit. The Red Bluff Gold Exchange has been an active participant in the community and was named Business of the Year in 2012. The shop is like five stores in one. It’s a full-service jewelry store with an in-house master goldsmith, a pawn shop with a large selection of musical instruments and many...
Which Tehama County business is a world leader in engineered wood products?

Saturday, December 12, 1987

Although it makes some of its engineered wood products right here in Tehama County, LP Building Products has offices and manufacturing facilities across the Unites States, Canada and South America. The company is one of the top producers of engineered wood in the world. For over 40 years, LP has focused exclusively on manufacturing engineered wood products for the building industry. As the needs of that industry have changed and grown, LP has responded with innovative, ever-improving products for homes, multifamily projects, furniture, outdoor buildings and industrial facilities. The company is among the largest employers in Tehama County. Visit their website...
What company is among the largest lumber producers in America and the second largest employer in Tehama County?

Saturday, December 05, 1987

If you guessed Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI), you’re right. Sierra Pacific is a third generation family-owned forest products company with a large manufacturing facility in Tehama County. Actively involved in the community, SPI is well regarded for its good workforce training and loyalty to its employees, many of whom have been with the company for decades. A household name in the global lumber industry, Sierra Pacific Industries owns and manages nearly 1.9 million acres of timberland in California and Washington. Most people know that Sierra Pacific produces and mills lumber, but did you know the company also manufactures and sells custom...
CA Green Muni Bonds Top $1.3 Billion in 2016

Friday, December 04, 1987

California government agencies are showing increasing leadership in the green financing marketplace. In 2016, California agencies issued over $1.38 billion in labelled green bonds, or nearly a $1 billion over the 2015 total. In the three years since the State Treasurer’s Office issued the first California green bond, there have been over $2 billion in government issued green bonds in the state. Click here for the complete article.
California Economic Summit aims to restore upward mobility

Friday, December 04, 1987

The California Economic Summit is now five years old and has taken root in the state as a unique, powerful regions-based force that is addressing the need to strengthen California’s middle class. Literally thousands of private sector, public sector and civic leaders have worked on Summit objectives since its inception. “Of the considerable progress we’ve made in addressing workforce, housing and infrastructure issues, it’s the growth of the network that may be our greatest accomplishment,” said Jim Mayer, president and CEO of California Forward. “It is growing every year and we plan to aggressively expand it in 2017.” Click here for the complete...
Corning committee formed to boost economic growth

Friday, December 04, 1987

A 12-member Economic Development Action Committee was recently established in Corning, with the first meeting held in the second week of the new year, to work on improving recreation, tourism and economic growth within the city. Corning is working with 3CORE, a private, non-profit corporation that works as the economic development planning and coordinating agency for the Tri-County region composed of Butte, Glenn and Tehama counties, to develop economically as a community and move forward in a positive way. The committee is a group of stakeholders within the community working to improve workforce development, address generational poverty and promote business development and...
The Year Ahead for California’s Rural Counties

Friday, December 04, 1987

Earlier this month, I was sworn in as Chair of the Rural County Representatives of California, better known as RCRC.  The core of RCRC’s mission is to improve the ability of small, rural California county governments to provide services by advocating on their behalf, and promoting a greater understanding among policy makers about the unique challenges that face California’s small population counties.   I am honored to have been selected by my fellow RCRC Board Members to lead the organization in 2017, which is shaping up to be another challenging year for California’s rural counties.  As an organization we will work...
Whether you want to hire or get hired, Express Employment Professionals-Red Bluff can get the job done.

Saturday, November 28, 1987

Named Business of the Year in 2014, the Red Bluff branch of Express Employment Professionals is actively involved in our community. They match great jobs and companies in Tehama County with great workers to fit their needs. If you’re looking for a job, Express Employment Professionals-Red Bluff works with you to help find the right job for your skills and experience. They have a variety of full-time, part-time, and temporary positions available to choose from. The company also works with employers throughout Tehama County to provide employment services and workforce solutions. Visit for more information. Tehama County Economic Development supports the...
Get your message bigger, bolder and on just about anything with the help of American Ink printing.

Saturday, November 21, 1987

Do you need your logo embroidered on a jacket? Or want to turn an entire a car into a moving billboard for your product? Tehama County’s American Ink has you covered. From professional screen printing, logo design and custom embroidery to bold banners, wide format printing, vehicle graphics, decals and other printing specialties…American Ink is known for its friendly service, and delivers high-quality, affordable services in a reasonable amount of time. Learn more about how they can help you with all your printing needs at Tehama County Economic Development supports great businesses like American Ink by promoting them in many ways,...
Where can you go to see roaring fumaroles by day and the Milky Way by night?

Saturday, November 14, 1987

Tehama County’s Lassen Volcanic National Park offers an unforgettable glimpse into both the volatile and serene sides of nature. Discover the wonder and mysteries of thumping mud pots, volcanic gas vents, boiling pools and steaming ground while carefully touring the park’s volcanic sites. Enjoy the tranquil beauty of wildflower-dotted meadows and clear mountain lakes. Then come back in the evening to experience the breathtaking magnificence of a sky filled with more sparkling stars than you’ve ever seen. The night sky at the park is one of the darkest around, making it ideal for stargazing. The Lassen Dark Sky Festival in mid-August...
Awards of Excellence Program

Monday, November 09, 1987

CALED invites members and non-members to participate in highlighting their achievements and sharing their success stories. Each year we seek applications meeting the specific and overall criteria in each award category. Your participation could allow you to be showcased in your community and region. You may submit one application per category. Please note that there is a separate application fee for each application submitted, per category. Applications must be submitted electronically by the deadline date and time. Winners will be notified via e-mail. The Award of Excellence Winner (Grand Prize), will be recognized at the CALED 37th Annual Conference during...
California top volunteer-producing state for Peace Corps

Monday, November 09, 1987

Since its establishment in 1961, the Peace Corps has sent Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities, creating lasting change. Of those volunteers, 30,418 California residents have served since the agency’s founding and there are 916 volunteers from the state currently serving worldwide, making California the top state when it comes to those with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. "During my time leading the Peace Corps, I have seen the tremendous impact that volunteers have when they share their unique hometown perspectives with the communities they serve,” said Director...
How the Arts and Cultural Tourism Spur Economic Development

Monday, November 09, 1987

It’s the question that all local officials ask themselves: How can we attract and retain profitable businesses and talented people? A key component of such efforts — and one that’s often mislabeled an “amenity” —is arts and culture. Creative businesses play a huge part in the California economy. These businesses comprise the arts, design, digital media and other fields that utilize a creative workforce. More than 134,000 creative businesses employ 500,000 Californians, with another 100,000 freelance or part-time creative workers in the mix. In addition, the Golden State’s 4,553 arts organizations contribute $3.56 billion annually to its economy. Click here for the...
Local businesses make battery recycling easy

Monday, November 09, 1987

The Tehama County Solid Waste Management Agency recently announced collection results from its household battery and cell phone retail recycling program’s first 12 months of operation. Thanks to support from residents and the business community, the program collected 258 pounds of batteries and 20 cell phones at collection locations throughout the county, including retailers, libraries and the Visitor Center at Lassen Volcanic National Park, since launching in December 2015. The collected batteries will be responsibly recycled and remanufactured into new consumer products thanks to an innovative public-private partnership between Tehama County Solid Waste, the Call2Recycle battery stewardship program and local businesses, as...
What do bulls, geldings, stock dogs and replacement heifers all have in common?

Saturday, November 07, 1987

They’re all sold at Tehama County’s Bull and Gelding sale. The Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale in late January is where the best in the West meet and compete. Breeders of top bulls and geldings vie for the chance to make history and bring home the generous prize money awarded to champion livestock. The Bull and Gelding Sale also features Cinch Jeans Buckin' Best Invitational Bull Riding, a huge western trade show and a western art show and sale. For more information, visit Popular accommodations for the Bull and Gelding Sale include the Vagabond Inn at Rolling Hills Casino and...
Where can you find 90 years of combined turbine generator repair expertise?

Saturday, October 31, 1987

People don’t generally realize how important a turbine generator is until it breaks down. Large utilities, independent electric power generation companies, hydro-electric plants, geothermal facilities, government installations and municipalities know how central these generators are to key operations. That’s why these and other industries rely on Tetrad Services, Inc. to repair their turbine generators quickly and efficiently, with 24-hour service available. A Tehama County local business, Tetrad Services can repair all jobs, large or small, either on-site or in its fully-equipped machine shop. Tetrad’s field service engineers and technical consultants are some of the best in the turbine generator repair industry....
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Mary Dobson Collier: Owner of Dobson Vineyards

Wednesday, October 28, 1987

Mary, how long have you and Dobson Vineyards been in Tehama County? I came here in 2009, moving from Los Angeles.  Dad began Dobson Vineyards in 1972 in Manton.  He had a ranching background.  He taught the monks at the Vina Monastery how to grow fruit and nut trees.  He also learned about wine grape growing from some of the finest wineries in Bordeaux, France.  Dad was a long-distance runner.  He ran into the Sierra Nevada foothills, putting in weather stations, searching for the right temperature conditions to grow premium wine grapes.  This is how he discovered Manton had ideal temperature...
Slogan or all-natural performance drink? “BeastUp” is both

Saturday, October 24, 1987

Tehama County has some pretty cool local businesses and one of them is BeastUp, an all-natural energy drink designed for high-performance athletes. The company is managed by the Waelty family and a group of extreme sports enthusiasts who live the brand. BeastUp came out of a rallying cry used in motocross racing when conditions become brutal on the ‘fire line.’ What started as a slogan became a logo and then a clothing line. In 2014, the company developed its healthy performance drink to help athletes stay focused, alert and energized without the jitters, crash-effect or bad aftertaste of other energy drinks....
Why do people rave about living in Red Bluff, CA?

Saturday, October 17, 1987

If the City of Red Bluff were a person, she’d be described as fun, fascinating, beautiful and adventurous. That pretty much is a snapshot of life in Red Bluff, a town blessed with abundant natural beauty, a heritage of the best of the west, more awesome local breweries and wineries than any one town has a right to and a year-round calendar of amazing events that draw tourists like a magnet. The magnificent Sacramento River runs right through Red Bluff, making our area ideal for fishing, boating, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, wildlife viewing and so much more. Historic Downtown Red Bluff...
Affordable living in California!

Saturday, October 10, 1987

Tehama County is perhaps California’s best kept secret for those looking for a great place to live that’s also affordable. According to the latest statistics, the cost of living in Tehama County is lower than many other places in California. Check out the facts and figures here: Housing in Tehama County is not only very affordable, but also quite varied. Our area has many different types of properties available to choose from, whether you’re looking for a house in the town of Red Bluff or Corning, a home on the river in Tehama, a planned gated community in Cottonwood or...
Why joining the Red Bluff Chamber of Commerce is great for business.

Saturday, October 03, 1987

There are so many reasons why the Red Bluff Chamber of Commerce is a tremendous resource for new and established local businesses. One look at the Red Bluff Chamber website ( tells you how active, proactive and innovative this organization is when it comes to promoting businesses in the region. From business marketing/management classes and workshops…to great members-only discounts and deals…to an incredible calendar of promotion-friendly Red Bluff events (some of which are world-famous), the perks of Red Bluff Chamber membership are tailor-made to help your business connect, promote, market and succeed. Tehama County loves business and the feeling is mutual. Thanks...
California Now Fifth Largest Global Economy

Thursday, November 07, 1974

Sacramento, CA — As California celebrated “Small Business Month,” federal data released indicates that the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) has risen above the United Kingdom’s to claim a “Top Five” position among the world’s largest economies. California’s GDP rose by $127 billion from 2016 to 2017 to surpass $2.7 trillion as Brexit — the UK’s plans to exit the European Union (EU) — decreased economic output over the period. California, whose ranking sank to 12th place in 2012, following the Great Recession, last reached the fifth spot back in 2002. Since 2012, the GDP has increased by $700 billion and the...
5th Annual Tap into Tehama

Wednesday, October 09, 1974

August 12 will mark the fifth year of Tap into a Tehama at Red Bluff River Park. This event benefits the local Active 20-30 Club, a group of young adults working to increase the quality of life for children in their community. This event is not only a way for local breweries to showcase their brews, but it also is a show of community spirit and highlights how local businesses can work together. Micro-brew has grown in popularity over the last 20 years, especially in Northern California. There are so many varieties of beer, that most beer enthusiasts could never sample them...
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Best Craft Beer Spots in Tehama County

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

We’ve toured the County to bring you some amazing craft beers spots in Tehama County! (And boy, was that a tough job!! Wink, wink!) First we set out in Red Bluff, the county’s largest city, and we definitely found a few gems! Enjoy the Store is the downtown hub for craft beer in Red Bluff and seller of all things local. As the official tap room for Cedar Crest Brewery, Enjoy has a wide array of local crafts on tap. The award-winning 72 IPA (ABV 7.2%, IBU 72) is a hybrid in which the techniques they use for the New England...
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Michelle Hickok: The New Face of Zelma’s

Monday, November 05, 2018

Zelma’s Awards and Laser Engraving, the amazing business that has supplied trophies, name tags, and custom engraving to the Red Bluff community for the last eight years, has a new face! Michelle Hickok, who specialized in graphic design for the last 15 years, purchased the business and has started serving the Red Bluff community. Michelle wanted to challenge herself, and owning her own business was a great way to do that. “The business being for sale was a great opportunity to challenge myself creatively and ensure that Zelma’s continues to offer the same great service to the community under the new...
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Supervisor's Corner with Bob Williams and Steve Chamblin, Fall 2018

Thursday, November 01, 2018

As we began to contemplate what to write about in this quarterly issue of the “Supervisors Corner”, our conversation turned to opportunity in Tehama County.  Not just opportunity for business expansion and development, but to also the opportunity for jobs and employment that we see coming to our area in the near future and what is currently being done in anticipation of those positions being available. Let us start by saying that we see Tehama County as an area of abundant opportunity.  As has been stated in previous columns, Tehama County is centrally located on the west coast, has excellent access...
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GO Biz RFI Submitted

Monday, October 29, 2018

Tehama County economic development was able to submit a request for information to the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).  We receive these occasionally when a company is looking to site a new facility in California, or expand their existing business in California, and they use GO-Biz to run the initial screening process so the company can retain confidentiality. This submission was for a manufacturing company looking for 200 to 400 acres, greenfield preferred, for a new facility in California, north of Fresno.  Tehama County economic development was thankful for help from the Tehama County Building Department, Tehama County...
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Northeastern California Connect Consortia Visits Rancho Tehama

Monday, October 29, 2018

In September, Tehama County economic development organized a broadband tour for the Northeastern California Connect Consortia (NECCC) run by Chico State in Rancho Tehama. Areas throughout California have designated broadband consortia groups, and NECCC covers much of rural Northern California including Tehama County.  The goals of NECCC include creating plans to expand broadband service and access through the region, conducting broadband performance measures to assess current capacity, and helping local government adopt policies that support broadband expansion.  The group was interested in meeting with Rancho Tehama residents to better understand more about their current level of service. The highlight of the meeting...
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USDA and State Agencies Visit Tehama County

Monday, October 29, 2018

In August, Tehama County economic development hosted a successful workshop with USDA, other state partners, and 30 local business owners that represented all major industries through Tehama County, to discuss state and federal regulations that make business expansion difficult in Tehama County.  The event, “Tehama County Business: Barriers and Progress” kicked off with Supervisor Bob Williams starting a round of introductions between the different business stakeholders, USDA State Director Vann, and representatives from The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO Biz), Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), and Assemblyman Gallagher’s...
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Vida Juice Bar Finds Success in Red Bluff

Monday, October 29, 2018

Red Bluff’s first juice bar has been a huge hit! Vida Juice Bar serves juices, smoothies, açaí bowls, apple nachos and more! Yesenia Zaragoza strives to provide healthy, nutritious food to the community. Her customers have been raving about her and here’s what a few of them have said: “FINALLY!!!! I’ve been talking about a juice bar since I moved here! I am so happy that one has finally come to Red Bluff! The juice is so yummy and the bowls are too! It’s clean and cute inside. You have to stop by!!! This little juice bar is a breath of...
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Tehama Oaks Winery for Sale...and we’ve got the scoop!

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Who hasn’t dreamed of owning a winery and vineyard? Beautiful grapes on the vine, satisfying work and a country setting, life couldn’t get any better than that! In Tehama County, that dream could be a reality. Family owned and operated since 2008 and very well cared for, Tehama Oaks Vineyard and Winery is up for sale! We had the opportunity to talk with the current owner, Bob Douglas, about his experience owning this business in Tehama County. Bob values his community and says that Tehama County is an exceptional place to live and do business. When he started Tehama Oaks he...
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Supervisor's Corner with Bob Williams and Steve Chamblin, Summer 2018

Monday, July 30, 2018

This quarter’s issue of Supervisors Corner has a new twist added, as Supervisor Steve Chamblin has joined the fray and we begin to write a joint column for the Tehama County Economic Development newsletter.  As we talked about how to construct this column and the things we would talk about, we realized that, as a new member of the TCED Ad Hoc Committee, Steve has a lot of catching up to do in regards to our past and current activities with TCED.  That being said, we have decided not to rehash what the TCED team has done in the past,...
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Let's Talk Shipping with Kaci Blaser-Rianda

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Kaci Blaser-Rianda always knew she wanted to be a small business owner so she and her husband took the opportunity to purchase Overland Post in 2016. They love owning a small business in Red Bluff and expressed that the community has been very supportive of their dream. “Word-of-mouth referrals drive business here and being involved in our community is an important part of that.” Kaci is a member of the Downtown Business Association and loves participating in events like Beef N’ Brew. She also values giving back to the community by sponsoring Little League and helping with their children’s school...
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Local Family Brings New Business Concept to Tehama County

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Jake and Rachelle Gould grew up immersed in agriculture and strive to continue that value with their children. With Rachelle as a member of Sunrise Rotary and Soroptimist International of Red Bluff and the couple seeing family ran farms and ranches on the decline, they wanted a business model that supported local agriculture and encompassed a passion for community. With this in mind, Field to Fork Tehama LLC began to form with the end goal of connecting our community with our local farmers and ranches. Field to Fork Tehama, LLC is a family owned, multi-farm CSA based in Red Bluff. Members...
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A Chat with Fit Republic Manager, Brandon Berona

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Fit Republic opened its doors in Red Bluff on December 15th, 2017 after much anticipation and excitement from the community. They were drawn to Tehama County for the customer base, including our surrounding areas which totals 60,000+ in population. The Fit Republic team wanted to bring with them a new state of fitness and results, building value throughout Tehama County. Fit Republic created fourteen new jobs in Tehama County, looking for people with customer service and sales skills, professional, fitness-minded and driven. They had a great experience opening their business in Red Bluff with fast turnaround on permitting and they felt...
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A Visit to Triple Creek Ranch

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Our visit to Triple Creek Ranch was wonderful! I’ve seen miniature horses many times but seeing them running free over a hillside in Tehama County along with their rescued friends, which included other horses and a friendly dog, was a wonderfully unique experience. Triple Creek Ranch is a non-profit ranch located in Tehama County and offers therapeutic riding and youth activities, including hosting field trips for local schools. They offer a calming space for wounded veterans and their families to heal and much more. We met with Ms. Reese, who runs the daily operations of the ranch as she took us on...
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Supervisor's Corner with Bob Williams, Spring 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Since I first began writing these columns, I have regularly tried to focus on a theme for each issue.  Recent past columns have dealt with “never a dull moment” and “challenges and discoveries”. This time, I think that I would like to look with optimism towards the opportunities that I see for economic development in Tehama County. When Supervisor Bundy and I first started the process of looking into how Tehama County could be more competitive in the area of economic development, we couldn’t understand why businesses weren’t flocking to Tehama County.  After all, we thought that we had everything that...
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Sparrows Landing Opens in Dairyville with Big Dreams for Business

Monday, February 05, 2018

Larry and Rhonda Searcy have started a home business in Dairyville selling crafted furniture, art, plants and more! The store is open the first Friday through Saturday of each month and welcomes shoppers in for baked goodies and a friendly atmosphere. The Searcy’s have big dreams for their business! Read more from them below! "2018 sees us well on our way to building our dream... a business that not only promotes recycling and repurposing materials but also adds beauty and functionality to our lives." "Our resident wood artist, Larry, offers over 30 years of woodworking and ingenuity in every one of his...
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Supervisor's Corner with Bob Williams, Winter 2018

Monday, February 05, 2018

In the last edition of my column, I referred a lot to the phrase “never a dull moment”.  The year 2017 certainly provided plenty of excitement for me in my role as Tehama County Supervisor and as the 2017 Chairman of the Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC).  As we begin 2018, I look forward to another challenging yet rewarding year, serving the people of Tehama County and working to provide a better quality of life for our citizens. With each day come new challenges and discoveries for me and our Tehama County Economic Development team.  I use the term “challenges”;...
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Red Bluff Welcomes Locally Sourced Food Truck

Friday, February 02, 2018

Yess B’s Curbside Diner opened in December and specializes in culinary options made with locally grown and sourced food from Tehama County and the surrounding area. Yess B’s offers comfort food with an always changing menu, all from a brand new ‘state of the art’ food trailer. This is one seriously outfitted food cart! Diane, a self-described foodie met Yess, a trained Chef who hailed from Canada before moving to Red Bluff, while volunteering for Tehama Together and organizing the first ‘Field to Fork’ event. The relationship blossomed from there. Buy a cart, design a menu, open and feed the masses....
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Online Start-up Opens Store Front

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Since starting her online floral delivery business in April, Haley DiDio has been delivering her amazing flower arrangements to residents in our community and surrounding areas. With Haley's talent as a florist and her dedication to high-quality customer service, her business has grown and she found herself in need of a larger workspace. She recently opened her own flower shop in Frontier Village at 645 Antelope Blvd Suite #8. Haley started working in the floral industry at the age of 16 through an onsite learning program at Red Bluff High School. Haley’s dream was to provide great customer service and bring the...
40 craft beers, 20 breweries in a beautiful park setting with live music?

Monday, May 29, 2017

40 craft beers, 20 breweries in a beautiful park setting with live music? The third weekend in August marks the annual Tap into Tehama micro-brew festival at Red Bluff River Park. If you’ve never been, no worries. The folks at Tehama County Economic Development are planning to make Tap into Tehama 2017 even bigger and better. The festival is a great example of how businesses can come together to help each other. To promote local breweries, local companies and organizations serve as ‘brew crew,’ giving samples out to attendees. All proceeds of the non-profit event go to the Red Bluff Moose Lodge. The...
Tehama County gets new courthouse, but Shasta’s still in limbo

Thursday, November 03, 2016

After nearly a decade of budget cuts and other woes, Tehama County finally has its new, $35 million courthouse. The new Tehama County Superior Court of California facility at 1740 Walnut St. will house all court personnel. Until recently, judges, staff and other court employees were spread across four buildings in downtown Red Bluff, Todd Bottke, its presiding judge, said during the dedication ceremony. The project, which cost $56 million with land, design and other costs added to the $35 million construction costs, encountered few problems despite a 28 percent reduction in its budget by the state, Bottke said. Click here for the...