One of the theories I’ve heard for most of my adult life is that our area suffers from lack of a well educated and skilled workforce.
Many companies pay attention to trade secrets only when key employees leave to work for a competitor, taking information about business plans, customer lists, technologies and a host of other items with them.
Recently, the IRS issued its Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2011. The IRS issues this list each year. In times of economic trouble, scamsters often prey on the vulnerable. It does not make sense to engage in a tax scam to save money now when you consider the magnitude of the tax, interest and penalties when you are caught and the possibility that you could be prosecuted for fraud and have your liberty taken away.
Spring has sprung and the weather is certainly warming up. Our Stockton Asparagus Festival was again a smashing success and the weather was perfect for the thousands of fair goers to enjoy. Kudos to many local volunteers that work tirelessly to ensure its success, without your help we just couldn’t swing it, Thank you!!! This event supports so many of our local charities, we are blessed to host it in Stockton.
Philanthropy is generally thought to be a pursuit of the rich and famous. While that may be true, and my audience may therefore be small, I thought I’d write a story this month about planned giving, knowing that major planned gifts provide tremendous benefits to the communities in which they are made. Such gifts build strong community based support systems that help reduce the “misery” index that has brought us infamy of late. So here is a little encouragement for those people of means who know our community to be a magnificent place – a strategy that will help them build a better legacy for their families and the community (to the detriment of those in Washington D.C.).
With waves of unrest pouring through the Middle East, and nuclear meltdown occurring in Japan, it is time we take a harder look at our energy policies here in America. Our heavy reliance on foreign oil and our failure to modernize nuclear facilities, leaves us vulnerable to foreign unrest and potential disasters (natural and man-made) at home and abroad. Building a more sustainable energy supply and infrastructure (using every available domestic means) seems now more than ever to be essential to our national security, our economic wellbeing, and our safety.
With the April 15th deadline to file your personal income tax returns approaching, which is actually extended to April 18th this year due to the 15th being the Emancipation Day holiday, there are some important tax issues everyone should consider and understand.
Talk about extreme weather!! On a recent vacation to Maui we found ourselves in the throes of a Tsunami, well almost! Just as we were going to sleep about 12:30 am, I heard shouting outside our hotel door, as I opened the door a member of hotel security was informing all ground floor residents to pack their valuables, a Tsunami was going to hit the island at 3:05 am expecting waves of 4 to 6 feet and we have 5 min. to pack!
I’m pleased to present the 2010 Book of Lists; we have spent countless hours compiling the data needed to produce the most current information provided on our lists. We hope you enjoy the Book and find it useful in building your business. Our purpose in publishing this annual collection is to highlight those businesses in our local market that continue to flourish in these turbulent times. We certainly have been tested and I believe the worst is behind us.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I hope you take your sweetie to one of our Valley’s fine dining establishments. We have so many great spots to choose from. Remember to make your reservations early so you don’t spend Feb. 14th on the sofa!