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Junior Achievement aims at prepping teens for business success

    Area teens will be able to get a jump start on a successful career during the Junior Achievement Tuolumne County program next year.
    The classes are open to all students from age 14 to 18 interested. Business leaders, entrepreneurs and financial experts from the community will lead the classes. The programs focus on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, according to a press release.
    Junior Achievement students learn how to start and grow a business, how to successfully contribute in the workplace and how to manage the money they earn. The programs also help young people prepare for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and manage it, how to create jobs, make their communities more robust and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.
    “We’re looking forward to mentoring the youth in Tuolumne County on the ins and outs of business while showing them first-hand how a business person makes decisions and runs their company,” said Larry Cope, director of economic development at the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority.
    The program is open to all Tuolumne County area high school students, but space is limited to 24 kids. The free classes will start on Feb. 2 and will run after school from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at the Sonora Regional Medical Center conference room.
    For more information, call 989-4058 or register online at juniorachievementtc.com.

Best of Tuolumne to name top businesses, citizenship leaders

    The Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce will announce the winners of its Best of Tuolumne County Awards at its annual Installation/Honors Banquet on Nov. 18 at the Sonora Elks Lodge, 100 Elk Drive, Sonora.
    The awards recognize community members for their achievements and contributions to Tuolumne County in four categories, Entrepreneur of the Year, Excellence in Government, Citizen of the Year, and Teacher of the Year.

Mother Lode home sales, prices in flux

    The number of homes sold in Mother Lode has fluctuated over the past several months and prices have fallen compared to last year.
    There were 54 homes sold in Tuolumne County in July and 77 sold in August, according to Ann Ritchie, executive officer with the Tuolumne County Association of Realtors. The median home price fell from $173,500 in July to $159,900 in August.

Adios Alfredo’s

    Alfredo’s Fine Mexican Food restaurant is shown on Washington Street in downtown Sonora on Tuesday. The restaurant will close Friday after serving up tacos and tamales for nearly 20 years. The venerable downtown eatery is well-known for its role in the Mother Lode Roundup. Every year, masked gunmen led by the pistol-toting scoundrel Coyote Sam, raid the restaurant in an effort to disrupt the parade.

Business notes for Sept. 28, 2011

New boutique offers new clothes, color

    It always helps to have an established customer base when you start a new business.
    Sarah Anderson had just that when she opened Addictions Spray Tanning and Fashion last month on South Washington Street in Sonora.
    Anderson, 27, of Sonora, got her first sunless tan about two years ago and soon after learned how to do it. She bronzed her mom’s skin from time to time, and then a few friends. Before she knew it, Anderson was flooded with people wanting sunless tans.
    “It was getting overwhelming tanning girls out of my kitchen,” she said.

Business notes for Sept. 21, 2011

Jobless rate falls in Tuolumne County, flat in Calaveras

    Jobless claims in Tuolumne County fell in August according to a report from the Economic Development Department.
    The county’s unemployment rate was 12.7 percent last month, down from 13.5 percent in July and 13.3 percent last year.
    Jobs were added in the leisure and hospitality fields, and private service producing. About 80 state and local government jobs were added last month, however government employment in the county was down by more than 3 percent overall, compared with the same period last year.
    The labor force in Tuolumne County has fallen 1.4 percent from 26,060 in August, 2010, to 25,690 last month.
    Unemployment in Calaveras County last month remained flat at 15.1 percent compared with August 2010, but joblessness fell from 15.6 percent in July.
    Calaveras County saw job declines in the service industry, state and local government, while hospitality and leisure rose slightly.
    The labor force in Calaveras County fell to 19,420 last month from a high of 20,220 in August 2010.
    The statewide unemployment rate rose slightly from 12 percent in July to 12.1 percent in August. The national unemployment rate held steady at 9.1 percent last month, down from 9.6 percent during the same period last year, according to EDD.

Hotel Jeffery reopens in 1800s style

The Union Democrat

    More than 160 years after it was first built to house Gold Rush-era miners, the Hotel Jeffery in Coulterville has reopened following a three-month renovation.
    New owners Forrest Monk and Sara Zahn say they have been working to thoroughly clean the rooms, restore old woodwork and fixtures, and bring in dozens of antiques from the 1800s.

Business notes for Sept. 14, 2011

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