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The first self-driving vehicle you see may have 18 wheels

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Traveling about 55 miles per hour on a Nevada highway, the big rig’s driver looked like The Thinker, with his elbow on the arm rest and his hand on his chin. No hands on the steering wheel, no feet on the pedals. Mark Alvick was in “highway pilot” mode, the wheel […]

May 08, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Successful economic development requires leadership

“The city is developing a reputation of supporting business development. A number of major businesses have chosen to locate in Davis. Should the city now dim its focus and investment in economic development, that action will be broadcast throughout the region by your competitors. “While our regional leaders are all polite and publicly supportive of […]

May 24, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Car Care: 6 ways to ease your long commute

Research shows Americans spend $33 billion annually on aftermarket products to enhance the styling and performance of their vehicles. Whether it’s for functionality or appearance, you can find just about any product to modify your car, truck or SUV to fit your needs. An updated navigation system, hands-free Bluetooth, or new speakers might be the […]

May 22, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Baker raises the bar – s’more

There’s a new bakery in Davis, delivering an addicting version of a campfire favorite. Earlier this month, Davis resident and 2004 UC Davis grad Jenn Cheng launched S’mores Bar. It doesn’t have a storefront, but offers free delivery in Davis. The bars have a graham cracker crust and cookie dough middle mixed with marshmallows, chocolate […]

May 24, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Garamendi sponsors job fair in Woodland

The office of Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, will host a job fair on Friday, June 19, featuring dozens of employers, résumé review workshops and networking opportunities. The job fair runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Yolo County One Stop Center, 25 N. Cottonwood St. in Woodland. From 10 to 11 a.m., a […]

June 07, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Schilling Robotics lays off 59 employees

Declining crude-oil prices may bring good news at the gas pump, but they’re bad news for 59 employees at Schilling Robotics, who were laid off last week. The company, which produces robotics equipment and remote-operated vehicles commonly used for undersea construction of offshore oil drilling rigs, blamed the plummeting oil prices for a drop in […]

May 22, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Electric car’s price sparks a sales run

The Associated Press It took a price cut to generate a run on Chevrolet’s 2015 Spark EV, with savvy car buyers realizing the lower price and federal electric vehicle tax credit can make for a super deal. Chevrolet lowered the starting retail price for the plucky subcompact electric car to $25,995 last month, making it […]

May 22, 2015 | Posted in Automotive | Tagged ,

Marrone Bio Innovations gets NASDAQ hearing

NASDAQ has confirmed a June 18 hearing for Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., at which the Davis-based biotechnology company will present its plan to comply with the stock market’s financial filing requirements, and request an extension of time to do so. The hearing will be before the NASDAQ listing qualifications panel. While the delisting action has […]

May 20, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Social media, WordPress classes set for small businesses

“Social Media for Small Business and Startups” is the subject of class to be offered Tuesday, June 2, at Pollinate Davis, a shared co-working space at 508 Second St., Suite 208, in downtown Davis. The class will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The class will teach small-business owners and entrepreneurs about how to better leverage […]

May 24, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Yolo Federal Credit Union plans new branch in Winters

Yolo Federal Credit Union is preparing to begin construction on a new full-service branch on East Grant Avenue in Winters. The new branch will provide a full range of services, including safe deposit boxes, onsite ATMs and staffers to assist members with all their banking needs, including real estate and commercial lending. “We have been eager to […]

May 17, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Marrone requests NASDAQ hearing

Marrone Bio Innovations, a Davis-based biotech company, announced last week that it could lose its listing on the NASDAQ stock market as a result of an accounting problem discovered last year. It has requested a hearing before the NASDAQ listing qualifications panel. An ongoing internal investigation was launched after the discovery of documents last September that […]

May 17, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Smith rebrands funeral home in Davis, Winters

Vera Smith — pictured here with Spike, a certified therapy dog — announces that Wiscombe Funeral Home is now Smith Funeral Home, still at 116 D St. in downtown Davis and at 34 Main St. in Winters. Smith came to Davis in 2006 to work for the Wiscombe family. In 2010, she decided to make […]

May 17, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Arcadia Biosciences’ stock available on NASDAQ

Davis-based Arcadia Biosciences Inc., a biotechnology company, will begin trading 8.2 million shares of its common stock today at a price of $8 per share, hoping to raise up to $120 million. The shares will be on the NASDAQ global market under the symbol “RKDA.” The initial public offering is expected to close on May […]

May 15, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,

Restaurant chains getting popular downtown

There have been lots of changes in downtown businesses recently. Here are some highlights from recent Comings & Goings columns. Comings: A new Italian restaurant and bar is planned for the former Little Prague site at 330 G St. The owners are connected to the Evelyn’s Big Italian Pizzeria & Ristorante in Vacaville, but do […]

May 28, 2015 | Posted in Business | Tagged ,
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