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State treasurer hosts local small business workshop

State Treasurer Fiona Ma led a “Small Business Workshop” designed to inform local business owners on the many programs the State of California and the local area have available to help them succeed. Held on June 10 at the UC Merced Downtown building, the main topics were: access to capital, retirement savings programs, and resources for small…

Fluetsch & Busby Insurance receives top agency award

Fluetsch & Busby Insurance was recently recognized as the Commercial Lines Agency of the Year by Oregon Mutual Insurance Company. This is awarded by Oregon Mutual to the top performing commercial lines agency within their agency system that spans the states of California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. “Although it is our staff today that…

Creative Dreams Come True For Local Underground Artists

BY YANIRA LEDEZMA Eli and Shiomi Torres are the dynamic duo, and husband-and-wife team, operating a Downtown Merced business that’s half barber shop, half clothing and screen-printing business. Yes, there’s plenty of product contrast and customer diversity at Grizzly Barber and Strangers Stop-N-Shop. And then, every two months, there’s…

New bar inside Bella Luna adding to downtown scene

The growing Downtown Merced Culture and Entertainment District just got an exciting infusion of good taste and good times. After a short period of renovations, the new, separate bar area inside Bella Luna Bistro, 350 W. Main Street, has opened up for fans of social interaction and getting out on the town. “There is often nothing more…

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