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TRAIN FOR 'MAXIMUM IMPACT': The Turlock Business Partners will host a daylong leadership training event called "Maximum Impact" at Enclave Community Church in Turlock in April. The event will be simulcast to more than 80,000 business professionals participating via satellite in 600 churches throughout the United States. Speakers include authors Dr. John C. Maxwell and Patrick Lencioni, Fast Co. founding editor Bill Taylor, former Nike Creative analyst Kevin Carroll and ESPN analyst Dick Vitale. They will discuss strategies for developing leadership skills, exceeding standards for performance, productivity and profit. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 18 at Enclave Community Church, 581 E. Canal St., Turlock. Lunch is included. Registration is $45 until March 6, $55 afterward. The deadline to register is April 14. To register, call Christopher Scott at the church at 304-4291 or e-mail More information is available at

FALLING REGISTRATIONS New car registrations in California fell to their lowest level in eight years in 2007, according to the California Motor Car Dealers Association. The group said registrations fell 8.2 percent from 2006, with about 1.88 million vehicles registered last year. That was the lowest number since 1999, when 1.86 million vehicles were registered statewide. Association officials attributed the slowdown to a downturn in the economy, including the housing collapse, higher unemployment and tightening credit. The car dealers association expects registrations to fall 4 percent in 2008, with just over 1.8 million registered this year.

LEARN HOW TO NETWORK: Getting ahead in business is often a matter of whom you know, and the way you know more people is through networking. Speaker Geoff Kirkwood will give a presentation on how to network at the State Theatre in Modesto on Feb. 6. The presentation, part of International Networking Week, will be from noon to 2 p.m. Kirkwood will focus on networking to build business relationships and increase sales. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. They can be purchased by going to: Business Network International in the valley is hosting the event.

SMALL-BUSINESS HELP ONLINE: Small-business owners have a new way to get information from federal, state and local governments on permitting, regulatory bodies and more., which is managed by the U.S Small Business Administration, has a new search engine that combines several features of Google. Those include a customized search feature for businesses and Google Maps. More than 9,000 state, territory, county, and city government Web sites can be accessed through the engine, according to a press release. Searches will be tailored to a specific geographic region, so a business owner looking for permits in Stanislaus County will get links to local sites. has expanded its small-business guides, with information on what regulation, permitting and licensing different businesses need. The search engine and the guides are at

DENHAM HAS TAX FORMS Taxpayers who need certain forms can find some of them at state Sen. Jeff Denham's Modesto office. The 540/540A, 540 EZ and 540 NR forms are available for free at Denham's office, 1231 Eighth St., during regular business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, call 577-6592.


Figuratively Speaking

1, 2: Ranks of empathy and trustworthiness among the best predictors of overall effective leadership, according to a study of 1,405 leaders in 47 organizations conducted by BlessingWhite.

1, 2, 3: Ranks of business aptitude, responsibility and clarity among the attributes successful business leaders were most likely to have.

46: Percentage of executives who said they turn first to spouses or significant others for advice when evaluating a potential job change, according to a poll developed by Accountemps.

41: Percentage who said they would consult their mentor first.