Stockton, California


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Stockton Business Signs

The largest employer in the city of Stockton, according to the City’s 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, is San Joaquin County, which is responsible for 5,938 jobs in the area.  Stockton Unified School District comes in second, with a round 4,000 employees, and St. Joseph’s Medical Center employs 2,230 people.  St. Joseph’s Medical Center is associated with Catholic Health Initiatives, which is a nonprofit, faith-based health system.

The Stockton Symphony, which was founded in 1926, is the third-oldest professional orchestra in California, after the San Francisco Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  The Stockton Symphony performs at the Atherton Auditorium of San Joaquin Delta College.

Stockton is also home to the University of the Pacific, which was founded on the 10th of July 1851.  UOP is famous for being “the only private school with fewer than 10,000 students to offer degrees from eight different professional schools.”  In fact, as of 2014, UOP only had 6,717 students in total, with 966 administrative staff members.  It is also the oldest chartered university in California, with an endowment of $386.4 million.

The University of the Pacific is also known for its music conservatory and the Brubeck Institute, which was named after Dave Brubeck, a jazz piano legend and UOP alumnus.  The city of Stockton also has several large venues, such as the Stockton Arena.  The arena, which opened in 2005, has an 11,800 seating capacity for concerts and was built by 360 architecture.  In Downtown Stockton sits the Bob Hope Theatre, formerly known as the Fox California Theatre.  This theatre was built in 1930.

Stockton serves as the location for the Haggin Museum.  The Haggin Museum, which was built in Victory Park in 1931, ‘displays 19th and 20th century works of art and houses local historical exhibits.’  The Haggin Museum also displays fine art from late 19th and early 20th century artists such as Beraud, Bierstadt, Bonheur, Gauguin, Hassam, Renoir, Vibert, and Worms.

Stockton is also home to a few minor league professional sports teams.  The ECHL’s Stockton Thunder, an affiliate of the New York Islanders, play in Stockton Arena.  They were founded in 1992 and have won one conference championship.  The Stockton Ports, a High-A California League baseball team and affiliate of the Oakland Athletics play at Banner Island Ballpark.  This ballpark seats 5,000 people.  The Ports, in one form or another, have been around since 1941 and have won 11 minor league titles.

Do you own a small business in the Stockton metropolitan area?  Are you considering it?  Perhaps these resources could prove beneficial to you:

Apply for a Business License in Stockton

City of Stockton New Business Checklist

Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce

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Cal Customz
2538 West Lane suite 1
Stockton, CA 95205
(209) 451-4513

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