Business News and Profiles of Sonoma County
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|2020-01-17Jan 17, 2020
Redwood Credit Union (RCU) is proud to announce its celebration of 70 years of service to members. Originally formed by seven County of Sonoma employees as an affordable means to make bridge loans to fellow employees between paychecks, the credit union has grown to offer full service personal and business banking, as well as financial services beyond banking such as financial planning, insurance, and even an auto sales center.
|2019-11-19Nov 19, 2019
Re-Frame Hair Gallery, Caff / Farmers Guild and Loren Hansen Photography in Support of Women Owned Community Supported Agriculture.
This past Saturday Nov 16, I attended a very unusual and heartwarming event at REFRAME Hair Gallery run by Nevuah Rautenberg and Cameron Nairn Wayland the owners. The event Glamour + Grit: Art Show & CSA Fair, featured women farmers from across Sonoma and Napa Counties. There was a delicious spread of food and wine in the center. The women farmers had set up displays and provided information at each styling booth, with the portrait of each farmer at their farm on the wall behind them. The photographs of Loren Hansen Photography are beautiful and capture the spirit of the women in their farm setting. Visitors could talk with the farmers and sign up for a CSA; I was surprised to learn from Evan Wiig the communication and membership director of Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), that Every CSA farm in Sonoma and Napa Counties is either woman-owned or co-owned!
|2019-11-11Nov 11, 2019
Before the main event could begin, there were tickets to raffle off to support GetchuSomeGear, a non-profit that collects coffee gear to supply marginalized or under-paid individuals in the coffee industry. Next, a large group of costumed contestants stood in front of the room, each one named as the onlookers clapped enthusiastically for their favorite entrant. On October 24th in Sebastopol, Retrograde Roasters held their first Latte Art Throwdown at their current location, to a room packed with a colorful collection of inventive costumes.
|2019-10-24Oct 24, 2019
While California’s cannabis market is bursting with countless new brands and flourishing with innovation and sophistication, with products in gorgeous packaging, a surprising majority are made with mass produced, low quality ingredients like distillate, isolate and corn syrup. Gasp. The fact that many of us are just happy to be able to legally acquire cannabis products has precluded many of us from asking the important questions about the source and quality of a product..
|2019-10-08Oct 8, 2019
Greg LeMond, a California-born bicycle racer who now stands as the only American winner of the legendary Tour de France, is up for a prestigious national medal under legislation authored by a congressman from St. Helena.
|2019-09-27Sep 27, 2019
These days, the companies we deal with know so much about their customers. Many of the larger companies are even using artificial intelligence to gauge customers’ behavior, with software that can analyze a tone of voice and the pace of their speech to determine how upset this person is. If you are angry you may well be routed to agents who are trained in de-escalating conflict and who are warned in advance of the caller’s frustration. As a smaller business, you probably don’t have the same technology, however, when a customer is frustrated or angry, it is easy to tell by their tone of voice that they are not happy. When this happens in your business, what are the practices that you have in place to ensure that your staff
|2019-09-19Sep 19, 2019
Northern California Public Media (NCPM), announces that President and Chief Executive OfficerNancy Dobbs will retire in December 2019. As part of the succession plan, the Board of Directors has selected current NCPM Content ManagerDarren LaShelle to succeed Dobbs and appointed him to the position of President and CEO Elect.
|2019-08-02Aug 2, 2019
Vegetation Removal for Wildfire Safety Under Scrutiny. All across the state, PG&E is sending out crews to remove trees in large swathes under power lines. In neighborhoods, tree inspectors are tagging trees for trimming and removal. What used to be a required 18” clearance has become a 4-foot to 12-foot clearance since fires raged across our state and electric power lines have been identified as a source for several of these fires.
|2020-01-14Jan 14, 2020
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) is alerting customers, especially in the North Bay and North Coast, to be aware of ongoing scam phone calls with criminals threatening to shut off power if a payment is not made. There have been double the number of scam attempts, compared to this time last year. PG&E will not ask for personal information or a credit card number over the phone. Anyone who has received such a phone call and provided credit card or checking account information should report it immediately to the credit card company or bank and law enforcement.
|2019-12-31Dec 31, 2019
The Jennifer Bice Artisan Dairy/Cheesemaker Grant is a culmination of Jennifer’s rich heritage, knowledge and life. The grant recipient is chosen by a selection committee and administered by the California Artisan Cheese Guild. All the cheesemakers are so dedicated and hard working. With a 40 plus year history of commitment to creating a caring and thriving business, Jennifer Bice can clearly see the same passion she has felt, in each of the Artisan Cheese Guild members who have applied for the grant.
|2019-12-29Dec 29, 2019
What are your plans for your business for the next decade as well as the next year? Where do you see your business when 2030 hits? Do you have plans to expand the business to reach different areas or you may expand your services to reach different customers. Perhaps you are thinking it is time to sell your business. Whatever you are going to do, you will need a plan for it.
|2019-12-12Dec 12, 2019
On Tuesday December 10th the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce Leadership class had their annual “Nonprofit Day”. David Adams owner of Quality Printing Services and graduate of Leadership class 2019 this year’s nonprofit day chair brought together a wide mix of the nonprofits in Petaluma from a variety of categories to share the rich diversity of services and organizations that Petaluma is blessed with.
|2019-12-10Dec 10, 2019
I did some research into WHY people enjoy shopping in stores they can walk into. Part of it is the pleasure of getting out of normal routines. Retail Therapy is a term because people get real pleasure out of shopping. Holiday shopping is especially pleasurable because we think about the people we love. When we find something they will enjoy, we get a mini-thrill.
|2019-12-05Dec 5, 2019
Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by the Kincade Fire that occurred Oct. 23 - Nov. 7, 2019, announced acting Administrator Christopher M. Pilkerton of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on Nov. 14, 2019.
|2019-12-03Dec 3, 2019
The Chanukah Shoppe is here! Conveniently located in downtown Petaluma, this Chanukah pop-up boutique offers a delightful array of holiday necessities. The Chanukah Shoppe will be open from November 29 - December 27.
|2019-11-30Nov 30, 2019
The small cannabis farmers have taken the hardest hits with our newly regulated industry, and many are still in the process of getting their permits to cultivate. Appellations are a legally defined and protected geographical area that identifies where something is made. In the case of cannabis, the same strain grown in a foggy coastal area versus a dryer inland area will produce different results. Articulating these differences to the sophisticated consumer will help promote Sonoma County cannabis and keep our county economically ahead of the curve. There is an Urgency to act quickly with the passage of SB 185 by Senator Mike McGuire allowing appellations to be formed by January 1, 2021
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