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Managing money is  part of our lives and if we do it well, we can thrive. From NEWS of economic issues to advice on money, this category keeps you informed.

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2019-11-18Nov 18, 2019

It used to be we only post power during heavy winter storms. Now the wind kicks up and our power goes off. Not because power lines are down from storm damage, but because PG&E's equipment is so fragile they are concerned about starting more fires. California can't handle more fires. We've had enough and so far too many have been caused by power equipment failing. 

2019-07-08Jul 8, 2019

A Social Purpose Corporation, by its nature, prioritizes people and community. The word CORPORATION has taken on a negative meaning over time because priorities tend to be profit above all else. Investors seek to make money on their money so corporations do what it takes to make their investors happy. Often that means making compromises that create profit in the short run but that harm people, communities, the environment, etc. in the long run. Socially conscious corporation and businesses function within the guidelines that long-term investing is more than for financial gain. That benefits to communities, people and the planet are also assets to be counted and valued. 

2019-06-18Jun 18, 2019

Santa Rosa, CA - Today, the City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma, together with seven other counties and cities, announced that they and PG&E have accepted a mediator’s proposal of $415 million to resolve the collective cities’ and counties’ North Bay Fires claims. The mediator’s proposal is exclusive of and does not affect the claims of any residents, individuals, or businesses. 

2019-06-13Jun 13, 2019

Last month, something special happened right in our back yard. Over 450 women, from all 50 states, and as far away as New Zealand and the UK, came to Sonoma County to participate in the Circular Summit.  Only 1.7 percent of women-owned businesses make more than $1 million in annual revenue and only two percent of venture capital goes to female-founded companies. Alice, the company behind the Circular Summit, aims to change those statistics.

2019-10-23Oct 23, 2019

On October 14, when many financial institutions closed for the federal holiday, Redwood Credit Union (RCU) closed for a different reason—to send its entire workforce out to give North Bay high school students a “bite” of financial reality. RCU has been presenting its Bite of Reality financial education program at local high schools since 2013, but never on such a large scale. This year, more than 3,100 Sonoma, Marin, and Napa high schoolers gained practical financial skills in one impactful day.

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

2019-08-28Aug 28, 2019

Across the USA, 45 cities and counties have approved local minimum wage laws to address soaring inequality. Twenty-six are in high-cost California coastal counties and the Bay Area: San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, and San Diego. North Bay cities are joining the ‘Fight for $15’ movement. Sonoma approved the first citywide minimum wage law in June 2019 and Petaluma passed the second in July. Novato, Santa Rosa, Cotati, and Sebastopol are considering $15 citywide minimum wage ordinances and will likely adopt legislation comparable to Petaluma’s. 

2019-08-20Aug 20, 2019

Rebuild NorthBay Foundation (RNBF) and United Way of Wine Country (UWWC) are pleased to announce their new partnership in the RiseUp Community Impact Grants program. The RiseUp Community Impact Grants program is supporting the long-term rebuild of our region as a more sustainable and resilient community. With this partnership, the program will fund up to $400,000 in grants that fill identified gaps in rebuilding, wildfire prevention and preparedness, and long-term resilience. The RiseUp Community Grants program was launched by Rebuild NorthBay Foundation in Spring of 2019 to provide support for the long-term recovery and rebuilding of Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties.

2019-08-20Aug 20, 2019

Coffey Strong, in partnership with AshBritt Environmental and Rebuild NorthBay Foundation, is pleased to announce the completion of the Hopper Walls Project.  A dedication will take place on Saturday, August 24th at 10am @ Coffey Lane and Hopper Avenue, at the northeast corner.  Santa Rosa Mayor Tom Schwedhelm noted, “This project is symbolic of our rebuild efforts and what can happen when a community comes together as one to rebuild neighborhoods and lives.”

2019-07-28Jul 28, 2019

Within a year, electricity from onshore wind and solar will be cheaper than any electricity from fossil fuels, a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) forecasts. This doesn’t even consider the “hidden” costs of fossils fuels—from mining and drilling operations, spills, and greenhouse gas emissions, nor does it factor in huge fossil fuel subsidies.

2019-07-25Jul 25, 2019

Meeting expectations is a tricky thing as much of the time you don’t know what consumers are going to expect when they walk through the door. Nor do individual sets of consumers want the same thing.

 

2019-07-23Jul 23, 2019

General Services staff outlined California Code’s criteria for scoring proposals, made recommendation

On Tuesday, July 23rd, General Services staff presented information on a preliminary step of the Chanate surplus sale process to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. After outlining the Surplus Act criteria used to judge the proposals.

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