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Monday, April 16, 2012, 12:15 am

Business News: Week of April 23

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    Education

    On Saturday, April 21, more than 3,000 local Comcast employees and their families and friends volunteered to improve 17 schools throughout California that have been affected by budget cuts as part of Comcast’s 11th annual “Comcast Cares Day.”  At the same time across the country, more than 67,000 Comcast volunteers will participate in this day of service, which has become one of the largest single days of corporate volunteering in the nation since its inception in 2001. Schaefer Elementary in Santa Rosa and Elsa Widenmann Elementary in Vallejo will be part of the effort.

    Hospitality

    Lodging properties in the city of Napa will now offer complimentary Do Napa Overnight Kits to guests looking to book a same-day reservation, sponsored by the Napa Tourism Improvement District. Hospitality managers often find that day trip visitors leave the city at the end of the day, despite wanting to stay overnight, because they haven’t packed for an evening away. The Do Napa Overnight Kit is equipped with almost everything a visitor will need to stay the night. The Overnight Kit includes items such as an overnight shirt for sleeping, a contact lens case and saline, deodorant and Woolite detergent for laundry.

    Healthcare

    At its first annual benefit gala, Marin Brain Injury Network announced that it will change its name to Brain Injury Network of the Bay Area. Executive Director Patricia Gill made the announcement, stating that the new name reinforced the organization’s role in serving a growing population of brain-injury survivors from all over the Bay Area. “We have not changed our mission, but we have grown to serve the needs of more people,” she said.

    Opportunity for Independence of San Rafael has received a $30,000 grant from The Bothin Foundation for funding of the Van Go project. The goal of the Van Go is to provide transportation to seventy five adults with developmental disabilities, thereby increasing opportunities for community involvement and integration. The grant will allow the purchase of a brand-new van for the fleet.

    Business

    Representatives of organizations that employ half Marin County’s 100,000-member workforce announced this month the launch of Keep Marin Working, a coalition that will seek to save, create and attract new jobs here. The coalition will educate the public and local governments about the importance of maintaining and generating jobs in order to sustain Marin’s quality of life; share and use the collective expertise of the business community to stabilize and grow the workforce; and advocate policies and programs that are good for the economy and employment. Citing recent reports that Marin continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in California, coalition spokesperson Cynthia Murray warned that “we cannot afford to rest on our laurels.”

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