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Monday, December 10, 2012, 5:00 am

Business News: Week of Dec. 10, 2012

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    Business Development

    Nine Solano County businesses were honored at the annual Spirit of Solano luncheon Dec. 6 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield. In its 17th year, this event showcases the exceptional recipients that have been selected by the Solano County chambers of commerce for their outstanding spirit and community support. The awards program was designed to emulate the spirit of Solano, recognizing the role chambers of commerce play in economic development and honoring those businesses who take an active role to improve the communities they serve. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce selected Marisela Barbosa of Monarch Engineers. Benicia Chamber selected Dennie Geltz and Frances Hurley of Printer Concepts Technology. For the Dixon Chamber, Dorothy Luedke and Cher Besneatte of Curves of Dixon. For the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber, Pat Holzwarth of Delta Graphics and Sohail Tabar of Ford Lincoln Fairfield. For the Filipino-American Chamber, Omar Enrique Martinez Zerbato of Martinez Multi Services. For the Solano Black Chamber, K. Patrice Williams of 123 Target Marketing. For the Vallejo Chamber, Krissy and Richard Hiteshew of A-1 Guaranteed Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., and Gary Passama of NorthBay Healthcare was selected for the Vacaville Chamber.

    Commercial Real Estate

    Basin Street Properties is offering a new Tenant Advantage Program (basin-street.com/tenant-advantage-program), which offers exclusive discounts and promotions for companies and their employees who work in Basin Street’s 44-building Northern California and Northern Nevada commercial and mixed-use property portfolio in Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Sacramento and Reno, Nev. Participants receive a no-cost TAP card to access discounts — typically 10 percent to 20 percent off retail goods and services — and various promotions within Basin Street’s retail, residential and hospitality properties, as well as at partnering businesses. These include the multiblock Theatre District and River Plaza, formerly Golden Eagle Shopping Center, both in Petaluma, Sheraton Sonoma County hotel in Petaluma, Hampton Inn and Suites in Windsor, Petaluma Cinemas, Club One health club, Hansel Auto Group dealerships, dozens of restaurants and retail shops, and service outlets such as shoe repair and beauty and nail salons.

    Construction

    On its 65th anniversary, The Ledcor Group of Companies, which has a construction office in Napa, announced a $150,000 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to be shared in Napa and 11 other cities across North America with Ledcor operations. Since its founding, Ledcor has grown to become a market leader in civil, building and industrial construction, oil and gas, mining, forestry, marine and air transportation, and environmental technology.

    Education

    Bank of Marin announced the nine local winners of their third annual high school photography contest. This marks the third year in a row that Bank of Marin has worked with photography teachers and students at North Bay high schools to select images for the calendar. Students submitted close to 100 images, and judges at Bank of Marin made the final selection. This year’s featured student photographers are Ryan Scherer of Casa Grande High School, Lena Felton of Marin Academy, Angela Begg and Morgan Rich of Marin Catholic High School, Emily Rutherford and Emily Lane of San Rafael High School, Jackson Karlenzig of Sir Francis Drake High School, Amy Cogbill of Sonoma Valley High School, and Sam Gates of Tamalpais High School. Bank of Marin will donate $100 to each participating high school for the purchase of photography supplies and equipment. Sonoma Valley High School will receive an additional contribution, as their student’s photo was selected for the bank’s holiday card. The 2013 community calendars will be available for free at all Bank of Marin branches and via the Bank of Marin website at bankofmarin.com.

    Hospitality

    San Rafael-based SportsMark Management Group, the official corporate hospitality management partner and exclusive global sales agent of the America’s Cup Club hospitality program, launched the sales of 2013 America’s Cup Club packages (americascup.com/experience). The America’s Cup Club hospitality program offers corporate guests and sailing enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy the Louis Vuitton Cup (the America’s Cup Challenger Series) and America’s Cup Finals events in an exclusive and vibrant atmosphere with elite-class hospitality services. New for 2013, corporate groups have the opportunity to secure private waterfront chalets with premium views of the race course. The chalets will cater 40-50 guests per day in the America’s Cup Village between the St. Francis and Golden Gate yacht clubs on the Peninsula by Marina Green, on San Francisco Bay. SportsMark is also offering two levels of hospitality packages within the America’s Cup Club hospitality venue at the America’s Cup Park on Piers 27/29. The America’s Cup Park on the city’s famous Embarcadero is the location of the race course finish line, public entertainment, and interaction with the world’s best sailors.

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