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Monday, January 27, 2014, 5:00 am

Business News: Week of Jan. 27, 2014

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    Beer

    Cambrian Innovation, a water and bio-energy technology provider, and Healdsburg-based Bear Republic Brewing Company, Inc., known for its IPAs and environmental stewardship, announced the unveiling of an EcoVolt water-treatment system at the Cloverdale brewery. The system uses a proprietary bio-electric technology to more cost-effectively treat wastewater as well as generate biogas for on-site energy. Bear Republic is the first brewery to purchase the energy positive EcoVolt system, which can significantly reduce the brewery’s carbon footprint.

    Business Development

    North Bay Leadership Council welcomes its newest member, the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California. It is a nonprofit hospital and health system trade association established in 1961, representing 185 hospitals in 50 of California’s 58 counties, from Kern County to the Oregon border. The council’s membership includes hospitals and health systems ranging from small, rural hospitals to large, urban medical centers, representing more than 38,000 licensed beds.

    Consumer Products

    Santa Rosa-based Liquid Image joins the growing mobile-to-mobile (M2M) and 4G LTE wireless data market with the Ego LS, said to be the first wearable and mountable 4G LTE–enabled camera. The Ego LS was demonstrated over the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network at the International CES show Jan. 7–10.

    Entertainment

    For the first time since the Sonoma County Crushers ceased operations following the 2002 season, professional baseball is returning to Sonoma County in 2014 through the Sonoma Stompers Baseball Club. Owned and operated by Redwood Sports and Entertainment, LLC, the Stompers will compete in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, which shares a lineage with the Western Baseball League that the Crushers competed in. The Stompers will play their home games at Arnold Field in downtown Sonoma and will compete with the 2012 Pacific Association champions, the San Rafael Pacifics. The BayCal Lumberjacks, Vallejo Admirals, Na Koa Ikaika of Maui and the Hawaii Stars round out the nonaffiliated six-team league. The caliber of play is between Class A and Class AA of affiliated minor-league baseball.

    Health Care

    Santa Rosa-based REACH Air Medical Services added a King Air Beechcraft 200 airplane to its helicopter all-hours ICU-level emergency air medical services in Southern California and  surrounding states, operating from an airport in Thermal since July 2009. REACH has bases throughout California, Oregon and Texas.

    For broad-based efforts to improve the lives of the most vulnerable members of its community, Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, a facility owned by St. Joseph Health, was named a finalist for the 2013 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, one of the most esteemed community service honors in health care. The prize is sponsored by The Baxter International Foundation and the American Hospital Association and Health Research & Educational Trust. As a finalist, Queen will receive $10,000 for community health initiatives.

    Media

    Santa Rosa City Council has approved a new contract with CMedia, the recently rebranded Community Media Center of the North Bay, which extends its relationship with the nonprofit media center for an additional three years. The new contract takes effect on April 1 and is the result of an extensive collaboration between CMedia, the city and community stakeholders to create a self-sustaining media center to serve the people of Santa Rosa. Under the new contract, CMedia will provide an array of services to the city, including online marketing services to feature short documentaries on public programs. CMedia will also provide community media production courses and access to equipment as well as manage Santa Rosa’s Public, Education and Government (PEG) Access programming on local Comcast cable channels 26, 26, 28 and 30.

    Nonprofits

    ExtraFood.org (415-994-9830, extrafood@gmail.com, @ExtraFoodDotOrg), an all-volunteer Marin County nonprofit, is soliciting businesses to donate extra food for about 30,000 local residents without a secure food supply. It also estimated that more than 64 million pounds of food waste goes into Marin’s landfills every year. The nonprofit picks up extra prepared food from Marin County businesses and organizations — restaurants, companies, caterers, congregations, events, grocery stores — and delivers it immediately to nonprofits that feed the hungry.

    Long Meadow Ranch and The Land Trust of Napa County on Jan. 13 announced the donation of a conservation easement on 11 acres of Rutherford vines at 1790 St. Helena Hwy. S. Long Meadow Ranch proprietors Ted, Laddie and Chris Hall relinquished entitlements to build a winery and residence on the parcel and extinguished rights for any commercial purpose unrelated to agriculture. The easement property, to be known as Long Meadow Ranch V, is the fifth major conservation easement created by Long Meadow Ranch and its affiliates, now totaling 395 acres. The property will be part of Long Meadow Ranch’s 90-acre Rutherford estate, which has gained international recognition as a grand cru–quality vineyard that produces extraordinary sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon wine. Today the grapes are used to produce Long Meadow Ranch’s estate wines and are sold to ultra-premium wine producers. The halls acquired Long Meadow Ranch and related property in fall 2012. Conservation easements to The Land Trust of Napa County are held in perpetuity. The trust monitors compliance, and land owners farm the land and can accrue substantial charitable tax deductions.

    Office Equipment

    Ray Morgan Company is opening its 19th regional office in Rohnert Park. The branch will service Sonoma, Marin, Napa and Solano counties allowing customers the ease of access when service is needed. Based in Chico, the company was established in 1956 and is said to be the second-largest Canon dealer in the U.S. The company has grown to more than 300 working professionals and expects to exceed $80 million in overall sales in 2014. In June 2012, the company partnered with Samsung and has since grown to be one of Samsung’s largest technology providers.

    Tourism

    Napa County Arts and Culture Advisory Committee to the Napa County Board of Supervisors request grant proposals from registered 501(c)3 arts and culture nonprofit organizations  in the county. Completed applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 25. About $215,000 is available for this round of funding, which includes carryover from prior fiscal years. Funding comes from the county Special Projects Fund established by the board, funded by a percentage of the transient occupancy tax.

    Sonoma County Service Excellence Workshop is an interactive, three-day service training set March 31, April 1 and 9 (Lodging and Restaurants) and April 7–9 (Professional, Retail, and Municipal Services). The first round was Jan. 27. The goal is to significantly enhance the county’s reputation, reach and results by raising the level of service provided. More than 1,000 hospitality professionals were certified last year. Sonoma County Certified Tourism Ambassadors can earn 40 points toward renewal by participating. Workshops will be held at Safari West north of Santa Rosa, limited to 45 people each session and cost $375 per person. Register online (bitly.com/service_reg).

    Wine

    Winemaking tool manufacturer Vinnovation introduced its patent-pending Lotus pumpover head, said to be next-generation technology for that process. It was developed last year and is made in the Napa Valley from stainless steel and food-grade polyurethane. By utilizing molds made with 3-D printers, the company was able to efficiently produce shapes that were previously not possible from standard machine tools, the company said. The resulting design is both functional and elegant, according to Vinnovation.

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