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Monday, March 24, 2014, 5:00 am

Business News: Week of March 24, 2014

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    Accounting

    Moss Adams, LLP, has joined the North Bay Leadership Council. Jeff Gutsch, partner in charge, is Moss Adams’ representative on NBLC’s board. Mr. Gutsch is the firm’s national practice leader for wineries and vineyards, the Wine Industry Group, and is a member of the Food Processing and Agriculture Steering Committee. Active in the community, he belongs to a number of wine industry associations, and serves on the Charles M. Schulz Museum audit committee and the advisory committee to the accounting departments at Sonoma State University and Chico State University, his alma mater. Mr. Gutsch earned a master’s degree in taxation from Golden Gate University.

    Banking

    Bay Area Development Company completed U.S. Small Business Administration 504 funding for AD-Vantage Marketing in Santa Rosa. The financing allowed the direct-mail company to create two new local jobs and purchase a 6,000-square foot-building located at 445 Tesconi Cir. in Santa Rosa. After working in sales and direct mail order for Eddie Bauer for a decade, Glen Rankin turned those skills into his own ventur in 1984. The company provides services such as printing, mailing, database management and shipping.

    Energy

    Novato’s SolarCraft installed a solar electricity system at Napa Valley Country Club. The system is mounted on a hillside above the golf course. It consists of 870 high-efficiency solar panels covering 17,610 square feet. The panels are expected to generate about 363,000 kilowatt-hours of energy annually, enough to power 57 average homes daily. Excess power generated during the day offsets the club’s energy bill. Energy generated could reduce power plant demand-created emissions by 105 tons of greenhouse gases annually, equivalent to carbon dioxide-equivalent pollution from 6 million miles of driving over 30 years.

    Health Care

    Sequoia Senior Solutions, Inc., of Petaluma launched a new service to reduce the risk of prolonged agony and serious harm to seniors who may fall ill or have an accident at home, and who may otherwise have to wait for hours or even days before help arrives. The new service, Wellness Calls, provides regularly scheduled telephone calls, during which a Sequoia Senior Solutions remote caregiver can assess the safety and well-being of the senior and alert appropriate authorities, or the senior’s family, should the senior be in distress or should the wellness call go unanswered.

    Marketing

    Stonestreet Marketing, a Napa-based promotional products distributor established in 1986, added its first mobile custom-branded promotional products and apparel showroom in a special-made Mercedes Sprinter van. The mobile showroom was developed to save time, energy and expense for winery tasting room, wine club and special event managers or company marketers. The van is stocked with samples of many categories of promotional products, mobile technology to display more than 800,000 items from thousands of manufacturers as well as supplier catalogs, fabric samples, Pantone color and thread charts.

    Technology

    Novato’s LumiGrow, Inc., is strengthening its international reach through new partnerships with CEE Green of Canada, Doctor Green Energy of Thailand and TLE Electrical and Data Suppliers of Australia. Each was selected for its application expertise and regional market knowledge.

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