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Monday, May 5, 2014, 5:00 am

Business News: Week of May 5, 2014

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    Banking

    In celebration of Arbor Day on April 25, Bank of Marin said it is working with the Arbor Day Foundation in an effort to reduce paper waste and plant trees. For every customer that switches from paper statements to eStatements through the end of 2014, Bank of Marin will donate $1to plant a tree. A minimum of $2,500 and a maximum of $10,000 will be donated based on how many customers sign up for the online statement option. At this time 2,500 trees will be planted in Lassen National Forest, where the Reading Fire burned more than 4,000 acres in August 2012, and natural regeneration is unlikely.

    Consumer Products

    In an effort to build on a 20 percent increase in sales in 2013, Petaluma-based contemporary rugmaker Emma Gardner Design has launched a seven-city road show, bringing its new collection directly to the design community. The campaign kicked off in San Francisco this February, where seven new rugs were on display.

    Retail

    Santa Rosa regional shopping center Coddingtown Mall has two new tenants. Jack’s Urban Eats, offering “American hofbrau-style cuisine,” will open in mid-May and hire about 35. Jamba Juice also will open a new store at the location on May 2, the second in Santa Rosa and ninth for franchisee One Whirld, Inc.

    Technology

    Rohnert Park-based unmanned aerial vehicle firm Arcturus UAV unveiled and started taking orders for JUMP, a new vertical takeoff and landing system for the company’s T-20 and T-16 fixed-wing UAVs. Booms fitted with vertical lift motors and rotors are mounted to each wing to provide vertical lift for takeoff and landing. Vertical lift motors are shut off for winged flight and propellers are feathered longitudinally for minimum drag. JUMP can be easily transported and operated by only two technicians. Once on site, JUMP can be set up and ready for flight in less than 15 minutes.

    Wine

    Lazy Creek Vineyards’ tasting room in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley is now open, as an 18-month new winery building project is complete. Tasting room hours are Thursday–Monday, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Current vintages of Lazy Creek Vineyards wines are available to taste, as well as unique wine country gift items and brand logo wear. Located on Highway 128 outside of Philo, Lazy Creek is known for its Anderson Valley pinot noir.

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