April 14, 2014
Sonoma County businesses are outperforming the United States as a whole in expenditures for growth and customer demand, supporting an overall upward trend for commercial-sector confidence, according to a new report.
April 14, 2014
SANTA ROSA — Organizers for a planned 15,000-square-foot wine museum are busily reaching out to potential wine industry supporters as demolition work gets started to convert its future home downtown into a five-story office building.
April 7, 2014
The Napa Chamber of Commerce knows no boundaries. We’re about more than just this side of the Valley, and we enjoy talking to potential members from throughout the Bay Area and Northern California.
March 26, 2014
What we expose in this the second of two articles is the truth behind what is really driving direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales, specifically sales made with direct customer interactions over the telephone. This time we explore the myths of closing a tasting room in the afternoon and that “free shipping” sells more wine out of state.
March 24, 2014
SANTA ROSA — Zenergy Works, a website builder and Internet marketing company, plans to significantly expand its workforce and open offices is Western states fueled by a recently revamped business-oriented mapping services by Mountain View-based Google.
March 24, 2014
Mendocino County’s Economic Development & Financing Corporation is taking early steps to embark on a direct public offering, with plans to fund a new loan program aimed at startups and other ventures that would struggle to obtain financing from a traditional lender.
With a draft prospectus expected for internal review in April and a public offering possible later this year, the effort would provide a highly regional vehicle for investors and boost the EDFC’s other loan programs for small business.
March 24, 2014
he second annual Business Journal-Bank of Marin Business Confidence Survey for Marin County found rising optimism for the economy. The highlights of the survey of 100 businesses, presented at the seventh annual Impact Marin conference March 13, are:
March 13, 2014
NOVATO — FICO (NYSE: FICO), a Silicon Valley predictive analytics company known for its credit-score modeling, reached a deal to merge with a Novato-based developer of business data modeling started by former employees of what was called Fair Issac Company when it was based in Marin County.
March 10, 2014
ROHNERT PARK — The North Bay iHub has named tech industry sales and business development veteran Steven Palladino as executive director, according to an announcement from the organization’s board of directors.
March 4, 2014
Twenty North Bay businesses and organizations have been selected for the Business Journal’s inaugural Corporate Philanthropy Awards.
“All of us at the Journal congratulate these organizations that contribute significantly to the betterment of the communities we treasure,” said Publisher Brad Bollinger. “It’s amazing there wasn’t something like this already. As a result, we had a very strong response to our call for nominations and an incredible group of recipients.”
March 3, 2014
Connection. It’s the latest buzz word in our office. We hear it from new members asking us to introduce them to new business leads. We are asked by potential members how many connections they can make through the chamber.
And, we are looked to as sources when locals and visitors come in looking for connections in the community that they can depend on.
February 24, 2014
ROHNERT PARK — Leading economic indicators suggest that the North Bay counties of Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Mendocino and Lake will enjoy continued growth in 2014. The emerging question, however, is whether the current economic cycle is approaching peak, according to an annual regional economic forecast at the 2014 Sonoma State University Economic Outlook conference Wednesday.
February 24, 2014
ROHNERT PARK — With renewed emphasis on building strong bridges between the world of academia and the public-private sector, Sonoma State University is developing a series of programs to instill an entrepreneurial spirit among students that will ultimately permeate each academic department and involve local businesses and SSU alumni.
February 17, 2014
Ramy Louis was hired as a marketing and communications manager with FPC Investment Advisory, Inc. in Petaluma. …
Novato-based Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc, appointed Clay Siegall, PhD, and Matthew Fust to the company’s board of directors. …
Western Builders brought on Sean MacRae as its project manager and head of design. …
Northern California Engineering Contractors Association recently announced its 2014 board president and Hermsmeyer Hall of Fame Award Winners. …
San Rafael Chamber of Commerce selected professor Lynn Sondag as one of the recipients of the Excellence in Education Awards. …
Zarin Mehta, the former president and executive director of the New York Philharmonic, has been brought in to oversee artistic programming for the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University. …
Glassdoor has hired Adam Spiegel as chief financial officer. …
Vince Ginocchio of Heffernan Insurance Brokers in Petaluma has been honored with the Safeco Insurance Award of Excellence. …
The Napa-based business law firm of Myers & Associates announced that Alex Myers has joined the firm as a senior attorney. …
Blue Ventures Wine Marketing, a wine marketing firm based in San Rafael, announced that Susan Ghest-Kehoe has been appointed as sales and marketing coordinator. …
Santa Rosa-based electric and gasoline automobile maker Zap on Jan. 23 appointed Chi Kwong Fung chief financial officer. …
Yvonne Baginski, owner of Born To Age Senior Care Directories and Information Kiosks, is the 2014 president of the Sonoma County Section on Aging. …
Flora Springs Winery & Vineyard has appointed wine industry executive Steve Tamburelli as chief operating officer. …
February 10, 2014
FAIRFIELD — The 31st annual meeting of the Solano Economic Development Corporation showcased significant public-private sector accomplishments in the county’s seven cities during 2013.
“Team Solano worked together to make everything happen by attracting new businesses and creating an environment to nurture newcomers and those already here,” said Sandy Person, president of Solano Economic Development Corp.
January 13, 2014
UKIAH — Efforts are under way to recast Ukiah’s historic jail as a center for business development, training and incubation, leveraging vacant city property at a time of slim resources and following the lead of a similar facility currently operating in Santa Rosa.
December 23, 2013
What we expose in this the first of two articles is the truth behind what is really driving direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales, specifically sales made with direct customer interactions over the telephone.
VinoPro has have compiled data from more than $8 million worth of direct-to-consumer sales made for its strategic partners in 2012. This is data based on real sales that occurred from actual interactions with customers and sales made over the telephone. Some of this data is surprising, because it contradicts much of what you have heard in dozens of conferences and from other so-called “experts” in their field.
What we learned from this exercise is that there are several myths in the DTC wine sales space that tend to permeate the thinking of those in the business. Real data should really be used instead, and is presented here for your immediate use.
November 18, 2013
More than 50 students graduated from financial literacy courses sponsored by Dixon-based First Northern Bank. …
Hennessy Funds announced that it has been named the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Community Investment Award …
The town of Windsor launched a new “business concierge service.” …
Peregrine Performance Group celebrated its first anniversary this fall. …
California Maritime Academy in Vallejo celebrated its ribbon cutting ceremony for the new dining center and rental space. …
SCS Engineers was chosen by Lake County government to provide services for the installation of a landfill gas collection and control system. …
Walter Hansel Wine & Bistro opened with executive chef Philippe Colasse in the former Zazu space in Santa Rosa. …
1313 Main in Napa opened The Spirits Bar. …
Sausalito’s Sanovas Inc. received a new patent. …
Petaluma’s Streetwise Reports added The Mining Report. …
November 11, 2013
The 31,000-square-foot warehouse nearing completion in a Windsor business park is set to be the expanded new home of Wine Country Shipping. …
Napa Valley Vintners is distributing to local charities the first $3 million in proceeds from $16.9 million raised during the 33rd annual Auction Napa Valley event in late May. …
San Francisco-based private-equity firm Bacchus Capital last week launched BCM Wineworks, a sales and marketing agency for wineries in its investment portfolio. …
Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank’s North Bay-based Wine Services Group of sales agents have been handling notable winery properties. …
Sonoma-based Collotype Digital, a division of Ohio-based Collotype Labels, a global printer of wine and spirits labels with plants in Napa and Sonoma, won top awards in two print industry competitions. …
November 4, 2013
Leaders of nearly two-thirds of Solano County enterprises in a first-ever survey on the local economy said the business climate is “favorable,” half plan to expand in the next five years and more than a third intend to boost capital spending.
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