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.
November 4, 2013
FAIRFIELD — Critical factors driving economic recovery and growth in Solano County and the surrounding region as well as opportunities for fostering that activity will be the focus of the Impact Solano conference on Friday.
November 4, 2013
Napa Chamber of Commerce has experienced more than a century of change. As we embark upon our 125th anniversary in 2014, we acknowledge the success and leadership of the past, recognizing the challenges for an organization like ours to remain current and relevant for upcoming generations.
October 28, 2013
NAPA — The second annual Innovation Napa Valley summit, held at the former Copia theater and sponsored by the Napa Chamber of Commerce, served as a forum for exploring creative ways to improve Napa County’s economy in a region where 82 percent of businesses are directly or indirectly involved in wine, tourism and hospitality.
October 28, 2013
Trademarks are especially important in the wine industry. Brand names, of course, are the means by which consumers distinguish between competing goods and services.
With wine, the consumer’s choice is often made based solely on the brand name or label. And trademark missteps can be expensive — rebranding, pursuing an infringer, and trying to resolve conflicts during the sale of a business are all costly and time consuming. Developing and protecting strong trademarks should therefore be considered an investment designed both to ensure that others cannot stop you from using your mark and to prevent others from using your mark or a confusingly similar mark.
October 14, 2013
SANTA ROSA — Developing circles of relationships that result in dollars and jobs staying in North Bay communities, as well as sharing resources and transition today’s business models toward partnerships, cooperatives and bartering networks will be effective in the emerging “new economy,” according to speakers at the Invest Local Conference.
September 30, 2013
Every salesperson wants to think of him or herself as powerful but, if asked, would have no idea where their power actually comes from.
September 24, 2013
U.S. wineries shipped 3.18 million cases directly to consumers in 2012. Of that volume, direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales have grown by 12 percent annually, almost three times faster than total industry sales.
Data collection or “data capture” is crucial to effective customer-relationship management and DTC sales, as these functions are completely dependent on being able to connect with your customer on an ongoing basis. Simply put, without accurate contact information, you can’t connect.
If your customer leaves your tasting room without giving you personal data, you are virtually watching years of lucrative sales walk out the door.
Make sure your entire tasting room staff is educated to be acutely aware of this.
September 23, 2013
AMERICAN CANYON — Consumers often have limited options for recycling the petroleum-based foam that cushions and insulates wine bottles during shipment, but a Napa Valley wine packaging company thinks it has found a way to make such recycling as easy as turning on a water spigot or stirring a compost pile.
September 9, 2013
SANTA ROSA — A coalition of regional economy-focused organizations including the Sonoma County Go Local Cooperative will host its second-annual Invest Local Conference on Sept. 26, part of a month-long series of events held under the banner of “Invest Local Month.”
September 2, 2013
In the coming weeks, the Napa Chamber of Commerce will present a renewed brand and vision. Not just a new logo, this rebranding process required an evaluation of every aspect of the organization, allowing us to redefine priorities and achieve a better understanding of where we need to go in order to best serve our members and the greater Napa Valley Community. Reflecting an engaged, progressive, and agile organization, this rebrand represents the Napa Chamber’s role in a growing and changing community.
August 29, 2013
PETALUMA — World Centric, a seller of biodegradable and recyclable food containers, plans to move its headquarters from Palo Alto to Petaluma’s Foundry Wharf, according to an announcement from the city of Petaluma and economic development officials.
August 28, 2013
Barack Obama’s success in the recent presidential election in the U.S. highlights the potential rewards for politicians who can successfully engage the Hispanic population, and this experience holds important lessons for the U.S. wine industry.
Hispanics are the largest and fastest growing minority in the U.S., but they drink less wine per capita than the average American. So it should not be a surprise that if the wine industry were to successfully target the market and influence Hispanics to increase their consumption, huge rewards would be in-store.
By Rabobank estimates, if the wine industry were able to bring Hispanic wine consumption up to the level of the typical consumer, annual wine consumption among Hispanics will increase by nearly 50 million cases over the next 20 years! That could be as much as 40 percent of the total growth in U.S. wine consumption over that period.
August 26, 2013
SANTA ROSA — The Professional Services Marketing Group-North Bay is hosting a first-ever conference concerning the future of marketing, inviting the region’s marketing professionals to take part on Sept. 27.
August 21, 2013
SANTA ROSA — Sonoma County business executives were more confident about the direction of the local economy this summer than in at least a dozen years, according to a report released Wednesday.
August 19, 2013
SANTA ROSA — VinoPro’s major shift two years ago to becoming the contract telesales force for wineries has propelled the company into the ranks of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S.
August 13, 2013
ROHNERT PARK — SoCo Nexus, formerly the Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster, is seeking nominations from accredited investor groups for the ten entrepreneurs that will present during its fifth annual North Bay Investor Summit on Sept. 25. Nominations are due by Aug. 31.
July 22, 2013
Santa Rosa — A new branding initiative for producers of craft goods and foods in the North Bay is among the latest efforts to leverage the region’s growing rapport with consumers, providing distinct branding for companies creating products in the six counties of Sonoma, Marin, Napa, Solano, Mendocino and Lake.
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