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.”
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.
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.”
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