July 18, 2014
The proportion of North Bay residents seeking jobs edged upward and job growth rates slowed in all six counties in June, according to preliminary state figures released Friday.
In five of the six North Bay counties, rates of joblessness last month were below the statewide level, and year-over-year job growth rates bested or matched California-wide growth.
June 30, 2014
Cider Journal launches …
Jewish Community Federation receives $1.75 million. …
Sonoma County Farm Bureau signs up for Comcast cloud voice. …
SpeakingPhoto launches. …
Toyota returns as raceway sponsor. …
Aldo Baccala gets 20 years for $15 million Ponzi scheme. …
Santa Rosa reaches pay and benefits deals with two unions. …
Shannon Ridge wins wine awards. …
Local appointees to Wine Institute board. …
June 20, 2014
The unemployment rate for Sonoma County last month was the lowest it’s been in six years, dropping to 5 percent, while the North Bay as whole saw a decrease in jobless rates as well, according to preliminary figures released Friday.
June 9, 2014
Profiles of 26 human resources executives at top placement agencies or the North Bay’s largest employers.
June 2, 2014
NORTH BAY — Millions of dollars in new funding will flow to dozens of schools in the North Bay this year through California’s Career Pathways Trust, a one-time, $250 million fund created through education legislation in July 2013.
May 19, 2014
The wine business in Lake County has grown to the point that it needs more of its own support businesses. And wineries in the North Coast’s high country may be getting their first public wine warehouse. …
Rather than a threat to three-tier distribution, direct-to-consumer wine sales are complementary, a top Nielsen alcoholic beverage analyst told more than 450 at the Direct Sales Conference in Napa. …
May 16, 2014
Hiring picked up in April in counties across the North Bay, pushing unemployment rates to the lowest levels since the 2008 economic recession, according to preliminary state figures released Friday.
May 15, 2014
ST. HELENA — St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley has named Steve Herber, MD, as president and CEO of the Adventist Health-owned hospital, with responsibility for hospital and clinic services in Napa County and the surrounding area, including the hospital’s Center for Behavioral Health in Vallejo.
May 12, 2014
Each year, the Business Journal highlights the leading U.S. Small Business Administration program lenders serving the North Bay.
May 12, 2014
Bank of Marin hired Danielle Phillips as Sausalito branch manager. …
Redwood Credit Union re-elected five volunteer officials: Robert Steele, Debra Watts and Robert Wieck, David Gouin and Brian Elliott. …
Sonoma Stompers Baseball Club signed 14-year baseball veteran Ray Serrano. …
4-H Foundation of Sonoma County added three board directors: Adrienne Uboldi, Kortnie Brockwalder and Casey Meints. …
Karen Heintz affiliated with Keegan & Coppin in Santa Rosa, brokering national office and North Coast wine-related real estate deals. …
Lake County Winegrape Commission’s board added Bill Oldham of Oldham Vineyards and Bonnie Sears of Beckstoffer Vineyards. …
B.R. Cohn Winery appointed Misty Roudebush as director of direct to consumer and marketing. …
Bonterra winemaker Robert Blue received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Drinks Business Green Awards 2014. …
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend hired Michael Irvine to the newly created community grant manager position. …
April 28, 2014
UKIAH — Ukiah Valley Medical Center said it will open a new Cancer Treatment and Infusion Center on the second floor of its Rural Health Center at 260 Hospital Drive.
April 21, 2014
SONOMA COUNTY and LAKE COUNTY — U.S. Geothermal Inc, a geothermal energy company with offices in Boise, Idaho, has announced plans to acquire a late stage development at the Geysers that has shown promise for enough steam production to power up to 26,000 homes.
April 21, 2014
NORTH BAY — Two of Sonoma County’s biggest federally qualified health centers are in the process of opening in-house pharmacies at key locations, a move aimed at further integrating primary care services with the hopes of improving outcomes for patients who struggle with prescription medications.
Both Santa Rosa Community Health Centers and Petaluma Health Center are following the lead of another North Bay FQHC, Marin Community Clinics, which opened an on-sight pharmacy about a year ago. Since then, Marin’s safety-net provider has seen a dramatic improvement in reducing repetitive visits from patients, many of whom struggled with medications and ended up either back at clinics or in emergency rooms for treatable conditions, said Linda Tavazsi, CEO of Marin Community Clinics.
April 18, 2014
Unemployment rates across the North Bay improved slightly in March and were well below the year-ago estimate, according to initial state estimates released Friday.
April 7, 2014
Over the past week, proponents of the Affordable Care Act have touted the sheer numbers of those enrolling in health plans offered on both the federal and statewide exchanges, which nationally reached more than 7 million and in California reached over 1.2 million — both above stated goals.
By most accounts, the volume and the last-minute rush of people signing up as enrollment closed indicates a successful cap to a rocky and bitterly partisan start for the new law.
But as details of those who enroll become clearer in the coming weeks, insurance carriers and brokers will be closely watching the spread of risk, or whether or not enough younger, healthier individuals signed up to offset the older or sicker population, to keep rates down.
April 7, 2014
The year 2014 brings new opportunities and challenges for the insured, the uninsured, employees, employers, and employer sponsored health plans. Whether employers continue to provide a health plan in 2014 and beyond may depend on what the employer plan looks like, cost of the plan, what competitors are practicing, and finally, what the political landscape looks like.
Many employers feel it’s a competitive advantage to provide a plan to their employees in order to attract and retain key talent. But how can an employer comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), engage their employees, and keep their wallets intact? Here are four steps employers should consider to determine the fate of their benefit programs.
April 1, 2014
UPDATED 4:58 P.M. SANTA ROSA — After more than two years of negotiations with a number of suitors, Santa Rosa-based Redwood Regional Medical Group, one of the most established and largest physician-owned groups in the North Bay, agreed to merge a majority of its operations into St. Joseph Health’s Annadel Medical Group, bringing together two of Sonoma County’s most prominent health care providers.
March 24, 2014
NORTH BAY — California lawmakers have bolstered a state-sponsored program to finance the upgrade and removal of underground petroleum storage tanks and related systems, highlighting an ongoing need for that work in areas including the North Bay, according to the program’s regional administrator and others.
March 21, 2014
Sonoma County led the North Bay in February in the number of jobs added year-over-year, while unemployment rates across the North Bay were largely unchanged or a few tenths of a percentage point lower after a seasonal uptick in January, according to state figures released Friday.
March 10, 2014
Bill Vyenielo was hired as business consulting senior manager with Moss Adams. …
Dmitri Alexeev was named tax senior manager with Moss Adams. …
Joe Hester joined as tax manager with Moss Adams. …
Bank of Marin honored Leah Bryan from Petaluma and Tara Johnson from Sonoma as the most recent graduates its retail officer training program. …
Dana Marty joined JDH Wealth in Santa Rosa as the administrative assistant. …
Marc McDonald was named real estate manager for the General Services Department in Sonoma County. …
Kristin Berger recently joined the Climate Protection Campaign as the director of development and communications. …
Dr. Frederick L. Johnson was named as a new board member for Sutter West Bay Hospitals and Sutter West Bay Medical Foundation. …
The Santa Rosa office of George Petersen Insurance Agency hired Daniel S. Garcia Jr. as a commercial lines agent. …
Jaime Pera has been named associate partner and selected to lead the expansion of Terra Firma Global Partners in Marin County. …
Calix appointed William Atkins as executive vice president and chief financial officer. …
Joseph Phelps Vineyards promoted Justin Ennis to winemaker at the company’s Freestone estate. …
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