Banking & Finance

Redwood Credit Union of Santa Rosa received the "spirit of the wine country award" from the United Way of the Wine Country for its 2008 fundraising campaign that produced more than $78,000 in donations.

Landscaping

Sebastopol-based Gill Landscape Inc. received a first place award from the CLCA North Coast Chapter for medium commercial installation, unlimited residential maintenance and for small residential maintenance.

Marketing

Healdsburg-based Firefly Creative Co. was recently hired by the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau and American AgCredit to provide strategic marketing and advertising design.

Nonprofit & Community Organizations

The Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation received one of 633 arts grants from the National Endowment for the Arts meant to preserve employment. The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art was another local recipient of the $50,000 grant.

Real Estate

CPS-Creative Property Services launched a fundraising program to benefit the Redwood Empire Food Bank. The company provides volunteer services and assistance with food drives as well as participates in a voluntary commission contribution system.

Transportation

Commercial jet engine lessor, Willis Lease Finance Corp. of Novato, was named one of America's fasted-growing small public companies by Fortune Small Business Magazine.

Wine

The Napa Valley Vintners trade association launched a new blog at www.napavintners.com/blog. The group also has an account on Facebook and Twitter and an online events calendar.

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