John Ash & Co. in the Vintners Inn of Santa Rosa received a 2009 best of award of excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine for its wine list.


Geared for Growing Landscaping of Healdsburg received eight awards from the California Landscape Contractors Association.

Nonprofit & Community Organizations

Solar Works of Sebastopol is now a corporate alliance partner to the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, pledging $50,000 a year to the Burbank Memorial Foundation.

Santa Rosa-based YWCA Sonoma County, a provider of domestic violence services, received a Telly Award for its informational video about the organization.

Professional Services

Rohnert Park-based Optio Solutions Inc. opened an office in Houston, Texas.

Real Estate

Larkspur-based investment real estate brokerage Norcal Commercial Inc. received a CoStar Group "power broker" award for the Marin/North San Francisco Bay region based on 2008 sales volume.

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