The Solano County exhibit at the California State Fair won the Golden Bear Best of Show award for 2009. The concept for this year’s exhibit, “The Enchanted Orchard,” was originated by Curtis Designs, a Fairfield-Suisun Chamber member.

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a $2.3 million conservation easement agreement between the Sonoma County Open Space District and the owners of the Smith Family Ranch, also known as Tara Firma Farms, which eliminates the potential for development of eight parcels and provides for continued agricultural use of the property.

Business Organizations

Nomination forms are now available for the 2010 Business Hall of Fame and will be accepted until Jan. 15, 2010. For complete information visit www.sonoma-county.org/edb/events.htm. Honorees must have been in business in Sonoma County for 25 years or more. 


The Justice Department announced an agreement with Santa Rosa under Project Civic Access to ensure that the city complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act to improve access to all aspects of civic life for persons with disabilities.

Solano County won the 2009 Cities, Counties and Schools Partnership Award for initiating a series of economic summits and collaborative efforts.

Health Care

The Clinic Ole Foundation, medical and dental home for Napa County’s underserved, received $100,000 from Warren and Barbara Winiarski. The gift, along with a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be used to purchase a modular clinic unit to be placed next door to Clinic Ole’s main clinic in Napa.


Hotel Luca, a 20-room property featuring Cantinetta Piero restaurant, a full-service Luca Spa and two residences, officially opened in Yountville.


Navitas Naturals, an organic foods company in Novato, achieved third-party GMP and HACCP certification for its operations.


Vacaville Sanitary Service was renamed Recology Vacaville Solano, and Dixon Sanitary Service was renamed Recology Dixon to reflect the company’s efforts in recycling, renewal, reuse and reduction.


Anaba in Sonoma installed a 45-foot wind turbine on its vineyard and tasting room property to generate 40 percent to 75 percent of the electricity needed to power the winery’s tasting room, offices, irrigation system and cased goods storage facility.

Santa Clara-based Sun Microsystems won a gold award in the category of Best Custom Content from the Brandon Hall Research Excellence in Learning Awards for an eLearning project called Selling Business Value: Account Planning. The project team was led by Santa Rosa resident Russ Powell.


Chrysler Group LLC will use the services of The Pasha Group in Corte Madera at the Port of Grays Harbor in Aberdeen, Wash., to support its export vehicle requirements from the Pacific Northwest to selected destinations in Asia.

Santa Rosa-based ZAP Electric Motors and Holley Group, a volume producer of electric power meters, established a joint venture company in China with backing from venture capital firm Better World International to target the electric vehicle market in China.


Four Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines facilities in Napa – Beaulieu Vineyard, Sterling Vineyards, DC&E Wines Carneros Bottling and Distribution Center and DC&E Paicines Operations – were named winners of California's Waste Reduction Awards.

Lafitte Cork and Capsule in Napa received the Cool California Small Business Excellence Award.

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CORRECTION, Jan. 18, 2010: Santa Rosa resident Russ Powell led the project team for Santa Clara-based Sun Microsystems that won a gold award from the Brandon Hall Research Excellence in Learning Awards. Incorrect information was included in the Business News section [p. 21, Jan. 4].