Business Services

Chem-Dry of Healdsburg is now available to service Sonoma County. The owner of Chem-Dry of Lake County and Chem-Dry of Mendocino County acquired the franchise in February. Chem-Dry offers carpet and upholstery cleaning using a green-certified solution.

Food & Beverage

Novato-based The Republic of Tea’s new website, www.republicoftea.com, features a homepage dedicated to tea education, informative tea-focused videos and The Citizen’s Tea Library, a fully integrated tea-knowledge center.

Green

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, acting as the Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District’s board, approved a $365,750 purchase of a conservation easement that eliminates the potential for development of two parcels comprising the 48.53-acre Santa Rosa farm where the original Crane melon was developed.

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is accepting applications for its 2010 Waste Reduction Awards Program through June 15. California businesses, private schools and nonprofit organizations that have made strides in recycling, waste reduction, green procurement and other environmentally friendly programs are encouraged to apply. The 2010 application and guidelines are available at www.calrecycle.ca.gov/wrap. Entries must be submitted using the online application. For details, call 916-341-6199.

Manufacturing

Ben Franklin Press & Label Co. of Napa Valley received awards for outstanding achievement in Wine Labels – Pressure Sensitive at the San Francisco Impression Awards.  This represents the third year in row that the company has come away with the Best of Show for wine label printing.

Nonprofit & Community Organizations

Santa Rosa-based Friedman’s Home Improvement’s Green Challenge raised more than $133,000 for 6,000 young people served by Social Advocates for Youth.

Nominations are now open for the North Bay Leadership Council’s 2010 Leadership Awards. Award categories include Caught in the Act of Leadership, We’re all in this Together, Paint the Community Green, The ‘Light Bulb’ Went On and Empowering the Latino Community. Go to www.northbayleadership.com to nominate.

Technology

Autodesk in San Rafael launched AutoCAD Freestyle, an easy-to-use, low-cost 2-D drawing software package ideal for creating professional-looking drawings, layouts and plans that can be shared.

Petaluma-based semiconductor solutions maker Tegal Corp. appointed Veonis Technologies of Puchheim, Germany, as its agent for silicon Drie and dielectric Drie products in Germany. Veonis Technologies is a leading pan-European supplier of equipment, materials and services to the semiconductor and related industries.

VeraCentra Inc. in Napa, provider of on-demand marketing software and services, announced the availability of a new research study from Aberdeen Group, co-sponsored by VeraCentra, which captured data on customer service and sales from more than 400 companies.

Wine

Larson Family Winery and Meadowcroft Family of Wines partnered to create a tasting room in the Carneros region of Sonoma at 23574 Arnold Drive.

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