Green

Novato-based HydroPoint Data Systems Inc., provider of smart irrigation systems, was chosen by The Artemis Project as a winner of the 2010 Top 50 Water Companies Competition.  HydroPoint’s selection was based on technology, intellectual property and know-how, team and market potential.

Marketing

Sausalito-based EntertainmentXpress, a division of Public Media Works Inc., began rolling out its DVD digital entertainment platform in key Pizza Hut locations operated by franchise organization Aurora Huts. Customers will be able to order a movie along with a pizza.

ChannelNet in Sausalito won Best Home Building Website from the Web Marketing Association in the 2010 Internet Advertising Competition for its design of Hunter Douglas' Gallery, Showcase and Priority Dealer Websites, a network of co-branded sites for more than 1,500 dealers.

Nonprofit & Community Organizations

Soroptimist International of Napa awarded $9,250 in service monies, including $3,750 to after-school program Girls on the Run – Napa Valley, $3,000 to NEWS, $1,000 to the Napa Valley Unified District Adult School and $500 to student Lauren Sherman through the If Given a Chance Foundation. Brenda Roberts, proprietor of Baker Street Downtown, received a Fellowship Award of $1,000.

Technology

Santa Rosa-based Fusion Technology Solutions LLC completed an upgrade of its  Storage Area Network to offer more storage capacity for off-site backup clients.

Wine

Napa Valley-based Blackbird Vineyards raised nearly $170,000 with its Live, Barrel and E-Auction lots, contributing to the Napa Wine Auction’s $8.5 million total, more than three times the amount Blackbird raised in the 2009 auction.

The Wine Industry Network in Healdsburg, a B2B marketplace and online resource for the wine industry, expanded its direct marketing services to include a more comprehensive social media marketing platform for industry buyers and suppliers. WIN also leverages existing social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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