Business Organizations

Nelson Family of Companies in Sonoma joined the board of directors of North Bay Leadership Council in Petaluma. The umbrella group, which includes Nelson Staffing, Nelson & Associates, Nelson Technology, WorkforceLogic, HRhome and NelsonJobs.com, has fifteen branch offices in northern California with sales offices across the U.S. and Canada and employs 265 people.

Green

Sebastopol-based One Sun Inc. will install a 750 kW solar system at the Sonoma County Juvenile Justice Center (Los Guilicos), one of the largest county solar projects in California. The system, which will provide approximately 40 percent of the campus’ electricity needs and save the county up to $3 million over 25 years, is financed in part by funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Solar Power Partners in Mill Valley installed a 105.48 kW-sized rooftop system at the Molokai General Hospital on the island of Molokai in Hawaii. The photovoltaic plant was built and financed at no capital cost to the hospital through a solar power purchase agreement partnership with Solar Power Partners.

Hospitality

Branches Wood Fired Chop House will open its new, 10,500-square-foot restaurant on Nov. 1 in Ukiah. The restaurant houses an Irish pub and sports bar, butcher shop and bakery.

Technology

Sausalito-based HumanConcepts, provider of work force decision support solutions, released its newest version of OrgPlus to help small and medium businesses, departmental managers and organizational design professionals improve visibility into their organizational structure and produce work force analysis. 

Sonic Solutions in Novato, supplier of services and technologies for the distribution of video content over the Internet, completed the acquisition of San Diego-based DivX. The acquisition brings Sonic widely deployed digital media technologies embedded in more than 300 million devices, a strong consumer brand and a global market presence.

Wine

Donelan Family Wines in Sonoma County will donate 10 percent of its wine sales for the next two months to United Against Sexual Assault of Sonoma County, a nonprofit organization based in Santa Rosa.

Napa Valley-based Hestan Vineyards will donate $2 for every bottle of its Hestan, Meyer and Stephanie wines sold during November to the Fund for Gulf Coast Restoration. The wines can be purchased on their website and in restaurants and wine shops nationally.