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, has fifteen branch offices in northern California with sales offices across the U.S. and Canada and employs 265 people.


Santa Rosa engineering firm Winzler & Kelly was ranked as No. 7 among the 2010 Best Multidiscipline A/E Services Firms to Work For by CE News.


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 & Tourism

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.

C CASA, a taqueria at the Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa, was selected as a Michelin Guide "Bib Gourmand" restaurant for 2011, also known as the Michelin Inspectors’ Favorites for Good Value.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville opened a winery park including two swimming pools, European-style changing cabanas, an outdoor pool cafe, a performance pavilion, four bocce courts and a children’s lending library.

Fresh by Lisa Hemenway, a new healthy-gourmet, family-friendly market and bistro opened in Santa Rosa Nov. 1.


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.

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