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Automotive

Santa Rosa propane autogas supplier Blue Star Gas displayed a 2008 Ford Expedition converted to run on autogas in the Limousine, Charter and Tour Show in Las Vegas on behalf of Alliance AutoGas.

Food & Beverage

The Republic of Tea in Novato launched a Cuppa Chocolate Tea collection comprised of four herbal blends. The tea is made from a base of pure South African rooibos, blended with all-natural cocoa powder, chocolate, fruit, herbs and spices.

Hospitality & Tourism

Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead, a sustainable food, wine and agricultural center in St. Helena, announced a new food, wine and tour program including wine and estate olive oil tastings, paired lunch offerings, farming tours, mountain ranch excursions and private events.

Professional Services

Mr. Rooter Plumbing franchise of Napa and Marin counties made the third annual "AllBusiness AllStar Franchises" list compiled by Dunn & Bradstreet subsidiary AllBusiness.com.

Solar

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft installed a  34.5 kW solar electric system at the Marin Airporter Station in San Rafael to power its operations.

Technology

Santa Rosa-based Democrasoft Inc., creator of a free online learning platform, is collaborating with the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development to make educational technology available to K-12 students in all Alaska elementary, middle and high schools.

NewMomentum in San Rafael released its CyberAnalyst platform, which provides significant enhancements to its system for identifying and stopping online counterfeiters and gray market offenders.