Business Associations

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County was recognized with the ‘Northern Region Chamber of the Year’ Award at the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce 32nd Annual Convention, which was held Aug. 10-12.Retail

Good Earth Natural Foods’ new store location at 720 Center Blvd. in Fairfax (former site of Albertsons) was recently identified as a potential prehistoric archeological site. To ensure appropriate treatment of the site, a certain level of care and monitoring during construction was deemed necessary. The Town of Fairfax, Fairfax Center Properties, LLC (building owner), CDM Real Estate Company (project manager), LAK Associates (environmental planning firm), Good Earth as the future tenant), and Native American consultants (the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria) developed a mitigation and monitoring plan to manage any impacts caused by reconstruction of the building. This plan was accepted and agreed upon by all parties and included the hiring of Pacific Legacy Inc., an archaeological consulting firm. Due to work slowdowns associated with this and other unforeseen obstacles, Good Earth is now planning to open doors in January 2012.Senior Living

A grant of $15,000 from the Wal mart Foundation and the Meals On Wheels Association of America will provide Council on Aging of Santa Rosa with the ability to expand its nutrition and meal services as the demand for services grow and preferences of senior clients change.  The grant will improve the long-term operations of Council on Aging and 19other Meals On Wheels programs across the country.  Council on Aging addresses a three pronged approach to address both the financial challenges of long-term sustainability and meeting the needs of changing demographics. Focus areas include: creating a profit center in the Meals on Wheels kitchen; address meal quality and cost efficiencies of a tiered delivery system; and identify client needs through visionary focus groups.  Earlier this year, the Wal mart Foundation announced a $5 million donation to Meals On Wheels as part of a $2 billion commitment to support hunger relief efforts through 2015. Solar

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of a 111.7 kW solar electric system for Ross School in the southern Marin town of the same name.  The project includes the newly rebuilt main school building and the gymnasium on the property – now powered by the sun. Phase One of the system was installed on the main building in 2010 during the school’s massive renovation project. It consists of 312 American-made Sharp 240 watt solar modules. The second phase was recently installed on the newly completed gymnasium and consists of 154 modules. The school is now able to utilize clean energy that is sustainable and price stable. Ross School is a  K-8 district serving 378 children on one campus. It serves the students of Ross and includes sections of Kentfield and San Anselmo. Ross School students reside in the Tamalpais Union High School District.