Banking

Community First Credit Union has launched a new program for debit card users, allowing automatic access to perks from local businesses participating in the Sonoma County GoLocal Cooperative. The program will allow members to receive discounts and freebies that were formerly only available by using the special “GoLocal Rewards Card.” Existing debit card users were automatically enrolled in the program as of July 2. Existing users of the GoLocal Rewards Card can merge their account with their Community First debit card through an online form, available at www.sonomacounty.golocal.coop/CFCU/rewards.Awards

Assemblymember Jared Huffman, representing Marin and southern Sonoma counties, selected Petaluma’s Enphase Energy as recipient of his “Sustainable North Bay Award.” The democratic assemblyman chose Enphase in recognition of the company’s commitment to clean energy and its success as an emerging green business during these challenging economic times. Enphase offers a semiconductor-based microinverter system that converts energy at the individual solar module level and brings a systems-based, high technology approach to solar energy generation. This technology enables consumers to purchase and install solar systems for their homes at a more affordable price, while sharing the energy savings with the manufacturer.

The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc. selected Mill Valley-based Mollie Stone’s Markets as an Outstanding Specialty Food Retailer of 2012. This award recognizes only five retailers nationwide each year for excellence in customer service, product sourcing, merchandising, quality assurance and a passion for presenting top-quality food.Technology

Democrasoft, Inc. (OTCBB: DEMO), the Santa Rosa-based developer of the online Collaborize Classroom education software, announced the completion of a $500,000 interim funding private placement; most of the securities were sold to existing investors. The company sold a total of $500,000 of two year 10% convertible notes to fund current operations.  Payment of the notes is secured by all of the Company's intellectual property.  If all of the notes and accrued interest are converted at the $.08 conversion price, the company would issue approximately an additional 7,000,000 shares of its common stock. In the announcement, Democrasoft noted that it has averaged over 450 percent growth worldwide in new accounts during a traditionally slow period, versus the same period last year.Retail

The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley founder and President, Tracy Hayward, announced the launch of a new warehouse program for local residents and businesses.  The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley is a premier producer of premium fruit purees and beverage blends for foodservice and home chefs.  Cutting edge and unique flavor profiles have made the company's products a staple for culinary and beverage professionals the world over. Interested customers and home chefs alike are now able to purchase product directly at the company's headquarters in Napa -- To celebrate, the company is extending a 50% discount on their 15 oz. retail size of Blood Orange Concentrate, Mango Puree, Strawberry Puree and Prickly Pear Puree. The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley is located at 2700 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Suite L in Napa.