Business news: Week of July 23, 2012


Novato-based ET Water Systems, Inc., which offers a range of traditional, retrofit and cloud-based irrigation management products for new and existing landscapes, announced the release of a suite of water budget tools that enable customers to monitor and manage water use in real-time, with graphs and analytics to communicate actionable, water saving data to stakeholders and stay within monthly water budget requirements. ETwater customers who log into their ETwater Manager cloud-based irrigation management system can now use the water budget tools to record a site's scheduled and manual water use, as well as wasted water as the result of breaks and leaks. ETwater Manager then compiles collected data into real-time graphs and reports to help identify the precise source of over-watering. Landscape managers no longer need to estimate mid-month water usage, but instead can now view actual usage in real time.

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-ounce 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.Arts

Shakespeare Napa Valley will present Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies set in the fantastical world of the “Wild Wild West,” free of charge in beautiful Veterans Memorial Park in Downtown Napa, July 20--29. Directed by founder and artistic director, Jennifer King, Twelfth Night stars award-winning actor, Tim Kniffin, as the beleaguered social climber, Malvolio. Napa Valley College announced in April that additional, unexpected state budget cuts necessitated the elimination of most summer courses for 2012. These cuts jeopardized the continuation of the performances since it was produced from a summer performance course. The community came together to fight for the program. Lissa Gibbs, executive director of the NVC Foundation, joined King to launch a two-week fundraising campaign that raised $20,000 in ten days and ensured the show would go on. Health care

The Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. The breast imaging services at this center are fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that the Santa Rosa Medical Center has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs. By awarding Kaiser Santa Rosa the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in all of the College’s voluntary, breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.

Three outpatient clinical programs in Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Health's physician network, were recognized for statewide best practices in the California Association of Physician Groups' annual Standards of Excellence Survey of medical group features and capabilities. Noted were the Variation Reduction Initatiative, which reduced overall care costs by more than $18 million through 2011; the nationally recognized Advanced Illness Management Program, which makes patients' difficult end-of-life time a little less difficult; Improving Transitions of Care and Intensive Home Medical Management, a process developed by network affiliate Brown & Toland Physicians Independent Practice Association to help patients remain healthy after emergency room discharge, aiding to cut hospital re-admissions and overall care costs. The survey focuses on how physicians organizations deliver value (care quality and affordability) to individual patients and large populations. The association also honored five physician organizations in the network, with Brown & Toland Physicians and Sutter Medical Foundation getting "elite" status, and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, "exemplary."

Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s Live Well Be Well workplace-wellness program received platinum certification in the 2012 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards presented by the National Business Group on Health. The awards also include a platinum certification for the Healthy Workforce program run by Kaiser Permanente’s national office, also based in Oakland. Around the country, only 30 large employers were honored with Platinum certification. Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s Live Well Be Well program offers more than 250 services aimed at promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of the region’s 68,000 employees and 7,000 physicians.Hospitality

HopMonk Tavern ( owner Dean Biersch has announced that Novato will be the home of his third craft beer-centric tavern with plans to open fall 2012. Biersch, the co-founder of Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, is taking over the old Southern Pacific Smokehouse in the Vintage Oaks at Novato Shopping Center off Highway 101 and Highway 37. Biersch currently operates two historic taverns. Plans are to transform the new site into a rustic beer tavern, outdoor beer garden with stage, and dedicated live music venue similar to the historic tavern and Abbey music hall in Sebastopol.Golf

Silverado Country Club, located at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, announced the availability of a limited number of memberships to individuals outside of the Silverado Community for the first time. Designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. and recently updated by new owner Johnny Miller, the two PGA championship courses feature dozens of water crossings, elevation changes and routing through historic oak trees. Golfers who do not live in the Silverado community who are interested in memberships have two options – Invitational Memberships and Junior Executive Memberships. Memberships include the member, his/her spouse or registered domestic partner, and any children 21 years of age or younger, living at home. Resort Owner Johnny Miller, a World Golf Hall of Famer and lead NBC Golf Analyst, recently renovated the North golf course on property and is enthused to make it available to more golfers.Green projects

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