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Recognizing the need for private student loans for its members, Travis Credit Union announced a new student loan program -- offered in partnership with Fynanz to help students graduate with less debt. Travis Credit Union refers students and families to the cuScholar Private Student Loan program.This program allows Travis Credit Union members to finance their college education while receiving low rates and borrowing benefits. As part of the nationwide CU Student Loans program, students may borrow as little as $2,000 or up to the cost of attendance per year, with a maximum of $120,000 in undergraduate loans or $160,000 in graduate loans. The funds may be used for any qualified educational expense, including past-due tuition bills.

Bank of Marin Bancorp (NASDAQ: BMRC), parent company of Bank of Marin, rang the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell on August 1. The company is celebrating a strong second quarter with record earnings of $5 million and has announced an increase in their dividend to $.18 per share. The Company has paid a dividend for 28 straight quarters.

Redwood Credit Union is hosting a free document shredding and information security event for the community, Saturday, August 18th from 8 am to 1 pm at their Administrative Offices located at 3033 Cleveland Avenue in Santa Rosa. Document shredding services will be provided by Shred-It and Integrity Shred, and e-waste recycling will be provided by Computer Recycling Center. The event will also feature a free educational seminar titled Credit & Debit Card Fraud: What to Look Out For. The seminar begins at 10:30 am and is in English, but bilingual resources will also be available for Spanish-speaking attendees. All seminar attendees will be entered into a drawing for a personal shredder. For questions related to the seminar, or to register, email seminars@redwoodcu.org or call (707) 576-5259. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a canned food donation to benefit the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Canned food donors at the event will also be entered into a drawing for a personal shredder.Wine

Stanley and Helen Cheng, proprietors of Napa Valley’s acclaimed Hestan Vineyards, announced that the winery’s “Estate” video received a Silver Telly – the highest award given – at the 33rd Annual Telly Awards held in New York. The Telly Awards honors the very best film & video productions, groundbreaking online video content, and outstanding local, regional, & cable TV commercials and programs.Education

Premium Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Sprungli USA announced a partnership with The Culinary Institute of America. Through the partnership, Lindt will collaborate with the next generation of culinary experts in a student contest searching for innovative dark chocolate bar recipes, sponsor CIA Boot Camp sessions, including several lectures and demonstrations with a Lindt Master Chocolatier, and donate premium chocolate products for use in CIA classrooms. The partnership will elevate the premium chocolate experience for students and CIA Food Enthusiast Course attendees across the school's three U.S. campuses in Hyde Park, N.Y.; St. Helena, Calif.; and San Antonio, Texas.Construction

Novato-based W. Bradley Electric, Inc. recently opened a new office in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District at 115 Sansome Street. This new location is in addition to WBE HQ in Novato and their office in the Silicon Valley. Currently, the new office is home to a handful of project managers, sales personnel, purchasing, and a central location for eight executives who spend time in the city on a regular basis.Solar

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft announced that it has completed the design and installation of a 90 kilowatt solar power installation for The Sea Ranch Association in The Sea Ranch. The solar electric system is comprised of two separate systems: One 25.2 kW system powers the administration offices, consisting of 105 high-efficiency SunPower 240 watt solar panels installed on the roof of the administration building and featuring micro-inverters manufactured by Petaluma’s Enphase Energy. The second system is ground mounted and will provide power to the Association’s water treatment plant. It will generate 64.8 kW of power and consists of 240 SunTech 270 watt panels. The new solar energy system is expected to produce 125,222 kilowatt-hours annually and will enable The Sea Ranch Association to generate enough electricity each day to power over 39 average homes.Health Care

Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo has been rated as “Kid-Qualified” by Valley Emergency Physicians, the physician group practice that provides emergency services at the hospital and 35 hospitals in California and across the country. SSMC’s Emergency Department treats over 7,000 children each year. SSMC received the “Kid-Qualified” certification on August 8, 2012, after a rigorous confirmation process that required the Emergency Department to demonstrate availability of a multitude of pediatric services, as well as substantial quality and safety measures for children.

Walkers, wheelchairs, commodes, hand grips, canes, hospital beds, shower chairs, and all other types of medical equipment and supplies are now being collected by the Sonoma Section on Aging so they can be recycled and given free of charge back into the hands of people who need this equipment, but can’t afford to purchase, rent, or are without health insurance. The equipment can be dropped off at Careful Moving and Storage, 812 Donahue Street in Santa Rosa, Monday-Friday from 9-5 p.m. People needing these supplies are also welcome to visit the facility and browse availability, taking anything necessary.Hospitality

Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur will host the next in their “Head-To-Tail” series with a Nasty Bits dinner on Thursday, August 23 with open seating beginning at 5:30 p.m.This special event showcases Nasty Bits menu offerings available on an a la carte basis, in addition to the restaurant's regular dinner menu.Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur is located at 507 Magnolia Avenue at Ward Street. Free parking is readily available on the street and in a municipal lot across from the restaurant. Visit Left Bank on the web at www.leftbank.com. For reservations, go to OpenTable.com, log onto the restaurant’s web site, or call (415) 927-3331.Biotech

Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc., a Novato-based biotechnology company, said Emil D. Kakkis, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO, presented at the 2012 Wedbush PacGrow Life Sciences Management Access Conference at the Le Parker Meridien Hotel in New York City, on Aug. 15 at 12:45 p.m. Eastern Time.