Sonoma-based staffing company Nelson recently opened of a new office in Southern California, the second location to open in that region within the past year.
In May, Nelson opened a branch in San Deigo. The latest opening, in Torrance, is the next step in Nelson's strategic expansion into the region as it looks to meet the needs of customers, candidates and employers, according to the company.
"Building our Southern California presence has been a goal of ours as our client base in the region has grown," Chief Executive Officer Craig Nelson said. "We have a team of experienced professionals, exceptional talent and new locations to better serve our clients from Santa Barbara through to San Diego."
"We're excited to become part of the Torrance community, home to companies in the manufacturing, computer gaming, engineering/aerospace, and technology industries, to name just a few," said Tony Bartenetti, Nelson's executive vice president. "We will have no shortage of skilled talent available for positions in those and other industries."
The new office will be overseen by Joan Van Donge, Neslon's regional vice president for Southern California. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for April.***
The 28 small- and mid-sized business for sale offerings that were sold in Sonoma County last month was a nearly three-fold increase over the same period last year, which saw 10 such transactions, according to BizBen Index.
The county's improved business sales ran counter to statewide figures. There was a minor decline to 1,179 completed deals in California last month from 1,223 in January 2012.
"While the boost in small-business transfers in Sonoma County last month is encouraging, it also is a reminder that the small-business-for-sale marketplace in California is subject to up and down swings, as are many other segments of the economy," said Peter Siegel, founder and president of BizBen.com, parent of BizBen Index.
Of the 28 deals concluded in Sonoma County last month, 16 involved Santa Rosa businesses. Other active markets were Healdsburg, with four sales, and Kenwood and Petaluma, with three each.
Marin County had four such transactions, while Solano County had seven.