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Professional Organizations

The Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announced 2016 Awards & Recognition Gala recipients recognizing local businesses for their commitment to the community. Businesses selected demonstrate a tremendous impact on Solano County through their initiatives and resources to positively influence the Hispanic community. The 2016 recipients include: Business of the Year: Travis Credit Union; New Business of the Year: Arms Rooter & Plumbing Services; Spirit of Solano: Law Offices of Miriam Sammartino; Excellence in Customer Service: Construction Concierge.

Wine

Santa Rosa Stainless Steel (SRSS) has been awarded Best Tank Supplier by Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine for the fourth year in a row citing its noted quality, innovation, and good service. The company was founded in 1968 when it crafted two tanks for Fetzer Vineyards, which are still in use today. SRSS also manufactures stainless steel tanks for breweries, distilleries, water storage, and other beverages.

Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) is partnering with renowned auction house Christie’s to bring some of Napa Valley’s rarest and most collectable wines to the Hong Kong market in November 2016. All the wines featured will be produced under the NVV’s Premiere Napa Valley label, an ultra-boutique portfolio of unique wines crafted by vintner members of the nonprofit trade association.

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of Iron Horse Vineyards co-founders Audrey & Barry Sterling purchasing the estate. They maintain that their vision and ongoing pursuit of excellence are without doubt part of their “terroir.”

Consumer Products

Sonoma Cider, the fast-growing artisan brand in the expanding hard cider category, gaining a reputation for its certified organic ingredients and innovative flavors, announced new distributor agreements that will expand the brand’s reach in Alaska, Arkansas, and Tennessee.

Retail

Sonoma Fit opened its newest fitness club, at 19310 Sonoma Hwy. in Sonoma. Complete with more than 15,000 square feet of fitness innovation and unique-to-the-region equipment, Sonoma Fit is the first new club of its kind to open in the North Bay and one of the largest in Sonoma County. The club is not only locally owned, but the renovation of the site was done entirely by local builders, contractors and purveyors.

Banking & Finance

Pacific Private Money, a leading private money mortgage banking and investment firm based in Novato, moved into its own, larger building at 1555 Grant Ave. in Novato. The firm provides private nonbank financing to borrowers on residential and commercial property.

Energy

Novato- and Sonoma-based SolarCraft recently completed the installation of a 187-kilowatt solar panel installation at Nova Group in Napa. The solar panel system will provide over a 90 percent reduction in their power bills, saving the company $2 million dollars in energy fees over the next 20 years.

Nonprofits

The deadline is June 10 to nominate an outstanding leader for the North Bay Leadership Council’s Leaders of the North Bay awards. Download the nomination form at northbayleadership.org. The awards recognize ground- breaking risk takers who step out of their comfort zone to solve problems and provide the leadership to make their community or business a better place.

The Living Room will move its operation from 636 Cherry St. to 1207 Cleveland Ave. in Santa Rosa on April 27. This event marks the culmination of a two-year effort to complete construction/renovation of its newly purchased property. On May 2, staff and volunteers will begin providing meals and services at the new facility, now expanded to include laundry and showers. On May 18, the public is invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony, sponsored by the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce.

The Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) is now accepting grant applications from Sonoma County nonprofit youth groups for its 2016 grant cycle. Potential grant applicants should note this year’s new submission deadline of Thursday, June 30. In addition, SCC has implemented new formatting guidelines for its grant applications designed to provide uniformity for all applications and provide crucial information for the grant review process. Applications are not accepted via email or fax. For questions or more information, contact Cheri Plattner at CPlattner@SonomaRaceway.com or 707-933-3950.

To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation, a volunteer-based nonprofit organization whose goal is to ensure that no one faces breast cancer alone, announced the recipients of their 2016 grant awards, distributed among 16 Bay Area nonprofit organizations totaling $300,000. North Bay recipients include: Ceres Community Project (healing meals for breast cancer patients), Sebastopol/ San Rafael /Alameda; Institute for Health & Healing (holistic support for breast cancer patients), Greenbrae; Marin Center for Independent Living (Mary Mathews breast cancer advocacy project), San Rafael; Marin General Hospital Foundation (strength ABC program and diagnostic fund for un/under-insured patients), Greenbrae; Sunflower Wellness (beyond breast cancer), San Francisco/Marin; Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation (cancer support services), Santa Rosa.

Technology

Santa Rosa-based Genicom has developed a compact digital ultraviolet sensor. The GaN sensor measures UV only, blocking visible light. It has 16 bit resolution, programmable gain and integration time. This low-cost, compact UV sensor comes in a tiny SMD COB package (2.0 x 2.3 millimeters), great for portable applications including cellphones, wearable devices, watches, weather stations, cycle navigation gaming accessories and IoT products.