Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics’ Armand Gilinsky Jr., Korbel professor; Sergio Canavati De La Torre, professor of entrepreneurship; and Jeffrey Young, B.A. 2012 and MBA 2016, received the 2017 “Best Case Award” following a double-blind peer review at the Western Casewriters Association annual conference in March.
The study, “Russian River Brewing Company in 2016: Crafting Strategies,” analyzed the brewery’s challenge of meeting fast-growing consumer demand while maintaining a focus on product quality and consistency. The case research examined the owner’s strategic choices in consideration of large-scale growth and its potential impact on customer perceptions, business operations and financial performance.
“According to the data, the smallest and largest breweries nationally, both by number of employees and by assets, are more profitable than their mid-sized counterparts,” Canavati De La Torre said. “There are opportunity costs in scaling a business to meet demand, and challenges to maintaining the quality and consistency that make a product successful in the first place. It’s a complex set of considerations including brand loyalty, financial performance, and technology and human resource infrastructure.”
Brewery co-owner Natalie Cilurzo earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from SSU in 1998.
Creative Sonoma, a division of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, has announced a pilot grant fund for “popup creativity” projects. The fund, established with the support of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, will allocate up to $5,000 each for between five and eight public projects from across the county that animate the communities and neighborhoods in which they take place.
St. Joseph Health Regional Cancer Care’s Breast Center, led by cancer specialists with St. Joseph Health Medical Group, earned a three-year, full re-accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
The program is administered by the American College of Surgeons. During the survey process, the cancer center voluntarily underwent a thorough evaluation and demonstrated its compliance with standards established by the program for treating women diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. Standards include proficiency in the areas of leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.
The center excelled in all 29 components of care and exceeded every national standard, according to St. Joseph Health. The program surveyor described the center as providing an “excellent level of care” for both malignant and benign breast disease with noteworthy programs, including a “robust” education, prevention and early detection program and active access to clinical trials.
The Olive Press, with stores in Napa and Sonoma, was the only U.S. artisan olive oil producer to take home four gold medals at the New York Olive Oil Competition.
The company said the contest drew more than 900 entries from 27 countries. Entries were placed into 24 categories including organic, non organic, blends and monovarietals, Northern and Southern Hemispheres and by intensity.
On April 27, the winners of the competition — the best olive oils in the world — were unveiled, and The Olive Press received four Gold Medals for their Arbequina, Pcual, Italian Blend and Mission Extra Virgin Olive Oils.
The 2017 James Beard Foundation Award winners were announced on May 1, and the design of Healdsburg’s SingleThread farm, restaurant and inn nabbed one of the coveted awards.
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