May 26, 2014
NAPA — During the first four months of 2014, the volume of business licenses approved by the city of Napa totaled 403 — averaging more than 100 new ventures per month.
March 24, 2014
Mendocino County’s Economic Development & Financing Corporation is taking early steps to embark on a direct public offering, with plans to fund a new loan program aimed at startups and other ventures that would struggle to obtain financing from a traditional lender.
With a draft prospectus expected for internal review in April and a public offering possible later this year, the effort would provide a highly regional vehicle for investors and boost the EDFC’s other loan programs for small business.
November 4, 2013
FAIRFIELD — Critical factors driving economic recovery and growth in Solano County and the surrounding region as well as opportunities for fostering that activity will be the focus of the Impact Solano conference on Friday.
November 4, 2013
Napa Chamber of Commerce has experienced more than a century of change. As we embark upon our 125th anniversary in 2014, we acknowledge the success and leadership of the past, recognizing the challenges for an organization like ours to remain current and relevant for upcoming generations.
May 6, 2013
Allen Wine Group, LLP, a Calistoga-based wine industry business advisory service and CPA firm, now offers bookkeeping services. …
Nine Marin County communities recently qualified for national “Green Power Community” recognition by the Environmental Protection Agency due to the countywide switch to renewable electric service from Marin Clean Energy. …
Rohnert Park-based sheet metal engineering and fabricator ASM Precision, Inc., purchased and installed a new AMADA EMLK 3610NT punch and laser combination machine. …
Zap Jonway Automobile (ZAAP), manufacturer of electric vehicles and other new energy vehicles with operations in Santa Rosa and China, is exhibiting at the 15th International Shanghai Automobile & Manufacturing Technology Exhibition. …
The city of Santa Rosa earned the highest achievement for its economic development programming — the Award of Excellence — from the California Association of Local Economic Development. …
Healdsburg’s SHED, a multifaceted market, café, coffee bar, fermentation bar and “modern Grange” event center is now open to the public. …
March 28, 2013
FAIRFIELD — Solano County is enjoying a resurgence in jobs and taxable sales, but high home foreclosure rates and indications of job importation are among regional improvements needed for the local economy fully to rebound, an economist said Thursday.
November 28, 2012
FAIRFIELD — The five privately operated hospitals in Solano County make up more than 11 percent of the local economy, making health care a key driver that could be even more important in the future, according to a new study that details the economic impact of Solano County’s hospitals.
August 17, 2012
NORTH BAY — Unemployment rates across the North Bay either dropped slightly or remained the same in July from the month before, as most counties saw yearly job growth in a number of industries, according to figures from the state Economic Development Department.
March 7, 2012
SANTA ROSA — A public-private Sonoma County partnership aimed at spurring job growth plans to survey 100 local businesses in as many days on what they need to stay and thrive in the county.
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March 1, 2012
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. today announced it asked state regulators for the right to offer a competitive electric rate to attract large employers to California and convince other large employers already in the state to maintain or expand their operations rather than leave.
November 21, 2011
A look back at three decades of new and expanded manufacturing facilities in California leaves us scratching our head. What’s the state’s next big game changer? Our investment highs this decade equal our lows of the ’80s and ’90s.
November 1, 2011
SONOMA COUNTY — The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce today announced the appointment of Carolyn Stark as executive director of the Building Economic Success Together program, a countywide economic development organization created to spur job growth while making Sonoma County more economically competitive.
June 13, 2011
SANTA ROSA — A list of viable business enhancing proposals, that could help jump start the local Santa Rosa economy and be implemented quickly, is being actively considered by the Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Competitiveness.
May 24, 2011
SANTA ROSA — Despite concerns from some members of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors about more spending at a time of county budget cuts, the board this morning voted 4-1 for a three-year grant for $100,000 annually to the economic development program Building Economic Success Together, or BEST.
May 11, 2011
SANTA ROSA — Natural prepared foods maker Amy’s Kitchen plans to open a $63 million, 700-employee production plant in Greenville, S.C., in January 2012, according to an announcement today by South Carolina officials. Acquisition of a 125,000-square-foot former bakery includes land that could accommodate a plant twice that size, according to a commercial real estate agent involved in the pending deal.
May 5, 2011
Marin County’s economic recovery is under way slowly with some sectors improving but employment lagging, according to the Spring Economic Bulletin released tonight by the Marin Economic Forum.
March 18, 2011
SANTA ROSA — A proactive and coordinated effort from the public and private sectors targeting job growth, Sonoma County BEST – “Building Economic Success Together” — officially kicked off with a breakfast this morning at Santa Rosa Junior College.
August 2, 2010
MARIN – The Marin County Board of Supervisors has approved giving the Marin Economic Forum $150,000 to continue its work.
July 16, 2010
The Santa Rosa City Council is expected next week to approve a package of rule changes designed to help business, such as fee deferrals, zoning extensions and waiving some parking requirements.
The efforts are welcome and the relief badly needed. And they are a validation that the devastated budgets of the city and other public agencies are inextricably tied to the success or lack thereof a community’s businesses.
May 17, 2010
SANTA ROSA — The Santa Rosa City Council has agreed to explore what are being labeled by city officials as “aggressive” additions to a plan for kickstarting the city’s economy.