10 North Bay companies win Good Food Awards; other North Bay business news

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Ten North Bay businesses were among the 193 companies that received a Good Food Award at ceremonies in San Francisco. Among the area notables were:

Preserves: Matthiasson, Howard’s Miracle Plum Jam, Napa; McEvoy Ranch, Meyer Lemon Marmalade, Petaluma

Spirits: Wine Forest, Huckleberry Shrub, Napa

Charcuterie: Thistle Meats, Duck Liver Mousse, Petaluma

Cheese: Laura Chenel’s, Ash-rinded Buchette, Sonoma; Nicasio Valley Cheese Company, Foggy Morning, Nicasio; Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company, Original Blue, Petaluma

Confections: Little Apple Treats, Apple Pie Spice Caramels, Sonoma

Oils: Round Pond Estate, Spanish Varietal Olive Oil, Napa; The Olive Press, Jalapeno Olive Oil, Sonoma

AAA Northern California has announced that Yountville’s French Laundry and The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena are among the winners of AAA Five Diamond Award for 2017. The organization reported that its inspectors visit more than 58,000 hotels and restaurants over the course of the year, allowing them to identify emerging trends in the industry.

The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University has announced the spring 2017 schedule of professional programs for the wine industry.

For the online Certificate in Wine Business Management, the first of four required courses begins Feb. 2. The Certificate in Direct-to-Consumer Sales and Certificate in Wine Business Finance and Accounting has core and elective seminars beginning March 16 and 17, respectively. The Certificate in Wine Business Entrepreneurship course begins March 15.

The spring 2017 schedule is highlighted by the new Seminars Scholarship, a $1,200 need-based grant for students pursuing or interested in pursuing a professional certificate with the Wine Business Institute. The scholarship is funded by an anonymous member of the institute board of directors. Application deadline for the new scholarship is Feb. 10.

The Napa Valley Wine Academy was awarded the Wine & Spirits Education Trust’s Global Educator of the Year 2016 award at the annual WSET awards ceremony in London’s Guild Hall on Jan. 23.

Napa Valley Wine Academy stated the academy was the sole U.S. school nominated in the educator category this year. Contenders consisted of the WSET’s extensive network of 650+ Approved Program Providers in over 73 countries. The Global Educator of the Year award goes to the WSET provider who has made a significant contribution to WSET courses and qualifications in the past year while achieving superlative results in WSET courses and demonstrating innovation in education.

Redwood Credit Union has launched a new free online Financial Wellness Center to help people achieve financial success. The new portal, located at, features interactive videos, learning modules, articles, and podcasts designed to help people of all ages build a solid financial plan, the bank stated.

The portal features additional content from Balance, an education service committed to helping individuals and families take control of their finances and reach their goals. In addition to the resources available through the credit union’s online financial wellness center, RCU provides its members free access to personalized credit counseling through Balance.

The 2016 Marin County Fair captured 28 individual Achievement Awards (the highest number of any entrant), including two featured awards for innovative marketing strategy for the 75th anniversary campaign including the gift bag, souvenir glasses, online timeline, oral history showcase, special exhibit, and 75th fair gala and the award for agricultural programming for agricultural education at an urban fair.

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Managed and operated by the Marin County Department of Cultural Services, the 2016 Marin County Fair also garnered 16 First Place awards, six Second Place Awards and four Third Place Awards and a nomination for the Merrill Award, the most prestigious and coveted award in the fair industry, for the partnership with SchoolsRule Marin.


Napa County Supervisor Diane Dillon was recently named as chair of the National Association of Counties County and Tribal Government Relations Subcommittee for a second straight year. The subcommittee falls under the Finance and Intergovernmental Affairs Policy Steering Committee, which is responsible for all matters pertaining to the financial resources of counties, fiscal management, federal assistance, municipal borrowing, county revenues, federal budget, federal tax reform, elections, pensions and Native American issues.

Vice President of Engineering Tom Spitzer of San Rafael’s EC Wise has been invited to present two sessions on database security at the 2017 Data Summit, organized by Information Today, Inc. The conference will take place in New York City May 16-17 at the Hilton Midtown.

The company said Spitzer would speak on the key things organizations need to consider in order to increase confidence in the security of their data, as well as offer an anatomy of injection attacks against NoSQL databases and talk about ways to prevent them.

The Society for Human Resource Management is establishing a new local chapter in northern California.

The chapter will serve HR professionals in the Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland/Walnut Creek, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Sonoma and North Bay. SHRM Northern California joins more than 570 other affiliated SHRM chapters in the United States, including 16 other chapters in California and the California State Council of SHRM. More information

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