Special Coverage: North Bay Business Trends For 2019

Trends for 2019: Cage-free eggs could cost even more

California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 12 in November, but North Bay poultry farmers warn they may not be so enthusiastic when they see what omelets will start costing a year from now.

Insights for 2019: Buckle in for California economy's bumpy ride

The North Bay economy will likely feel less of a slowdown than other areas for several reasons. One is the economic boost from wildfire-recovery funding, writes Cynthia Murray of North Bay Leadership Council.

Insights for 2019: Temper that optimism with a dose of caution

North Bay businesses suffered serious setbacks from the devastating wildfires, but load demand remains steady and business owners are upbeat about their prospects in 2019, writes Russell Colombo of Bank of Marin.

Insights for 2019: Workers are looking more carefully at employers

Until new housing and recovery even out the California North Coast economy, attracting and retaining talent in any role will continue to challenge local businesses, writes Nicole Smartt of Star Staffing.

Insights for 2019: Farmers will need to be resilient — again

Overall, California farmers faced multiple challenges from fires, drought, trade issues, labor concerns, water rights issues, heightened supply and more in 2018, so profit margins likely will be tighter, writes Matt Clark of American AgCredit.

Insights for 2019: 6 tech challenges to prep your business for

Thoughtful evaluation of business benefit coupled with a well-executed implementation and risk-mitigation plan will go a long way toward assuring successful technology adoption in the new year, writes Soni Lampert of KLH Consulting.

Insights for 2019: 4 ways to bulwark your business in low-unemployment world

Job seekers have an upper hand in the job market. So it's imperative that employers take steps to make their brands impenetrable and their acquisition and retention strategies competitive, writes Joe Madigan of Nelson.

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