We trusted in our political leadership’s claims that the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) would reduce our congested highways, eliminate unnecessary greenhouse gases and be a spectacular and popular new mode of transportation. You\'ve no doubt seen these beautiful trains as they travel alongside Highway 101. But are you a regular rider of SMART? Very few of us are.
Welcome in—to our annual "Business and Nonprofits” issue, which features a collection of stories about several nonprofits and the important role they play in the North Bay. Like every community, the North Bay has an array of challenges that its civic, civilian and business leaders must tackle. But our profound ability to partner with nonprofit organizations and work together for the greater good of communities isn\\\'t one of them. We are especially good at this!
When Trump surprised us with presidential victory, I had a short but poignant heart-to-heart with an ultra-educated person with degrees from Georgetown, Harvard and a Yale doctorate in political science. Whoa. My friend Kim is a person who’s dedicated her life to understanding the machinations of government, the power ordinary citizens can have upon them, and the incessant dance between the will of the people and the insatiable hunger for power from politicians.
Banking. Insurance. Investing. This month we dig into three of the primary industries that support and stabilize the North Bay, and I welcome you to this very important issue. Stale topics? Hardly. Industry leaders must innovate to merely survive in these fast-paced times. Gone are the days of half-day Fridays and we\'ll-figure-it-out-after-our-golf-round Wednesdays.
Years ago, in an effort to lure millions of dollars to the city, it\'s rumored that Santa Rosa’s political leadership devised an ingenious plan to transform its economy. Their plan? Convince a man who had made a fortune in a highly competitive and often unscrupulous business to choose Santa Rosa for his most audacious project ever. They’d offer this entrepreneur land, natural resources, thousands of anxious workers, and a flexible legal framework to facilitate his plan. With more than $48 million to invest in Santa Rosa and the surrounding area, city fathers bent over backwards to win his attention. So much so, that they hastily named three city streets in his honor to show their undying love.
Welcome to our 30th annual BEST Of the North Bay issue of NorthBay biz! So many great organizations are featured within these pages, and if yours is one of them, you have much for which to be proud. A special congratulations to these three companies that have earned the distinction of being recognized for 27 wins each in the 30-year history of the readers’ poll: Exchange Bank, Redwood Credit Union and Vintners Inn-John Ash & Co.
Welcome to the much anticipated “Top 500” bonus issue of NorthBay biz magazine. If your organization is listed here, let me be the first to congratulate you!
Since the recreational use of cannabis was formally legalized on January 1, the emerging cannabis industry has been making headlines across the North Bay. As you may recall, we covered the topic in the July issue in “Growing Pains,” and I’ve received numerous emails from our readers since then.
Welcome to the August “Health & Medicine” issue, which merges the worlds of health and business. Maintaining good health doesn’t happen by accident—it requires an intentional effort to make good lifestyle choices. Whether you’re a large employer or a small business owner, chances are you know how important it is to support the health of your employees. In this issue, there’s something for everyone.
God must have created the North Bay with “agribusiness” in mind. From the moment you drive North over the Golden Gate Bridge, the diverse microclimates, varied topsoil compositions and glorious sunshine join to create the perfect environment for growing just about anything.
Welcome to our “Education and Jobs” issue! This year, Santa Rosa Junior College celebrates its centennial—100 years of service to the community. Many accomplished people in every profession started their academic careers at a community college. Steve Jobs started Apple Computers in the Jobs’ family garage with a fellow student from De Anza College (Cupertino, Calif.). Eileen Collins, a retired NASA astronaut, was the first female pilot and first female commander of a Space Shuttle, graduated from Corning Community College (Corning, New York) in 1976. And two-time academy award winner, Tom Hanks, studied theater at Chabot College (Hayward, Calif.), before transferring to California State University, Sacramento.
Welcome to the BEST Of the North Bay issue of NorthBay biz magazine. All of us get a thrill presenting this annual celebration of our very best businesses in Napa, Marin and Sonoma counties across dozens of industries. Inside, we reveal the 2018 winners of our annual readers’ poll, and you’ll get a glimpse of why these companies were voted the BEST Of in the North Bay.
Allow me to let you in on a little secret: I am a feminist. Now I am not referring to the overused, much maligned (and incorrect) descriptions of this term—no bra burners or male chauvinist pigs commentary intended whatsoever. Being a feminist has nothing to do with male bashing and everything to do with gender equality. My definition of feminism is one that sees women as equally capable to succeed in their chosen paths as anyone else. As a husband and the father of two teenage daughters, I know a thing or two or three about women. My wife, Susan Chinn Amaturo, is a full-time working mother, and my two daughters are stepping into their young adult lives with their own hopes, goals and dreams. They are strong, determined and resilient.
The firestorm of October 2017 brought a pernicious problem into the light and shoved it firmly center stage—a dearth of skilled construction labor. But long before the wildfires, Mike Yates, president of the local Teamsters, knew the North Bay had a severe shortage of well-trained construction workers. Jack Buckhorn of the North Bay Labor Council and North Coast Builders Exchange and Marin County Builders Exchange CEOs Keith Woods and Rick Wells did, too. It was one of the factors behind delayed construction projects, artificially inflating construction pricing and contributing to the stampede of skilled talent driving from the North Bay to San Francisco and Silicon Valley for more lucrative work, despite the oppressive commute.
It looks like we’re in for a great ride this year. Who knows for how long, but the North Bays economic engine is roaring on eight cylinders. Roadblocks lie in wait—employment obstacles, natural disasters, partisan disputes and often stifling regulatory hurdles—but our areas strongest companies are as vigorous as theyve been in a decade. Youll see for yourself as you review this years long anticipated NorthBay biz Top 500 data.
My first love from California was (and still is) my wife, Susan Chinn Amaturo. My second love was Rafanelli Vineyards Zinfandel. I’m not so sure the first would have happened if not for the second
“Review, reflect and realign”—this was the essence of the advice my father, Joe Amaturo, gave me the morning of my birthday last November. I thought sharing a lack of interest in my own birthday that day would have sat well with a guy who’s observed a bunch more birthdays than I have; boy was I wrong. He had a completely different take on the matter and admonished me for not jumping on the opportunity to take stock that day and improve myself. My father’s 90-plus years of wisdom clarified that birthdays offer a chance to reflect upon your successes, learn from any failures and to realign yourself before moving forward. Each new year offers each of us that same opportunity.
Have you heard of the Florida-based supermarket chain known as Publix? Founded in 1930, Publix is recognized by loyal shoppers and its competition as one of the best-run retailers in the nation. George Jenkins was its rags-to-riches founder and acquired, innovated, and mentored his way to create a $9 billion dollar grocery behemoth. Jenkins introduced wide aisles, automatic door openers, air conditioning and brightly-lit merchandise to the industry and benefited greatly because of it.
Welcome to our fifth edition of North Bay Perspective, and my first column as the new publisher ofNorthBay biz.
In this year’s Perspective issue, we take an in-depth look at long-standing problems in the North Bay and the steps community leaders have taken to resolve them. In the aftermath of the October wildfires, many of these problems have been amplified, and it’s clear that each of the counties must boldly move forward to recover, rebuild and thrive. It’s an all-hands-on-deck time for us that has already altered the real estate, employment, medical, construction and skilled-labor fields. In the coming issues, we’ll analyze these challenges and report on the opportunities they present.
Welcome to the December Growth/No Growth issue of NorthBay biz magazine. This issue is special in a couple of ways. It’s the first magazine we’re publishing after the fires and I want to extend a special thanks to our staff of editors, writers, photographers and columnists who all did a superb job of capturing the magnitude of the catastrophic loss we’ve all been through.
Welcome to the November Tomorrow’s Leaders issue of NorthBay biz magazine. In addition to all the stories this month, there’s a special report on cycling adventures in Wine Country.
Welcome to the October Money issue of NorthBay biz magazine. In addition to the stories this month, there’s a special report on law and business. We hope you enjoy these features and columns in the areas only locally-owned, glossy business publication. You can rely on NorthBay biz as your local source for business news and information, because, “Helping grow your business isn’t just something we do…It’s all we do!”
While the local economy took its share of his over the past eight to nine years, it's held up remarkably well, especially when compared to other locales.
Is it really a shocker that people would choose zero income tax over thirteen percent?
This year’s Perspective issue has changed its focus again, looking to identify the most business-friendly communities in the North Bay.
The Economist called 2019 “the year of the vegan.” Indeed, we are seeing more and more plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy on grocery store shelves and restaurant menus. Many people...
Measles, mumps, chicken pox and other childhood diseases of yesteryear are making headlines again in the United States. Formally prevalent viruses and bacterium affected thousands of lives before a sc...
If you’re not stressed at your job and workplace, consider yourself lucky. In a recent Gallup poll, 55 percent of Americans said they are stressed during the day, 20 percent higher than the worl...