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Marquee Salon, Oakland

Marquee Salon is a collection of experienced, independent hairstylists in Oakland, California founded by Ocean Edgar, Jenny Lund and Dannielle Pimm. They are to be the first high end hair salon in the up and coming Temescal District.

Out of Sight Cases, Benicia

Mary has invented diabetic cases that can be worn discreetly on the body. She came up with this idea because she noticed many students, mainly males, who were not taking care of their diabetic testing and insulin shots because they did not want to carry their supplies or let anyone know they are diabetic.

HiQ Solar, Palo Alto

HiQ Solar, Inc. is dedicated to innovation in the area of solar power and renewable energy.

Founded in 2009, the company draws on decades of industry experience in high-tech, with a veteran team from the precision communications test and measurement field. With a successful track record of bringing leading-edge products to market, we use a systematic approach to reliability and user-focused design.

Molinari Caffé, Napa

“Local for locals” is the philosophy of Napa’s newest cafe, which opened last week serving Italian sandwiches, pastries, and French-pressed teas and coffees. “I’ve wanted to do this for 15 years,” said Rick Molinari, who spent eight months pulling together details for his cafe. “I guess it’s in my blood.” His parents owned the Rossi Delicatessen; his uncle was a teacher at Napa High School. Molinari traveled through Greece and Italy to get ideas for the cafe. He also brought back Italian espresso machines and cups. For his coffee and tea, Molinari is buying products from John Weaver, a former coffee master with Peet’s Coffee. For his other products, Molinari said he is trying to stick with local providers as much as possible. He opens with breakfast pastries from Sweetie Pies bakery, and Model Bakery is making the breads for the panini he’ll serve during the day.

Teddi Hosman Designs, Napa

Teddi Hosman is a successful Napa Valley jewelry artist of high caliber. She worked full time in the corporate world, left that career and followed her passion. She is now a full time artist, using skills and techniques, honed from 20 years as a jewelry artisan. She sells her work online, in galleries, and art festival venues. She also participates in Napa Valley Open Studios.

Noyo Theatre, Willits

The Noyo Theatre is a classic movie theater that opened in the small town of Willits, CA in 1940. Jeff and Lois Hoover are former entertainment industry employees (Lois in film, Jeff in theater) from Southern California who moved to Willits in 2011 with the dream of starting their own business in this community-oriented small town. After reviewing several local businesses for sale with their SBDC advisor, Jeff and Lois Hoover negotiated an SBA loan and the purchase of The Noyo Theatre in June of 2012.

Donut Savant, Oakland

Laurel Davis moved to Oakland from Seattle, where coffee and donuts are a staple, and she still hadn’t found a local donut shop that she loved. So she just started making donuts on her own and serving them to her friends at home and at her art studio, where she builds furniture out of old industrial objects. Everyone loved them, and then one day she saw a Craigslist ad for a donut shop that was going out of business. So she just went for it — quit her corporate day job and completely redid the space.

Humboldt Heartland, Humboldt County

Humboldt Heartland is a story of ranching on California's remote North Coast. Fifth generation resident and rancher Andy Westfall has visited ranches throughout Humboldt County since 1996, photographing and conducting interviews for this book. Each of the book's five chapters: The Lore; The Landscape; The Livelihood; The Life; and The Legacy, are filled with beautiful photographs and the voices of the people - ranchers, woodsmen, young and old, men, women, and children. The book documents the past, present, and future of this unpretentious way of life through the stories, the rugged beauty of Humboldt, the hard work and the humor, and the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for these ranching families.

Next Phase Solar, Inc., San Rafael

Next Phase Solar provides Operations and Maintenance services to organizations with investment in Solar Energy. They bring 10 years of experience maintaining commercial and utility scale PV (photovoltaic) systems and focus on quality and customer service. Their dedication to driving reliability in the Renewable Energy Industry makes them a valuable partner for any organization that is interested in playing a role in the operation of PV plants.

Calling on Next Phase gives solar system owners increased return on your investment, and the peace of mind that their investment is being managed by experienced professionals.

Teen Solutions, Mill Valley

Teen Solutions is a psychotherapy practice that specializes in counseling teens and families in Marin. It was started in 2005 by Richard and Lorraine Platt who are Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in Mill Valley. They teach families how to communicate more effectively and coach parents to provide safety and direction to their adolescent. Richard Platt mentors boys and young men while Lorraine Platt mentors girls and young women to develop into healthy adults.

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