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Noyo Theatre, Willits

BACKGROUND
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

BACKGROUND
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

BACKGROUND
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

BACKGROUND
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

BACKGROUND
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.

Tarla Grill, Napa

BACKGROUND
On August 29, 2011 Yusuf Topal contacted Charlie Monahan at the Business and Entrepreneurship Center at Napa Valley with a problem. He had sketched out a description of his new restaurant, the Tarla Grill on a single sheet of paper. He was seeking an SBA loan of $150,000 to bridge his $150,000 capital infusion and the landlord’s commitment of $168,000 for tenant improvement. Tarla Grill was already under initial construction inside the Avia Hotel, a trendy boutique hotel in the heart of the City of Napa.

Savvy Nanny Pay, Berkeley

BACKGROUND
Savvy Nanny Pay offers an easy, affordable online payroll and tax service for those who employ nannies. Because the “nanny tax” is complicated and time-consuming, parents seek help either through accountants or payroll services to ensure accuracy when withholding taxes for nannies and other household employees. The Savvy Nanny pay difference is that we are able to harness an online payroll industry leader to provide service to Savvy Nanny Pay at a wholesale rate, mark it up, then sell those services to our clients for the best price.

Bottle Cap Food & Drink, San Francisco

BACKGROUND
Bottle Cap celebrated its Grand Opening on July 12th at 1707 Powell Street in the San Francisco North Beach area. The former site of the Washington Square Bar and Grill has become the latest project of Chef Dane Boryta and his wife Elizabeth Ferro.

Bottle Cap is a casual bistro featuring “New American” cuisine with a market-driven menu that will promote customer choice using fresh, organic, seasonal and locally grown and harvested produce, poultry, meats and seafood - offering the best quality product at a reasonable price.  Chef Dane and Liz Ferro have redesigned the interior of the iconic Washington Square eatery to highlight sunny views of the parks although the warm walnut bar remains as an anchor to its history. The concept behind Bottle Cap is to create a lively, memorable restaurant experience that, while sophisticated, is still approachable enough for a weekly visit.

Pacific Preserves, Fort Bragg

Rebecca "Becky" Ahmadi has held a variety of jobs in her life, from restroom attendant and bowling alley manager to a forest service researcher and hydrologist. But she admits the toughest job she’s had is being her own boss and starting a business.

Ahmadi is the owner of Pacific Preserves, a jam and jelly company she started in early 2010 with the help of the Mendocino Women’s Business Center. Ahmadi is also the jam and jelly maker, the head of sales and the chief marketing officer for Pacific Preserves. She does everything, from buying fresh fruit from local farmers to mashing it by hand before using the correct combination of fruit, pectin, acid and sugar to produce a variety of tasty products she sells at local farmer’s markets.

Pot and Pantry, San Francisco

Offering new Bay Area “foodie” options

BACKGROUND
Pot & Pantry is a recently opened, woman-owned business that specializes in new and niche kitchenware and local artisan foods. Pot & Pantry Owner Donna Suh Wageman has created a unique marketplace where people can buy or sell high-end vintage kitchen equipment, cookware, accessories and tasty treats.

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