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Niles Pie Company, Union City

The Niles Pie Company is based in Fremont, CA, and makes pie and pastry for our community using the best possible ingredients, local and seasonal, and, wherever possible, organic. Our baked goods reflect the delight we find in the bounty of the San Francisco Bay Area, and in the joy we experience in crafting wholesome and delicious baked goods for our friends and neighbors.

We take orders on line for pickup twice a week at a few locations, as well as several restaurant and wholesale accounts. Our selections change constantly, and our rotating menu keeps things interesting for our loyal customer base.

Hopland Ale House, Hopland

Hopland Ale House is located in the former Hopland Brewery off Highway 101 in Hopland. Jennifer Sullivan fell in love with the Hopland area and moved to Hopland from San Jose in April of 2012. She renovated the space and opened the Hopland Ale House for business in December of 2012. The Ale House serves beer, wine, sandwiches, chili, and a variety of other high-quality entrees and offers live music, televised sports, and other events to entertain patrons. Jennifer has had great reviews of her food, drink, and service since opening and showed a profit in her first month.

Crosbie Chiropractic, Fortuna

Crosbie Chiropractic officeCrosbie Chiropractic was founded in 1983 in Southern California and moved to Humboldt County in 2001, first to Rio Dell, then to Fortuna in 2006. Dr. Michael Crosbie is the owner and is dedicated to using chiropractic adjustments to alleviate a myriad of conditions, from low back pain to migraine headaches. He is the only local practitioner of the Koren Specific technique. He has written nearly 50 articles for the Times-Standard since 2005 and is dedicated to educating those who want to learn about how chiropractic treatments can improve overall health and well-being.

Sincere Home Decor, Oakland

This is a family owned business that started as a small mom and pop shop as "Sincere Hardware" in 1988 in Oakland selling strictly plumbing and hardware. Now, it has transformed into selling almost everything you need to remodel a house with and with 5 locations in the Bay Area.

Christina Anastasia, North Coast

Christina Swingdler is an artist who has worked in the jewelry industry since August of 1991. Always an entrepreneur at heart, Christina remembers creating and selling bracelets to her classmates as early as grade school. From creation to repairs, Christina is now well versed in her craft and has studied bead making (glass and clay), pearl knotting, and metalsmithing, in addition to the construction and engineering of jewelry. Her passion for arts and jewelry persisted from high school through Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, and Humboldt State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art and minors in Art History and Dance.

Home Helpers, San Ramon

Home Helpers of San Ramon is a franchise offering non-medical assistance and caring companionship to seniors, new mothers, individuals rehabilitating at home.

Robert Jo came to the Contra Costa SBDC in 2005 for help building his business. Home Helpers was a brand new franchise providing employee training, but Robert felt that it wasn't enough. A previous unsuccessful venture also convinced him the technical assistance would make all the difference with this one.

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.

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