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CHAMBER NEWS - April 29, 2011



Sat. 4/30, 9 am - 2:30 pm

Cotati City Hall, 201 W. Sierra Ave., Cotati

Here is an opportunity to give important input to the City of Cotati on business retention and attraction to our city. Please try to attend and participate in creating an essential strategic plan for economic development. 

The City of Cotati together with the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) is conducting an Economic Development Leadership Forum on Saturday April 30th, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The purpose of the forum is to provide information on economic development and to establish an economic development vision for Cotati. The forum will take place on Saturday April 30th, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with a 40-minute break for lunch (on your own), in the City Council Chamber at City Hall, which is located at 201 W Sierra Ave., Cotati, CA 94931. Please contact the City Manager's office at or (707) 665-3622 should you have any questions about the forum.


Sat. 4/30, 10 am - 3 pm

Oliver's Market in Cotati

Sonoma County residents are invited to taste the best of Sonoma County on Saturday, April 30th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oliver's Market in Cotati. Sponsored by locally owned and operated Oliver's Market and the country's first and largest organic free range chicken company, Petaluma Poultry, "A Taste of Sonoma County at Oliver's Market" will showcase samples from over 40 food and wine companies based in Sonoma County, a region rich in natural and organic food brands and local producers.

The event kicks off Oliver's Market 2011 "Go Local" Campaign, which features more than 300 local vendors, businesses, and nonprofit organizations Oliver's supports. Beginning April 30th, Oliver's Market will feature its partners in posters throughout its stores and on its new website. As part of the campaign, Oliver's stores will incorporate "Made Local" tags and shelf-talkers to point residents to their local choices.

The event will also include music from local artist Wishbone. For more information, please visit




Sponsorship Opportunities



8280 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati  94931

Songbird Community Healing Center, conveniently located in downtown Cotati, offers a branch of health care and education that connects the body, mind, and spirit. We are synthesizing the traditional and modern, new and old. Our branch provides a community gathering place for people of like minds to network and share. We offer cost-effective space rental and affordably-priced holistic education and care.

For more information, call (707) 795-2398 or visit



Mon 5/2, 6:45 pm

Explore the Tarot


Sat 5/7, 10:00 am

Introduction to Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)  


Mon 5/9-6/13, 6:45 pm

Introduction to Tarot  


Thu 5/19, 7 pm

Introduction to Shamanic Journeying


Fri 5/20, 6 pm 

Songbird Community Potluck


Sat 5/22, 2 pm 

Ek' Waynal 2012 and the Galactic Center 


Thu 5/26, 7 pm

Introduction to Meditation 


Tue 5/31, 7 pm  

Embodying the Four Agreements  



Every Tue, 11:00 am

Acupuncture Appointments


2nd /4th Tue, 7:30pm 

Hands of Gold Healing Clinic 


1st/3rd Thu, Noon 

Astrology Appointments   


3rd Sat, 9:30 am

Chiropractic Clinic by appointment 



1st Sun, 11:00 am

Sufi-Universal Worship Service + 12:30 Potluck  


Mon, 5:30 pm

Women's Meditation  


Tue, 9:30 am

Move with Comfort: The Feldenkrais® Method


Tue/Thu starting 5/17, 5:30 pm

Hatha Yoga Flow 


1st/3rd Tue, 7:30 pm 

Law of Attraction  


1st/3rd Wed, 5:30 pm 

Restorative Yoga 


2nd/4th Wed, 7:00 pm 

Introduction to Healing with Alchemy


2nd Thu, 7:00 pm

Women's Empowerment  & Meditation Circle


3rd Sat, 2:00 pm 

Flowing with the Wave of Change






A County-wide Collaboration to Enjoy the Outdoors

     Working in partnership with California State Parks and the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District, Sonoma County Regional Parks presents this year's Parks Celebration from April 22 through June 21, 2011. Beginning on Earth Day and ending on the Summer Solstice, the Parks Celebration brings 100 free and budget-friendly recreation, entertainment, leisure, education and service programs into the extraordinary parks and open spaces of Sonoma County! Many events are presented in Spanish as well.

     The Parks Celebration offers events and activities for everyone: running & boat races, natural science activities, sand castle & kite festival, fish festival, historic hikes & tours, plant & animal walks, previews of future parks, outings for teens, stewardship projects, treasure hunts, geocaching, lifesaving, tide pooling, photographing, marshmallow roasting and more.

     Over 27 agencies, organizations and businesses are working with Sonoma County Regional Parks to create this incredible 60-day celebration of the outdoors. More information about the Parks Celebration is available on Sonoma County Regional Parks' website at, or by calling (707) 565-2041.






Thurs.5/5, starting at 5 pm

Sally Tomatoes, Sonoma Mountain Village, 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park

~Authentic Mexican Buffet $8.95

~Margarita and Mexican Beer Specials

~Prizes and Contests

~Sr. Loco's Margarita Race sponsored by Don Eduardo Tequila

First 10 persons to sign up will be entered. The race will be around our Courtyard - first one to finish the course without spilling their tray of Margaritas WINS!!!

~Large Tables Available ~Make Your Reservations Today







Sat. 5/7, 12 noon - 5 pm 

Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center, 1100 Valley House Dr. Rohnert Park

SCAYD and Friends invite you to our 6th Annual Volunteer Awards & Run for the Roses Event!!! Join us in honoring the folks who put so much of their hearts and souls into our community!!    


A gala luncheon event combined with a live viewing of the Kentucky Derby on a giant wall screen... Silent and Live Auctions, including a super fun Derby Auction. Come place your bets and hear the roar of the crowd as we celebrate community and cheer for the ponies.  Did we mention the FABULOUS DERBY HAT CONTEST ??  Please join us for the fun - Tickets are tax deductible and only $50 for this chance to contribute to your community services and have a fantastic time doing it!!
Superb, delicious luncheon catered by Sally Tomatoes as well as a superb crowd of community leaders, friends, and family...  Join us to mingle, honor, laugh, and share the fun!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING COTATI CHAMBER MEMBER  NOMINEES: David Armstrong, Vera Blanquie, Jami Brady, Conservation Corps North Bay, Cotati Arts Project, John Dell'Osso, Ed Gilardi, J.T. Henley, Bob & Alice Larsen, Marsha Sue Lustig, Venus Maher, George Malkemus, Marie McNaughton, John Moore, Lisa Moore, Cheryl Nixon, Darren Patterson






Musician's Flea Market

Sat., 5/7 

9:00 am START - Sale goes on ALL day to 6:30 pm closing!

Buy - Sell - Trade - Wheel - Deal - Enjoy BBQ

Guitars - Drums - Keyboards - Amps - Mics - Mixers - Gear for Less

The FLEA MARKET is going to be a HUGE EVENT - and also an opportunity for you to haul your gear down to Loud & Clear and move that gear along.
Sellers: It's your chance to clear out your studio, your closet, and your garage!
Buyers: This is going to be a bargain musical equipment shoppers dream! 

Interested is being a seller? There's no charge for a booth but you need to contact us to reserve a space. 

707-665-5650 or 

7886 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati 


Cotati City Hall Council Chambers, 201 West Sierra Avenue  

Want to participate in your community?  Join us at the next workshop:

General Plan Workshop: Circulation                              

Mon. 5/9, 7 - 9 pm

At this workshop, the community can share their vision and goals for Cotati, address specific concerns about the General Plan update, and indicate preferred land uses.   

For more information, please contact the City of Cotati Planning Division at (707) 665-3637.





5/13, 7:30 am - 6 pm

Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center, 1100 Valley House Dr. Rohnert Park

The Sustainable Enterprise Conference program is specifically geared towards the needs of enterprises looking to prosper in the North Bay economy. Relevant and timely, the Sustainable Enterprise 2011 program provides insights for organizations and individuals seeking the latest information on how innovation and sustainability will drive the economy of our future. Included is a continental breakfast, Keynote Speakers, Workshops, lunch, Networking & Exhibits, and a wine reception.

Early Registration (before 4/25) $129, After 4/25 Registration $159 

As an Affiliate Sponsor, COTATI CHAMBER MEMBERS receive an additional $10 off when using discount code "AFFILIATE" during registration.

For more information and to register,  CLICK HERE.  







5/21 - Oliver's Market

          546 E.Cotati Ave, Cotati     

          10 am -1 pm


5/11 - CVS   

          6378 Commerce Blvd. Rohnert Park   

          3 pm - 6 pm     

5/14 - Anytime Fitness Rohnert Park

           939 Golf Course Dr., Rohnert Park   

           11 am - 4 pm                                
Donors are encouraged to sign up at
Your support is appreciated.



Thurs. 5/12, 2-5 p.m.

Mary Agatha Furth Center, 8400 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor

Sonoma County Tourism Bureau is hosting its annual Trends in Tourism Forum. Hospitality businesses are  invited to hear presentations by experts Troy Thompson (Travel2.0), David Bratton (Destination Analysts), and Ellie Rilla (UCCE) who will discuss key tourism trends and issues with an emphasis on the industry in Sonoma County. The Trends in Tourism Forum is free, but reservations are a must. Please REGISTER HERE. 

~  Troy Thompson, a respected blogger, consultant and thought leader in the tourism and travel industry, will give comments and suggestions on changing marketing trends, with an emphasis on social media, analytics, and websites.
~  David Bratton, founder of Destination Analysts and a travel industry economist, will explain current economic and demographic trends in tourism.
~  Ellie Rilla, author of the California Agritourism Handbook, will discuss the environmentally sustainable and socially responsible trend of agritourism.
Presentations will be followed by a networking reception. Refreshments will be provided.


Thurs. 6/16, 4 - 7:30 pm
Pacific Coast Air Museum, 2230 Becker Blvd., Santa Rosa
Chamber Members from all Sonoma County Chambers are invited to attend - booths and exhibits from many Chambers, including the Cotati Chamber!
Cost: $5 donation per person

All the proceeds going to support the F-15 restoration and exhibit fund - for the Air Force interceptor that flew cover over New York City during the 9/11 tragedy.  This aircraft has been acquired by PCAM for its permanent collection.  The 2011 Chamberee audience will be among the first to get a sneak preview of this historic guardian, now retired from active duty, before it is unveiled formally to the public later in the summer. A great networking opportunity!!

SSU ATHLETICS CAR RAFFLECar rafflling off for SSU Athletics

The Ninth Annual Sonoma State University Athletics Car Raffle is underway, featuring the new 2011 Scion tCNG from Hansel Toyota in Petaluma and the Toyota Motor Corporation. Over the past eight years, over $450,000 has been raised through the annual car raffle to benefit SSU student-athletes.  Henry Hansel, president of the Hansel Auto Group is challenging the Seawolves to sell 10,000 car raffle tickets at $10 each to raise $100,000 this year.  Last year, SSU sold approximately 6,500 tickets.  The Hansel Auto Group has partnered with SSU Athletics to provide a new vehicle in each of the past eight years. This year's winning ticket will be drawn at "The Wolfies", SSU Athletics' annual sports award night, on May 19, 2011 in Rohnert Park. Get your tickets now by filling out this form. You have a great chance to win a new Scion tC. 

For further information, go to or contact Erin Rock or Nancy Crosat at SSU Athletics at (707) 664-2521. E-mail contacts: or


The new economic and demographic profile for Sonoma County is now available online. This is one of the most downloaded of all EDB reports, as the trend information is used for many purposes, including business plans, workforce and small business development, market analysis, grant writing and more. Major areas of focus are:

  • Housing & Real Estate
  • Demographics
  • Income
  • Agriculture
  • Travel
  • Education
  • Environmental Factors
  • Labor
  • Crime
  • Welfare
  • Community Health

Please be aware that this is a comprehensive document, totaling more than 150 pages-so it could be a strain on your printer. Hard copies are also available for $30 postage paid.

Here's the link:

Ben Stone - Executive Director
Economic Development Board
401 College Avenue, # D
Santa Rosa, CA  95401-5148
Fax: 707-565-7231






Project Grad flyer


A new SBA program helps small commercial real estate property owners refinance their existing mortgages. Many small business owners face large balloon payments on their mortgages without the ability to refinance (due to declining property values and reduced rent rolls).

Small business owners with eligible commercial real estate mortgages (maturing after 12/31/12) can gain long-term financing through the new 504 refinancing program. Borrowers refinance up to 90 percent of the current appraised property value or 100 percent of the outstanding mortgage, whichever is lower, plus eligible refinancing costs. Under the Jobs Act, Congress authorized SBA to approve up to $15 billion in loans under this program ($7.5 billion in both fiscal years 2011 and 2012). This program provides $33.8 billion of total project financing.

CLICK HERE  for more information.


     Since April 2010, the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors has been involved in a project that will have a profound effect on Sonoma County's future: the Upstream Investments Initiative. The concept of Upstream Investments is simple. Rather than spending limited resources to repair difficult problems once they occur, Upstream Investments prevent those problems early, with evidence-based programs and policies. Upstream Investments target some of our most intractable problems-poverty, racial and ethnic disparities, family dysfunction, anti-social behavior, and negative peer influences.

     Upstream Investments produce a wide range of well-documented savings. By embracing Upstream Investments, we will reduce expensive downstream services such as criminal justice costs or public assistance. And by reducing the obstacles to future employment, we strengthen our workforce and increase our tax base, building a more robust local economy.

The County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors invites you to attend one of the following Upstream Forums where we will explain this policy initiative, describe what it means for our community, and suggest opportunities for your organization to partner with us in this visionary effort. We will answer your questions and invite your input.  

·         District 4, Supervisor Mike McGuire
May 4, 2011 / 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Healdsburg Regional Library, 139 Piper St., Healdsburg, CA, 95448

To help us plan for enough chairs and handouts, please RSVP to (However, you are welcome to attend even if you do not have the opportunity to RSVP.) Please help us to spread the word by sharing this invitation with your colleagues and friends. 

The County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors looks forward to seeing you at aForum and to your contribution to Upstream Investments for our community.  






Refer a Business & Get Chamber Cash!           

  • For every business, organization or individual you refer who joins the Cotati Chamber of Commerce, you will receive 25% of their first year's membership dues in Chamber Cash.
  • You can spend Chamber Cash on anything the Chamber offers for purchase - your own membership dues, merchandise, luncheon or breakfast meetings, or tickets to any Chamber events.
  • The amount of Chamber Cash could be anywhere from $13 to $90 (rounded to the nearest dollar), depending on the new member's membership category.
  • There is no limit to the amount of members you can refer to collect Chamber Cash.
  • Just have the new member write your name on their membership application at "Referred By" and when the business joins, you'll receive your Chamber Cash soon after by mail.
  • Chamber Cash will expire one year from the date of issuance.

CLICK HERE for the Cotati Chamber Membership Application, which you can give to all of your business referrals. Any other questions, call the Cotati Chamber of Commerce at (707) 795-5508.


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