|CHAMBER NEWS - October 25, 2011|
COTATI'S MUSICAL HISTORY
Thurs. 10/27, 7 - 9 pm
Cotati Room, Ray Miller Community Center, 216 E. School St., Cotati
For more information, call the Cotati Historical Society at 707-794-0304 or visit www.cotatihistoricalsociety.org.
DANKE TO OUR SPONSORS & VOLUNTEERS AT
City of Cotati
Fool for Food
Friar Tuck's Pub
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Loud & Clear Audio Visual
Mill Valley Refuse
Redwood Empire Disposal
Saag's Specialty Meats
Third Street Aleworks
Peggy Ary Erin & David Armstrong
Winslow & Jessie Kelley
Sophie & Archie Lewinstein
John & Lori Linde
Lisa & John Moore
Yvonne Van Dyke
Jim & Nadine Wolford
NEXT COTATI CHAMBER QUARTERLY SPEAKER SERIES BREAKFAST MEETINGThurs. 11/17, 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Friar Tuck's Pub, 8201 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati
Cotati Arts Project Sculpture Update
Cordel Stillman from the Sonoma County Water Agency will speak on the study
underway to create a Sonoma County utility company
FREE Breakfast Buffet provided by Friar Tuck's Pub
RSVP before Mon. 11/14 to email@example.com or 795-5508
NEW MEMBER PROFILE
PEET'S COFFEE & TEA 7764 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati 94931
On the day Alfred Peet opened his first coffee store on the corner of Walnut and Vine Streets in Berkeley, CA, he quietly began a revolution in the way Americans experienced the taste and quality of their coffee - a revolution that persists to this day.
Born in Holland, Alfred Peet grew up in the coffee trade and moved to America after World War II. Appalled at the poor quality of coffee being consumed by Americans, he became inspired to open the first Peet's Coffee & Tea store on April 1, 1966. His style of coffee was a radical departure from what was then available, emphasizing smaller batches, freshness, superior quality beans, and a darker roasting style that produced coffee with richness and complexity.
By 1969, Peet's Coffee & Tea became a gathering place for coffee devotees, and this success attracted other artisan food purveyors to the neighborhood, which soon became known as the Gourmet Ghetto. Alfred Peet further catalyzed the specialty coffee movement when he mentored and inspired a generation of coffee entrepreneurs, including the founders of Starbucks, whom he supplied with Peet's roasted beans during their first years of operation.
Over the past four decades, Peet's growth has been fueled by ever-increasing numbers of coffee lovers in the San Francisco Bay Area and across the nation. With each generation of Peet's leadership, we have remained true to the quality tenets of our founder, inspired by the same unrelenting pursuit of quality. Our purpose has not changed since 1966 - to seek out opportunities to raise the expectations of American coffee drinkers by attracting and serving those who truly love the taste of coffee, for whom a cup of coffee could only mean a cup of Peet's.
Hours of Operation
Chamber Note - Peet's in Cotati should be opening around mid-November!
THANK YOU TO OUR RENEWING MEMBERS Barlow Printing, Inc.
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District
David J. Fisher, CPA
Summit State Bank
COSTUME DRIVE AT MASSAGE ENVY
Massage Envy of Cotati (and Petaluma and Napa) are starting a costume drive for a free costume store for families in need (or anyone). Costumes/accessories/make up/props can be dropped off at 640 East Cotati Ave. anytime! This is a part of ladybugconnections.org, our community service partner.
All are encouraged to look up our website, or find us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ladybug-Connections/234887303199496
Gina Drohan and Kristin Williamson
Massage Envy of Cotati
ROTARY TRIO OF TOURNAMENTS - BUNCO
Thurs. 10/27, 6:30 pm
Wedgewood Banquet Center,Foxtail Golf Course, 100 Golf Course Dr, Rohnert Park
Registration is at 6:30, must sign-up in advance, limited seating. Snacks, beverages and no-host bar. For more information go to www.rotaryevents or call 707-293-4371.
COTATI CHAMBER MEMBERS'
COTATI CORNER WINE SHOP HALLOWEEN PARTY
Fri. 10/28, 7-10 pm
Cotati Corner, 1818 La Plaza Suite 106, Cotati
Come in costume and try for best costume prize. Snacks and door prizes too! All included with your $15 drink purchase (2 glasses of wine)!
SPANCKY'S HALLOWEEN PARTY WITH COUNTERBALANCE
Sat. 10/29, 8:30 pm - 1:30am
Spancky's Bar, 8201 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati
$3 presale (tickets can be purchased at the bar) $5 At The Door Night Of Show
SALLY TOMATOES HALLOWEEN PARTY
Fri. 10/28, 5 pm - 1 am
Sally Tomatoes Cafe & Bar, Sonoma Mountain Village, Rohnert Park
$7.50 Buffet Dinner from 6 - 9 pm
COTATI-ROHNERT PARK UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
TOWN HALL MEETING
Tues. 11/15, 7 pm
Lawrence Jones Middle School, 5154 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park
SONGBIRD COMMUNITY HEALING CENTER
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 on all events & classes, call (707) 795-2398 or visit www.songbirdcenter.org.
Fri 10/28, 7:00pm
A Night of Evolving
Tue/Thu 11/1-11/29, 4:00 - 6 pm
Rainbow Children - Learning to Use Intuition
Tues 11/1, 7 - 9 pm
Essential Oils - Nature's Medicine Cabinet
Wed 11/2, 7:30 - 9 pm
Relaxation & Stress Reduction
Thurs 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 6:15 - 7:15 pm
iRest (Yoga Nidra)
Mon 11/7, 9:30 - 11 am
Introduction to Meditation
Wed 11/9, 7 pm
How to Help Your Child Pass Math
Thurs 11/10, 7:30-9 pm
Embodying the Toltec Four Agreements
Sat. 11/12, 2 - 5 pm
Experience Songbird Saturday
Sun 11/13, 5 pm
Practical Strategies for Using the Tarot in Your Life
Tues 11/15, 7 - 8:30 pm
Introduction to Meditation
Wed 11/17, 7:30-9:30 pm
Experiential Stress Reduction for Dentists
Sat. 11/19, 10 am - 12 pm
Co-Parenting Through the Holidays
Sat 11/19, 7 - 9 pm
A Gathering of Consciousness: Tools for the Awakening World
Sun 11/20, 2 - 4 pm
Readings from The Holy Universe
Wed 11/23, 7:30 pm
Thanksgiving Heart Chakra Meditation
2nd /4th Tue, 7:30 - 9 pm
Hands of Gold Healing Clinic
3rd Sat, 2:00 - 4 pm
Flowing with the Wave of Change
MOVEMENT CLASSES Every Tue, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Feldenkrais® for Back Health
1st/3rd Wed, 5:30 - 7 pm
Every Fri, 9:00 - 10:30 am
Gentle Therapeutic Yoga
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER WORKSHOPS
FROM KITCHEN TO MARKET - How To Successfully Bring Your Specialty Food Products To Market
Tue, 11/15, 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
SBDC Building, 1808 Albany Drive, Santa Rosa
Get the tools you need to honestly assess your risk and opportunity in entering the fresh food industry. Learn the current trends as well as tips on setting up your business. Capitalizing it, and marketing your products in the highly competitive but reliable specialty foods business. Those already in the market will find some ideas on expansion. The insider information packed into this 3-hour workshop has saved countless hours of research and resources for its participants.
READ MORE ABOUT IT
WEB SITE CRITIQUES -Take Your Web Site from Pitiful to Profitable
Wed, 11/9, 10 am - 12 pm and Wed, 11/16, 10 am - 12 pm
SBDC Building, 1808 Albany Drive, Santa Rosa
If your web site is not contributing to your business success, perhaps it is time for a site makeover! In this 2-part workshop series we will spend the first session reviewing what makes a good web site. We will use the proven SBDC Technology Advisory Program's Web Site Audit process to critique an e-commerce site. You learn specific elements of a site that contribute to success along with pitfalls to avoid and leave with a checklist you can apply to your site. In the second part of the series, we will review the sites of class volunteers and discuss what is working on the site and what isn't. In this fun and supportive environment we will help each class member leave with a makeover action list.
Who Will Benefit From This Workshop: Anyone with a web site and who would like ideas on how to make it more effective-whether you have done your own site development or have hired a web developer. Limited to 6 participants for maximum personal attention.
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UPCOMING BLOOD DRIVES IN THE COMMUNITY
10/29 - Michael's Harley-Davidson
7601 Redwood Dr, Cotati
10 am - 2 pm
11/26 - Oliver's Market
546 E.Cotati Ave, Cotati
10 am - 2 pm
11/19 - Anytime Fitness Rohnert Park
939 Golf Course Dr., Rohnert Park
11 am - 3 pm
Your support is appreciated.
COTATI CHIROPRACTOR PROVIDES FREE CARE FOR "DOCTORS WITH A HEART"
Dr. Venus Ann Maher, a chiropractic physician, whose clinic is located at 525 E. Cotati Ave. Suite 115 will be proudly providing service free of charge on Friday, November 4th for Doctors with a Heart Day. Traditionally this occurs on one day only, which for existing patients will be November 4th. However due to a need that cannot be met in one day, new patients will receive a free history, examination and first treatment when they schedule any time in the month of November.
Dr. Maher has been providing service to Sonoma County for 23 years. While all adjustments are free on that day optional donations will be accepted for NOAH, "Neighbors Organized Against Hunger." Doctors with a Heart Day is a day of free health care to members of the community. During regular business hours, on selected days, participating doctors provide service at no charge. Services are by appointment only. An optional donation for a local charity, NOAH, is requested. NOAH feeds 250 Rohnert Park, Cotati and Penngrove families each week and distributes food on Wednesdays from 4-6pm at Mountain Shadows Middle School. Doctors with a Heart was started by Dr. Duane Schmidt, a dentist, in 1986 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The basic idea of Doctors with a Heart is to do what you do well for free on the chosen day and accept donations for worthy projects.
Dr. Maher states, "Being part of Doctors with a Heart is consistent with my ethical & spiritual beliefs. I know that every person needs full access to health care. I can provide that access to chiropractic services through my involvement in Doctors with a Heart. I delight in helping others, & I can think of no better way to celebrate being a part of this community for 23 years than by serving through chiropractic and supporting NOAH."
Appointments for Doctors with a Heart may be made by calling (707) 792-0202. (www.maherchiro.com.) For more info about "Neighbors Organized Against Hunger" (NOAH) call 795-7853.
SAVE THESE DATES IN DECEMBER...
Wed. 12/7, 6 - 8 pm - Holiday Tree Lighting at La Plaza Park
Thurs. 12/8, 5:30 - 8:30 pm - Holiday Cheer at 8 Ball, Cotati Yacht Club, Friar Tuck's Pub, & Spancky's Bar
Fri. 12/9, 7 - 9 pm - Candlelight Concert at Church of the Oaks
Sat. 12/10, 5 - 8 pm - Elegant Evening at participating downtown merchants
HOLIDAY MIXER AT MASSAGE ENVY SPA
Thurs. 12/15, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Massage Envy Spa, 640 E. Cotati Ave., Cotati
For both Cotati and Rohnert Park Chambers of Commerce
REDUCE ENERGY, SAVE MONEY FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Energy Upgrade California™ in Sonoma County is part of a new statewide program that packages rebates, incentives, and financing together into a "one-stop shop" to help Cotati businesses and homeowners reduce energy use and lower utility bills. The program supports a "whole-building" approach to saving energy because it takes more than switching out light bulbs to achieve maximum efficiency and savings.
Energy Upgrade in Sonoma County guides and assists commercial property owners and building managers through the process of evaluating opportunities for water conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable generation. Approaching your building as a complete system means considering how HVAC, lighting, insulation, cool roof, water, and other systems can work together most effectively to reduce your energy use and help lower your utility bills.
Tax deductions ranging from $0.60 to $1.80 per square foot and utility rebates are available right now for owners of both new and existing buildings who upgrade interior lighting, building "envelope," heating, cooling, ventilation, or hot water systems to reduce the building's total energy.
Energy Upgrade also connects you to commercial project financing options, including the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program. SCEIP can finance energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy improvements through a voluntary assessment, known as Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE financing. These assessments are attached to the property, not the owner, and are paid back through the property tax system over time. SCEIP is a partner in the Energy Upgrade California program in Sonoma County.
The business case for energy efficiency
What is the business case for pursuing energy efficiency right now? Consider the following:
- Lower up-front investment - Energy Upgrade lowers the cost of investing in energy efficiency upgrades because rebates and incentives make your improvements more affordable.
- Lower operating costs - Reducing your building energy use can potentially make a big difference in monthly utility bills, savings that ultimately pay back on your investment. Simple energy efficiency improvements to existing buildings, such as insulating window films, yield $3 in savings on average for every $1 invested.
- Increased property value - Energy efficient buildings retain higher real estate value, commanding higher rents (6-7%) and maintaining higher occupancy rates than less efficient buildings.
- Reduced carbon footprint - Improving your building's energy efficiency is a key way to green your business and directly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, demonstrating your business' compliance with AB32.
- Building energy rating boost - Turn your compliance with AB1103 (the law that requires nonresidential building owners or operators to disclose Energy Star Portfolio Manager benchmarking data and ratings to prospective buyers, lessees, or lenders, similar to a "miles per gallon" rating) into a business asset.
- Improved indoor air quality - Proper ventilation and non-toxic materials creates a healthier environment for your employees and customers.
- Local economic stimulation - Your energy efficiency project will create jobs and support local businesses!
Another opportunity to green your business
Extend your company's sustainability efforts even further by getting on board with the Energy Upgrade Employee Outreach Program, which offers employers tools to educate your employees about energy efficiency services and benefits for their own homes. Up to $4,000 in residential rebates are available now for home energy upgrades, providing homeowners with as much as 40 percent in energy savings on their utility bills. As of July 1, 2011, all Sonoma County residents are eligible for up to a 75 percent rebate on the cost of a Home Energy Analysis that includes a California Home Energy Rating System score (known as a HERS II Rating).
Joining the Employee Outreach Program also provides your business with marketing opportunities and community recognition for supporting your employees' participation in the residential Energy Upgrade program.
Best of all, residential energy efficiency projects through Energy Upgrade are performed by contactors who are certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI), have met all program requirements, and are part of an ongoing quality assurance program to ensure consumer protection. Making energy efficiency improvements to your commercial property and helping your employees upgrade their home energy performance directly benefits our local economy.
Opportunities to learn more
Visit www.energyupgradesonoma.org for more information about upgrade services, participating contractors, available incentives, financing options, and program details.
Contact Kathy Goodacre, Program Marketing Manager, for more information about the Employee Outreach Program, at (707) 537-1979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look for Energy Upgrade CALIFORNIA in Sonoma County at the Sonoma County Fall Home Show October 14-16, 2011 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. For more information, see "events" at www.sonomacountyfair.com.
COTATI CREEK CRITTERS NEWS
CREEK STEWARDSHIP DAY
Sat. 11/5, 9 am - 12 noon
Gravenstein Way near Falletti Park
Join us for the first planting day of our new project! We will plant 350 new native trees and shrubs this fall and winter, and need your help! Wear old clothes, dress in layers for work and weather, with boots or sturdy shoes. Bring your own drinking water bottle. Gloves, tools and refreshments provided. Parking is in residential streets, so please be mindful of neighbors - or walk or bicycle there if you can! We will start near the Gravenstein Way bridge over the Laguna channel (Gravenstein Way is off Old Redwood Hwy, two blocks east of the intersection with Hwy 116, which is just north of Walgreens and the new Peets Coffee that is currently under construction). Please see www.CotatiCreekCritters.info, Creek Stewardship Days, for guidelines, directions, and maps.
NEXT CREEK STEWARDSHIP DAY
Sun. 11/20, 9 am - 12 noon: Creek Stewardship Day
City well lot # 2 on Lakewood Avenue
All dates through May 2012 are listed at www.CotatiCreekCritters.info
HELP GROW THE CHAMBER & GET REWARDED
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.