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May 2010
In This Issue
Granite Bay Company's Camera System Wins Award
Career & Resource Day Set for May 20
Protect American River Canyons Festival Coming June 13
Improved Downtown Roseville is Open for Business
Lincoln Travel & Cruise Partnering with Food Network
Local Artist's Work Graces Cover of "Building" Magazine
Kings Beach Improvement Aimed at Drawing Tourists
Auburn's ioSafe Hires to Keep Up with Costco Demand
Placer County Fair Seeking Vendors
One River Medicine Opens New Classroom
Ultra Link Cabling Holds Firm in Downtown
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Granite Bay Company's Camera System Wins Award
A Granite Bay company's camera support system, called GearNex TM, recently won a Best of Show "Vidy Award" from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Videography Magazine. CineToys, LLC introduced its updated GearNex geared head at the NAB trade show in Las Vegas in April. The GearNex geared head is a camera support system which can control the pan and tilt axis of the camera with precision by using hand wheels. Eric Trabb, vice president of NewBay Media Broadcast & Video Group, said, "This recognition...is a strong vote of confidence and admiration." Bret Allen, a professional camera operator, and Joseph Mendoza, a business entrepreneur and consultant, established CineToys, LLC in Granite Bay in 2009. Since then, CineToys has sold GearNex into 11 countries through its reseller network. For details, visit GearNex at http://www.gearnex.com/
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 Career & Resource Day Set for May 20
A free Career & Resource Day will be held May 20, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at the University of Phoenix in Roseville. Hosted by Placer County's Business Advantage Network (BAN), the event includes presentations designed to help motivate and educate job seekers with new job search tools - social networking, customer service skills, and marketing techniques to increase interview opportunities. The workshops will highlight growing and emerging industries such as Healthcare and Green Technology. Job seekers can also talk with human resource recruiters in Employer Forums. BAN is a network of workforce development professionals that assists businesses with hiring needs and job seekers re-entering the workforce. For details visit click here.
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Protect American River Canyons Festival Coming June 13
"Keep it Wild, Keep it Scenic" - that's the theme of the free 19th annual Protect American River Canyons (PARC) American River Confluence Festival to be held Sunday, June 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the American River Overlook Park, on Pacific Avenue, in Auburn. Festivities include canyon recreation, family-friendly nature events, art-making, information booths, and delicious food in a shaded river village atmosphere. The American River Stage features continuous music and entertainment, including a Wild Things Canyon Animals presentation. New this year are Confluence Parkway rafting trips planned for Saturday, June 12, leaving Overlook Park at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. For rafting trip details and reservations, call Eric Peach at (530) 885-8878. For festival details Click here.
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Improved Downtown Roseville is Open for Business
Improvements on Riverside Avenue are the latest in Downtown Roseville's revitalization, one of the city's key priorities. Since 1999, the city's Redevelopment Agency has completed five capital improvement projects: Vernon Street, Old Town, Riverside Avenue, Vernon Street parking/Blue Line Gallery, and the Tower Theatre renovation. Over this 10-year period, the agency has made an investment of $25 million and leveraged these funds to provide a total investment of $77 million into Downtown. This investment has led to the establishment of 10 new businesses in Historic Old Town and the renovation of 48 building facades throughout Downtown. Improvements installed with the streetscape and infrastructure projects have created a more pedestrian-friendly environment and set the stage for future development. To watch a "Focus" show featuring the Riverside Avenue projects, go to click here and click on "Streaming Video Center." For details visit the Roseville Press Tribune click here.
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Lincoln Travel & Cruise Partnering with Food Network
To launch new Culinary Travel programs, Lincoln Travel & Cruise is now partnered with Food Network. The programs will feature Food Network stars. Under this new partnership, clients booked through Lincoln Travel & Cruise will have exclusive access to Food Network travel experiences. "We are excited about this extraordinary new opportunity with Food Network," said Phyllis Wing, owner of Lincoln Travel & Cruise. "Our clients have shown a tremendous passion for food and wine over the years, and we now have a great new program to elevate culinary travel to the next level." For details, visit Lincoln Travel & Cruise at Click here or the Lincoln News Messenger click here.
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 Local Artist's Work Graces Cover of "Building" Magazine
"A Grander Flow," a work in glass by Auburn artist Deanna Marsh, appeared on the cover of the Feb-Mar 2010 issue of Building Magazine, a Canadian publication covering real estate development, construction, and architecture. Marsh's sculpture, 21 fused-glass panels of river-like glass, flows through three stories of the central atrium of the new Enermodal Engineering, a "triple-platinum LEED" environmental building, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. A soaring ceiling and several skylights allow sunshine to pour into the lobby atrium and reflect in shimmers of light off Marsh's sinuous 32 ft. x 16 ft. x 3 in. glass sculpture. Marsh seeks in all her art, and especially in her sculptures that interpret the environment, to connect viewers with their link to the natural world. For details, click here.
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Kings Beach Improvements Aimed at Drawing Tourists
The approval in January of the $45 million Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project is altering the perception of what the area could be - a tourist draw and destination, said Theresa May Duggan, a Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation board member. "If you go through Kings Beach, you can feel the energy and optimism about the project; it's just palpable." The project will restructure the community's downtown main street from a four-lane roadway to three lanes with roundabouts. The project is estimated to take three construction seasons, from 2011 to 2013. More than 6,000 feet of sidewalk will be created in addition to parking spaces, parking lots, and water quality improvements. Dave Ferrari, owner of the Ferrari Crown Motel, said the traffic management plan and the restructured road will be safer for pedestrians - and help revitalize the community's downtown. "I'm feeling like for the first time in a while there's some excitement because this is going to go forward," he said. For details, visit the Sierra Sun click here.
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 Auburn's ioSafe Hires to Keep Up with Costco Demand
Sales of the ioSafe Solo, a super-safe data storage external drive, have soared, thanks to a sale at Costco.com. The response to Costco's sale has been so strong that the Auburn company is adding a second shift to keep up with demand. In March, the ioSafe Solo was a coupon item in the Costco catalog, and sales went through the roof, said executive vice president Mark Breunig. He expected ioSafe Inc., with 17 employees at the time, to have 30 employees by the end of May. IoSafe makes a nearly indestructible external disk drive. The 15-pound, 1.5-terabit model was offered in March for $30 off its $260 base price at Costco.com. The coupon book went out to about 26 million Costco members. For more visit the Sacramento Business Journal click here or ioSafe Inc. click here.
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Placer County Fair Seeking Vendors
The Placer County Fair is looking for food concessions and vendors who would like to participate in the annual Fair June 24 -27.  CEO Joan Bartosik would like to expand the food and vendor areas to provide a greater variety for Fair visitors, including more art and hand-crafted products. "We are bringing in more for our visitors to enjoy from bands, to strolling entertainers, to lawn mower races and a bigger hot rod show. With a free gate to encourage people to come back to the Fair this year, we want to provide a well-rounded experience."  The annual Fair is an opportunity for Placer County and nearby businesses to showcase their products and services including home accessories and furnishings, healthcare, financial and home services, landscaping and garden accessories, schools, jewelry, handbags, apparel and more.  For more information about the "Wild & Free" Placer County Fair visit www.PlacerCountyFair.org. Vendors may call Rose Smith at 916.786.2023.  Fair admission is free in 2010, with tickets required for Cage Fighting, Monster Trucks and the Destruction Derby.
 
 
One River Medicine Opens New Classroom
Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, therapeutic massage - these are just  few of the many services provided by One River Medicine, a Meadow Vista wellness center. And the center is celebrating the opening of a new room to be used for Health & Movement classes on Sunday, May 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include live music, Kung Fu demonstrations, prizes, and "purposeful teas," gatherings where participants can visit and learn from each other. One River Medicine offers for sale high-quality teas, including herbal and medicinal, a comprehensive pharmacy of herbal extracts, and gift items. Its classes and events are designed to inspire, educate, and encourage growth within individuals and the community. For details, click here.
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Ultra Link Cabling Holds Firm in Downturn
Ultra Link Cabling Systems, Inc., a five-employee company in business in Auburn since 1992, provides cabling, design, evaluation, installation and maintenance for all voice and data networks. Like other small businesses, Ultra Link has been affected by the downturn in the economy. But unlike some, Ultra Link prepared itself. "In preparation for nominal work, we streamlined our business for effective efficiency," said office manager Valerie Riley. "We are pleased to say we are experiencing an increase in work and are hopeful for a successful year. What sets Ultra Link apart, Riley said, is its strong commitment to customer service. "We always go the extra mile to provide customers with the correct network solution for their business, and guarantee our work to the customer's satisfaction." The company's core values - quality, integrity, and value - infuse all its services. "We intentionally set our standards high," Riley said, "We strive to facilitate outstanding results on the delivery of all our solutions." For details, visit Ultra Link Cabling click here.
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In Progress Online (IPOL), an economic development e-mail newsletter, is published bi-monthly. IPOL covers the latest news on Placer County business and industry, agriculture, tourism, and the arts. It reports on new projects in our cities and towns and keeps readers up to date on the state of the region's economy. IPOL posts news of state and local training, incentives, and loan programs that benefit business. It provides links to more information on each item. News about your business is always welcome.  Please send items, questions, comments, or suggestions to the Office of Economic Development at econdev@placer.ca.gov or visit the OED Web site. For past In Progress Online newsletters, go to Placer County Biz News