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July 2010
In This Issue
Placer County State Fair Exhibit Wins 'Best of Show'
Lake Tahoe Music Festival 'Pulls Out the Stops'
Anything You Want to Know About Custom Framing?
Roseville Firm to Recycle Computers for Apple Credit
Squaw Valley Institute's Events Series Enters 9th Season
Epic Indoor Skate Park Welcomes Skaters, Scooters, Bikers
Aunt Flo's - Chocolate to Die For
Woody's Grill & Bar Honored as Small Business of the Year
Grape Days of Summer Coming August 7 & 8
Work Begins on $10 Million Multiplex in Rocklin
Promote Me Promotes You
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Placer County State Fair Exhibit Wins 'Best of Show'

The county's "All Aboard for Adventure" exhibit at the 2010 California State Fair has won Gold for "Best of Show" and a "Best Use of Technology" honor. Aligned with the fair's "passport to adventure" theme, the winning exhibit displays the limitless adventures the county has to offer, from all forms of outdoor recreation to arts and cultural events. The exhibit is the handiwork of the Richard Bay Puppet Theatre Company who worked with a committee of the Placer County Visitor's Bureau, Placer County Office of Economic Development, and Organizational Development to fashion the award winning display.  The State Fair, at Cal Expo in Sacramento, runs July 14 - August 1. Opening Ceremonies included a Pony Express ride from Old Town Sacramento to Cal Expo, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express, North American Association, California Division. Exciting State Fair Adventures await visitors: Days of Dinosaur, Jungle & Reptile Experience, the Magnificent Midway, a Get Animated Pop Culture Exhibit, and 16 live concerts. For details, visit the California State Fair click here or Placer County Welcome Center at click here.
Lake Tahoe Music Festival 'Pulls Out the Stops' 


Celebrate live music under the stars at the Lake Tahoe Music Festival's six-concert outdoor summer series, July 22 - August 7. "We're pulling out all the stops," notes series publicity, "showcasing Broadway, Pops, classic rock, classical, R&B, and even a little country." Wynonna makes festival history as the first country music performer in 28 years, at Northstar-At-Tahoe July 31. Natalie Cole performs August 5 at Northstar, and vocalist Steve Lippia stars in Simply Sinatra at Old Greenwood on July 29. For a full schedule and tickets, click here.

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Anything You Want to Know About Custom Framing?

Ask Kelli Fortenbaugh, Master Certified Framer, who opened High Street Gallery, in Downtown Auburn, after 10 years of working in the picture framing industry. Fortenbaugh's custom framing advice was published in a 2004 Sierra Heritage At Home magazine, and High Street Gallery was featured on the cover of Framers Monthly in 2007. In 2008 the gallery won First Place and Popular Choice in the Northern California Division of the Professional Picture Framers Association's (PPFA) yearly competition. Kelli is current president of PPFA's Northern California Chapter, and has recently earned her designation as an International Competition Judge. High Street Gallery received Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP Awards) from the California Integrated Waste Management Board in 2003 and 2004, given to businesses that excel in waste reduction, re-using and recycling. Kelli is known industry-wide as "The Green Framer," and has her place on the international speakers list. For details and information on framing classes in the region, visit High Street Gallery click here.

Roseville Firm to Recycle Computers for Apple Credit 

PowerOn Services Inc., an electronics recycler in Roseville, stands to profit considerably from Apple Inc's new recycling credit program. Under the program, consumers receive Apple credit for recycling their used computer equipment. And Apple has selected PowerON to be the program's sole recycler nationwide. With revenue of $8.1 million in 2008, PowerON ranked as one of the nation's fastest-growing computer hardware companies, making Inc. magazine's annual list. Its latest deal with Apple bodes well for the Roseville company, given widespread consumer interest in Apple's popular new products, including the iphone 4 and the iPad. For details visit the Sacramento Business Journal 
click here or PowerON Services, Inc. at

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Squaw Valley Institute's Events Series Enters 9th Season 

Squaw Valley Institute offers an engaging year-round program of artistic, cultural, and educational events. The institute's 2010 season, which started in April, continues with lectures and panel discussions on August 5, September 23 & 30. On November 13, the institute presents An Evening with Michael Pollan, author of Botany of Desire, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and In Defense of Food. Events take place at venues throughout North Lake Tahoe. The institute's board of directors recently hired North Tahoe resident Nicole Cheslock as executive director "to continue the great momentum and support the institute has attracted." Officially launched in March 2002, the institute has grown to offer two dozen events a year, events "that will make you laugh, make you think, pull at your heartstrings, and entice you to come back for more." For more, visit the Sierra Sun click here. For details and event tickets, visit Squaw Valley Institute click here.

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Epic Indoor Skate Park Welcomes Skaters, Scooters, Bikers 

"We're in business to provide a safe environment for kids to enjoy themselves and get exercise," says Jan Killingsworth, who with her husband Charles established Epic Indoor Skate Park in Rocklin in March 2009. Epic offers indoor space for skateboarders, scooters, rollerblading, and BMX biking. The skate park holds competitions and hosts events relating to each sport it offers. Camps, taught by professionals, teach beginning and skating at all levels; private and group lessons are available. The business includes more than 36,400 square feet, all air-conditioned, with wood ramps, a bowl, and half pipe; a pro shop and on-site repair shop. Epic was voted by Transworld Skating magazine as one of the top ten parks in the world. "Our business matters, to both kids and parents," Jan says. "It keeps the kids occupied doing something they love." For details, visit Epic Indoor Skate Park click here.

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Aunt Flo's - Chocolate to Die Forlake tahoe logo 

Aunt Flo's Chocolates, in Auburn, hand-dips more than 45 different items in milk, dark, or white chocolate - strawberries, bananas, cherries, pretzels, Oreo cookies, Rice Krispie treats, apple rings, marshmellows, s'mores, peanut butter cups, dried apricots and mangos, to name just a dozen - and tops each item with chocolate chips, M&Ms, English toffee, coconut, or pecans. "My shop became a dream come true," says owner Mary Domschot. "Not just for me, but for the local women who came in each day, women who shared my passion for chocolate, their kind of chocolate - high-quality and hand-crafted." Aunt Flo, Domschot says, is a combination of new and old customers, her family and friends. "Like most women I know, she's smart, enjoys life, and knows exactly what she wants." Besides catering to a passion for chocolate, Aunt Flo's serves lunches of sandwiches, salads, and desserts. For details, visit Aunt Flo's mouth-watering Web site click here

Woody's Grill & Bar Honored as Small Business of the Year 

Assemblyman Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, recently honored Woody's Grill and Bar, a small business leader in the restaurant industry, as "California Small Business of the Year" for the 4th Assembly District. Located in Rocklin, Woody's was opened by Jim Haggert in 1988. With a foundation of proven operating systems in the restaurant industry, Haggart created the innovative, casual dining restaurant concept known as Woody's Grill and Bar. "Woody's has consistently demonstrated customer service leadership in its industry and has developed a unique concept that customers have loved over the years," said Assemblyman Gaines. The award was announced in Sacramento at the annual California Small Business Day. For details, visit Rocklin Today click here or Woody's Grill and Bar click here

Placer County Vintner's Association
Grape Days of Summer Coming August 7 & 8

Placer County Vintners Association presents Grape Days of Summer, an open-house event taking in seven county wineries, August 7 & 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities include winery tours from vineyard to barrel, vertical tastings, special food and wine pairings, and blending trials. The cost ($25 in advance, $30 at the door) includes ticket, unlimited tastes, and a special event wine glass. Participating wineries are Baumbach, Casque Wines, Dono dal Cielo, Fawnridge, Lone Buffalo, Mt. Vernon, and Vina Castellano. The Placer County Wine Trail is working to raise awareness of the county as a premier wine-producing region. For Grape Days details and tickets, visit Placer County Wine Trail click here

 Blue Oaks Cinema
 Work Begins on $10 Million Multiplex in Rocklin

Construction crews are ripping out the walls of the bankrupt Mervyns in Rocklin, converting it into a 3,000-seat, $10 million multiplex movie theatre to be called Blue Oaks 16 Cinemas. Work began in June on the building, located at the corner of Blue Oaks and Lonetree Blvd. The state-of-the-art cinemas will be equipped with all digital picture and sound. "We picked Rocklin because we think it's one of the best cities in the country for a theater, [with] tremendous drawing potential," said SR Entertainment partner Dan Tocchimi. The theater will employ about 100 workers, many in part-time jobs. Blue Oaks 16 Cinemas is expected to open for business Nov. 24. For details, visit the Auburn Journal at click here.

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Promote Me Promotes You 

Promote Me is a full-service embroidery, screen printing, banners and promotional products retail store in Roseville. "We put logos on just about anything," says Valerie Mebust, who owns the store with her husband Rich. "We specialize in corporate items, teams, and leagues." Promote Me, opened in January 2010, is a family business with more than seven years of experience in the field. The store has four employees. Promote Me is located at 931 Washington Blvd., Ste. 110, near the fairgrounds. For details, visit Promote Me at 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 or visit the OED Web site. For past In Progress Online newsletters, go to Placer County Biz News