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September 2010
In This Issue
Max's Brings New York-style Deli to Auburn
Small Business Web Site Buzzes with Resources, Advice
'Calling Back the Salmon' Event to be Celebrated in Lincoln
Auburn's ioSafe Announces New Data Storage Device
Lake Tahoe Basin Prosperity Plan May Create Jobs, Spark the Economy
ECO:LOGIC Engineering of Rocklin to be Acquired by Stantec
Auburn Symphony Season Promises Razzle Dazzle, Romance
Homewood Resort Owners Buy West Shore Cafe
Food & Wine is Focus of 8th Annual Festival
Push for E-Health Records helps Rocklin Firm
Community 1st Bank to Merge Auburn Branches
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Max's Brings New York-style Deli to Auburn

Last month, Auburn gained a location of Max's, the San Francisco-based New York-style deli, bakery, chops, and dessert house. Max's new locale, that used to house a Marie Callender's restaurant, has been completely remodeled to reflect Max's signature "upscale casual" atmosphere. "Brick, wood, and tile are elegantly displayed," said Karin Koons, Holiday Inn's director of sales. "The menu is family oriented and includes a kids' menu, but there is an elegant bar for adults. Max's is noted for its New York deli style with comfort classics." The restaurant includes two banquet rooms, a bakery counter, catering and take-out service, and room service for Holiday Inn hotel guests. A staff of about 100 has been hired for the new Max's, said general manager Don Zoccoli. For details, visit Max's at click here.
Small Business Web Site Buzzes with Resources, Advice 

 

A streaming video called Biz Buzz features interviews with well-known business authors and experts. Links take searchers to sites offering advice on business finance, green business, home-based business, internet marketing, law for business, sales strategies, and small business IT. Small business owners or those considering launching a business can find help and advice on all aspects of their enterprises, from networking to marketing. It's all on a Web site called Small Business TV. Ever-changing content on the site stays complete and cutting-edge, with additions of such new twists as Smart Cell Phone Tips for Business Travel, 10 Ways to Improve Online Sales, and Help in Managing Health Care Costs. For details visit Small Business TV at click here.

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'Calling Back the Salmon' Event to be Celebrated in Lincoln

"To return salmon and steelhead to the entire length of the Auburn Ravine." That's the goal of a local grassroots group called Save Auburn Ravine Salmon and Steelhead (SARSAS). To celebrate the imminent return of the fish to the ravine, SARSAS is hosting the first annual Calling Back the Salmon Celebration, Saturday, October 23, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Lincoln's McBean Park. The free event features live music, children's crafts and science activities, storytelling, workshops, food, and merchandise booths. Native American tribes will join in the offerings and blessings for the salmon and Auburn Ravine from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The first of five musical performances will begin at 11 a.m. For details about SARSAS and the Calling Back the Salmon celebration, click here.

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Auburn's ioSafe Announces New Data Storage Device

Known for its rugged, fireproof, waterproof hardware and disaster recovery services, ioSafe, a privately held Auburn company, recently announced the availability of a business-class edition of its award-winning Solo external hard drive. The device is called SoloPRO. "The new SoloPRO provides industry-leading performance and physical security as well as plug-and-play simplicity," said ioSafe CEO Robb Moore. "Also, the new interfaces and upgraded Data Recovery Services make the SoloPRO a logical choice for disaster protection in home office and business environments." The SoloPRO USB 3.0 has received Digital Reviews Network's highest commendation: Editor's Choice Award. For details click here.

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Lake Tahoe Basin Prosperity Plan May Create Jobs, Spark the Economy
 

The Lake Tahoe Basin could position itself at the forefront of the emerging green building and environmental innovation sectors, economists believe. Environmental innovation could encompass three segments, said Trish Kelly, of Applied Development Economics (ADE): built environment, natural environment, and green business operations. ADE, a Sacramento-based economic development firm, facilitated a series of meetings at Tahoe this summer to develop the Lake Tahoe Basin Prosperity Plan with a consortium of representatives from private and public sectors. Built environment means retrofitting existing homes, offices, hotels, and government buildings, thus creating jobs and helping contractors and trades people, Kelly said. Natural environment: with its population of researchers and scientists, the Lake Tahoe Basin could become a center for environmental research and development. Green business operations: businesses that provide services relating to composting and recycling stand to grow in the near future. For details, visit the Sierra Sun newspaper click here and click here.

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ECO:LOGIC Engineering of Rocklin to be Acquired by Stantec

 

Rocklin consulting engineering firm ECO:LOGIC Engineering is being acquired by Stantec Inc., a professional services company and a leading firm in the design and consulting industry. Stantec has signed a letter of intent to acquire the 15-year-old engineering firm, which has about 100 employees in six offices, including shops in Reno and Stockton. ECO:LOGIC serves the water resources market. It specializes in the planning, permitting, design, construction management, and operations of water and wastewater facilities in Northern California and Nevada. Stantec, based in Alberta, Canada, has 130 offices throughout North America. For details, visit Sacramento Business Journal at click here or ECO:LOGIC at click here.

  
Auburn Symphony
 
Auburn Symphony Season Promises Razzle Dazzle, Romance 

Symphony in the Park, a free family concert, opens Auburn Symphony's rousing new season. On Saturday, September 18, 6 p.m., at Auburn School Park Preserve, the symphony will perform classical and popular favorites including Sibelius' Finlandia and the Sleeping Beauty Waltz. The season's first major concert, at Placer High Auditorium, October 23 (7:30 p.m.) and October 24 (3 p.m.) features Rachmaninov's passionate Symphony No. 2, and renowned soloist Michelle Xiao You performing Violin Concerto No. 2 by Polish composer Henryk Weiniawski. That work is described as "one of the most beautiful and spectacular of all Romantic concertos." The concert is preceded by a Maestro Presentation, "Rachmaninov Last of the Great Romantics," by Auburn Symphony conductor Michael Goodwin, Saturday, October 16, 7 p.m., at Auburn's Birdsall Mansion. For details on Auburn Symphony's full 2010-11 season and ticket information, click here.

Homewood Resort Owners Buy West Shore Cafe 

After closing in the summer of 2009, the popular West Shore Café is soon to reopen, this time under the ownership of Homewood Mountain Resort's JMA Ventures. JMA, which is proposing an expansion to nearby Homewood Mountain Resort, announced the acquisition in August. The West Shore Café purchase, a lakefront inn and café adjacent to the resort, was hailed by Art Chapman, JMA Ventures chairman, as a purchase that will stimulate Lake Tahoe's economy and also reflect the company's commitment to revitalizing the West Shore. The café is the fourth property acquired by JMA Ventures in the North Lake Tahoe region. For details visit Sierra Sun newspaper click here.

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Food & Wine is Focus of 8th Annual Festival
 

Twenty-five wineries and 25 restaurants from in and around Placer County pair up to showcase their finest vino and edibles at the 8th Annual Wine & Food Festival, held in Downtown and Old Town Auburn, Saturday, October 9. Check-in begins at 11 a.m. in Central Square. Pourings will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., and wine sales from 1 to 6 p.m. Visitors can stroll between venues or hop on a free shuttle bus. Wine & food tickets are $35 per person; tickets go up to $45 on October 1. Designated driver, food only tickets are $20 per person. To buy tickets and view a complete list of participating wineries, restaurants, venues, and sponsors, visit Auburn Wine & Food at click here.

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Push for E-Health Records Helps Rocklin Firm

A small business in Rocklin has boosted its work force since doubling its sales territory to 10 states in December. Alliance Healthcare Solutions Inc. has sold management and billing systems to independent doctors in small offices in the region for more than 25 years. The privately owned company is becoming a national player thanks to growing national interest in - and federal backing for - electronic medical records. The federal Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 provides $19 billion over four years to help providers shift from paper charts to automated records. It includes incentive payments to those who can prove they use electronic medical information in a meaningful way. Alliance focuses on the sale, installation, and support of a practice management and electronic medical record system developed by GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Co. For details visit the Sacramento Business Journal at click here or Alliance Healthcare Solutions Inc. at click here.

Community 1st Bank 
 
Community 1st Bank to Merge Auburn Branches

Community 1st Bank is consolidating its two Auburn branches into the Downtown headquarters this fall, with plans to close the Kemper Road offices in late November. The North Auburn branch's six employees will be absorbed into the larger offices on Lincoln Way, said CEO Mark Lund. Target date for the move is Nov. 22, and the transition for customers will be seamless, Lund said. There will be no change in account numbers, and safe deposit boxes will be relocated Downtown. The bank keeps an active profile in the community and has signed on as the signature sponsor for the Auburn Community Golf Classic, September 17, with proceeds to be shared between Auburn Chamber of Commerce and Auburn Symphony. For details, visit the Auburn Journal click here  or 1st Community Bank at click here.  For details about Auburn Community Golf Classic, click here.

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