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Placer County's 
In Progress Online Newsletter

July 2012
In This Issue
Work to Preserve & Restore Old Town Auburn's Medical Museum Continues
Three Placer County Companies Make Sac Biz Journal's List of Fastest-Growing
Placer County Wineries Set Record -- 37 Medals at State Fair Competition
Carnelian Bay Company Bear-proofs Homes
STAR Eco Station Sparkles with Family Events, Activities
Foresthill Celebrates Its Heritage September 1 & 2
A 'Best Place to Work For' Provides Services for Public Works Projects
Students Benefit When High Schools and Sierra College Collaborate
Roseville Real Estate Services Co. Provides Direction at Decision 'Crossroads'
Revionics Buys Price Optimization Company
$5 Million in Conservation Grants Available from Sierra Nevada Conservancy
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Work to Preserve & Restore Old Town Auburn's Medical Museum Continues

The Old Town Auburn's Preservation Society (OTAPS) recently launched a campaign to raise funds for a new roof on the Gold Country Medical History Museum, part of an ongoing effort to preserve the museum building, located in Old Town Auburn. It was the goal of OTAPS' founder Ross A. Carpenter to create an asset for Old Town that would preserve and educate about the area's rich medical history, promote community pride, and enhance area visitation. The new roof will be installed this fall by Bryan Johnson of King Bee Roofing, who is donating a portion of the work. "Our current most important administrative challenge is to find and train a team of volunteer docents to keep the museum open weekends," said Lynn Carpenter, an OTAPS member. "It seems that whenever we enter the museum for some reason, someone notices and wants to come in. People just materialize. It's heartening to know people are so interested. Meanwhile, many groups and individuals make appointments to visit." The medical museum will be a stop on the Heritage Trail, along with 19 other private and public museums in the county, on August 11 & 12. For Medical History Museum and Heritage Trail details, visit our website.

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Three Placer County Companies Make Sac Biz Journal's List of Fastest-Growing

 

"If the Sacramento Business Journal's annual list of fastest-growing companies is any guide," says Sac Biz writer Melanie Turner, "the region is poised for a strong economic comeback." The list ranks 50 companies by the rate at which their revenue grew from 2009 to 2011. Companies on the list include builders, technology companies, medical providers, and financial service companies. They range from tiny to enormous, with annual revenues in 2011 of $505,000 to $1.6 billion and workforces of four to 4,589. Ranked No. 1 on the list is Stuart James Construction, Inc., in Rocklin, visit their website. No. 3 is Icing on the Cupcake LLC, in Rocklin, visit their website. And at No. 8 is Placer Summit Financial Group LLC, in Roseville, visit their website. For details, visit the Sacramento Business Journal click here.

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Placer County Wineries Set Record -- 37 Medals at State Fair Competition

Eight of Placer County's 18 wineries took home 37 awards from the State Fair Wine Competition this year - the highest number of medals to date. More than 70 judges tasted all the wines submitted by 688 participating wineries. Wise Villa won the most medals for Placer County - 13, including three gold, six silver, and four bronze. Other winners were Casque Wines, four silver medals; Ciotti Cellars, one silver and three bronze; Secret Ravine, three silver; Popie Wines, two silver medals. PaZa Vineyard was recognized with two silver medals and one bronze. Fawnridge Winery won one silver and two bronze; and Lone Buffalo went home with four silver awards and one bronze. Placer County medal winners will be among more than 200 wineries pouring their showcase wines at the Grape and Gourmet event at the California State Fairgrounds August 18. For details, click here. Placer County Vintners Association will host Grape Days of Summer, August 4 & 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. - wine tasting, small plates of food, music, and educational experiences at participating wineries. For details and tickets, click here.

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Carnelian Bay Company Bear-proofs Homes

Ryan Welch, founder and owner of Lake Tahoe Bear Busters, has developed a trove of effective bear deterrents - including electric fencing, tree wrapping, electric doormats, portable fencing, and working with Tahoe Bear Box Co. to sell and install bear boxes. Welch also rents his electric doormats (which he developed), offers free home and business evaluations, and does emergency boarding and clean-up after a bear has broken in. "I'll do anything and everything to keep the bear out as long as it's effective and humane," he said. "I don't do things that are going to injure or hurt our bears." Bear Busters has received rave reviews from the homeowners who have had electrical fencing or other deterrents installed. Many customers around North Tahoe have had multiple break-ins, which have stopped thanks to Welch's work. "I believe our bears can be rehabilitated, and eventually they won't associate our houses as food boxes," Welch said. "That's the goal." For details, visit Bear Buster's website or Sierra Sun at click here.

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STAR Eco Station Sparkles with Family Events, Activities

Children's Earth Day, Creepy Crawly Creature Feature, Enchanted Green Hallows Eve, DinoFaire - these are just a few of the family events open to the public at STAR Eco Station Environmental Children's Museum & Exotic Wildlife Rescue Facility, located at 4465 Granite Drive, #700, in Rocklin. Opened in 2006, STAR Eco Station is an international award-winning nonprofit dedicated to a mission of "Preservation through Education." "We offer the most inspiring, interactive and innovative environmental science programs in Northern California," said Kim Borum, a coordinator at STAR. "All events include educational activities, art and science projects, and a tour of the rescue facility with the opportunity to meet the more than 100 exotic rescue animals in residence." STAR also does outreach to schools and communities and offers spring, winter, and summer camps, corporate and private events, and children's birthday parties led by Eco Station naturalists. For details, visit STAR Eco Station's website.

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Foresthill Celebrates Its Heritage September 1 & 2   

 

Foresthill invites all comers to one of its annual "Big Events," the 2012 Heritage Festival, September 1 & 2, celebrating the area's rich heritage of gold mining and lumber every Labor Day Weekend. This popular family event features the National Gold Panning Championships, International Chili Society & Community Chili Cook-offs, and the California State Lumber Jack and Jill Championships. Held at the LeRoy Botts Memorial Park, the festival includes hands-on gold panning instruction, food and craft vendors, business and information booths, old-time costume judging, pancake breakfasts both days, early California historical displays, demonstrations, Old Town walking tours, and kids' games and activities. The festival is sponsored by the Foothill Chamber of Commerce, that works to "Keep Business Alive on the Divide" by encouraging support of local businesses. For Heritage Festival details and slide show visit the Foresthill Chamber of Commerce at Chamber website.

Blackburn Consulting 

A 'Best Place to Work For' Provides Services for Public Works Projects

Named by a top management services firm, Zweig White, as one of the nation's top 50 "Best Places to Work For," Blackburn Consulting (BCI), based in Auburn's Creekside Business Park, specializes in public works projects - performing services in design, geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering, forensics, and construction. BCI representatives work closely with counties, cities, and water agencies, special districts, air boards, Caltrans, and many other state entities. Tom and Grace Blackburn founded Blackburn Consulting (BCI) in 1998. Since then, seven others have joined the ownership team. "We hire great professionals and treat them with dignity and respect," said Tom. "We support them with the resources they need to provide excellent services to our clients." The company is growing. It also has offices in West Sacramento and Modesto; has hired a mechanical engineer and expanded its forensics practice into vertical construction projects; recently opened an office in Fresno; is on a design/build team for high speed rail in Central Valley; and is evaluating expansion into southern California. "Our strongest attributes," Blackburn said, "are our excellent relationships inside and outside the firm." For details, visit Blackburn Consulting's website.

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Students Benefit When High Schools and Sierra College Collaborate

Participation in an Engineering Support Technology (EST) course at Rocklin High School eventually led student Peter Sushch to an internship at Williams & Paddon, a noted Roseville architectural firm. That internship came about thanks largely to the Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT), which supports the Rocklin High EST program. "Our goal is to encourage educators and business leaders to work together to inspire students, provide technical education, and prepare them for employment," said Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Sierra College CACT director. The program is funded through the Sierra STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) grant provided by California Community College Chancellor's Office. "I am very impressed with what Sierra STEM and Rocklin High School have done for Peter's skill set," said Brian Whitmore, associate principal at Williams + Paddon. For details about the Sierra STEM Community Collaborative, click here.

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Roseville Real Estate Services Co. Provides Direction at Decision 'Crossroads'

Crossroad Ventures Group, a commercial and residential real estate services company, combines 28 years of experience with a "unique platform of specialized services." Crossroad helps clients with buying land or buildings, disposition, tenant representation, or development of new projects. "Valley Commercial Contractors has had the opportunity to work with Jim Esway for the past seven years on various multi-million dollar projects, including shell and tenant improvement construction for office buildings in Roseville," writes Phil Laurer, of Valley Commercial Contractors, in a website testimonial. "Crossroad Ventures Group has been very responsive to our general contracting needs during the course of construction....The group strives to create long-term lasting relationships with their clients by ensuring them the best possible service, knowledge, and experience in the commercial real estate and development industry." In another one of many such testimonials, Rod Thayer, of OMNI Structures & Management, Inc., notes, "Jim Esway and the team at Crossroad Ventures Group...provide the professionalism of a larger firm with the hands-on touch of a small business." Ventures Crossroad Group is located at 107 Center St., Roseville. For details, visit the company's website.

   

Revionics Buys Price Optimization Company

Revionics Inc. recently bought Retail Optimization Inc., based in New Haven, Conn. Roseville-based Revionics develops and sells software as a service that helps retailers manage inventory and set prices. A 2002 startup, Revionics got a big boost in 2006 when it landed $3.2 million in venture funding from Bay Area venture capital firms. That was followed by a $7 million B series round in fall 2007. The company has 100 employees and more than 100 customers, mostly national and regional retailers. Revionics will keep the New Haven office and Retail Optimization employees. Revionics also has offices in Arizona and Texas as well as software developers in India. Revionics technology allows retailers to use their existing checkout systems to track inventory and develop strategies. The Retail Optimization model helps retailers manage inventory at the store and shelf levels, adding another tool to the Revionics package. For details, visit the Sacramento Business Journal click here or Revionics' website.

Sierra Nevada Conservancy  

$5 Million in Conservation Grants Available from Sierra Nevada Conservancy

About $5 million in conservation grants is now available to organizations working with ranchers and farmers in the Sierra Nevada region, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) announced. The grants, funded by Proposition 84, are for projects on "working landscapes" and must provide a public benefit. "Ranching and farming has a rich and important place in the heritage of the Sierra, so preserving that heritage is critical to our future," said SNC executive officer Jim Branham. "If ranchers and farmers need assistance with projects or plans that help conserve or restore land and water resources, we invite them to work with eligible organizations to apply." Eligible applicants include public agencies, qualifying nonprofit organizations whose charitable purposes are consistent with the purposes of SNC, and eligible tribal organizations. For details, visit the Sierra Sun click here or Sierra Nevada Conservancy's website.

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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 Website. For past In Progress Online newsletters, go to Placer County Biz News