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May-June 2013
In This Issue
Feats of Clay Returns as America's Clayfest
Regional Wines Featured at Summer...'Friday Night Flights'
Toyota Joins Big Wake Weekend as Presenting Sponsor
Community Wellness Mini-Grants Available
Meet Your Merchant: Steve Schmier's Jewelry, Tahoe City
Telefunken No More: Company Changes Name to TSI Semiconductors
Placer New Home Sales are Hot
Tech Veterans Launch Social Messaging Company
JS Contracting Services Moves to Larger site in Rocklin
New Aquaponics Combines Two High-Yield, No-Waste Farming Techniques
Squaw Valley and IRONMAN Announce Multi-Year Sponsorship
Historic Cal Neva Resort Has New Owner
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America's Clayfest          

Feats of Clay Returns as America's Clayfest

America's ClayFest is the new incarnation of Feats of Clay, the juried international ceramic art show that was held inside the honeycomb kilns of the Gladding McBean factory in Lincoln for 24 years. Feats of Clay wasn't held last year because its nonprofit organizing group, Lincoln Arts, went out of business. This year a new group called Art League of Lincoln is launching America's ClayFest to carry on the tradition. More than 340 pieces were submitted to Art League for this year's show, of which 70 pieces were selected for the show by juror Richard Shaw, a ceramic artist and professor at UC Berkeley. The new show will be held in a new location, at Blue Line Gallery in Roseville. The show runs May 10 through June 1. For details, visit the Sacramento Business Journal at click here or Blue Line Gallery at click here

Placer County Vintner's Association   sierra vitners

Regional Wines Featured at Summer 'Friday Night Flights'

 

 

Every Friday evening, 5 to 7 p.m., May 25 through mid-September, Placer County Wine Trail and Sierra Vintners will be hosting complementary wine tasting at the Auburn Holiday Inn. The 15 participating wineries, a different one each Friday, invite guests to sip wines in the inn's courtyard and enjoy local music and art. The Holiday Inn has partnered with the wineries to host these free summer evenings. Wine purchases will be available at each event. The Placer County Wine Trail is a series of small family-run boutique wineries that preserve the historic winemaking legacy of the foothills. Sierra Vintners, based in Nevada County, works to build awareness of the region as a premium wine region. For a wine tasting schedule by winery, contact the Auburn Holiday Inn at (530) 887-8787 or tcaufield@reneson.com. For details about Sierra Vintners, click here. For details about Placer County Wine Trail, click here

Big Wake Weekend 

Toyota Joins Big Wake Weekend as Presenting Sponsor

 

Toyota (Northern California Dealers Auto Association) has signed on as presenting sponsor for Big Wake Weekend, on Folsom Lake May 31 - June 2. Big Wake features the 200-mph H1 Unlimited Hydroplane race series, run by the world's fastest boats manned by the biggest names in H1 Unlimited racing. Another Big Wake highlight is the Hyperlight Experience, demonstrations and exhibitions of wakeboarding. The three-day water sports event also includes American Power Boat Association-sanctioned races, beer gardens, food and souvenir concessions, and midway entertainment. "We are thrilled to partner with Toyota," said promoter Bob Richards, "in creating a signature event that brings the region into the forefront of H1 racing and celebrating the beach lifestyle associated with this premier series." Tickets are on sale starting at $39 per day (discounts online and for 3-day packages. For tickets and information, click here.

community wellness grant          

Community Wellness Mini-Grants Available

Placer Community Foundation is currently accepting proposals to learn how the community is helping to keep people well - whether through family, friends, churches, or community groups - and to provide funding for these networks through its Community Wellness Mini-Grant Program. Grant applications must address un-served or underserved people residing along the western slope of Placer County. Examples of projects or programs that can qualify for grants include book clubs, neighborhood centers, parenting groups, civic or cultural organizations, exercise or relaxation activities, creative/ expressive activities, and faith-based/spiritual activities. A workshop to explain guidelines and application for this program will be held Wednesday, May 15 at the Placer County Library's Beecher Room in Auburn. To register, call (530) 885-4920. For details about this grant opportunity, visit Placer Community Foundation at click here.

Steve Schmier Jewelry         

Meet Your Merchant: Steve Schmier's Jewelry, Tahoe City

"Til I die, this is my hobby," said Michael Grant, owner of Steve Schmier's Jewelry, in Tahoe City. "That's the truth - this is entertaining." Grant learned his craft as a jewelry store apprentice, came to Tahoe City 30 years ago, and bought Schmier's Jewelry. "Custom work is the backbone of our business and what sustains us, Grant said. "I'm in a luxury business. Since the recession...we've been affected pretty good." To compete, Grant offers unparalleled customer service, he said. "We've served three generations of people - granddaughters resetting their grandmothers' rings, old stones being reused and passed down through generations." Sue Moule, a long-time client of Grant's, said, "He's able to see what's beautiful and make something work. If you have a design in our head, he can incorporate and make it work for you." For details, visit the Tahoe Daily Tribune click here or Steve Schmier's Jewelry click here.

      

Telefunken No More: Company Changes Name to TSI Semiconductors

The company known as Telefunken Semiconductors America LLC changed its name to TSI Semiconductors LLC and has seated a new management team. The headquarters will be in Roseville, on the campus of the company's chip fabrication plant, which is also ramping up a new semiconductor chip fabrication line. The new CEO is Sagar Pushpala, who worked most recently with the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Khosla Ventures. TSI's Technology Development & Commercialization Services operates out of the Roseville plant. It provides other companies' workers access to lab facilities to build custom chip lines. TSI can make chips for other companies or assist other companies in designing and building their own chips. The Roseville plant will allow Silicon Valley companies to keep their technology development on-shore and also allow them to scale up production, Pushpala said. For details visit the Sacramento Business Journal click here or TSI Semiconductors click here.

Northstate BIA      

Placer New Home Sales are Hot

 

Western Placer County, one of the more consistently desirable markets in the region, had the greatest number of new home sales in March, according to figures compiled by the North State Building Industry Association. More than a third, 38 percent to be exact, of all new homes sold in March were in the Roseville/Rocklin/Lincoln/Granite Bay corridor - that is, 87 homes. Second in home sales was Vineyard/South Sacramento, which includes Elk Grove. Of the new homes sold, 30 percent were priced between $251,000 and $300,000; another 24 percent sold for between $301,000 and $350,000. More than four-fifths of all homes sold for $400,000 or less. New home sales, 231 in all, were also the highest for any March since 2008. For details, visit the Sacramento Business Journal click here or the North State Building Industry Association click here.

Kamere      

Tech Veterans Launch Social Messaging Company

Local technology veterans have launched Kamere Inc., a social networking company that will let users send inspirational messages across multiple platforms. Founders are Kim Box, a Hewlett-Packard Co. vice president and John Kunhart, managing director of venture capital fund American River Ventures and a cofounder of the Sacramento Angels. Kamere, based in Granite Bay, has raised seed money and will seek to raise $1 million to fully launch its technology later this year. Kamere, the founders say, will use cloud computing and applications to let people send personalized meaningful content. It will also help people find and share inspiration. Kamere is set up as a profit-making company, but it will benefit nonprofit organizations, Kunhart said. He noted that Kamere is an inspirational but not a religious platform. The company has 10 employees. For details, visit the Sacramento Business Journal click here or the Sacramento Bee click here.

JS Contracting Logo         

JS Contracting Services Moves to Larger site in Rocklin

A contractor in Loomis is headed for new digs in Rocklin. JS Contracting Services has submitted a tenant-improvement project to the city of Rocklin for a 20,000-square-foot building on 1.5 acres. A general contractor for commercial projects, the company will be moving to 4041 Alvis Court. The company's president told Rocklin city officials that JS Contracting had outgrown its Loomis space. Established in 1988, JS Contracting has 45 employees and does $6.1 million in annual sales, according to Hoovers Inc., a business research company. For details visit the Sacramento Business Journal click here or JS Contracting click here.

New Stream      

New Aquaponics Combines Two High-Yield, No-Waste Farming Techniques

"I wanted to start a reputable business that would be responsible with its profits and be able to educate and benefit others," said Tim Pinson, who established New Streams Aquaponics in November of 2012. "My biggest challenge has been creating a demographic for this grow method." The method is combining aquaculture (raising aquatic animals) with "ponics," or hydroculture, in which plants are cultivated using nutrient rich water. "When they are done together, there is no waste and there is a high yield of both plants and fish," Pinson said "The fish feed the plants, and the plants filter the water for the fish." New Streams offers several products and services: a new product called the LittlePonics Garden, a small system than can fit into any small space; custom aquaponics garden building services, and aquaponics consulting. "Aquaponics is a truly revolutionary growing technology and is very simple for the average home owner to maintain," Pinson said. "It is incredibly efficient with the user's time, money, space, and gives high yields of growth for virtually any plant, from beautiful flowers to summer squash. It makes it easy to grow healthful, organic foods. I want to use a portion of the profits from the business to build systems for individuals, families and communities in need all over the world. For details and videos, click here.

Squaw Valley Logo  Ironman

Squaw Valley and IRONMAN Announce Multi-Year Sponsorship

Squaw Valley has been named the official training destination of IRONMAN for the Western United States, the resort announced in April. As the training destination, Squaw Valley will host official IRONMAN training weekends throughout the summer months. During the IRONMAN Lake Tahoe competition on September 22 this year, Squaw Valley will be a transition stop between the bike course from Kings Beach and the run starting from The Village at Squaw Valley to Homewood and back. That event is expected to include more than 2,500 athletes. "We are excited to enter into this sponsorship agreement with Squaw Valley as they will be able to offer our IRONMAN community a terrific training experience," said Andrew Messick, CEO for World Triathlon Corp. For details visit Squaw Valley click here or IRONMAN Lake Tahoe click here.

Cal Neva     

Historic Cal Neva Resort Has New Owner

The historic Cal Neva Resort, Spa & Casino has a new ownership group that is mulling preliminary plans to redevelop the famed property, a source representing the property said in late April. Criswell-Radovan, a Napa Valley-based real estate development and management firm, recently became controlling partner of the property that straddles the Nevada/California state line at Lake Tahoe, said resort spokeswoman Lee Weber Koch. "The preliminary vision at this time is to preserve the distinctive history and appropriately position the Cal Neva to mirror the beauty of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra," said Koch. Originally built in 1926, the Cal Neva includes 219 rooms and cottages, restaurants, a spa, and open space featuring views of the lake. The property also includes a 350-seat show room, 16,000 square feet of meeting space, and a lounge. For details, visit the Tahoe Daily Tribune 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 Website. For past In Progress Online newsletters, go to Placer County Biz News