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Strictly Business: News from in and around Sonoma, April 20

‘Gateway’ space for sale: 18971 Sonoma Highway, the current home of H&R Block, is for sale for $1.3 million. The stand-alone commercial building is described in its listing as having 22,000 vehicles pass by daily. The building is 2,100 square feet on a quarter acre lot. Contact Jeffrey Lokey of Pacific Union.

Oak Hill opening: The Red Barn Store at Oak Hill Farm will re-open for the season on Saturday, April 28. The store sells farm-fresh produce, flowers, wreaths, and more. It will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 15101 Sonoma Highway in Glen Ellen. Oak Hill Farm is a Sonoma Land Trust protected property that has been using sustainable, chemical-free growing practices for more than 55 years. oakhillfarm.net.

Rotary honors: JJ Abodeely has received a Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary International for his helping launch the SonomaStrong.org fundraising site during the Sonoma fires.

Strategic Plan: Each year Sonoma Valley Hospital updates its three-year rolling strategic plan and this year the hospital is asking for community feedback. The board will hold a special meeting on April 26, at 5 p.m. the hospital to hear comments. View the plan at tinyurl.com/y86lejxv.

LocalFest: The Chamber of Commerce opens its Local Fest event to the public each year to introduce new businesses to the community. Local Fest is at Ramekins from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26. No rsvp needed. Volunteer Sonoma will also be provide information on ways to get involved locally.

Visitors guide: The new 2018 Sonoma Valley Visitors Guide is fresh off the press and a virtual version is online at sonomavalley.com.

Job hunters: SRJC will host its 2018 Career Expo on Wednesday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students, alumni, and adult job-seekers are encouraged to attend. More than 50 businesses will participate. careerdevelopmentservices.santarosa.edu.

Hiring: The Community Center is hiring a full-time creative projects manager for its fiber arts program. The job description is at tinyurl.com/ydbxfv8l. Send letters of interest and resumes to John Gurney, executive director at johng@sonomacommunitycenter.org.

Custom work: Neill King ran Sonoma’s Wine Hardware store for 10 years and although it has now moved entirely online, King is still designing and building custom wine cellar projects under the name Sonoma Custom Wine Cellars. sonomacustomwinecellars@gmail.com.

Awards: At the recent California State Fair in Sacramento, Imagery Estate Winery was named Golden State Winery of the Year. The CA State Fair is the oldest wine competition in the country. This year, 2,705 wines from 691 wine companies competed.

Tastemaker: Congratulations to Abbot’s Passage vintner Katie Bundschu who was featured by SWAAY.com as one of 33 female tastemakers shaping the future of culinary arts. The article highlights pioneers in the food and beverage world.

Permit Sonoma: Sonoma County’s Permit Center now lets customers schedule appointments online, check wait times and get in line remotely. The Center currently serves more than 100 people a day. 2550 Ventura Ave. in Santa Rosa. sonomacounty.ca.gov/PRMD/Services/Get-In-Line/

Anniversary: Green Dream Tours turns 10 this year. The San Francisco-based company offers tourists a green way to enjoy Wine Country. Its trips are 100 percent carbon neutral and include visits to sustainable, boutique wineries. greendreamtours.com/sonoma/.

Awards: The Olive Press earned two gold medals and four others at the California State Fair Olive Oil Competition in Sacramento. Olive oil is becoming one of the state’s fastest growing agriculture industries, and the event showcases the state’s best oils. The Olive Press was one of the first commercial olive oil makers in the U.S. theolivepress.com

Email business news to lorna.sheridan@sonomanews.com.