Strictly Business: News from around the Valley, Feb. 2

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Cycle news: Wine Country Cyclery at 262 W. Napa St. has hired Brenna Sahs, formerly of Sonoma Valley Cyclery, as its new retail manager. According to owner Jeff Montague, Sahs brings a wealth of knowledge about bikes, accessories and apparel, and she excels in customer service. Sonoma Valley Cyclery on Broadway closed late last year. 262 W. Napa St.

Holsteins: The California Dairy Holstein Association held its sold-out, annual three-day convention at MacArthur Place in January. Its guest speaker was three-time World Series Champion and World Series MVP, Oakland A’s great Dave Stewart.

Stompers are hiring: Ever wanted to broadcast for a professional baseball team? The Stompers are looking for you. More info at They are also holding team tryouts. Visit

Business survey: Last year when the Sonoma Chamber surveyed its members if found the biggest challenges facing Sonoma Valley businesses were:

1. Ability to attract and retain staff;

2. Rising costs, including increasing lease rates for commercial space; and

3. Customer/client acquisition.

What will local businesses say this year? If you are the owner or manager of a business in Sonoma Valley, take the survey at

Save the date: LocalFest Sonoma Valley is a great opportunity for businesses that opened in 2017 to meet the community. It is open to the public with free admission. The deadline to register your business is March 1. The event is set for 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 at Ramekins. The event is put on by the Chamber of Commerce. Visit or call 996-1033 or

Signature SV: Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance announced that the second annual Signature Sonoma Valley will take place April 6 to 8. The event “will highlight Sonoma Valley’s world-class wines, iconic vineyards, heritage, legacy, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the next generation of winemakers and winegrowers.” Learn more at

Board members wanted: Sonoma Valley Community Health Clinic is seeking Latino/Latina board applicants. Applicants can be bilingual, speak English only or Spanish only. Interpreters available if needed. Call 939-6070 or email with questions.

Job Fairs: There are four free upcoming job fairs hosted by Sonoma County Job Link and the Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The first fair is Feb. 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a theme of “New Careers for Workers Over 40.” Applications for employers who wish to participate are being accepted now for all the 2018 fairs. There is no cost to have a table, wi-fi and space to set up recruitment materials. All fairs will be held at 2227 Capricorn Way, Ste. 100 in Santa Rosa. Visit for more information.

Sonoma County Office of Education is also hosting a job fair for positions in Sonoma Valley and a dozen other school districts. Save the date of Saturday, March 3 (9 a.m. to noon) at 5340 Skylane Blvd. in Santa Rosa. Learn more at

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa Career Fair is from noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the Sonoma Valley Room, 100 Boyes Blvd. The hotel and spa is hiring for front office, culinary, food and beverage, housekeeping, seasonal positions and more.

Hiring: Sonoma County Tourism is seeking an experienced vice president of sales to help bolster the success of partner properties and lead the overall destination sales efforts.

Free concerts: Clover Sonoma has become the naming sponsor for two community music education programs by the Santa Rosa Symphony. Six free, interactive performances will reach 7,700 students and teachers per year and feature the Symphony’s professional orchestra or youth orchestras at the Green Music Center. The first free concert is Feb. 8.

Donation: In November and December, In-Shape Health Clubs hosted a statewide fundraiser to benefit the victims of the North Bay fires. The company presented the Community Foundation of Sonoma County with a check for $5,000 (and one for the same amount to the Napa Valley Community Foundation) last week. The club sold “Attitude of Gratitude” shirts at all 70 clubs and donated 20 percent of the sale from each shirt. The company had ten In-Shape team members directly affected by the fires; to support the community, it opened its Napa club to firefighters, first responders and local high school athletes. Sonoma Valley resident Francesca Schuler is Chief Operating Officer of the chain.

Ad rep wanted: Sonoma Media Investments is looking to hire a new advertising sales rep to work out of the Sonoma Index-Tribune office. Submit a cover letter and resume to State the position you are applying for in the subject line.

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