Strictly Business: Sonoma Valley business news, Nov. 30

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Decorating contest: Sonoma businesses are invited to enter the Sonoma Storefront Holiday Decorating Contest. The judging of storefront windows will be on Dec. 6 and based on the following criteria: Sonoma spirit, creativity, Valley of Lights theme. Email to participate. Register at: by Monday, Dec. 3.

Body Best name change: While Body Best auto body shop at 19648 Eighth St. E. is now called Car Star Body Best, the shop is still owned by Dino Digiulio. Shop staff said that the hours, pricing and services remain the same but as a franchisee of Car Star, the shop can accept a much wider range of car insurance payments. Body Best continues to be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed on weekends.

Move: Fitness Factory has moved and is preparing new space at 999 W. Spain St. Calls to reach the owner weren’t returned by press time, see next Friday’s Index-Tribune for more details.

Agent move: After 15 years in the Wine Country housing market, Carolina Salmonsen has left Pacific Union and joined Compass, a technology-driven real estate company. The Compass office in Sonoma is located at 25 East Napa St.

Spirit of Sonoma: The 18th annual Spirit of Sonoma awards luncheon Saluting Local Business Leaders is set for 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 14. The luncheon honors those who contribute to the economic development and enhancement of the communities in which they live and work through donations of their time and expertise in support of local business, and in helping others. This year’s local honorees are Holly Bennett for the North Bay Association of Realtors of Sotheby’s International Real Estate and Mara Kahn of Better Homes & Gardens Country Real Estate Group. The event is at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rohnert Park.

Dollars Sense: Sonoma County Winegrowers is hosting its 28th annual Dollars & $ense Seminar & Trade Show on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts at 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa.

Midas: Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch has reached a settlement with the Midas franchises in Petaluma, Napa and Vacaville. Customers of those stores who believe they are victims of unlawful practices may be eligible for restitution for unnecessary, unwarranted, unapproved or negligently performed services. Customers can file a complaint with the Bureau of Automotive Repair at

Office condo for sale: A downtown Sonoma office at 1254 Broadway is for sale for $429,000. The condo is 833 square feet and located near Leveroni Road.

Cannabis charity: The Emerald Cup has launched Emerald Cup Charities, a philanthropic arm of the annual cannabis celebration, which will focus this year on partnering with charities that support people who have been imprisoned due to unjust cannabis-related laws and policies. Freedom Grow will receive a percentage of all Emerald Cup revenue from the 2018 event as a donation from the Cup. The Emerald Cup annual cannabis celebration will take place on Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16. The event is held at Sonoma County Fairgrounds at 1350 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa.

Networking: The Sonoma chapter of the Business Building Network invites entrepreneurs who are looking to grow their business in Sonoma Valley and beyond to join. The local chapter has openings for a financial advisor, CPA, painter, landscaper, handyman, nutritionist and acupuncturist. Meetings are Tuesday mornings at the Vintage House. Register at

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