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Cabana Dave's, Livermore

“Bay Area catering co. achieves massive growth”

Cabana Dave’s is an off site catering company based in Livermore, CA. What started out as a “hole-in-the-wall” restaurant has evolved into an award winning catering company – nationally published in Martha Stewart Weddings, and featured on Eye on the Bay. They are referred by many local wineries and event centers, and loved by an ever growing family of loyal customers. Cabana Dave’s has earned a reputation for having extraordinary cuisine, impeccable planning and a wide range of services to accommodate most every catering need. Their formula for success has been to infuse a personal, friendly experience with a professional, creative and hardworking ethic.

Angelos Chiropractic, Oakland

“Bay Area chiropractor successfully launches practice”

As a recently minted Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, Christina Angelos is confident professional whose growing practice will touch the health of thousands of patients over the coming years. With a winning smile, and a chance attendance at a free Alameda SBDC seminar, Dr. Angelos now has her own practice, with her office located on “Pill Hill” at 353 30th Street in Oakland, CA.

Hindquarter Bar & Grille, Santa Cruz

Celebrating 25 years in Santa Cruz, the Hindquarter Bar and Grille is one of the most popular steakhouses in the County, specializing in house smoked pork chops, perfectly grilled choice sirloins, slow roasted prime rib, juicy Angus New York strips, hickory smoked Chicago baby back ribs, fresh local seafood, and much more! HQ is located on Soquel Avenue and offers a warm and inviting environment with a patio to enjoy with family and friends. Current owners Chef Sam Yanez, Bar Manager Mark Urban, and Floor Manager Laurie Stephens purchased the restaurant in 2013 from the founding owners. Congratulations on your thriving business!

Riverbed Yoga, Guerneville

Riverbed Yoga is a small yoga studio located in the resort town of Guerneville, CA (population 5,000). Owner Joan Hawley McClain’s passion is making yoga accessible to everyone and she strives to provide a welcoming environment to enhance both the yoga and community.

Riverbed Yoga offers instruction for the beginner to advanced level student. Specialized private lessons are targeted to couples who want to connect through breath and movement or individuals with chronic health issues who need a session tailored to specific needs.

Treats for Chickens, Cotati

Treats for Chickens hatched in 2009 in West Petaluma, CA.

Those who knew Dawn thought she had simply lost her mind. She gracefully gave notice to her employer of an agency in the federal government in San Francisco to make treats for backyard pet chickens. She traded in her heels, water cooler humor and 9-5 for mud boots, for chicken manure and the greatest tasting eggs this side of the Mississippi.

Napa School of Music, Napa

The Napa School of Music is a private music school owned by Peter & Victoria Sykes which opened in 2005. All styles of music are taught, including classical, rock, jazz, flamenco, pop and metal.  Instruction is offered on accordion, bass, cello, clarinet, drums, flute, guitar, harmonica, keyboards, piano, saxophone, steel guitar, trombone, tuba, ukulele, upright bass, viola, violin, and voice. Music programs include: Garage Band 101 for kids and adults, Rhythm, Melody & Harmony: a music foundation class for K-2 and Songwriting 101.

West Accounting Services, Napa

After analyzing the needs of small and mid-sized companies, Lisa realized that few business owners were taking time to understand and to properly create their financial statements. Lisa developed West Accounting Services with the goal of providing the much-needed service of education and financial records development and management. The company provides full bookkeeping service, payroll, financial analysis, and consulting for small to mid-size companies in the greater Napa and surrounding counties. Lisa provides a unique service by working in the client’s office; no need for the business owner to lose work time. And Lisa is on-site to ask and answer important questions.

Elite Caregivers, North Coast

Elite Caregivers provides in-home non-medical caregiving services to seniors and adults in Humboldt, Del Norte, and Shasta counties, using a “whole person” approach. Their services foster an improved quality of life and empower their clients to live in the privacy of their own home. They believe the clients’ safety and well-being is their highest priority — they want to know their customers’ needs: medical, non-medical, social, and psychological. Elite works closely with the client, their family, and physician to develop a personalized plan of care, reviewing and updating the plan as needs change.

Windy Point Fence, Humboldt County

Windy Point Fence is a contractor in Humboldt County specializing in fences.

Kathryn Stotler, Eureka

“Common items of refuse are the focal point of my collage / assemblages, a compelling format for artistic exploration and evolution for me. I feel driven to explore the visual secrets of scavenged objects, discarded household fabrics, and materials we commonly discard. I am continually fascinated by the visual qualities that this mix of objects and materials brings to abstract imagery. The materials speak to me in different ways so the work is continually evolving and what you see today may be very different from what you see a month from now. So please stay tuned, this is all a work in progress. Most of the cloth in these works has been woven, dyed, painted, and stiffened. All of papers have been painted, stripped, folded and intermixed with cloth. Metal, rubber, and plastic have been scavenged, cleaned, oxidized, and painted or coated. The paints are unwanted house colors, watercolors, fabrics paints, and cold water dyes. Only the frames are new.”