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Cool Earth Solar, Livermore

Cool Earth Solar (Cool Earth) is an innovative start-up company whose fundamental technology uses an inflatable plastic film to concentrate sunlight onto a photovoltaic (PV) solar cell. With these concentrators, Cool Earth PV cells generate over 1,000 times the electricity of non-concentrated PV cells.

In addition, Cool Earth is developing a complementary technology – a solar meteorological station (met station) that provides highly accurate measurements of solar radiation at a low price point and with minimal maintenance. A network of these inexpensive met stations produces the data required to develop the highly accurate solar generation forecasts needed by utilities, solar operators, and government agencies such as NOAA.

Axiom Mobile Imaging, Silicon Valley

Axiom Mobile Imaging has a passion for serving the most vulnerable of patient populations - seniors and others with limited mobility. We make their lives easier by bringing state of the art diagnostic exams (x-rays, ultrasounds, EKGs, Cardiac Echoes and more) to their homes or bedsides if they can't easily get to a hospital. We build strong networks with treating physicians, post-acute care providers, home health companies and caregivers to help provide the support network required to ease patients gradually back to their homes from an injury or illness that may have led to a hospitalization. In today's challenging environment, we do this as a low cost and low hassle alternative to transporting patients to a hospital, where they may face expensive readmission.

Mani Snacks, Los Gatos

Mani Snacks/PQX Inc. has developed a very popular Brazilian snack food for the US market. The products, Pão de Queijo (pown-deh-kay-zho), are savory rolls made of tapioca starch and cheese, sold frozen, ready to be baked by the consumer.

Founded by a Brazilian native, Mani Snacks is marketing their product to high-end retail food stores such as Whole Foods Market and Draeger’s Market as a tasty and healthy (gluten-free) frozen snack food.

J-Style at Home, Inc., Brisbane

Janina and Cristian Cabrera co-founded J Style at Home Inc. in 2006. The company is located in Brisbane, California and provides interior designing, full custom cabinets manufacturing, re-facing and installation of cabinets. They are renowned for creating the kitchens and baths of their clients’ dreams.

Jamber Wine Pub, San Francisco

When you hear the name Jamber, music may be the first thing that comes to mind. It’s a fair but incorrect guess. Thinking more with the tummy than the brain leads to the ultimate answer. Jamber is an exciting new wine pub in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood that combines local beers and wines on tap with American comfort food. No wine or beer bottles will ever arrive at your table, contributing to Jamber’s sustainable but tasty approach to dining. Carefully selected local favorites are delivered to customers by friendly staff in Mason jars. Menu items including Parmesan & Rosemary Mashed Potater Tots, Meatloaf and Sammies (aka Sandwiches) are inspired by family recipes. Jamber’s environment is comfortable yet casual unlike traditional wine bars. It’s an accessible and affordable addition to San Francisco’s crowded restaurant scene.

The Fitness Coalition, Fairfield

The Fitness Coalition is a personal training center established in January 2012 in the client’s garage. Classes and clients began almost immediately rain or shine. The goal was to expand the business into a larger space and become a CrossFit Affiliate gym. Clients visited many other CrossFit gyms and CrossFit events and sought out advice from successful CrossFit gym owners.

World Class Window Coverings, Brentwood

World Class sells and installs residential shutters, blinds, shades, sunscreens and drapery quality products. They are family owned and Diamond Certified company for the last four years.

Beck's Bakery, Arcata

Beck’s Bakery is a wholesale bread bakery located in Arcata, California. They use locally grown grains in their breads and crackers and grind them fresh in house with a stone mill!

Natural Decadence, Humboldt County

Natural Decadence has created a delicious line of baked goods that are made without gluten, eggs, dairy, or nuts. Some of their products are also made without soy, or corn, because they understand the need for naturally decadent foods that are made without these ingredients.

Rest assured, they research all of their ingredients to ensure that they are processed in a gluten-free facility, so even moms of children with celiac disease can serve their products with confidence!  They produce everything in small batches, ensuring the highest quality artisan baked goods! Everything is made from scratch with the highest quality ingredients that are always organic when possible.

Sheri DeBow, Napa

Sheri DeBow is a sculptor, painter and doll artist, living in the Napa Valley with her husband and five children. Her work is inspired by dreams, books, love for history and general life experiences, good and bad, she explained.

Sheri studied painting and drawing and took sculpture courses at Napa Valley College with Carolyn Broadwell and under the "Mad Scientist" of clay, Micheal Maday. She also attended life-changing workshops under Richard Carter at his professional studio in Napa Valley.