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Marquee Salon, Oakland

BACKGROUND
Marquee Salon is a collection of experienced, independent hairstylists in Oakland, California founded by Ocean Edgar, Jenny Lund and Dannielle Pimm. They are to be the first high end hair salon in the up and coming Temescal District.

ECOlunchboxes, San Rafael

BACKGROUND
ECOlunchbox has developed a back-to-basics lunchware product line hewn from traditional reusable materials: stainless steel and cotton. It’s completely free of waste and saves families hundreds of dollars.

ECOlunchbox is currently selling wholesale direct to national chain retailers, such as Whole Foods and The Container Store; through established natural products distributors, such as Down to Earth Distributors, Frontier Natural Products, Lotus Light Distributors and Honest Green Distributors; and direct to independently owned natural groceries, co-ops, boutiques. We also sell directly to end users through our online store.

Out of Sight Cases, Benicia

BACKGROUND
Mary has invented diabetic cases that can be worn discreetly on the body. She came up with this idea because she noticed many students, mainly males, who were not taking care of their diabetic testing and insulin shots because they did not want to carry their supplies or let anyone know they are diabetic.

Nana & Company Children's Resale Boutique, Dixon

BACKGROUND
Debra Dingman is a Certified Childbirth Educator/Bradley Doula and started writing her business plan to open a new and gently used clothing and gear for children and mother-to-be store in downtown Dixon. She previously owned a similar store in Davis for approximately 23 years which gives her great insight into this industry. The owner of a cake decorating business was moving to the space next door and also happened to be the building’s owner and thus offered Debra a great rent.

HiQ Solar, Palo Alto

BACKGROUND
HiQ Solar, Inc. is dedicated to innovation in the area of solar power and renewable energy.

Founded in 2009, the company draws on decades of industry experience in high-tech, with a veteran team from the precision communications test and measurement field. With a successful track record of bringing leading-edge products to market, we use a systematic approach to reliability and user-focused design.

Estate Documents Organizer, Sonoma

BACKGROUND
The Estate Documents Organizer records book is an A-Z system of topics to organize and manage important records and documents. The book contains tips, tabs and forms and covers family, financial, medical, legal, passwords, and pet information, among other topics. It is designed to assist families and professionals to create order and peace of mind for the expected and unexpected event in life. It is based on the system designed to manage my widowed mother’s affairs for 20 years… and the concept of emergency preparedness for documents.

Way Latino, San Francisco

BACKGROUND
Way Latino provides an online community space for Spanish language speakers and those who are interested in food, events and nightlife in the Latino community. Way Latino also helps small business owners who serve the Latino community access consumers seeking products and services offered in the Latino community. Way Latino also provides consumer information and marketing services for Latino grocers, restaurants and event promoters.

Chasing Lions, San Francisco

BACKGROUND
Chasing Lions Café, owned and founded by Keba Konte is located at the new City College of San Francisco Multiuse Building located on Phelan Avenue. The Chasing Lions Café serves artisan roasted coffee, specialty drinks and serves fresh handmade soup, salads and sandwiches for the campus community in a diverse, creative and inspiring environment. The Multi-Use Building at CCSF has stringent “green” standards, and the use of reclaimed materials is mandatory. Aside from a top of the line, customized La Marzocco espresso machine and a few energy-efficient appliances, everything at the café is reclaimed.

Molinari Caffé, Napa

BACKGROUND
“Local for locals” is the philosophy of Napa’s newest cafe, which opened last week serving Italian sandwiches, pastries, and French-pressed teas and coffees. “I’ve wanted to do this for 15 years,” said Rick Molinari, who spent eight months pulling together details for his cafe. “I guess it’s in my blood.” His parents owned the Rossi Delicatessen; his uncle was a teacher at Napa High School. Molinari traveled through Greece and Italy to get ideas for the cafe. He also brought back Italian espresso machines and cups. For his coffee and tea, Molinari is buying products from John Weaver, a former coffee master with Peet’s Coffee. For his other products, Molinari said he is trying to stick with local providers as much as possible. He opens with breakfast pastries from Sweetie Pies bakery, and Model Bakery is making the breads for the panini he’ll serve during the day.

Teddi Hosman Designs, Napa

BACKGROUND
Teddi Hosman is a successful Napa Valley jewelry artist of high caliber. She worked full time in the corporate world, left that career and followed her passion. She is now a full time artist, using skills and techniques, honed from 20 years as a jewelry artisan. She sells her work online, in galleries, and art festival venues. She also participates in Napa Valley Open Studios.