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Walnut Creek Manufacturer Protects Roofs and Promotes Solar Energy

Since 2006 Quick Mount PV has designed, engineered, fabricated and sold waterproof solar roof mounting systems for the photovoltaic (PV) electric and solar water heating markets.  They routinely partner with companies working in solar, roofing and electricity. 

A decade ago, there was a need in the burgeoning PV industry to avoid repeating the mistakes of the solar thermal boom of the seventies, namely, not properly flashing and waterproofing the dozens of roof penetrations needed to attach a solar array. Quick Mount PV was created to fill this niche, and they hold the patent rights to a unique mounting system.  Today the company employs 72 employees and continues to grow.

Quick Mount learned about the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan program through US Bank and TMC Financing.  The SBA created the 504 loan program to provide financing for successful, growing small and medium-sized businesses. Loan proceeds can be used to purchase, renovate or... Read More

San Francisco Chef Creates Business that Offers Interactive Culinary Events that Educate and Entertain

Founded on the concept that nothing brings people together better than cooking, Parties That Cook offers classic hands on cooking parties for private celebrations as well as specialized events designed for corporate team building, client entertainment and employee appreciation.

Parties That Cook Founder and CEO Bibby Gignilliat left a successful career in marketing for Williams Sonoma, to follow her culinary dream and founded her first hands-on cooking party company Gourmet Gatherings in 1999. With the company's portfolio of Fortune 500 clients growing in leaps and bounds, Gignilliat decided to refine her initial concept. In 2006 Gignilliat created her new company Parties That Cook to better serve her expanding corporate base.

A group cooking class hosted by Parties That Cook encourages teamwork and collaboration. “Our events inspire guests to connect with each other, build camaraderie and gain confidence in the kitchen,” the award winning Gignilliat observed. Parties... Read More

Humboldt Bakery finds high demand for artisan, gluten-free and allergy friendly pies

     With plans to expand throughout California, Oregon, and Washington, Natural Decadence is poised to take advantage of the high demand for delicious, artisan pies that are gluten-free and allergy friendly.

     Undaunted but realistic, Lando offered the following observation and encouragement to other aspiring entrepreneurs: “It takes ten times as much money, ten times as much time, ten times as many people than you would have ever imagined. But if you have the passion – starting and running your own business is the greatest reward imaginable!” It all started with two lifelong friends who were touched by food allergies at the same time. Rosa May Dixon's personal story of having a young child with celiac disease is similar to the countless moms she meets running a gluten-free business. Her young daughter, Solea, was constantly sick, vomiting on average 17 times a day and measuring in the 1 percentile for her age and weight. After several misdiagnoses, a doctor confirmed... Read More

Sustainable Chicken products find success in Santa Rosa and beyond

     Jennifer Johnson and Serafina Palandech created Hip Chick Farms as a natural extension of their love of food, family and their desire to provide family-friendly solutions for lunch and dinner.

     Johnson is the Chef and Chief Operations Officer for Hip Chick Farms.  She has a real passion for cooking and is a perfectionist in the kitchen. Johnson has worked with great chefs, such as Alice Waters at Chez Panisse. For the last ten years, Johnson has served as the Executive Private Chef for Ann and Gordon Getty. When Mrs. Getty started a Montessori school in her home, Johnson’s role expanded to cooking a family style lunch for 25 children every day.  The kids in the school loved her food, and when they went home at night, they would ask their moms for Chef Jen’s chicken fingers.  The moms in turn started asking Jen for her products.

     Palandech, the President for Hip Chick Farms works closely with Sonoma County farmers to support the local economy and ensure... Read More

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