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									216 E. School Street Phone: (707) 795-5508 Email: chamber@cotati.org

P.O. Box 592, Cotati, CA 94931 FAX: (707) 795-5868 Web Site: www.cotati.org

Promoting the Business Interests of Our Community

July 2007

15th Annual Cotati Kids Day Parade & Festival

A Pirate’s Life for Me
Thursdays thru Sept. 13, 2007 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. In La Plaza Park
• • • • • • Fresh Locally-Grown Produce Specialty Foods, Fresh Seafood, BBQ Knife & Tool Sharpening Service Handmade Crafts, Jewelry, Baby Items Live Entertainment Weekly Kids’ Activities-Pony Rides, Bounce House SPECIAL EVENTS IN JULY
July 5 - FREE Ice Cream Social, donated by Cold Stone Creamery Music by Fred McCarthy (country) July 12-Chef Demonstration with Dan Berman of Pacific Market Music by Madera Human (gypsy) July 19-Give blood at Blood Bank of the Redwoods Bloodmobile Music by The Pine Needles (folk) July 26-Jewelry Festival Music by Edgy Meddlers (bluegrass)

Saturday, July 14, 2007 La Plaza Park, Cotati Arr ya ready for some fun?
7-10 am Church of the Oaks Pancake Breakfast Adults $5, kids 12 & under $3 W. Sierra Ave. & Page St. Parade Line Up E. School St. at the Ray Miller Community Center. Individuals & Groups can compete for cash prizes Individuals: Just show up - no registration needed; Groups: Call 765-3939 to get an entry form. Festival in La Plaza Park with MC Fiz-Nik Rick, food, booths, games, prizes, Cotati Chamber of Com merce Diaper Derby, music by The Sea Dogs pirate band, RP Children’s Choir, Black Sheep Belly Dancers & more! Sponsored by the City of Cotati Recreation Department For more info or to volunteer, call the Cotati Events Hotline at 765-3939

9:30 am

10 am 3 pm

Sponsored by the Cotati Chamber of Commerce


Cotati Creek Café
8270 Old Redwood Hwy., Cotati 94931 Phone: (707) 794-9463 Pao Thao Café

Recent Grand Opening Ribbon Cuttings

Andreoli Towing Church of the Oaks Cotati Corner Cotati Family Dentistry Cotati Food Service Cotati Small Animal Hospital Crowe Construction Inc. David J. Fisher, CPA Dos Amigos Restaurant Golden Gate Press Geoff & Amy Fox Golden Gate Press Good To Go Military Surplus Industrial Carting Larsen’s Feed & Pet Supplies Michael’s Harley-Davidson Nicolino’s Italiano Ristorante Janet Orchard Ordinary Miracles Pacific Mini Stor Paychex Porter Street Barbeque Quality Mower & Engine Repair Redwood Credit Union Robert Leys Architects AIA Sonoma Backyard Sonoma State University Spancky’s Bar & Cabaret Stony Point Rock Quarry, Inc. Studio 101 Hair Salon Thelma I. Kirkwood, CPA Wallace~Stevenson~Ryan Waste Management

ABOVE: Sova Gardens on Highway 116 in Sebastopol held their Grand Opening with the Cotati, Sebastopol, and Rohnert Park Chambers. (l to r.) Pam Williams & Teresa Ramondo - Sebastopol Chamber, Sova Gardens owners Paul Koene & Denise Looney, Rick Marraffino - Exchange Bank & Rohnert Park Chamber, Nadine Wolford - Exchange Bank & Cotati Chamber, Linda Tracy - Rohnert Park Chamber, & Suzanne Whipple - Cotati Chamber. BELOW: Cotati Creek Café opens again with new owners. (l. to r.) Gerard Giudice - Sally Tomatoes, Cotati City Manager Dianne Thompson, Vicki Dougan - Sales Promotion, Cynthia Larsen - Safe Haven Realty, Mayor Geoff Fox, owners Pao & Nu Thao, Chamber President Andrew Hutchins - Golden Gate Financial, VP Nadine Wolford - Exchange Bank, and Catharine Bramkamp - Century 21 Classic Properties.

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Thanks to the Cotati Jazz Festival Sponsors, Raffle Donors, Venues & Volunteers!
Starbucks Coffee Co. Andre Morrow, State Farm Insurance Agent Oliver’s Market
Sales Promotion Lloyd & Prue Draper Spancky’s Bar & Cabaret Sally Tomatoes Café Salsa The Tradewinds Cotati Creek Café Cotati Yacht Club & The Galley Redwood Café Ordinary Miracles FedEx Kinko’s Cotati Accordion Festival Stony Point Rock Quarry, Inc. Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies Best Western Inn-Rohnert Park Exchange Bank Oak View of Sonoma Hills Cotati Corner Veris Day Spa Provident Real Estate The Apple Crate Lagunitas Brewing Co. Safe Haven Realty Massage Envy Michael’s Harley-Davidson Cold Stone Creamery Double Decker Lanes Royal Coach Car Wash BlairWorks Carl’s Body Shop Las Guitarras Restaurant Mary Kay - Catharine Bramkamp Mary’s Pizza Shack B.R. Cohn Winery July 2007 Curves for Women Contours Express Sonoma County Regional Parks Larsen’s Feed & Pet Supply Dig Nursery Jan Emerson’s VoiceGarden Thelma Kirkwood, CPA John Allred Vicki Dougan Mario & Karyn Lewin Cynthia Larsen Matt Kramer Gerard Giudice Joyce Tracy Morrow Jaffie Foley Andrew Hutchins Suzanne Whipple Kellan Arnold Mike & Val Stevenson John Moore Marilyn Eskew Archie & Sophie Lewinstein Frank Hayhurst Emily Wiseman Katie Drewieski Gary Lustig Kim Winston Tom Scott Waste Management Hines Signs Cotati Public Works City of Cotati. Page 3

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News Briefs
Free business counseling is available to small businesses located in Cotati, at the Ray Miller Community Center, 216 E. School St. in Cotati. Sponsored in partnership by the Cotati Chamber of Commerce and the City of Cotati, business counselor Cynthia Riggs is provided by the Redwood Empire Small Business Development Center. Cynthia Riggs is a highly regarded business counselor and specialist in business development. She assists small businesses to examine new business opportunities, develop financial or marketing skills, or evaluate any part of their business. The service is provided at no cost to the applicant, and is offered at the community center by appointment. You need not be a Chamber member to use the service, but you must be a business owner and you must have been in business for approximately one year. For more information, or to make a confidential appointment with Cynthia Riggs, contact Suzanne Whipple at the Cotati Chamber of Commerce at (707) 795-5508.

parade ends in La Plaza Park around 11:00 a.m. If you or anyone you know might be able to help, please let Terry know at 792-4600, ext. 640.

Catharine Bramkamp with Century 21 Classic Properties has earned the EcoBroker Certified® designation, having successfully completed a unique and informative training program on the energy and environmental issues that affect real estate transactions. Bramkamp joins the movement of professionals pushing the real estate market toward energy-efficient, sustainable, and healthier design/ features in homes and buildings. The “performance home” movement is getting a boost thanks to this type of high quality real estate professional earning the EcoBroker designation. With national surveys indicating that 80% of consumers consider themselves “green-minded,” real estate professionals with the EcoBroker designation are in a better position to serve the real estate consumer. “I’m always looking for the best ways to offer my clients the best value. My EcoBroker training helps me ensure customer satisfaction, my number one priority,” Bramkamp explains. “From windows to moisture control to energy savings, I now have more resources at my disposal to help my buyers and sellers make better real estate decisions. The EcoBroker designation doesn’t make me an energy and environmental expert, but it allows me to better understand the issues and to convey this understanding to my buyers and sellers.” Catharine Bramkamp can be contacted at (707) 4781855.

Saturday, July 14 is the 15th Annual Kids Day Parade & Festival. Terry Dutra of the Cotati Recreation Dept. is looking for anyone 18+ who might be able to help with street closure. The task starts at City Hall at 8:45 a.m. where you receive your post location info and a nice snack. Then you move to your post, where you stay until you are released by the police. This happens after the

WHEN: Planning Commission Monday, July 16, 2007 7:00 p.m. City Council Wednesday, August 8, 2007 7:00 p.m. (or shortly thereafter) WHERE: Cotati City Hall, Council Chambers 201 West Sierra Avenue

The Planning Commission is scheduled to conduct a public hearing to review Draft Ordinance No. 787 which would establish procedures for permitting, revoking and renewing the license required to operate a medical marijuana dis pensary within the City of Cotati. Changes to the Land Use Code, necessary to implement the draft ordinance, will also be considered. The City Council is scheduled to consider the draft Ordinance and Land Use Code revisions on August 8, 2007. If you have questions, please contact: Marsha Sue Lustig, Senior Planner at (707) 665-3638.

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend Business Networking Events
There are many, many reasons to attend networking events. Here are my Top 10: 1. To increase your visibility. Establishing top of mind awareness is critical in any marketing campaign, and make no mistake about it, attending business networking events is a key marketing strategy if done properly. One of the most important elements—and one of the most overlooked—to getting the biggest bang for your networking buck is to make sure your face and your message get in front of the same—and the right—people on an ongoing basis. 2. To start relationships that will lead to strategic alliances, joint ventures, and referrals. Contrary to popular belief, very few people walk away from a few hours spent at a business networking event with a fistful of contracts. Meeting people at the networking function is merely the important first step towards reaching your client attraction goals. It's what you do after the event that is more important. Follow-up is key to deepening the relationships that will increase your bottom line. 3. To stay current on trends in your industry (and those of your target market). Attending networking events given by your professional association—or associations related to your target market—allows you to glean information about current and future trends. The information you gather at these functions can easily give you a leg up on your competition. 4. To become connected to key influencers in your industry and within your target market. Instead of going to every business networking event in town, select the networking events you attend wisely and attend regularly. Do some research. Find out which organizations attract the people you want to meet and you will get the biggest return on your investment of time, money, and energy. 5. To learn from and to be motivated by powerful speakers. Many business networking events have speakers who are experts in fields that will be of interest to you and to your target market. In addition to imparting important information, many of these speakers can often be the spark that jolts you into action.

6. To find suppliers and solutions to your problems. Most people think of networking events as a place to pursue business. Equally important though, is the fact that we might be able to give business to other attendees and solve some of our problems at the same time. Networking events can be a great place to find accountants, printers, salespeople, etc. for yourself and your clients. 7. To hone your marketing message. Use business networking events to practice and refine your elevator speech. Make sure it conveys in 30 seconds or less what solutions you provide, for whom you provide them, and the benefits of doing business with you. Practice, practice, practice until you feel confident that you are conveying your message in the most powerful and compelling way. 8. To socialize. Human beings are social animals and need the type of stimulation available when interacting face-to-face with others. Today, as more and more people work out of their attics, basements, or spare bedrooms, it has become increasingly important for us to socialize, recharge our batteries, and preserve our sanity. 9. To recruit talent. If you are looking to expand your business and hire staff, business networking events are a good starting point for your exploration of the marketplace. You will be able to enter into conversations with potential employees and get clear on what your needs are. You may well find what you are looking for right in front of you! 10. To uncover the "hot buttons" of your target market. To deliver powerful solutions that will make life easier for members of your target market, you've got to know what challenges they face and what they are looking for. Capitalize on the conversations you have at business networking events to uncover what makes prospective clients tick and what ticks them off. Then create products or services that will alleviate their pain and make you a hero/ine in their eyes.
Copyright 2006 Leni Chauvin About the Author: Leni Chauvin, The Client Attraction Coach,™ helps small business owners and solo professionals move mountains. If you're ready to attract more clients, make more money, and have more fun while you're doing it, you'll find TONS of free resources to help you at http: www.AttractClientsGalore.com Source: Free Articles from ArticlesBase.com

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Cotati Farmers Market
Thursdays, May 31 – Sept. 13, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. 2007 Schedule of Events
May 31 June 7 - Cool Car Show – Beer & Wine Booth Music by The Moonlighters (big band) - Gardening Fair Music by Happenstance (Celtic)

June 14 - Adopt-a-Pet with the Humane Society’s Tail Waggin’ Music by Mark Bacon (acoustic guitar) June 21 - Health & Fitness Fair - Give blood at the Blood Bank of the Redwoods Bloodmobile Entertainment by the Black Sheep Belly Dancers June 28 - Community Fair with local nonprofits Music by The Skiffle Symphony (old-time jug band) July 5 July 12 July 19 July 26 Aug. 2 Aug. 9 - Free Ice Cream Social Music by Fred McCarty (country western) - Chef Demonstration Music by Madera Humana (gypsy music) - Give blood at the Blood Bank of the Redwoods Bloodmobile Music by The Pine Needles (bluegrass, jazz, folk) - Jewelry Festival Music by Edgy Meddlers (bluegrass) - Fiesta Night – Beer & Wine Booth Music by Los Califas (Spanish California music) - Chef Demonstration Music by Jam Pact (60’s & 70’s music) Weekly Children’s Activities include Pony Rides and Bounce House

Aug. 16 - Kids Day at the Market with Clo the Cow – Adopt-A-Pet Entertainment by James K (kids music) Aug. 23 - Give blood at the Blood Bank of the Redwoods Bloodmobile Music by The Moonlighters (big band) Aug. 30 - Safety Fair Entertainment by the Redwood Country Cloggers Sept. 6 - Adopt-A-Pet with the Humane Society’s Tail Waggin’ Music by Jack Grant (keyboard)

Sept. 13 - Heirloom Tomato Festival – Chef Demonstration Music by Bear Bones Trio (folk) Sponsored by the Cotati Chamber of Commerce – (707) 795-5508

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Cotati Chamber office.

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In an ongoing effort to equip small businesses with opportunities to grow and prosper, the City of Cotati and the Cotati Chamber of Commerce and have partnered with the Redwood Empire Small Business Development Center (SBDC), to provide free business counseling services to Cotati businesses. Ms. Cynthia Riggs is a highly regarded business counselor and specialist in business development. Ms. Riggs assists small businesses examine new business opportunities, develop financial or marketing skills, or evaluate any part of their business. If you are interested in improving your present business or starting a new one, no-cost SBDC counseling can help you. Riggs’ broad background includes a unique ability to take a vision and make it real. Her passion and experience combine to create excellence and result in success for those she works with. For twenty years, Cynthia owned Making It Big, a manufacturing and mail order catalog company, which she sold in the spring of 2004. The Making It Big story was developed into an academic case study, published in “Crafting and Executing Strategy,” a 2004 university textbook. As a business mentor and a One Page Business Plan consultant, she has helped many people to achieve their business goals. The Redwood Empire SBDC is a publicly funded small business assistance agency. It provides no-cost professional business counseling and low-cost workshops. Their experienced counselors can problem solve with you on business planning, customer service, hiring & retaining staff, control of cash flow, inventory, marketing and much more. For more information, or to make a confidential appointment with Cynthia Riggs, contact Suzanne Whipple at the Cotati Chamber of Commerce @ 707.795.5508.

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The Redwood Empire SBDC at Santa Rosa Junior College is an affiliate of the Northern California SBDC Program sponsored by: Humboldt State University Foundation, the California Community College's Economic and Workforce Development Programs and the U.S. Small Business Administration. This is a partnership program under the current Cooperative Agreement with the SBA and the Humboldt State University Foundation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the presenter(s)/author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsoring entities. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for the disabled will be made, if requested in advance.

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COTATI MOVIES IN THE PARK Fri. July 6 - “Hook” Fri. July 20 - “Twister” Fri. Aug. 3 - “School of Rock” La Plaza Park, at dusk - FREE COTATI CHAMBER BOARD MEETING Wed. July 11, 7:30 a.m. Chamber Office COTATI CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS Wed. July 11, 7 p.m. Wed. July 25—CANCELLED Weds. Aug. 8 & 22, 7 p.m. Cotati City Hall COTATI KIDS DAY PANCAKE BREAKFAST Sat. July 14, 7- 10 a.m. Church of the Oaks - W. Sierra & Page St. COTATI KIDS DAY PARADE & FESTIVAL Sat. July 14, 10 - 3 p.m. - FREE La Plaza Park ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE MEETING Tues. Aug. 7, 5:30 p.m. Chamber Office CHAMBER AUGUST LUNCHEON MEETING Wed. Aug. 15, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. Cotati Room, Ray Miller Community Center Cost: $15 per person Topic: One Page Business Plan, with Cynthia Riggs

PRESIDENT Andrew Hutchins Golden Gate Financial VICE PRESIDENT Nadine Wolford Exchange Bank - Cotati Branch SECRETARY Cynthia Larsen Safe Haven Realty TREASURER Tom Scott Oliver’s Market DIRECTORS Vicki Dougan Sales Promotion Jaffie Foley Individual Member Gerard Giudice Sally Tomatoes André Morrow State Farm Insurance Cheryl Nixon Friar Tuck’s Pub

766-9464 795-5482 332-2560 795-9501 664-0900 664-0169 665-9472 794-8100 792-9847

Executive Director & Newsletter Editor Suzanne Whipple 795-5508 Farmers Market Manager Karen Baggiani 769-1830 Pro Bono CPA Timothy J. Mayclin 996-9798 Pro Bono Attorney James M. Barrett, Esq. 795-1510

Call 795-5508 or email chamber@cotati.org

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