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 Serving Business Since 1907                                                                                        March/April 2009

The Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce is                                                                              BUSINESS CALENDAR
in business for your business                                                                                                         March 2009
                                                                                                                   4     22nd Annual Business Trade Show, 4 to 7 p.m., Villa
                                                                                                                         Chanticleer, 1248 North Fitch Mountain
New Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce
President/CEO Craig Schmidt hit the ground                                                                         5     Economic Development Coalition Meeting, 8 a.m.,
running when he took the helm last June.                                                                                 City Hall
But, Craig couldn’t have done it without the                                                                       5     Downtown Business District, 9 a.m., City Hall
help of the Chamber’s dedicated and talented
                                                                                                                   5     Healdsburg Lodging Coalition Meeting, 10:30 a.m.,
full-time staff of Karen Aubert-Roach, Mem-
                                                                                                                         City Hall
bership & Operation Services Director, Bri-
ana Gwynne, Events & Promotions Director,                                                                          12    Chamber Board of Directors Meeting, 7:30 a.m.,
and Nick Young, Visitor & Information Ser-                                                                               Alliance Medical Center, 433-6935
vices Director and a Board of Directors fo-                                                                        18    Business After Hours, 5-7 p.m., Souverain Tasting
cused on making the Chamber the voice of                                                                                 Room, 308B Center Street, Healdsburg, 433-2822
the business community.
Shortly after he arrived, Craig, staff and the                                                                     24    Ambassadors Club Meeting, 8:30 a.m., Chamber
board initiated an Organizational Assessment,                                                                                         April 2009
as well as a survey of the Chamber’s mem-
bers, in order to determine what issues are                                                                         2    Economic Development Coalition Meeting, 8 a.m.,
most important to Healdsburg’s business                                                                                  City Hall
community. The survey findings helped the                                                                           2    Downtown Business District, 9 a.m., City Hall
                                                Chamber Staff: Craig Schmidt, Briana Gwynne (with Barley), Nick
Chamber shape its goals for 2009.               Young and Karen Aubert-Roach
The goals are:                                                                                                      2    Healdsburg Lodging Coalition Meeting, 10:30 a.m.,
                                                                                                                         City Hall
 Create a strong local economy—Help member businesses grow so that all businesses and the com-
     munity grow.                                                                                                   9    Chamber Board of Directors Meeting, 7:30 a.m., Alliance
 Promote the community— Advance Healdsburg through the efforts of the Visitors Bureau, various                         Medical Center, 433-6935
     committees and partnerships with the City.                                                                    15    Business After Hours, 5-7 p.m., Trust Tasting Room, 243
 Provide networking opportunities— Connecting our members to business prospects, opportunities                         Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, 431-8749
     and relationships.
                                                                                                                   16    Newsletter inserts due by 5 p.m. today
 Be the voice of business with government—Represent the business community through the Gov-
     ernment Review Committee and participation with workforce and economic development agen-                          
Economic development has always been a top priority for the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce.
“In the current economic climate, now more that ever it is critical to have an active Chamber of Com-
                                                                                                                             “Healdsburg’s Community and
merce that provides programs of value to its members. The Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce does                                    Business Calendars”
just that,” Craig says.
Economic development includes business retention and expansion of current businesses, as well as the
recruitment of new businesses. The Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce, through their partnership with                       Shop Downtown Healdsburg’s
Healdsburg’s Economic Development Coordinator Herb Liberman, has launched a new marketing pro-
gram aimed specifically at attracting new businesses to the city. Herb also provides free one-on-one
business counseling services to help strengthen existing businesses.

The Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce promotes and assists their members through: business develop-
ment workshops; representation of local business interests through their Government Review Council;
providing a wide array of networking opportunities such as Business After Hours and News at Noon
luncheons; and promoting Healdsburg, and Chamber member businesses, to both locals and the outside
“Maintaining a thriving business community ensures that Healdsburg continues to be an economically
enticing and culturally appealing town,” says Craig.

Business Development Workshop:
Managing your Business in a Down Economy
                          Mark your calendar for our upcoming business development workshop, sched-
                       uled for Friday, March 20 from 8 to 10 a.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.
                       Cost for the 2-hour workshop is $20 for Chamber members, $30 for non-
                          The workshop will be presented by Herb Liberman, Healdsburg Economic
                       Development Coordinator. Participants will leave this workshop with tips for
                       business survival in a down economy.
                           The workshop promises to be time well spent. Participants will leave with                     March 20, 21, 22
                                                                                                                          Friday, Saturday & Sunday
                       information on how to: deal with cash issues; work with their bank for short term
Workshop presenter     financing; forecast sales, expenses and cash flow; and much more! Call the Cham-
Herb Liberman          ber at 433-6935 to register or download the PDF available in the Chamber of                         Some merchants offering
                                                                                                                            Extended Friday Hours!
                       Commerce section of

Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce partners with
The Healdsburg Tribune to bring free advertising to                                                                BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce Members                                                                                              March 18:
                                                                                                                              Souverain Tasting Room
          The Healdsburg Chamber is pleased to announce a new benefit to its members, thanks to the
Healdsburg Tribune. All Healdsburg Chamber Members may submit written announcements (up to 20                                       5 to 7 p.m.
words) to the newspaper on a weekly basis. The submissions must contain a business announcement,                                308 B Center Street
promoting a sale, a service or event that would prove of interest to the Tribune’s readership. Include
contact such as a phone number, email address, or website in your ad.                                                                April 15:
          Email your ad to or call the Tribune at 707-433-4451. Ads will                        Trust Winery, Ltd. Tasting Room
run for one week, but can be renewed each week by re-submitting a new email. Your ad copy must be
submitted by Friday for the following Thursday’s edition. The publisher of the Tribune reserves the                                 5 to 7 p.m.
right to accept or deny all submissions.                                                                                      243 Healdsburg Avenue
          Thanks to the Healdsburg Tribune for this great opportunity to help Healdsburg Chamber
members to “Get Busy.” and “Stay Busy.”                                                                                           Join us for Networking,
                                                                                                                                  Wine & Hors d’oeuvres
Attend the Chamber’s Business After Hours                                                                                                 TRADE SHOW
for your chance to win!                                                                                                                    Wednesday
         At each Business After Hours, the Chamber will be drawing for a chance to
include a business spotlight in the Chamber’s newsletter. All you need to do to qualify
                                                                                                                                            March 4
is attend the Business After Hours and drop your business card in the bowl at the
check-in table. Wouldn’t you love the chance to remind your fellow Chamber Mem-
                                                                                                                                             Villa Chanticleer
bers about your business?                                                                                                                         FREE!
January’s winner is:
                                                                                                                                       “BIZ TO BIZ” 4 to 5 PM
The Special Event                                                                                                                         Public 5 to 7 PM
Tent & Party Rentals
1430 Grove Street
                                                                                                                                               Over 50 Booths!
Healdsburg, CA 95448                                                                                                                   Silent Auction, Great Food and
Greg Murphy                                                                                                                                         Prizes!
        The Special Event is the tent and party division of Aaction Rents. Located at                                                    Fun for the Whole Family!
1430 Grove St., Healdsburg, The Special Event has been serving Healdsburg and So-                                                          Shuttle Service from the
noma County since the mid 1970’s.
                                                                                                                                           Trinity Baptist Church
          Be it a wedding, winery or corporate event, fundraiser or a small backyard
BBQ, they are your local rental source. They have a wide variety of products from
                                                                                                                                                 Parking Lot
tables, chairs, linen, china, glassware, flatware and assorted banquet and BBQ equip-                                                     located on Powell Avenue
ment. The product line also includes staging and dance floor. They carry a full line of                                                  FREE & Open to the Public
tenting in all sizes. Patio and tent heaters will also keep your event warm and dry.                                                    Call us at 433-6935 for more
          Their experienced Customer Service staff offers expert planning and effec-                                                            information!
tive follow through on each and every event.
        Please visit the showroom Monday thru Friday 8:30am-4:30pm or Saturday                                                          Don’t miss the business
Winter hours 9am-3pm. Visit the new website at                                                             event of the year!

                                     Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
                                                MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
         The Airport Club, 1994                    Divine Pizza, 2002             Healdsburg Regional Library, 1993                          Redwood Empire Disposal, 1989
         Aladdin Cleaners, 1954                 Dry Creek Cottage, 2005             Healdsburg Tax Service, 1983                             Relish Culinary Adventures, 2003
   Alexander Valley Vineyards, 1988              Dry Creek Villa, 2005                 Healdsburg Tours, 2008                              River’s Edge Kayak & Canoe Trips/
   All Seasons Vacation Suites, 2000           Dry Creek Vineyard, 1981               Healdsburg Tribune, 1978                                       Trowbridge, 2005
    American AgCredit, ACA, 1985         Law Office of Stephen Duggan, 2007       John Holt & Geraldine Holt, 1988                            Russian River Relaxation, 2005
       Art and All That Jazz, 1995               Durler Insurance, 1950        Hope Merrill, Hope Bosworth House, 1982                     Safety & Environmental Compliance
        Artists and Farmers, 2007                 E & M Electric, 1959                 J. Howell Fine Art, 2004                                      Associates, 2001
       Asepsis Technology, 2007             Eddinger Enterprises, Inc., 1976          Johnson Pools, Inc., 1994                         Saggio Hills Development Co., LLC, 2006
       Atlantic Pacific Bank, 2008          Edward Jones Investments, Paul         David Jones, DC, DACNB, 1989                             Sake ‘O Japanese Restaurant, 2004
         Bank of the West, 1974                       Sullivan, 2000                      K R Catering, 2008                                    W.C. Sanderson Ford, 1949
      Becoming Independent, 2000         Erickson Fine Art Gallery, Inc., 1999    Kiwanis Club of Healdsburg, 1979                                Sauers Properties, 1951
                Bella, 2004                       Exchange Bank, 1987                     L & M Hotel, 1961                                        Sausal Winery, 1977
         Benovia Winery, 2006            Family Wineries Tasting Room, 2005          Lake Sonoma Winery, 1996                           Silveira Pontiac-Buick-GMG Trucks, 1954
Benovia Winery Vineyard Hideaway, 2006 Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery, 1995      Lambert Bridge Winery, 1994                                     Simi Winery, 1969
        Big John’s Market, 1995                 Field Stone Winery, 1978             Mackenzie Digital Art, 2004                                     Simple Idea, 2002
        Blue Heron House, 1999               Fitch Mountain Lookout, 2007               Madrona Manor, 1983                                    Sonoma County Transit, 1997
         boon hotel+ spa, 2008                  Flakey Cream Do-nuts &               Max Machinery, Inc., 1981                             Sotheby’s International Realty, 2004
         Brandt Insurance, 1964                    Coffee Shop, 2006               Mazzocco Sonoma Winery, 1992                                  Spoke Folk Cyclery, 1983
  Brush Bernard Mitchell, CPA’s, 2000       Hank Lane, Frank Howard Allen          McConnell Chevrolet, Inc., 1991                      St. John the Baptist Catholic School, 1981
    Budget Blinds of N.W. Sonoma                      Realtors, 2001                 Mill Creek Vineyards, 1994                                   Sweet Real Estate, 2002
              County, 2004              Garrett Hardware & Country Store, 1949   Musicians Kathryn & Carl Vast, 1996
          Chris Blum Design &               Garritson Tile Contractor, 2002         Nu Forest Products, Inc., 1983                             The Center for Social and
      Communications, Inc., 1989                     Giorgio’s, 1979            Olive Leaf Eco Home & Garden, 2006                         Environmental Stewardship, 1986
        Christie Consulting, 2007                Golden Gate Landscape               Opperman & Son, Inc., 1962                                 Trentadue Winery, 1975
    Christopher Creek Winery, 1994               Management, Inc., 1999          Larry Orr, Full Spectrum Properties,                       Virginia Carol-Sonoma Wear for
        City of Healdsburg, 1978          George Goobanoff Associates, 1994                   Inc., 2005                                             Women, 2008
    Coldwell Banker, Giovannoni &            Kenneth Hampton, CPA, 1970                    Our House, 2004                              Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation, 2007
              Cooper, 1955                 Healdsburg Animal Shelter, 1983                Out of Hand, 1993                                   Walter & Prince, LLP, 2000
   Conley Plumbing & Backhoe, 1981          Healdsburg Community Health                      Papitre, 1989                                     WestAmerica Bank, 1968
     Crabtree Land Surveying, 1992                  and Fitness, 2008                 Pedroncelli Winery, 1964                            Wine Library Associates of Sonoma
       Curtis & Associates, 1964                 Healdsburg Community                Pezzi King Vineyards, 1996                                      County, 1989
      Ann Jost DeKay, CPA, 1991                   Nursery School, 2004         Powell’s Sweet Shoppe Healdsburg, 2006                    WineCountry Villa @ Larkfield, 2006
      John Del Monte, DPM, 1979               Healdsburg Golf Club, 1995                Rainsong Shoes, 1994                                         Yasuko, 2003
       Disrud & Associates, 1993             Healdsburg Lumber Co., 1957         Raven Performing Arts Theater, 2005
                                                                                                                                                    Thank You!
                Healdsburg Chamber Volunteer Directors & Staff                                                                               BUSINESS MATTERS
               OFFICERS                                   DIRECTORS                                       STAFF
                                                   Cindi Brown, North Coast Bank                 Craig Schmidt, President/CEO
                                                                                                                                                 is a publication of the
   Lucy Lewand, Camellia Inn/All Seasons      Jan Gianni, Alexander Valley Winegrowers       Briana Gwynne, Events & Promotions            Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce
                 Vice Chair                      Mark Gladden, Passalacqua, Mazzoni       Nick Young, Visitor & Information Services               & Visitors Bureau
     George Christie, Christie Consulting                    & Gladden, et al                        Karen Aubert-Roach,
                                                  Jan Kiely, RN, CPHQ, Healdsburg               Operations & Member Services              All Stories by Briana Gwynne, unless
                                                           District Hospital                     Anne Carter & Marsha Lynch,                         otherwise noted.
    Renee Mengali, Mengali Accountancy
                                                    Darin Kotalik, Palette Art Café                   Weekend Assistants
                   Treasurer                    Genevieve Llerano, Healdsburg Unified
    Dick Bertapelle, Innkeeping Concepts                                                              ECONOMIC                                 H EA LD SBU R G CH A MB ER O F
                                                            School District
                                                                                             DEVELOPMENT OFFICE                             C O MM ER C E & VIS IT O R S B U R EA U
             Immediate Past Chair                  Vickie Norris, The Norris Group
                                                                                                       Herb Liberman                               217 H ealdsbur g Avenue
  Loretta Strong, Edward Jones Investments        Larry Orr, Full Spectrum Properties                                                            H ealdsburg, C A 95448-4103
                                                                                             Economic Development Coordinator
                                                    Gary Plass, City of Healdsburg                                                                  pho ne (707) 433-6935
                                                                                                       (707) 433-8234
                                                 Michael Skurtun, Healdsburg Nursery                                                                  fax (707) 433-7562
                                                 Gary Sumner, Coldwell Banker/PPM
                                                                                                                                                 e-mail info@
                 Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
                                               other distinctive all-natural products using     MONSON COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
                                               grapes. For example: shampoo and condi-          Communications/Media
                                               tioners for hotel and spa distribution, or       456 Montgomery Street, Suite 1300
                                               body washes, shower gels and scented bar         San Francisco, CA 94104
                                               soap for your tasting room or boutique.          Melissa Monson, President
                                               And they are very interested in grafting         Monson Communications, LLC is a finan-
                                               new products you may want to plant and           cial communications firm. Services include
                                               harvest with Wine Country Naturals. Open         PR/public relations, Presentation Strategy,
                                               Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5           Investor Road Shows, Graphic Design and
PLATYPUS TOURS LIMITED                         p.m.                                             Delivery Coaching. Monson Communica-
Tour Operators                                 Phone Susan 415-475-5155                         tions can assist in presenting strong and
2471 Solano Avenue, Suite 102                  Phone Annie 707-773-3336                         persuasive messages that support your
Napa, CA 94558                                             business development and help the busi-
Donald Rickard, President                                ness/financial community, investors and
Platypus offers daily guided wine tasting                      key media appreciate the tangible and in-
tours, focusing on smaller, less toured,                                                        tangible elements of your company’s value.
back roads wineries. The tour is crafted to    DOWNTOWN WINE                                    Raising visibility and awareness through
be a perfect day of wine tasting in the So-    Wineries                                         PR is an integral element to the marketing
noma County countryside. Visit intimate,       132 Plaza Street                                 of all organizations. Monson Communica-
historic and family owned wineries, taste      Healdsburg, CA 95448                             tions helps clients generate positive media
world class wines, and have it all brought     Kenneth Likitprakong, Owner                      coverage with targeted business and trade
to life by very personable, informed tour      Downtown Wine is open at 132 Plaza               press by developing key messages and
guides. Share experience with other fun        Street. A partnership between Gary Bran-         compelling pitches. Recent coverage: Bar-
people who are interested in learning about    ham of Branham Estate Wines and Kenny            ron’s Magazine, San Francisco Business
wine. Fun stories, the inside scoop, good      Likitprakong of the Hobo Wine Company,           Times, Contra Costa Times, CNET,
food, great wine! $85 tour fee includes        Banyan Wines, and the Folk Machine,    ,, Market-
picnic lunch served at a winery, shared        Downtown Wine is the newest tasting     It’s Your Money, Smart
cheese platter and bottled water. Open 7       room to Healdsburg pouring more than 25          Money, EE Times and the Harvard Club of
days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.              wines from 12 appellations. Notable wines        Silicon Valley. Open 24/7
Phone 707-253-2723                             are the Banyan Gewurztraminer, the Bran-         Phone 415-297-8100                        ham Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Rockpile                          Zinfandels from both producers. Down-  
                                               town Wine also offers wine clubs that fea-
WINE COUNTRY NATURALS                          ture all brands. Open Thursday through
Skin Care                                      Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
371 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, #220                  Phone 707-473-0337
Novato, CA 94949                     
Annie Holman, Marketing              
Susan Redenbaugh, Sales
Wine Country Naturals is a line of luxuri-
ous, all natural skin care products made in
the heart of the California wine country.
                                                                                              TRADE SHOW
Only the finest botanicals, wine grapes, and
grape seeds containing beneficial ingredi-
ents and antioxidants are used to formulate
their products. Wine Country Naturals
                                                                                                       March 4
products are perfect for winery tasting
rooms, wine clubs, specialty gift baskets,                                                       Villa Chanticleer
gourmet food stores, spas, hotels and bou-
tiques. They can also develop private label-                                                          FREE!
ing and or private manufacturing using
wine grape concentrates from your vine-
yard. Their vintners (with help from their                                                    “BIZ TO BIZ” 4 to 5 PM
chemist) will modify their products using
your wine grape concentrates. Then you’ll
                                                                                                 Public 5 to 7 PM
pair with their “grape-phic” artist to de-
velop unique product names and labeling                                                       Don’t miss the business
that blend with your current winery brand.
And they have the capability of developing
                                                                                                event of the year!

             March/April 2009 Issue ♦ Healdsburg Area Business
                 Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
SHELTON’S NATURAL FOODS                        museum quality gicle’e prints, creativity    establish or purchase wineries and vine-
MARKET                                         journals, greeting cards, handmade jew-      yards, and provided land use, real estate,
Natural Foods                                  elry, and a variety of icons and Milagros    business and estate planning advice to
428 Center Street                              from all over the world. Visit their sanc-   these and countless other clients. MLG
Healdsburg, CA 95448                           tuary upstairs to experience peace and       recently opened a satellite office in the
Ernie Shelton, Owner                           serenity available when you’re sur-          heart of the Sonoma County wine indus-
Shelton’s Natural Foods Market is a one-       rounded by beauty and sacred images.         try where it can conveniently provide
stop shop featuring the best of local,         Pick up a calendar of events and become      legal services to its Sonoma County cli-
natural and organic produce, dairy, meats      a part of the story being told and the       ents. Open Monday through Friday from
and groceries. They also have a full se-       ideas being shared-share your hopes and      8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
lection of nutritional supplements and         reveal your dreams. Be inspired and cele-    707-694-3856
natural body care products. Formerly           brated! Open Thursdays 11 a.m. to 5
known as Anstead’s Market, the store           p.m. Peak Season; by appointment.
has been seriously spruced up and added        Phone 707-431-1124                           SONOMA COUNTY WASTE
a full take out deli, a complete bulk foods                  MANAGEMENT AGENCY
department (including a new bulk spice                  Utilities
department), great microbrews and a fine                                                    2300 County Center Drive,
selection of organic and biodynamic            COSMIC COWGIRLS                              Suite B-100
wines. They still feature the largest selec-   Education                                    Santa Rosa, CA 95403
tion of organic produce in town. Open          401 Center Street                            Karina Chilcott, Integrated Waste
daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.                    Healdsburg, CA 95448                         Specialist II
Phone 707-431-0530                             Shiloh McCloud, Founder                      The Sonoma County Waste Management                       A Cosmic Cowgirl is a woman with her         Agency is responsible for waste diver-
                                               head in the stars, her cowgirl boots         sion programs as required by state law
ALAN BARTL PHOGRAPHY                           planted firmly on the ground, and a          AB939. Specific programs include mu-
Photography                                    dream in her heart! Shiloh McCloud and       nicipal yard debris composting, wood
Santa Rosa, CA 95401                           the Cosmic Cowgirls are revolutionizing      waste processing, household hazardous
Alan Bartl, Owner                              media by publishing journals and work-       waste, planning and education. For more
Alan Bartl Photography was founded in          books on topics that make a difference in    information on how you can recycle
1989. At the time, Alan offered wed-           the lives of women. At Cosmic Cowgirls       more, call the Eco-Desk at 707-565-3375
ding, portrait and commercial photogra-        Studio, you can experience creativity-       or visit
phy to Northern California. He has ex-         through workshops, classes, conferences,
panded to national clients as well as our      and events that give you access to your      Open Monday through Friday from 8
local businesses and individuals. Alan         own internal wisdom. No painting, writ-      a.m. to 5 p.m.
began in the industry working for several      ing or creative “experience” is needed-
different specialists, which he feels          just a desire to experience your life and
greatly contributed to his well rounded        self in its truest and best light. Most
knowledge and expertise. Alan is excited       events occur on weekends. Details can be
to continue to offer excellent quality         found on their website.
food, people, product and wedding im-          Phone 707-431-7827
ages. Open Monday through Friday from
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.                  
Phone 707-525-8673                               MEIBEYER LAW GROUP                         Attorneys
                                               141 North Street
ELECTRIC ROSE GALLERY                          Healdsburg, CA 95448
Art Galleries                                  Charles W. Meibeyer, Owner
107 Plaza Street                               The Meibeyer Law Group (MLG) re-
Healdsburg, CA 95448                           cently celebrated its 20th anniversary and
Shiloh McCloud, Art Director                   the firm’s founder, Chuck Meibeyer,
Electric Rose Gallery features the art and     celebrated his 25th anniversary as an
writings of Shiloh Sophia McCloud and          attorney in the North Bay. MLG has
the Cosmic Cowgirls. In this environ-          helped clients such as Darioush Winery,
ment of inspiration, revelation and cele-      Frank Family Vineyards, Rombauer
bration you can find fine art paintings,       Vineyards and Staglin Family Vineyards

             March/April 2009 Issue ♦ Healdsburg Area Business

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