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Sonoma County to bolster COVID strategies; looks to successes of other Bay Area counties

Concerned about the lack of progress in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Sonoma County, local officials are considering a multi-pronged strategy to slow transmission rates, including trying to replicate some of the successes of other Bay Area counties.

The initiative surfaced Monday as Sonoma County leaders braced for the release of another disappointing set of statistics Tuesday expected to show the county has again fallen short of state metrics to further ease restrictions on local business activity.

The county is expected to remain in the purple zone, the most restrictive of the state’s four-tier reopening process. Saddled by a growing number of new coronavirus cases, the county continues to be the only county in the Bay Area that has not advanced to a less restrictive stage.

Details of the county’s new plan are still taking shape. Dr. Sundari Mase, the county’s health officer, said the new strategies range from

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Bay City Commission approves plan to make Midland Street entertainment district safer

BAY CITY, MI – Business owners and Bay City officials have joined forces in a commitment to make the Midland Street Entertainment District a safe place for patrons to enjoy after several violent incidents there.

a close up of a sign: A view of the historic district sign on Midland Street in Bay City on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.

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A view of the historic district sign on Midland Street in Bay City on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.

Commissioner Jesse Dockett introduced a resolution that states that the City of Bay City will develop a security plan and work with local business owners to eliminate crime in the Midland Street area.

Dockett said that he intentionally left the resolution vague so that it could be built upon. But at its core, the resolution and plan passed by the Bay City Commission has a simple goal – to keep people safe while balancing the needs of local business owners. The resolution was unanimously approved.

a close up of a busy city street: A person walks across Midland Street in Bay City on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.

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New economic recovery plan for Bay County aims to make the community stronger

BAY CITY, MI – A group of area leaders gathered online this week to present a plan to address economic recovery in Bay County following the coronavirus pandemic.

Bay Future, Inc. hosted its 2020 annual meeting on Wednesday, Sept 23. Members of the Bay Future Economic Recovery Task Force presented information about the ‘Bay Future: Drive. Forward. Strategic Action Plan’ which aims to set a roadmap for recovery of the Bay County economy in the next two years.

The original Bay Future plan was launched in 2019 as a five-year, $2.5 million campaign in hopes of adding jobs and investment to the Bay County area. The original plan focuses on the areas of helping existing businesses and entrepreneur development, new business recruitment and job growth, workforce development, marketing available “shovel ready” locations and sites, and promoting local and regional communication and collaboration.

But times have changed as the economic situation

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The Bay Area’s small business closure crisis is already here

When the Triptych Strength Training gym opened in San Francisco, it was a chance for Tarquin Thornton-Close to finally build the kind of workout space he had long envisioned — lots of room, limited numbers of people at a time, and plenty of strength-training gear.

After all, working out is more than just a physical activity; it can be a therapeutic experience, said Thornton-Close, who started as a personal trainer at high-end gyms on the East Coast before moving to a 24 Hour Fitness in the Bay Area, eventually becoming an independent personal trainer and then opening his own gym in September 2016.

“It’s not just pumping iron,” he said. “It’s exercising their demons, pun intended.”

But now, it’s all gone. Unable to hang on any longer after a nearly six-month coronavirus shutdown, Thornton-Close closed the gym in August. His has become one of the roughly 8,300 businesses that have

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Drop in Bay Area restaurant business has Tomatero Farm ‘working hard for half as much’

The way Adriana Silva of Tomatero Farm in Watsonville sees it, farmers are well placed for precariousness — especially organic farmers. They constantly have to adapt to conditions outside of their control, including droughts and diseases, floods and fires, and pests and predators that can damage produce destined for dining tables.

Silva’s not fazed. “There’s always something. I think farmers are uniquely equipped to deal with everything going wrong,” says the seasoned grower as she surveys the tidy rows of crops at the 100-acre ranch of the farm business she runs with Chris Tuohig, her partner in work and life.

Tuohig is checking on people and plants and fielding messages from supervisors in other fields. A crew of farmworkers picks cauliflower from the rich Pajaro Valley soil. Between the rows, tiny, scented sweet alyssum flowers offer a refuge to beneficial insects.

“We’re always learning how to manage problems. That’s our

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San Francisco Bay CA IT MSP Strategic Business Sale Exit Guide Launched

ExitMaximizer of San Francisco Bay, CA launches a new guide and service that teaches Managed Service Providers (MSP’s) how to effectively grow their business, with the end goal of priming their company for a lucrative acquisition.

LIVERMORE, CA / ACCESSWIRE / September 11, 2020 / ExitMaximizer, a business consultancy based in San Francisco Bay, CA, announces the launch of a new guide called An MSP Business Owner’s Guide to Increasing Growth & Business Value. Written by company principal Rocco Musumeche, this resource teaches managed service providers (MSP) how to sustainably grow their business, with the end goal of priming their company for a lucrative acquisition, while also enabling them to reap the benefits of a stress-free growing business in the meantime.

More information about ExitMaximer and how to download the free guide is available at http://exitmaximizer.com.

The MSP industry has experienced rapid growth in the past decades, with research

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Central Valley Builders Supply Named ‘Best Places to Work’ in San Francisco North Bay – Press Release

NAPA, Calif. – Central Valley, a U.S. top-100 building supply company, announced today that it was been honored to be named one of “The Best Places to Work in the North Bay” by the North Bay Business Journal. This marks the second consecutive year that Central Valley has received the award, a significant highlight as the survey was conducted in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We are proud that Central Valley has been recognized for its strong and dynamic culture – something we work hard at to achieve,” said Steve Patterson, President and CEO of Central Valley. “Today, it is less about attention-grabbing perks, and more about the day-to-day best practices and the employee experience.”

“During the current pandemic, we have made a concerted effort to ensure that we increased our connection with employees – increasing the cadence of check-ins, communicating with authenticity and transparency; conveying that we are

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