Pastry chef Ramon Perez started selling his Puur Chocolat confections at Taylor's Market last week, and he's already seeing a pay-off from it.

Fitness guru Lorri Ann Code tones up women from the inside out at more than 50 locations around California – and soon in Alaska and Virgina, too.

The number of specialty bicycle retailers continues to decline, so the owners of Roseville Cyclery were tickled pink to tell me that not only had they survived their first year in business but had doubled their gross revenue.

Access Sacramento will begin transmitting radio signal for its new low-power, 100-watt FM station by end of September. Listeners will be able to find the programming at 96.5 KUBU-LP.

Disabled Marine veteran Dave Hornbeck is still doing reconnaissance, but now he’s scouting out business opportunities for his own company, Global Blue DVBE. Three years ago, Hornbeck teamed up with two friends – Jeff Jordeson and Mike Terpstra – to found a small firm that got off the ground by supplying on-call workers to big companies such as Xerox or Verizon.

The newest editor of Comstock’s Magazine was playing on a ranch in Lodi when publisher Winnie Comstock-Carlson launched the business publication 25 years ago in Sacramento.

At the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, John Ascuaga will sell off the 18-karat Golden Rooster sculpture that once perched at his namesake Nugget in Sparks.

The Chevys Fresh Mex on Sacramento’s Howe Avenue closes after 15 years of business.

Comstock’s managing editor Christine Calvin succeeds Douglas Curley as editor of the regional business magazine.

After watching novice hairstylists try but fail to build their clientele, Frumoasa Salon owner Diana Ciocan began to think that she needed to be more of a mentor than a landlord. That was the genesis of Frumoasa 2....Sushi chef Lou Valente has the chops to please seasoned diners such as Bee dining critic Blair Robertson. Even so, Valente says he’s had a steep learning curve since opening Lou’s Sushi on Oct. 1....Bee reader Randy Hiuga was driving by 3129 Arden Way when he noticed that the Marie Callender had gone out of business. The restaurant closed June 22, after 46 years in business.

The founders of Gold River’s Redtail Technology first showed 25 financial planners the benefits of storing their data in a cloud back in 2003. Now they serve 25,000 clients, bringing in $5.9 million in revenue in 2013. … The Doctor’s Center, open since 1981 in Fair Oaks, will close by Sept. 30. … PDC Capital will soon welcome the first residents of its assisted living facility in Rancho Cordova, and it’s breaking ground on another in Lincoln on July 23.

Folsom’s Frosting Queens say that sales of their creamy spreads nearly quadrupled in the last year....SMUD must guard its linemen against all raiders as other utilities offer bounties to try to recruit them away.

SMUD must guard its linemen against all raiders as other utilities offer bounties to try and recruit them away.

Ana Manzano launched an indiegogo.com campaign to help get her children’s clothing boutique off the ground in Old Sacramento, but she’s not putting all her apples in that cart.

Veteran Sacramento designer Michael Sommerfield finally took a bridal collection to New York last year, a trip that sold several posh boutiques on carrying his Miosa Couture.… Ana Manzano launched an Indiegogo campaign to help get her children’s clothing boutique off the ground in Old Sacramento, but she’s not putting all her apples in that cart.… The founders of Bumbums & Baubles, Amanda Kludt and Caitlin Zapf, are all hush-hush about whether Sacramento will see them on the upcoming season of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

The founders of Bumbums & Baubles, Amanda Kludt and Caitlin Zapf, are all hush-hush about whether Sacramento will see them on the upcoming season of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

A few months after opening a commercial laundry in Sacramento, Keith Pooler received a much-needed validation of his decision: His list of customers doubled. Pooler had to knock on a dozen bankers' doors before he could get a loan for the project.

If you need a job, want to learn and will show up to work on time each day, Beutler service manager Neil Chapman suggests you fill out an online application to work with him.

Mixed martial artist Urijah Faber doesn’t pick fights when it comes to business. He cultivates strategic partners whose projects will benefit from his celebrity. ...One holiday season, as Lodi businessman Robert Beadles struggled to assemble his staff to sign the company greeting cards, he thought there must be a better way. The MemoryTag is his best shot at it.. ... Restaurateur Sami Ladeki waited seven years to expand his chain of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza eateries to the Sacramento region.

Restaurateur Sami Ladeki waited seven years to expand his chain of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza eateries to the Sacramento region.

Another holiday season found Lodi businessman Robert Beadles struggling to assemble his staff to sign the company greeting cards. The MemoryTag is his best shot at ending that frustrating annual ritual.

Sacramento vocal trio Trinitii - Cassie Nutter, Lauren Ona and Jessica Teddington - didn’t make the cut in Sunday’s sing-off on ABC-TV’s “Rising Star.”

Ethan Conrad owns roughly 100 commercial properties, but most of his 100 employees work in construction.

Taylor’s Kitchen and The Chef’s Table earn spots on Open Table’s list of the Top 100 Best Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in America.

Sacramento’s Cooper Oates Air Conditioning accomplishes a building feat of Amazon.com-size proportions and lands some coverage in CNBC documentary. ... Sacramento-area vocalists hope the power of three will make them TV’s next “Rising Stars.” ... The acquisitive Gallina accountancy in Roseville just announced the purchase of a Southern California firm, but managing partner Larry Taylor said he’s looking for others that will make a good fit. ... Want to help shape the Sacramento region’s civic identity? Cast your final vote in the Brandathon contest by Monday.

Want to help shape the Sacramento region’s civic identity? Cast your final vote in the Brandathon contest by Monday.

The acquisitive Gallina accountancy in Roseville just announced the purchase of a Southern California firm, and managing partner Larry Taylor said he and his partners are not done shopping.

If you feel as though your child’s trove of toys is growing faster than contributions to her college savings plan, Davis resident Aimee Hasson has a way to build such funds through The Gift of Education. ...The National Science Foundation has invested tens of thousands in Graham Ryland’s tiny modular robots in a bid to inspire a new generation of math whizzes and engineers. ...Davis Roots is banking on finding a business idea that will pay dividends.

If you feel as though your child's trove of toys is growing faster than the chunk of change in her college savings plan, Davis resident Aimee Hasson offers a new way to fund The Gift of Education.

Friends thought Don Tollefson was nuts when he opened his first battery store back in 1996, but 18 years later, he has five Batteries Plus Bulbs stores that his son Ryan hopes to acquire one day. … Beatnik Studios’ Lindsay Calmettes and Wesley Davis maintain their focus on building a thriving community of artists in their new space at 723 S St., but weddings and other events produce the revenue that keeps their operation profitable. … Elk Grove native Bryce Clemmer and his Portland-based partners turn deejays into veejays with a new program that streams video on music websites or apps. Their company, Vadio, recently reached a deal with Vevo.

Beatnik Studios' Lindsay Calmettes and Wesley Davis maintain their focus on building a thriving community of artists in their new space at 723 S St., but weddings and other events produce the revenue that keeps their operation profitable.

Days before launching a new mobile app that makes the world a much smaller place, Sacramento natives Blake Mori and John Parilo took it along on their road trip to the BottleRock music festival in Napa Valley. And, they checked their egos at the gate....The evolution of the Placer SPCA and its leader, Leilani Fratis, reflects the sea change that has occurred at nonprofits over the last decade....River City Brewing Co. is open for business at Downtown Plaza, although owner Beth Ayres gets a handful of calls daily from customers asking if they’ve closed.

The evolution of the Placer SPCA and its leader, Leilani Fratis, reflects the sea change that has occurred at nonprofits over the last two decades.

Days before launching a new mobile app that makes the world a much smaller place, Sacramento natives Blake Mori and John Parilo took it along on their road trip to the BottleRock music festival in Napa Valley. And, they checked their egos at the gate.

The tiny olive fruit fly is sabotaging yields for some artisanal olive-oil producers in Placerville and beyond.…The momentum surges for Sacramento-based Webconnex as nonprofits, race organizers and others look for an easy, affordable alternative to giants such as EventBrite and Active.com.…Elizabeth McCleary of Devine Gelateria & Cafe in Sacramento didn’t win a spot in the grand final of the World Gelato Tour, but she did expand her network.

The tiny olive fruit fly is sabotaging yields for some artisanal olive-oil producers in Placerville and beyond.…The momentum surges for Sacramento-based Webconnex as nonprofits, race organizers and others look for an easy, affordable alternative to giants such as EventBrite and Active.com.…Elizabeth McCleary of Devine Gelateria & Cafe in Sacramento didn’t win a spot in the grand final of the World Gelato Tour, but she did expand her network.

The momentum surges for Sacramento-based Webconnex as nonprofits, race organizers and others look for an easy, affordable alternative to giants such as EventBrite and Active.com.

Pushkin’s Bakery expands menu and will open new production facility.… Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill, founded in Utah, expands its presence in the Sacramento region with a restaurant in Rancho Cordova.… Technology guru Allan Katzen brings the electronic fun to parties for children and adults in Sacramento and beyond.

Technology guru Allan Katzen brings the electronic fun to parties for children and adults in Sacramento and beyond.

Owners Danny and Olga Turner plan to open a 4,000-square-foot production facility by July.

Hospitality-minded entrepreneurs increasingly are creating luxury retreats and inns that show off the Sacramento region’s natural assets. For three prime examples, look no further than Park Winters, and Casa Bella Verde or Enchanted April Inn in Pilot Hill.

If it hadn’t been for Pam Whitehead’s battle with the Big C, she and her husband, Paul Almond, might never have gone out on their own to found Sage Architecture or the Triumph Cancer Foundation....Exhibits created by West Sacramento’s Stage Nine Design captured the interest of several big names in the museum industry at last week’s trade show in Seattle....As the summer unfolds, developer Dan Friedlander sees momentum building for a public market based on Del Paso Boulevard near Arden Way.

McClatchy High School graduates Amanda Kludt and Caitlin Zapf saw a gap in the market for girls’ shoes. Now their company, Bumbums & Baubles, is filling it at more than 70 U.S. stores. …The University of California’s Shermain Hardesty is selling out workshops to farmers and others who want to become cottage food operators. …La Bou will be back at California Center on Folsom Boulevard at Watt Avenue in Sacramento.

Landlord Jeffrey Tu has begun showing the fire-damaged interior of the former Crepe Escape, 3445 Freeport Blvd. in Sacramento, to potential tenants....A team of MBA students at Sacramento State devise a business strategy that knocks out 31 competitors in an international competition....LPAS Architecture + Design is embracing a modified tilt-up construction design to reduce the costs of projects such as the Tehama County Courthouse in Red Bluff.

Tennis players Denise Antoniadis and Lisa Podlipnik make some racket at more than 50 stores around the nation by solving a sportswear conundrum that plagues women the world over.

Customers can’t believe their eyes when a pair of Olive Oyls – Rachel and Gina Mozingo, owners of Eco Appliance Recycling – show up to pick up and dispose of their heavy household castoffs.

Come early July, Citrus Heights will be seeing a lot of new action as Stones Gambling Hall opens with two separate card rooms, plus a bar and restaurant.

At their financial consulting firm in Grass Valley, Allen and Sabine Ostrofe use money as a way to bring families together....KVIE Channel 6 begins a new series that profiles small businesses around the Central Valley....Job seekers just might meet their match at Saturday’s job fair at the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, 3333 Third Ave., in Sacramento.

Construction businesses were shuttering their doors back in 2008, but that’s the year that Nar Bustamante chose to open a showroom in Carmichael and start offering his high-end home remodeling services. … Sacramento State’s vocal jazz performers score a student award from DownBeat magazine in the first year that graduate student Gaw Vang serves as director. … Sacramento native Ron Alvarado said his Fick’s cocktail fortifier will soon go on sale at Urban Outfitter stores in San Francisco.

Troy Carlson’s Stage Nine will be the first store in the nation to debut fine art from Disney’s “Frozen,” which now ranks as the Hollywood studio’s highest-grossing film. … The Anthem Blue Cross Foundation is challenging Susan G. Komen’s seven California affiliates to help African American women navigate the costly business of beating breast cancer. … David Wakefield used to ply the highways, delivering dairy products for Crystal. Now he’s above all that, piloting the balloon for Team RE/MAX.



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