Maccaferri USA will fight erosion of California hills and mountains with products made in expanded factory at McClellan Park. ... A winning record isn't all that Sac State students are gaining with engineering competitions. ... Server Giancarlo Albiero returns to his native Italy after more than 25 years with Biba Restaurant.

The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency invested $32 million of your federal tax dollars to build community and reduce crime in Norcade Circle. Find out if so-called neighborhood stabilization funds can work.

Andy Paul, who won the “Calling All Dreamers” business idea contest in July, is sprinting to get Andy’s Candy Apothecary opened in the 800 J Lofts by Dec. 6. ... After getting several requests, auctioneer David Sobon is expanding into doing estate auctions. ... Calrose rice farmers get a boost as their grain is named world’s best rice.

Developer Byong Yu has spent more than $22 million to expand the offerings at Koreana Plaza in Rancho Cordova. He's not done yet. ... If you struggle with the mind games being played at your workplace, Sacramento State political scientist Jack Godwin has a book for you. ... Some big ideas come out of the Sacramento Brand-a-Thon, but the effort wouldn't be complete if organizers didn't open it up to you.

Kaiser Permanente is introducing stores, and Western Health Advantage has leaped into the world of TV ads to compete in a new world where individual consumers are making choices. ... Old Sacramento's Stage Nine builds a time machine straight out of “Doctor Who.” ... SMUD is signing up businesses for a panel to find ways to lower energy costs.

The owner of Feeding Crane Farms calls it quits after several attempts to restructure his North Natomas operation. ... Don’t let the name Placer Title fool you. This Auburn-based company operates nationwide.

Two local developers sat on the sidelines for awhile, but they’ll be coming back in a big way on Nov. 20.

Z Specialty Food company might hit $1 million in sales this year, a feat Ishai Zeldner used to dream about back when he could buy domestic honey for 50 or 65 cents a pound.

Sacramentans gobble up chef Mai Pham's noodles, banh mi and curries at her Star Ginger restaurant on Folsom Boulevard, but the region's appetite for Pham's Asian delights pales next to that of patrons at some of her other Star Ginger eateries.

Celebrity chef Martin Yan opened a new M.Y. China restaurant at Rohnert Park’s Graton Resort & Casino on Tuesday, but bright and early Friday morning, he was on the road to the Sacramento region to shoot a cooking show with Sacramento chef and restaurateur Mai Pham.

Multimillionaire developer Joe Benvenuti gave his daughter Nancy his blessing to pursue a Carmichael project three days before he died. Find out what it was. ... Wally Clark and other descendants of former tenants at Sacramento’s historic public market celebrate its 90th anniversary... Macy’s puts “Sac” up in lights as it celebrates moving furniture and menswear back into its main store at Downtown Plaza.

The late photographer Ted Sirlin cast a long shadow, but his son is gaining a name in a different industry. ... The Sacramento Antique Faire delayed its move for 10 months, but now it's happening. Here's where to find it on Nov. 10. ... People are coming from as far away as Los Angeles and the Bay Area to attend seminars at Sacramento's Women Business Center.

Want to win in business? Learn how to pivot like Wes Sumida, whose Rancho Cordova business earns almost $120 million a year. … Plus, see how construction management students at Sac State slammed the competition and where salon owner Manisha Hotpeti is expanding her Desi Salon.

Get the inside scoop on what led developer Sacramento developer Robert Powell to donate $125 million to the University of the Pacific. Also, find out here what local business just won a $50,000 marketing makeover.

Robin Bernardoni, the owner of Runway and Button Up boutiques, crosses the American River to open up her third store in Roseville.

Gee Willikers! Sacramento's Troy Carlson started out crafting a small exhibit for the California State Fair, but now his displays get rented by fairs around the nation. ... Nonprofit leaders can get expert advice on property taxes, sales taxes and income taxes this Friday in Sacramento. ... Galt's Spaans Cookie Co. will take online orders for its holiday treats.

Kenneth and Timothy Ouimet help shoppers find deals on their groceries at, but that's really just a tiny part of the story behind their Davis-based Engage3.

The Paragary Restaurant Group discovers there’s one thing its patrons love more than its food: rewards for their loyalty. The chain’s iEat Rewards program has grown to 15,000 accounts since launching in February.

This year’s Architecture Festival brings back favorites like the Top of the City views from skyscrapers but also adds new gems such as the farm-to-fork architecture tour. ... B Street Theatre takes its cue from the commercial theaters to get its latest production on stage. ... Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Syndrome, Wells Fargo regional vice president Chevo Ramirez vowed to raise $1 million for research. His efforts are already being felt in the region.

Arthur Driscoll II hands the reins of the $311 million Sunsweet Growers business to his protege, Dane Lance. ... Ooh-la-la, Mimi’s customers get a taste of what’s to come from chain’s new owners. ... When people try the wines from Rocklin’s Davis Dean Cellars, they buy them, owners Marshall and Cindy Davis say ... Sales went bonkers after Sacramento inventor Christopher Johnson appeared Friday night on ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

Jimboy’s Tacos retools its stores, technology and franchising operation as it looks to expand for the future. ... Learn how Sacramento entrepreneur Christopher Johnson fared when he swam with the big fishes on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” ... Nearly 70 companies and nonprofit entities enter a contest that offers a $50,000 marketing makeover, but only eight remain.

Sacramento developer Gary Ravel may well be remembered best for a project that he wasn't able to see completed. ... Five creative types at Roseville's Elevendy design studio will continue to live in Tom Clancy's world, but they mourn the artist along with soldiers and statesmen.

The owner of Taylor’s Market in Sacramento and his team of two blow away the judges and the audience in the Flying Knives butchery competition in Oakland

What’s Sam Swaleh, a contestant on this season’s “The Great Food Truck Race” doing in Rocklin? ... Guess who else is popping up in Rocklin? Elk Grove residents David and Erika Benavides plan to open a second branch of The Popcorn Store there. ... Rene Lesane invented her Komaza Care line of hair products to solve her own hair problems but quickly found a big demand.

The Common Grounds coffee shop reopens in Davis, and Traffic Management Inc. offers high-paying jobs, no college education required.

The business incubator known as Flywheel, created by the Arts & Business Council, is helping emerging artists to secure the network, funding and business savvy to give their passions momentum.

A Sacramento nonprofit helps launch local businesses, and Sacramento’s big bunny makes a big splash this week on the cover of the Wall Street Journal.

Elk Grove residents A. Cornell and Boomie Cotton buy the Tommy T's comedy club business in Rancho Cordova, and they're adding jazz to the mix at the entertainment. ... Taylor's Market co-owner Danny Johnson, just 49, is getting accustomed to the idea of being an old guy in the butchering trade as a new generation of foodies attempt to renew the craft. ... The California Preservation Foundation will recognize the renovation of Sacramento's Stanley Mosk State Library and Courts Building as outstanding on Sept. 27.

Ada Komorniczak and Gastón Deferrari sold $2 million worth of belts, jewelry and other accessories last year, landing a spot at No. 588 on Inc. magazine’s list of the nation’s 5,000 fastest-growing small companies. Ada Collection, their fashion design company, is based in Folsom. ... Pasta Pomodoro didn’t like new lease terms, so it closed its location in Roseville. ... Rumors abound about the Selland family opening a cafe in the building that once housed Crepe Escape in Land Park, but the family says they haven’t scouted a location there.

Sacramento’s BareBones WorkWear will be ready to sell franchises within a month’s time, a strategy the company is using in hopes of being able to expand to 200 stores in the next 10 years. It now has five stores around the region.

The demise of Pat Murakami’s Ambrosia Cafe has been greatly exaggerated. The owners of Casa de Espanol started out with Spanish-language courses, but now they’re adding a cultural center and Montessori preschool. Pushkin’s Bakery will be selling its gluten-free goodies at the Davis Whole Foods store by October.

Investment adviser David DeCamilla will be feted this weekend in Columbia, S.C., where from 1968 to 1970 he anchored the offensive line for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.

You would think that a money manager who ranks on Barron's list of the top 100 independent financial advisers would be serving millionaire clients, but that's not the case for Roseville-based Hanson McClain.

Sushi chef Lou Valente is finally opening the restaurant that he's dreamed about for the last three years, taking over the spot once occupied by Una Mas Mexican Grill at 2801 P St. in Sacramento.

Larry Gury would rather not be telling me that he and his partner, Russ Kuhn, sold 10 buildings from their retail portfolio for $98.8 million, but the sale was made to a publicly traded company and so it was disclosed to investors.

Chemical engineer John Bissell has done it. He's built a tiny biorefinery in West Sacramento where he's begun to test out whether he can use cardboard to create bioplastics.

Once again Lucy Eidam Crocker has jumped into a roiling cauldron, this time with a contract to help the city of Sacramento get public input as it moves forward with plans for a new Kings arena downtown.

Conventional lenders weren't willing to bet on Verge Center for the Arts, but Executive Director Liv Moe and her board found one unconventional enough to see that their nonprofit had a solid income stream that could make a $1.5 million loan work.

If you'd like a reminder about which day to put out your recycling in the city of Sacramento, Vineet Srivastava has developed a way to help.

Angela and Annette Del Biaggio, aka The Frosting Queens, launched their all-natural icing just three years ago, and now it's selling at more than 350 stores in 30 states.

The staff over at Folsom-based e.Republic has grown by 15 percent this year, but CEO Dennis McKenna tells me that he is continuing to expand his media and research company.

Watch out, Sacramento. Linda Urquhart is finally spinning out of control after four decades of sticking to her knitting at Rumpelstiltskin craft store.

The Cassella brothers want the works – salamis, pancetta, mortadella and plenty of fine cheeses. And they'll be selling all of it by the pound at a new delicatessen they plan to open Sept. 17 in Elk Grove.

Accountant Kenneth Macias promises the world's most boring interview, a quip that comes after he's asked about the trademarked slogan on his firm's website: "Proud To Be Boring Accountants."

The staff of Sacramento Magazine is settling into new North Sacramento digs this week at 231 Lathrop Way, not far from the hotel formerly known as the Radisson.

The restrained beiges and browns of the exterior of the Mirage Banquet Hall belie the interior's gleaming chandeliers, rich marble floors and outrageous LED dance floor.

Whether you've got an appetite for change or you're just plain hungry, the new Plates 2 Go will be serving up a menu to satisfy you starting Wednesday at 10 a.m. at 1725 L St. in midtown Sacramento.

Andy Paul is brimming with the excitement of a kid in a candy store after winning a prize worth $135,000 that will allow him to open his dream business, Andy's Candy Apothecary.

Danny Johnson started out making his mini-doughnuts on an appropriately small cart in Old Sacramento, but small things apparently need big, big spaces.

The Kassis family is investing $750,000 to keep Arden Arcade's Country Club Lanes at the top of its game, and if you think the name of the game is bowling, then you need to visit 2600 Watt Ave.

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