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.

The co-founder of midtown Sacramento’s Devine Gelateria & Cafe wants nothing less than world domination, but she’s starting with Austin, Texas. … About a dozen Sacramento-area olive growers win respect for their olive oil from L.A. to NYC. … East Sacramento resident Malcolm Kushner does a public service for lawyers in his latest book.

Hundreds of children and youths clamored to play basketball in leagues run by Jacob Biagi and Royce Browning, but there was just one problem: not enough court space....The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education teams up with the California Endowment to give south Sacramento residents a voice in how their community will be portrayed.

Auburn’s Cheryl Gibson will be inducted into the California Homebuilding Foundation’s Hall of Fame in June, along with six other building industry leaders. … Roseville’s Innovations Health is garnering renewed interest for a device that improves wheelchair mobility, almost 20 years after it was created. … Chef John Gurnee, praised by The Bee’s dining critic for his edgy menus and excellent cooking skills, took the reins at Drake in Bend, Ore., a month ago. His friend of 10 years, Bob Safford, the sous chef at Taylor’s Kitchen, will join him May 10.

Miyamoto International, the West Sacramento-based structural engineering firm, plans to add offices in as many as five countries within a year, CEO Kit Miyamoto says. … Tractor Supply Co. is steadily turning up new stores all across rural America, and its newest one will be in Antelope. … A wide swath of Historic Downtown Placerville’s Main Street will be getting fresh new colors in June.

The staff at the Courtyard Marriott near the UC Davis Medical Center hope to put the finishing touches on a multimillion-dollar renovation of its rooms and public spaces by June. … T-shirt designer Matt Brickley sold hundreds of thousands of garments at various e-tail sites, but they didn’t allow him access to his customer information. He’s taken control with Print Aura. …Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services invites you to learn how to grow your own food and become more self-sufficient at Garden Day.

Folsom’s AgreeYa Solutions has almost doubled it revenue since 2008, concrete confirmation for managing partner Ajay Kaul that spinning off the firm’s mobile practice was the right decision a few years ago. … Farmer Thaddeus Barsotti, co-owner of Capay Organic, shares his thoughts on Wal-Mart’s decision to expand its organic food line. … After a successful debut in 2013, PG&E and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento again team up to help the region’s teens find summer jobs in a challenging labor market.

Sacramento woodcarver Diana Kwan is no clock watcher when it comes to her work....Auburn’s Riskalyze will help find your risk number, something that will help you sleep a whole lot better amid today’s roller-coaster stock market.

California Pizza Kitchen chose its restaurant near Sacramento’s Arden Fair as the first location to roll out a menu that includes the Sunny Side Up Bacon and Potato Pizza.

Salon owner and hair stylist Marci Landgraf more than doubles the size of her midtown Sacramento studio to make space for education events that will bring in cutting-edge hairdressers from around the world … Carson Gross, Mike Machado and Brett Owens believe the student just might become the master … Oakmont Senior Living expects to open two new luxury retirement communities in Carmichael and Folsom in the fall.

Embraced by diners in Fresno, two restaurant chains now are taking a bite of a bigger enchilada with new locations in the capital region.

Chad Augustin sees people on the worst days of their lives, and he wouldn't have it any other way. ... Drexel University ensures that junior Kelsey Katsura will be put through her paces, not just in the classroom but also at work with the Sacramento Republic FC. ... Sutter Davis CEO Janet Wagner picked up the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award at an awards ceremony Sunday night.

Freeport Bakery’s Marlene Goetzeler takes the reins of the Retail Bakers of America.

Restaurateurs Lisandro and Karla Madrigal will open a third Chando’s Tacos location, this one in a shopping center at 943 Pleasant Grove Blvd. in Roseville. An opening date hasn’t been set, but it will be sometime in May.

Casa de Español, the Spanish language school on J Street, expects to move into new digs with five times the space by the end of the year. ...The regional influence of the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program is visible in the March issue of Comstock’s magazine ... Cyclist Rich Rifkin said the new owners of Steady Eddy’s in Winters have made changes that will keep him pedaling back.

The new Honda Smart Home, located at UC Davis, can aptly be described as the house of the future, but it also offers tangible ideas for reducing carbon use today. … Velma Sykes had the idea for a regional chamber of commerce for women seven years ago, but she didn’t act on it until she saw a list of millionaires being recruited to invest in the Kings. … California State Parks takes the reins of two hotels at Columbia State Historic Park.

Entrepreneurs will tell you that they learn more from failure than they ever do from their successes. That might be cold comfort for some local Girl Scouts struggling to meet their goals on cookie sales, however.

The nonprofit My Sister’s House opens a cafe at Sacramento’s 455 Capitol Mall to provide job training and generate unrestricted revenue to assist women escaping domestic violence.… Tiffany Latino is continuing a family tradition, buying The Bird Shop at 5553 Auburn Blvd. that her mother and grandfather had both owned. … Mariel Black, the purveyor of Sinful Treats, doesn’t feel an ounce of guilt about expanding her business at 5640 Whitelock Pkwy. in Elk Grove.

Mercy General Hospital will draw families securely into the patient care team with the opening of the Alex G. Spanos Heart & Vascular Center, and it will give the medical team the space it needs to operate a very busy cardiac-care unit.

Oakmont High School grad Cassie McFarland steps up to the plate at the U.S. Mint in San Francisco. ... It takes a lot of whiz-bang equipment to mint collectors’ coins. ... U.S. Mint has jobs starting at $22 an hour, no college degree needed.

Entrepreneurs can labor for decades to be at the right place at the right time. Take Davis’ Karen Bond, Malcolm Bond and Gary Engle, for example. ... When the Bonds aren’t pioneering innovations in the world of medical technology, they’re growing award-winning olive oil under the Bondolio label in Winters. ... Karen Bond hates hearing kids say they can’t afford to go to college. A child of welfare, she blazed a path that her public high school would have denied her.

Wal-Mart will return to Sacramento's Southgate Plaza with a Neighborhood Market grocery store in 2015. It vacated the space in 2009 to build a Supercenter at Florin Towne Centre but held onto its long-term lease on 133,000 square feet.

Fairmont San Francisco chooses Sacramento photographer Donald Satterlee’s image of the Golden Gate Bridge for 283 rooms. ... Gold River’s All Plastic can cover anything, whether it’s a polar bear, a meteorite or even “Star Trek” uniforms. ... Regional teams define the Sacramento region in two minutes or less at the Brandathon Pitchfest in Memorial Auditorium on March 27.

Driven to improve the skills he was seeing in new hires, veteran hairstylist Robert Brown enlisted friends to open a school of cosmetology in south Sacramento. ... Rodrigo Zamora, a longtime minority owner of Celia's Restaurant in Rosemont, bought ownership of the business a few years ago and now has reinvented the eatery as Rodrigo's Comal. ... Everyone's invited to Memorial Auditorium on March 27 to watch teams pitch the slogans that they feel best brand the Sacramento region.

If you have pedaled through Davis and down that wind tunnel known as Putah Creek Road, then your reward will likely be a stop at Steady Eddy's in Winters. Say hello to new owners Jamell and Carla Wroten.

The Sustainable Technology Outdoor Research Center, a scrap of land opposite Sacramento State's parking lot 4, feels more like a garage start-up than an academic lab.

Ken and Charla Schenck win the Hospital of the Year Award from the influential Veterinary Economics magazine for the top-notch design of Mueller Pet Medical Center in South Sacramento. … Owners of Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital get a deal on a foreclosed property with almost four times the space at their old site. … Sacramento Animal Hospital expects to move into its new building in East Sac by the end of March.

Think bigger is better? You might want to talk with Grand Poobah Carl Landau whose Niche Media makes hundreds of thousands of dollars by educating publishers of small magazines. ... Fair Oaks’ Chris Rice is voicing a new branding campaign for NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network airing during the Olympics. ... Axis Gallery will relocate to a new space in June at the remodeled Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St.

Restaurateurs Chamba and Amy Cooke doubled the size of Summer Thyme's Bakery & Deli last month when they moved just a couple blocks over to 231 Colfax Ave. in Grass Valley ... A Seattle-based company gives 11 acres of land to Sacramento Habitat for Humanity, the largest such donation in the affiliate's 28-year history. ... And, there's more.

The owners of Sacramento’s Hard Times Billiards were in just the right position to lure top professional pool players from around the world to their tournaments next week. ... A 40-room hotel in Truckee once again ranks second only to the Ritz-Carlton on U.S. News and World Reports’ list of the 45 best hotels in the Lake Tahoe area.

A-list celebrities such as rapper Lil Wayne and actor James Franco have been spotted in headwear designed by Sacramento's Jason Maggio, and his company's sales shot up to $2.7 million in 2013.

The owners of Getta Clue joke that their store is about where Section 222 of the new arena will be. They have an eye on a new address at Downtown Plaza.

Randy Paragary is undertaking a $600,000 remodel of his namesake restaurant, located at 28th and N streets in Sacramento. ... Christopher Johnson started with a microwaveable ramen cooker, but he's feverishly working to expand his product line. ... Jason Cuff and Glen Baldwin forged a friendship as part of the 2013 class at the California Farm Academy. It evolved into Hearty Fork Farm.

Granite Bay's Theresa Ragan toted up $1 million in book sales by March 2013, two years after self-publishing her first novel, but don’t call her an overnight success. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The owner of Harv’s Car Wash rolls out a lavender piano to bring some artistic spontaneity to his little corner of Sacramento’s Lavender Heights.

Chris Wilson just loves the laundry business, so naming his new business on K at 25th was a no-brainer: Love Laundry. ... Boulevard Park just might be celebrating a new neighborhood eatery on Super Bowl weekend. It's Mark and Carol Hoyt's Easy on I at 1725 I St. ... Donna Davis is still fresh in her role as the SBA's Region IX administrator, but she's already made a trip to Sacramento.

Comedy club owner Tommy Thomas hopes to open a new venue in Rancho Cordova as soon as February, but there are complications. ... Now a board member at Winters’ Center for Land-Based Learning, 28-year-old Mai Yang Vang recently learned the organization will receive an award for the very program that hooked her on environmental justice as a teenager. ... Erstwhile event planner Sharon Gerber will try to establish an art career over the next two years.

Global consulting firm Frost & Sullivan tells solar energy users to watch out for Rancho Cordova’s CyboEnergy game-changing technology. … Here’s how Arareity Jewelers’ Carol Koblik wholly transformed her business from bead seller to fine jeweler. … 1-2-3! Three Sacramento State student teams dream up products, develop a pitch and score top three rankings in competition against other CSU schools.

Social entrepreneur Scott Thompson is betting that midtown Sacramento diners will embrace an alternative to Styrofoam takeout containers. ... Business accelerator Davis Roots asks well-known entrepreneurs to share their stories in hopes of inspiring other big ideas. ... Davis' Sugar Daddies will open a new store at Folsom's Palladio at Broadstone just before spring, but first comes Bracketology.

Lincoln’s Cases Plus constructs the best insurance policy against loss for Apple, Raytheon and many other Fortune 500 companies shipping high-end, high-tech equipment. ... Plans for a downtown arena have building owners in Old Sacramento thinking the time is ripe to sell their properties. ... Sacramento developer Michael Moser expects to get permission soon to finish building a dozen riverside condominiums exempt from the moratorium on construction in the Natomas area.

The new owner of Plaza Foods in Rancho Murieta is using the supermarket as a springboard to expand her online sales of groceries. ... A change in the GED tests had staff and volunteers at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services running hard as 2013 came to a close. ... Thanks to Peters Engineering, we can all see the City Hall garage at 10th and I streets in a different light.

Fair Oaks consultant Doug Lipp was welcomed to the Persian Gulf like a long-lost son, including a call notifying him that the crown prince of Bahrain wanted to schedule a meeting. ... The Gatsby craze has run its course, and that's not good news for literature lover Marina Watanabe. ... Jazz & Jokers at Niki C's abruptly shuts down in Rancho Cordova, and it looks as though Tommy T's might return to the spot.

The fourth quarter brings plenty of stories about how retailers and manufacturers hope to usher out the old year with bang-up sales, but there are a number of businesses whose success depends on bringing the new year in with a roar.

El Dorado Hills’ Feross Aboukhadijeh graduated from Stanford University in May 2012, created his first startup company last March and earlier this month sold it to Yahoo.

The three partners at iHouse Web Solutions and have mastered the art of making money on set-it-and-forget-it technology that many people need to get business done. ... If your nonprofit wants to participate in the Big Day of Giving in May, then sign up for an orientation on Jan. 6. It’s the last webinar for newcomers.

The lobby of the Hyatt Regency Sacramento throbbed with the hustle and bustle of a downtown property in San Francisco as 800 guests arrived for a Christmas Day brunch. A hotel can’t buy a better marketing opportunity, industry veterans say.

Over the next two years, Bank of America will donate $200,000 to the nonprofit Roberts Family Development Center in North Sacramento. ... Kimberly Haines is living a surreal life. ... Comerica Bank gives a $50,000 boost to the tiniest entrepreneurs.

If you visit a Placer County mandarin grower only for Orchard Days, then you might well believe that a sudden onslaught of visitors is shaking up their quiet country existence.

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