Pets are living the good life in the United States, and entrepreneur Jennifer Kirk keeps expanding her Posh Pets business to cater to them....Cancer survivor Jackie Nadile merges a tavern with a discount moviehouse at Public House Theater in Sacramento’s Tahoe Park neighborhood.

Best-selling author and thought leader Peter Sims regularly advises key personnel at Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Amazon and General Electric, but Monday found him back home speaking to students at his alma mater, rural Colfax High School.

Women artists in the United States must scale a tall mountain to gain parity with their male peers, and Sacramento’s Kathy Lemke Waste will be leading an assault by one key expedition party.

Lem Adams took a wrong turn onto Del Paso Boulevard and stumbled upon what he considered to be the perfect home for the sports performance gym he had dreamed of opening. Never mind that the surrounding neighborhoods in north Sacramento suffered from some of the worst rates of chronic diseases in Sacramento County.

Fresh off appearances in the Bay Area, butcher Danny Johnson of Taylor’s Market will display his skills back home at the Farm-to-Fork Festival this weekend.

In the past few years, the head count at Aon Risk Solutions’ Central California office has been growing by 15 to 20 percent annually, so senior vice president Alex Michon basically never stops looking for account executives and account managers.

If the 80-acre General Mills campus is shuttered next year, as the company announced Thursday, the loss will rip a small hole in the fabric of life for Lodi.

Sacramento’s Cambria Solutions can’t hire fast enough for business analysts and software developers, but owner Robert Rodriguez says it’s a good problem to have for his fast-growing consulting firm.

Roseville’s Wellness Within tries to grow its budget and the medical community’s acceptance of holistic treatments for cancer survivors.

Pizza Guys chain picks Sacramento Kings shooting guard Ben McLemore as the new spokesman for the chain, following the sign-and-trade deal that sent point guard Isaiah Thomas to the Phoenix Suns this summer.

Sacramento’s Epic Bible College began offering a graduate degree for the first time this semester, a master of arts in ethical leadership.

Siblings Mark Snyder and Amy Guthrie will open a William Glen store at 2310 Fair Oaks Blvd., directly across from the popular Pavilions shopping center in Sacramento.

If you think the food at Centro Cocina Mexicana tastes as good as your grandmother’s, you’re very close to uncovering a crucial secret to this 20-year-old Sacramento restaurant’s success.

The team at Riskalyze discovered that investment firms had identified a new use for their software, and they quickly made upgrades to capitalize on a new market.

If you think the food at Centro tastes just like your grandmother would make it, you’re not far off. Three abuelitas, or grandmothers, have been preparing all of Centro’s moles, salsas and tortillas almost since it opened 20 years ago.

Sacramento entrepreneur Evan DeMarco teams up with a local obstetrician, Dr. Victor Chan, to create a prenatal vitamin supplement that comes in packets like Crystal Light rather than the horse pills women have choked down for decades.

Engage3 founders Kenneth and Timothy Ouimet soon will enlist users of their ShoppingScout app to earn prizes by tracking grocery prices, a move they believe will extend the reach of their app into stores nationwide.

After owners of The Chef’s Table posted a notice in their front window about a liquor license changing hands, patrons began wondering whether the popular Rocklin eatery was being sold or closed. The answer is ‘no’ on both counts.

Baguettes owners Larry and Paula Hunley soon will be opening at their new location in Elk Grove: 8351 Elk Grove Blvd.

The successful Maggiano’s Little Italy chain opens its 48th restaurant in Sacramento’s Arden Fair Mall.

If you’re wondering whether the world’s crop science companies are listening to consumer demand for sustainable farming, look no farther than West Sacramento, where Bayer CropScience is investing $80 million toward developing products to naturally combat pests and diseases.

Elk Grove’s Double Nickel Smokehouse gets its name from the number on Chicago Bear linebacker Lance Briggs’ jersey, but it is Briggs’ childhood friend Cameron Lee who owns the majority stake in the restaurant and who calls the plays there.

Roseville’s ASR Restaurant offers a deal to diners holding gift cards from now-shuttered Crush 29 and Suede Blue.

El Dorado County’s Miraflores Winery toasts cameo role its wines will receive in upcoming movie.

The ranks of Medi-Cal recipients are growing by 10,000 a month in Sacramento County because of the Affordable Care Act, and Sacramento-based WellSpace Health is expanding around the region with primary-care clinics to serve them.

After a two-year court battle, owners of the Eureka Ridge Plaza gain the right to evict the Alizadeh family's Crush 29 restaurant, triggering a closure Tuesday that seemed abrupt to customers and employees.

The operators of the Crest Theatre, including Sid Garcia-Heberger, have reached a negotiations impasse with their landlord and will end their management of K Street Mall landmark on Oct. 31, Garcia-Heberger said Monday.

Longtime Roseville resident Harwinder Bisla, the man who built Bisla’s sports bar near Sacramento State, is investing $3 million to build the upscale ASR Restaurant & Lounge in Roseville.

Two restaurant companies - Paragary Restaurant Group and Chando’s Tacos - have encountered delays in remodeling and have delayed their opening dates.

After 48 years of operation, Assistance League of Sacramento acquires a building at 2751 Fulton that it will call home.

IT consultant Rafael Estrada finds government contract work revving up post-recession; Sacramento entrepreneurs find a virtual footing for their creative projects

Increasingly, Sacramento-area entrepreneurs are gaining backers or subscribers in the virtual world by putting their ideas on online funding platforms and video-sharing sites. Take a look at three that caught this columnist’s attention.

Tre Borden, Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel are nearly two-thirds of the way toward funding their $150,000 Bright Underbelly project, a mural project that will put a 70,000-square-foot image on the underbelly of the W-X freeway.

Artist Maren Conrad and merchandising expert Elizabeth Wood are finding success with their “off-the-wall” idea, taking images from Conrad’s paintings and putting them on table linens and pillow covers.

In just its second year, the Flywheel, a business incubator for artists, is becoming a force for creative collaboration in the Sacramento region.

Botanist and new mom Kristine Callis-Duehl cringed at the spider pictured in a children’s book on insects. Later, she co-founded Budding Biologist, a book and video game company, to correct those types of science mistakes.

The fast-growing MDSTAT Urgent Care, based in El Dorado Hills, snaps up The Doctors Center in Fair Oaks.

Rocklin’s Parallax surprised the open-source community by releasing its source code for the powerful Propeller 1 processor.

Public relations expert Lori Prosio ventured out on her own last July, and already she is hiring a sixth employee.

A week after launching the first-ever Kickstarter campaign for El Dorado Hills-based SlideBelts, owners Brig and Michelle Taylor blew past their intial goal of $60,000 and were on pace to surpass a stretch goal of $350,000.

Art gallery veteran Cynthia Lou opens Sparrow Gallery at 2418 K St. in Sacramento.

The board of the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that Cathy Rodriguez has been named president and chief executive officer of the organization. founder Chad Woods estimated that traffic to his website has increased 20 percent this year, and he’ll explain why Wednesday at a Facebook seminar for small business owners.

Because of Miyamoto International’s success in Haiti, the government of Liberia invites the company’s CEO, Kit Miyamoto, to look at how residents there can be trained to build safe, affordable housing.

Sacramento’s Genevieve Ross saw chronic illnesses such as eczema and nasal congestion vanish as she adhered to the Paleo Diet, so she decided to make it easy for others to do the same.

When she opened an independent bookstore in 2012, Tina Ferguson, owner of Face In A Book in El Dorado Hills, wrote that she was called everything from courageous to crazy. It’s time to add canny to the list of ‘c’ words.

Roughly 41 percent of financial advisers ranked Redtail Technology’s cloud-based system as the best software to manage customer relationships in a survey released Tuesday by

Smart & Final owned the Henry’s Farmers Market stores for just a little more than three years before selling them to Sprouts in early 2011. But the Henry’s team left a DNA imprint on the parent chain that is evident at a new store in Carmichael and two others that will open in Rancho Cordova and south Sacramento later this year.

E.Republic founder Dennis McKenna seeds a venture fund to encourage civic technology; his first investment is ArchiveSocial, a company that archives social media accounts for governments.

Rocklin’s Parallax earns $7 million a year in a business that gets roughly half its revenue from education, a bit of irony that isn’t lost on founder Chip Gracey, who was a struggling student at Mira Loma High School.

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