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Westmoreland Academy
5/31/2013 6:00:00 AM
The Institute for the Redesign of Learning (IRL) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1974. It was established as a catalyst for the design, implementation and dissemination of innovative teaching and learning strategies for infants, children and young adults at risk for learning, developmental, behavioral and emotional problems, as well as students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. IRL operates four facilities in South Pasadena and one in the City of Commerce. ...Read More
Premier Organics
5/30/2013 6:00:00 AM

Cuenca-Romero - or Santi as he is best known - is the founder and president of Premier Organics, an Oakland-based food products firm that specializes in nut butters.  Born in Spain, Santi is a biochemist and was working in the meat industry in his native country when he had an idea.  He realized that his work in the meat industry was similar to making peanut butter - "they're both grinding industries" - and wondered how he could go beyond the peanut (which many people are allergic to).

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Central Valley Displays
5/29/2013 6:00:00 AM
Central Valley Displays (CVD) is a family-owned publication distribution company that has been in business since 1974.   It provides service for 11 local publishers that produce publications in both English and Spanish.  CVD helps the local publishers promote their magazines through distribution, location, and weekly maintenance of display racks that are located in grocery stores, restaurants, shopping malls, and other local businesses.   Twelve years ago, management shifted to the second generation. ...Read More
St. Florian's Brewery
5/28/2013 6:00:00 AM
Previously, a stay-at-home mom and former marketing executive, Amy Levin decided she wanted to get back into the business world.  It turned out that Amy didn't have to go farther than her own kitchen and garage, where her firefighter husband, Captain Aron Levin, had been making his own home-brew for years (to much acclaim from friends and family). ...Read More
Prather Ranch Meat Company
5/24/2013 6:00:00 AM
Founded by Doug Stonebreaker in 2003 to create a new paradigm for meat production and sales, Prather Ranch Meat Company was a natural outgrowth of its parent business, Prather Ranch. Owned and operated by the Rickert and Ralphs families, the ranch is a unique closed-herd operation that raises its own hay, breeds its own cattle and does its own slaughter and processing. ...Read More
OCC, Inc.
5/23/2013 6:00:00 AM
Pam Hintermeyer is the president and majority owner of Costa Mesa-based OCC, Inc., an electronic components concern. When large corporations began to compete with her business, OCC, a 38-year-old company, nearly crumbled. ...Read More
Lottie's Creamery
5/22/2013 6:00:00 AM
An almost primal happiness comes even at the mere mention of ice cream. This sense is only magnified when the ice cream is made with an exquisite attention to detail by people who love ice cream. Deb Phillips - chef - and Cesar Angobaldo - principal - are these people and they've decided to bring this joy to Walnut Creek. ...Read More
Pro Tek Cargo
5/21/2013 6:00:00 AM
Michael Garcia started out as a cobbler, but Protek Cargo – the company he founded more than 20 years ago and is now a national leader in protecting temperature-sensitive freight – is anything but cobbled together. ...Read More
Patz Materials & Technologies LLC
5/20/2013 6:00:00 AM
Do you know how sports helmets are made?  Or high end fishing rods?  Or maybe even armored vehicles?  Well, it’s quite possible that the composite materials to make these products have come from a father-and-son business in an industrial park in Benecia, California.  Gary, the father, started his business in 2005 after leaving a similar business when it was sold.  For five years he concentrated on the research and development of their product. ...Read More
Maas Energy Works
5/17/2013 9:25:00 AM
In partnership with rural dairy farmers, Maas Energy Works specializes in turning methane gas generated by cow manure into electricity.  With the help of his bankers, grant funding, and a California Small Business Loan Guarantee through his local FDC, Daryl Maas, president of Maas Energy Works, was able to bring his company from Washington to a dairy farm near the city of Galt in north-central California. ...Read More

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