Posts tagged Economic Development and Financing Corporation
Startup Mendocino Featured in Ukiah Daily Journal

We're thrilled at Startup Mendocino Final Round being in The Ukiah Daily Journal.

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Startup Mendocino Special Guest: Isabel Guzman from Governor Newsom's Office

We are very excited to announce that Isabel Guzman, the Director of the Office of Small Business Advocate in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development will be attending the Startup Mendocino pitch competition Gala.

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Startup Mendocino Featured on KZYX Radio

We're thrilled to hear this interview with West Business Development Center CEO Mary Anne Petrillo and KZYX Radio about Startup Mendocino.

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Startup Mendocino: What A Night!

The enthusiasm in the Sequoia Room at North Coast Brewery in Fort Bragg was palpable on Monday night. It was the semi-final round of Startup Mendocino and our esteemed judges Scott Yandell, President/CEO, Savings Bank, Sharon Davis, CEO, Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce, Heather Gurewitz, Executive Director, EDFC, Jennifer Owen, CFO, North Coast Brewing, Una Wirkebau, Executive Director of Explore Ukiah weighed in on which five of our initial 12 would go on to compete live at our Gala event August 25th.

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Startup Mendocino: Five Finalists

We are absolutely thrilled to announce the five finalists who will go on to compete at our Startup Mendocino pitch gala competition August 25th.

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Startup Mendocino Sponsor Spotlight: Adventist Health

Adventist Health is a faith‐based, nonprofit, integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Here in Mendocino County, we have Adventist Health Ukiah Valley (AHUV) and Adventist Health Howard Memorial (AHHM). These two hospitals are a core part of Mendocino County’s quality of life.

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Startup Mendocino Sponsor Spotlight: North Coast Brewery Company

A pioneer in the Craft Beer movement, North Coast Brewing Company opened in 1988 as a local brewpub in Fort Bragg. Possessing an uncompromising commitment to craft, quality and a will to do things differently, President & Co-Founder Mark Ruedrich built and grew North Coast Brewing…

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Startup Mendocino Sponsor Spotlight: Mendocino College

Mendocino College is a public, two-year community college founded in September 1972. The College now encompasses 3,200 square miles of Mendocino and Lake Counties, serving a population of 150,000. With almost 4,000 full-time and part time students, the College is dedicated to its diverse and dynamic community of students and helping them achieve their goals through research, reflection and dialogue.

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Startup Mendocino Sponsor Spotlight: Harvest Market

Harvest Market is a family-owned business started by Tom Honer in May 1985. Well known and loved by customers up and down the Coast of Mendocino County, what began as one traditional grocery store and has evolved into three stores that reflect a unique blend of conventional, specialty, organic, domestic, international, and local products.

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Startup Mendocino Sponsor Spotlight: EDFC

The Economic Development & Financing Corporation (EDFC) was formed through a unique partnership between Mendocino County’s four incorporated cities and the county to coordinate and support economic development activity in Mendocino County in 1995. We’re proud to have EDFC as a Startup Mendocino Sponsor and we talked to Heather Gurewitz, the executive director, about her thoughts on entrepreneurship in Mendocino County.

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Startup Mendocino Sponsor Spotlight: The John and Sandra Mayfield Economic Development Fund at The Community Foundation of Mendocino County

The John and Sandra Mayfield Fund was established by John and Sandra Mayfield to increase the prosperity of communities and individuals in Mendocino County through business and community development, education and entrepreneurship support.

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Startup Mendocino: Meet the Competitors

We had an incredible outpouring of more than 82 applications for Startup Mendocino. More than ever, people are demonstrating that innovation, dedication to community and ideas involving sustainability, and new products and services abound here in our County.

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Startup Mendocino: Participants Announced, New Sponsor & Tickets On Sale *Today*

We are proud to announce the twelve businesses participating in Startup Mendocino. With an incredible outpouring of more than 82 applications, it’s clear that entrepreneurial ingenuity is alive and well in Mendocino County.

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Startup Mendocino Featured on KZYX Radio

We're thrilled to hear this interview with West Business Development Center CEO Mary Anne Petrillo and KZYX Radio.

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Startup Mendocino in the Ukiah Daily Journal

We're thrilled at being on the front page of The Ukiah Daily Journal.

Startup Mendocino, the inaugural launch of a countywide, business-pitch competition culminating with a showcase gala event on August 25th at Mendocino College Center Theater where the first-place winner will be awarded a cash prize of $10,000, is the brainchild of Mary Anne Petrillo, CEO of West Business Development Center (formerly WEST Company).

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Why Startup Mendocino? Why Now?

Two years ago, when I first started at West Business Development Center (formerly the West Company) as CEO, I hosted a screening of the documentary Generation Startup at Mendocino Community College. For the show’s promotion I teamed up with Jeff Parker, then new General Manager of KZYX. The film was about six entrepreneurs in Detroit capturing the struggles and triumphs of people who put everything on the line to build their businesses. It's an honest, in-depth look at what it takes to launch a startup, and it demonstrated the need for more entrepreneurs in our country overall.

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Startup Mendocino: Applications Now Open

We are proud to announce that our newest program, Startup Mendocino, is now open.

Startup Mendocino is a series of intense Business Bootcamp trainings culminating in a live pitch showcase gala event for Mendocino County entrepreneurs.

This exciting competition is the first of its kind in Mendocino County. It is designed to discover new and creative business opportunities and business ideas here in our local community. We’re looking for people who seek new ways to solve old problems, people with energy and passion, people who want to build new products and design services that enhance the community they love.

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