Sonoma County: News and Notes

This will be my post in this format about the Workshop I am co-hosting on October 20th. The workshop is titled "How to Grow and Manage Your Business Profitably" with Don McMahan and Shane Campbell. The Workshop will be held at Noon at the Finley Center and Lunch will be provided. You can click HERE to register for the Workshop on EventBrite. The cost is $25 and each attendee will also receive a copy of "The Exit Strategy Workbook". I am looking forward to seeing many of you there next week. This is going to be a great event! I also want to let you know that the Lime Foundation (run by my friend and BNI compatriot Letitia Hanke-Ryzhkov is holding a fund raiser on November 7th from 6 - Midnight at Sally Tomatoes. All the proceeds will be used to help those hurt in the Valley Fire. You can register for the Fundraiser by clicking HERE! The Lime Foundation is also accepting gifts of Food and Water to help those in Lake County. You can find out more about the Lime Foundation if you click HERE!

On November 12th, two coaches within FocalPoint are hosting a conference in San Francisco. It is called "Green and Gold: Making Money While Saving the Planet". It will be held from 9:00 - 5:30 at Conference Center located at 499 Illinois Street in San Francisco. There will be many fine speakers and you can find out more information about this event HERE! The cost to attend is $99 and you can register to attend by clicking HERE! If you are interested in learning how to raise capital, market, and operate a Green Business for Profit, then this is the event for you!

As an update to the issues that I talk about regularly, let us start with housing. The Average Single Family Home price has now crossed $500,000 in Sonoma County. This means that first time home buyers are going to find it dificult to get into homes straight away. The issue continues to be the availability of homes to buy (aka Inventory). There is nothing that is going to change this very soon, but there is some relief coming eventually in Rohnert Park. There is a substantial development near the Green Music Center that might see homes begin to be sold in a year or so. The pricing out of first time buyers and the prospect of new homes coming on to the market, might put a cap in the rise of home prices for now.

Now, let's move to water. The good news (I think) is that El Nino continues to look like it is going to happen. The last time we had an El Nino of this magnitude was 1997. I remember that well as it was my first year in Sonoma County. We had flooding that brought water to the doorsteps of AFC. I remember buy lunch for the entire building that day so that folks would not have to go out for lunch. I think it was around 50 pizzas. But it was the right thing to do to keep our employees safe. We had a number of them cut off from homes in Marin County so we put them up for the night in local motels. Not the Ritz, but we did try to help!

Finally, this week I want to let everyone know that the FocalPoint Coaches in Northern California have opened up a new site called the FocalPoint NorCal Forum. The goal of this site is to provide educational videos on various business topics to those who want to view them. You can also learn about the different FocalPoint Coaches in Northern California and their expertise. I hope that many of you will take a look and find something of interest. It is all free and please feel free to use it as you will. Jim Sackman Focal Point Business Coaching Business Coaching, Executive Training, Sales Training, Marketing

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