Career Center for the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University Prospering Thanks to Partnerships in the North BayNovember 20, 2014 2:00 PM
Recent strategic alliances with national companies like Southern Wine and Spirits, Nelson Staffing, Sherwin Williams, and Target are helping Sonoma State's School of Business and Economics (SBE) Career Center thrive.
Sonoma State University will add a Sonoma County based offering of their executive Wine MBA - the only one of its kind in the country - to its slate of graduate and wine business education starting in March 2015. Sonoma County Winegrowers will host an information session for the new program on November 13th at 6:00 pm.
Wines and Vines' Jim Gordon, The Nielsen Company's Peggy Gsell, Full Glass Research and Wine Opinion's Christian Miller, Tasting Panel Magazine's Deborah Parker Wong and Wine Business Monthly's Cyril Penn, will join Liza Zimmerman, wine educator and writer, and Principal of the San Francisco-based wine consulting business Liza the Wine Chick, in a seminar titled Wine Trends: What's Hot & What's Not at Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute.
Call of the Vine: Master of Wine, Liz Thach, defines the top vineyards of Napa and Sonoma in new bookOctober 28, 2014 11:35 AM
What defines the top vineyards of Napa and Sonoma? A new book entitled Call of the Vine: Exploring Ten Famous Vineyards of Napa and Sonoma by Dr. Liz Thach, professor of Wine Business at Sonoma State University, provides the answer in a compelling and beautifully written journey through the vineyards.
Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute is pleased to announce their alliance with Domaine Chandon to offer a feature seminar series to wine industry professionals in the Napa Valley, as well as Chandon employees on November 4-5th.
Join Sonoma State University Children's School preschoolers, local K-12 students and Sonoma State students, faculty and staff on Friday, October 10th from 10am-4pm at the Stevenson Quad as they "make a village" out of cardboard boxes as part of the Global Cardboard Challenge event.
Wine business students get a taste of what it's like to develop, pitch and implement marketing strategies as a part of a worthy cause marketing campaign to "Stomp Out Student Loans" and promote the Terra Fossil brand to its target audience.
In just 30 days, Cohen generated $12K in seed money from 128 investors on Kickstarter - the world's largest platform for funding creative projects, also putting him in the top 25% for the amount of money raised and success in meeting his goal.
Angie Martinez strongly believes, "there are two kinds of people in this world, people that make excuses and people that make things happen."
Sonoma State University's School of Business and Economics dean William Silver announced that Young's Market Company, the premier fine wine and spirits distributor in the western United States, is making a $250,000 gift to the University that will support the construction of completion of the Industry Boardroom in the new Wine Spectator Learning Center.
Sonoma State University (SSU) President Ruben Armiñana announced that Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator magazine, is making a $3 million gift to the University through the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation.
In advance of the annual conference of the Academy of Wine Business Research, university leaders and researchers gathered on Friday afternoon in Geisenheim, Germany for the third round of discussions to advance the field of wine business education.
Florence Bouvet, an Associate Professor at Sonoma State University was invited by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), one of the foremost social science universities in the world, to write two articles for its blog.
Wine industry icon Gary Heck, who is recognized not only for his business success but also for his leadership and integrity, will receive Sonoma State's 2014 honorary degree at the University's May 10 commencement at the 3 p.m. ceremony.
Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute is participating in the "Sustainability in the Wine Industry: A Delicious Solution" panel at this year's Sustainable Enterprise Conference on Wednesday, April 30.
On April 30, Sonoma State University will play a leading role in the 9th Annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference (SEC).
Sonoma State Executive MBA Cohort practices leadership through service Rohnert Park, CA - After learning of Santa Rosa's "safe parking program" in their North Bay Leadership course, members of Sonoma State's Executive MBA (EMBA) Cohort 5 joined together to serve...
Staying Connected Pays Off Rohnert Park, CA- Staying connected with the School of Business and Economics Career Center paid off for five Sonoma State students, who learned in a unique hands-on experience, managing an event with an all- expenses paid...
Sonoma State University MBA students are preparing to raise their glasses in celebration of another successful year of their Sonoma State Cellars class. The festivities will kick off at Kokomo Winery in the Dry Creek Valley on April 19 at 1 p.m. with the release of the 2012 Russian River Pinot Noir and the 2012 Cuvée. On April 25 at 5:30 p.m., St. Anne's Crossing in Sonoma Valley will share the release of a 2013 Sauvignon Blanc.
Sonoma State University and CSU San Marcos Collaborate to Provide Wine Business Education across the StateMarch 28, 2014 10:47 AM
Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute partnered with CSU San Marcos to video conference SSU's popular Tasting Room Management Certificate seminars to Southern California over the past week.
Over spring break, students from BUS 495 took a trip to Eleuthera, Bahamas to make an impact through social entrepreneurship for others and create life-changing experiences for themselves. While there, the group worked closely with the "One Eleuthera Foundation" which seeks to spark an entrepreneurial spirit that will improve the industries in farming, tourism, craft making, and fishing -- a vision the students aimed to build on.
At yesterday's meeting of Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute Board of Directors, Dr. Armand Gilinsky was announced as the next F. Korbel & Bros. Professor of Wine Business. The professorship, which was established in 2011 and held for the first three years by Dr. Liz Thach, is supported by Korbel Champagne Cellars and its president and owner Gary Heck to cultivate faculty research and projects that advance the wine industry and its leaders.
Accounting Students Team with Professionals to Impact the Community Last Wednesday, 15 students of the Sonoma State Accounting Forum teamed with 5 professionals from Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM), the largest California-based accounting and consulting firm, to serve the...
One Sip at a Time: Wine Biz Students Team With Winery, Oliver's to "Stomp Out Student Loans" For every bottle of Terra FOSSIL wine sold at Oliver's for $9.95, the winery will donate $1 and Oliver's will donate $1 to...
Ian Cauble, Sonoma State alumnus and Master Sommelier, is returning to SSU for a special viewing of "Somm," a film documenting his journey to becoming the 197th Master Sommelier in history.
Michael Yurch, recently of Sherry-Lehmann, will bring his expertise and perspective on the market to Sonoma State University during the Wine Retailing Seminar on March 13, 2014.
Skyping with the Authors By Rich Campbell The Executive MBA Strategic Marketing class is pleased to welcome a pair of well-known business leaders and authors into class in early 2014, Gary Vaynerchuk and Dorie Clark. They will be joining...
The Rise of SSU's MBA Programs By John Stayton Over the remainder of this decade, Sonoma State's MBA programs will continuously increase in prominence and prestige. How? Through constant improvement in enrollment, quality of teaching, program distinctiveness and academic standards,...
SSU Alumni on Unique Sales Journey with SommSelect By Christine Pinella Ian Cauble and Brandon Carneiro, Sonoma State University Alums and co-founders of SommSelect (www.sommselect.com), sit across from us in the School of Business and Economics conference room. ...
Students Foster On-Campus Innovation with CELL When Darren Fong borrowed his mom's vintage sewing machine to customize the brim of a hat, he had no seamstress experience, no intention of making money, and no idea that his creation would become...
As the start date for the 2014 Wine Entrepreneurship certificate nears, past grads shared how the certificate required them to systematically look at the different components of a successful wine brand and how the lessons in creating profitability and cash flow led them to real business results.
From choosing the right vineyard and grapes all the way to hosting tourists and distributing internationally, working in wine business requires specialized knowledge, skills and insight to keep up with the industry's rapid growth.
"Wine Business Case Studies: Thirteen Cases from the Real World of Wine Business Management," edited by Pierre Mora, was published this month, the brain child of the first ever Global Wine Business Education Conference held by the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University two years ago.
Sonoma State University Announces New Home for its Wine Business Institute and Seed Gift from Korbel's Gary HeckJanuary 7, 2014 9:20 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 7, 2014 Sonoma State University Announces New Home for its Wine Business Institute and Seed Gift from Korbel's Gary Heck Rohnert Park, CA: Sonoma State University President Ruben Armiñana announced that its Wine Business Institute will have...
The Community for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Learning (CELL) at Sonoma State University connected with VOICEOUT Theatre (VO), a not-for-profit multinational theatre organization serving the LGBTQ+ community, to grow the confident risk-taking skills that are essential for success as an entrepreneur.
A group of four students received $2,500 last night as part of a unique final exam, thanks to Sonoma State University business professor Armand Gilinsky's "Show Me the Money" competition and the Green Music Center.
Last Friday night, Sonoma State wine business student Cooper Niswonger placed first in the final round of a wine competition in San Francisco and won a fully paid trip to Beaune, France.
This past Tuesday, two teams of Sonoma State University students won the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Challenge, earning them $1,000 each.
This past weekend, Sonoma State University made a huge impact at the North American Case Research Association Conference in Victoria, British Columbia. Two of the top awards were won by a faculty team and a team of two recent MBA graduates, making Sonoma State the only university to win multiple awards at this conference.
John Stayton joins the leadership team at Sonoma State's School of Business and Economics as Executive Director of Graduate and Executive Education, a position which will encompass both the evening and executive formats of SSU's traditional and wine business MBA programs.
Today, over 200 supporters from Sonoma State University and the local community participated in the 5th Annual Tour de Campus. The 5k was hosted by the School of Business and Economics and the Accounting Forum.
Rohnert Park, CA- On Saturday, October 5th, students, alumni, faculty, and community members are invited to participate in the 5th annual Tour de Campus, a 5k charity fun run around the Sonoma State University campus, put on by the Sonoma...
The Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma (CANVAS) has created a scholarship that will support an individual working towards completing the Tasting Room Management Certificate at Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute this fall. The scholarship will include funds to pay for the certificate program and membership in CANVAS for 2 years.
Twenty-five of the North Coast's wine business leaders presented fully developed business plans this past Saturday as the capstone of Sonoma State's first Wine Intensive Executive MBA program, paving the way for innovation and new approaches in the increasingly competitive wine industry.
Napa Valley wine business leaders Alex Ryan (Duckhorn Wine Company), Ning Zhang (Purlieu Wines) and Erle Martin (Crimson Wine Group) have joined Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute Board of Directors, enhancing an already distinguished line-up of experienced wine industry professionals.
Dr. Liz Thach, MW, the Korbel Professor of Wine Business at Sonoma State University, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project in Mendoza, Argentina at the National University of Cuyo, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
On Monday, August 26, the four-session course "Unleashing Entrepreneurial Spirit" will officially take off in Schulz 3001 at 6:00 p.m., signifying a ground-breaking collaboration between the School of Education and the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University.
Sonoma State Alumni Nick Papadopoulos and Joanna Cedar of CropMobster™ took first prize in the 2nd annual Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge yesterday for their ground-breaking solution to a few of our world's biggest problems - hunger, food waste, and farm instability.
Sonoma State Alumni with CropMobster™ Finalists at 2ND Annual Statewide Sierra Nevada Innovation ChallengeJune 25, 2013 9:29 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sonoma State Alumni with CropMobster™ Finalists at 2ND Annual Statewide Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge Rohnert Park, CA- CropMobster.com, co-founded by Sonoma State University graduates Nick Papadopoulos and Joanna Cedar, has been selected to compete among 50 finalist...
SSU's School of Business and Economics Recognizes Community Leaders at the 2nd Annual Alumni and Community CelebrationMay 22, 2013 10:00 AM
While commencement has passed, the School of Business and Economics is sill busy, now recognizing two outstanding alumns, Vanessa Hernandez and Tim Zahner as well as Brad Bollinger for his community impact at the School's Second Annual Alumni and Community Celebration.
Kassi Brownlow and Joe Munayer, both students in Sonoma State's School of Business and Economics, spent their spring break participating in the Maximum Impact program and traveled to Memphis, Tennessee. The program is a joint effort between Deloitte LLP and Teach for America, a group that aims to help children who are growing up in poverty get an excellent education.
Gary Heck, president and owner of Korbel Champagne Cellars, became an honorary inductee of Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society, to recognize his founding role in the creation of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University.
On April 26th, State Assemblymember Marc Levine will join Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics dean William Silver and newly appointed Codding Entrepreneur-in-Residence Mark Nelson for a panel discussion on the critical role sustainable enterprises play in a thriving economy and the ways the North Bay can encourage, build, and support strong sustainable organizations.
Dr. Armand Gilinsky, professor in the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, has been recognized for his exceptional research and scholarship. Named one of two recipients of the Bernie and Estelle Goldstein Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Gilinsky accepted the award last Wednesday at a ceremony at SSU.
School of Business and Economics dean, Dr. William Silver, announced Mark Nelson has been hired as the Hugh Codding Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Sonoma State University.
While the academy has been helping entrepreneurs accelerate their access to capital in other parts of the Bay Area for over three years, this collaboration brings a proven program to entrepreneurs in the North Bay.
Have you ever wondered what impact local agriculture has on the economy? A new report completed by the Center for Regional Economic Analysis (CREA) at Sonoma State University reveals that it is quite a large one. The report looks at the way North Bay farmers build value in their products for dairy, grass-fed beef and grain operations in the North Bay.
Intense competition and retailer discounts kept wine prices in check during the recession, but that appears to be changing. Jon Fredrikson, principal with Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates discussed wine pricing at a forum hosted by Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute.
Touching on a variety of current wine industry trends, this seminar covers how they relate to the economy, how they are evolving, and on what is popular in terms of price points, varietals, and styles in the on and off premise sector, with an eye to staying ahead of the game.
Last Friday, Palmer Emmitt, a Wine Business MBA student at Sonoma State, won the student wine tasting competition at La Soiree in San Francisco hosted by the French American Chamber of Commerce. His prize for winning is an all-expense paid trip and one week stay at a Chateau in the Champagne region of France.
Last Saturday, 200 students, alumni, faculty, community members and even a few pets participated in the Fourth Annual Tour de Campus. The 5k race, hosted by SSU's School of Business and Economics, raised $3,000 for the charitable organization, Students Rising Above.
The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State is graduating its first group of students in the new Online Wine Business Management Program. The inaugural group of 22 students has progressed through three levels of instruction over 28 weeks.
Sonoma State University Assistant Professor of Economics, Merlin Hanauer was awarded the prestigious Cozzarelli Prize-- the annual award that "acknowledges papers that reflect scientific excellence and originality."
For Immediate Release Sonoma State Launches New Part-Time MBA Program (Rohnert Park, CA) - Sonoma State launched its new part-time MBA program this weekend with an immersion experience - the "eMBArk" weekend - that combined academic planning, network development, and...
Sonoma State Cellars, a wine venture started by students of Sonoma State's Wine Business MBA program, is here! Community members are invited to buy wine and be a part of this landmark project.
Rich Campbell, a professor of marketing at Sonoma State University, has been awarded the 2012 Students' Choice Award by students of the School of Business and Economics as acknowledgement of his excellence in teaching.
The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State is now accepting applications for the Foundation Course, level one of three for the online Wine Business Management Certificate. Applications will be accepted until June 15th and students can apply online.
NonProfitEasy (NPE) won the 2012 North Bay iHub Business Plan competition today. Close to 200 business people, regional officials, other iHub representatives, and community partners cast their votes via a live text system in the final round of "Innovation Idol" as iHub Director Michael Newell termed it.
This year, the Wine Business Institute within the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University was able to give away three scholarships totaling $16,000 to worthy students.
Sonoma State University's School of Business and Economics is hosting the 2012 Innovation Showcase on June 1, 2012. The Showcase will highlight out region's hottest success stories and feature the four finalists of the North Bay iHub's Second Annual Business Plan Competition.
Winery owners see broad base of business skills and market knowledge essential to industry success. Peter Mondavi of Charles Krug noted that industry managers and leaders need "the wisdom of the market...Getting wine in the bottle is the easy part to do."
Sonoma State's School of Business and Economics is calling all alumni and friends to celebrate with us at our 1st Annual Alumni/Community Celebration on Thursday, May 17th, from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm.
Sonoma State accounting Professor Joe Standridge serves as an advisor for SSU's School of Business and Economics student club, the Accounting Forum, which recently held a campus VITA clinic where 40 student volunteers met with taxpayers and organized, prepared and processed their returns.
"The interaction in the cohort of students is amazing. They're starting with a vision of themselves and this program that has a bigger context: to create a thriving north coast wine industry," reported William Silver, dean of Sonoma State's School of Business and Economics and instructor for the first course of the executive MBA program - Leadership Intelligence.
After helping Sonoma State to a 4-0 start in California Collegiate Athletic Association play this past weekend, sophomore and pre-business student, Samantha Lipperd has been named the Worth/CCAA Softball Pitcher of the Week.
Sonoma State University's Accounting Forum annually participates in VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance).
Executive M.B.A. programs, or E.M.B.A.'s typically offer weekend courses to fit students' demanding schedules. But some executives with unique professional or religious responsibilites require even more flexibility--a need that business schools are increasingly trying to accomodate.
Did you know that more than 67% of winery owners believe that the right suppliers help their business maintain a competitive edge? This finding plus many more interesting facts and statistics are now available in a new study recently completed by the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University in California.
A college education benefits not only those receiving a higher education but also other members of society says economics professor Chong-Uk Kim who will present his findings at a Thursday, March 1 lecture at noon in Stevenson 2049 as part of the spring 2012 Economic Lecture Series.
Calling all Sonoma State entrepreneurs! Applications for the North Bay iHub 2012 Business Plan Competition are due Monday, March 5th. Jump start your business plan, test your ideas and connect with the community.
Political scientists teamed up with economists to evaluate the election landscape at Presidential Decisions: What Path to Prosperity, held last Thursday on the Sonoma State Campus.
School of Business and Economics dean, Dr. William Silver, announced a gift of $180,000 to establish the Hugh Codding Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Sonoma State University in front of a packed room at the annual Economic Outlook Conference today.
Sonoma State University is bringing its Executive Masters of Business Administration program (EMBA) to the Napa Valley this spring. Applications are due Wednesday, February 29. Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) is partnering with Sonoma State to bring the program to the Napa Valley so that wine professionals in the region can more easily meet their advanced educational goals in winery leadership.
Registration for the annual Sonoma State Economic Outlook Conference ends this Friday, Feb. 17. The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 23 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park. Registration is from 8 to 8:30 with the program following.
Sonoma State: Tasting Room Management Classes Starting in Sonoma and Napa Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute will launch its latest series of classes in the Tasting Room Management Certificate Program. Dan Berger, Michael Houlihan and Martin Jones will join...
On February 16th at 6:00 PM, Sonoma State University's Political Science and Economics Departments are partnering to shed light on both the economic issues and the political challenges faced by the US in this election.
Sonoma State's Online Wine Business Management Certificate launches its second round of foundation classes next week. Monday, February 6 is the last day to apply. This new certificate program kicked off in the fall and concluded with great feedback on the four-week foundation level course taught by Tim Hanni.
"There is no place on earth quite like Sonoma," read the opening slide in Honore Comfort's presentation at the Sonoma County Vintners last Wednesday. The words of James Laube were an apt framework for the twenty graduate wine business students from around the world who are here to learn from leaders across the North Coast wine industry.
Serendipity: an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. What does this have to do with accounting and the North Bay you might ask? Sherri Anderson, an accounting professor for 31 years at Sonoma State University, has lived life full of serendipity.
Robert Eyler, Ph.D., Frank Howard Allen Research Fellow and Director of the Executive MBA Program at Sonoma State University, gives his opinion on the likelihood of a recession in 2012 and what the Fed can do -- if anything -- to shock the U.S. back to life.
Over 80 faculty members, students, alumni and businesses gathered to discuss the apparent talent disconnect in the North Bay at Sonoma State University's School of Business and Economics 3rd Annual Stakeholders Summit held last Friday, November 4th.
Dedicatiion to providing high standards of scholarship, check; commitment to advising, check; outstanding service to all students, check! These commendable traits, along with an array of others are found in Sonoma State University's accounting professor, Joe Standridge.
Congratulations to all for what turned out to be a very successful visit with the accreditation review team. There is a lot of information to share, and more details keep coming in as the team finishes up their written report.
In response to wine industry demand, Sonoma State is creating online wine classes focusing on the business of wine. "Throughout the United States and abroad, members of the industry have persistently requested access to our classes from a distance. These new programs will satisfy that demand across a broad series of wine business topics," said Wine Business Institute Director, Ray Johnson.
Relaxing on his hotel balcony in Santorini, Greece, Ian Cauble alerted his friends and relatives to the good news via Facebook, I won the World Championship."
Over 200 Sonoma State University students, faculty, staff, and local community members attended the third annual 5K Tour de Campus last Saturday, October 1st. The event, hosted by SSU's School of Business and Economics, raised over $4,000 to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of Central Sonoma County.
After studying history as an undergraduate at Mills College, Rachel Kau-Taylor wasn't sure what to do after graduation. Unhappy with the few jobs she tried, Kau-Taylor wanted to pursue a career in something she really enjoyed.
A new online wine business management course, the latest professional development course being offered by Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute, begins November 7th and registration for the course is now open. Tim Hanni MW will teach the course, the first level in a three-part series.
State Senator Noreen Evans will recognize the great accomplishment of Dr. Elizabeth Thach becoming a Masters of Wine. Thach, of Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute, became the first female on the West Coast to achieve the distinction of Master of Wine this May. Fewer than 300 individuals have earned the right to use the initials MW after their name and Thach is one of only seven women in the United States to achieve this honor.
Challenging economic times do not have to block a dream of starting a successful business, says Paul Bozzo, who is featured as the keynote speaker at a special Sonoma State University Alumni Association networking event on Tuesday, August 30, from 7:30am - 10:00am at the Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster Event Center.
In which country do Millennials spend the most money on sparkling wine and Champagne? One which occasions do Millennials prefer to drink sparkling wine? What type of advertising works best in promoting "bubbly" around the world?
Californian Liz Thach recently passed the notoriously difficult Master of Wine examination. Fewer than 300 experts in 23 countries hold that title, so she's in rare company. No one from Wisconsin is in this select group yet.
"I like wine in the shower... I like to take a bottle of wine to share with friends when we go hiking... I drink wine while reading my books to relax... When is there an occassion to not drink wine? If I could find wine that went well with my Cheerio's in the morning then I would even have it for breakfast!"