News, blogs, events

News

Alumnus Steven Tradewell Receives Chief Financial Officer Award

August 28, 2015 2:11 AM
The School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University announced that Steven Tradewell, Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) Class of 2013 and CFO for Napa Valley Vintners, was honored today by the North Bay Business Journal during its fifth annual North Bay Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Awards. Eleven CFOs were recognized from various industries, including natural products, technology, energy, finance, and wine, among others.

Sonoma State Offers New Wine Business Financial Planning and Strategy Seminar

August 25, 2015 10:53 AM
Sonoma State Offers New Wine Business Financial Planning and Strategy SeminarRohnert Park, CA - On September 11th the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University will offer a new seminar as part of their fall professional development programming.  The new...

Students and Local Winemakers Find Fertile Ground in Marketing Project

August 24, 2015 10:31 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that a group of students in the Brand Marketing course of the Executive Wine MBA program were invited to present their final project findings to tasting room managers at Duckhorn Vineyards, a Napa Valley wine producer. The culminating project was designed to evaluate brand "touch points", or the various points at which the public interfaces with the winery - before, during, and after a transaction. Based on the group's findings, company officials requested that the students return to provide additional context and present their results directly to Duckhorn Vineyard team members.

New Faculty Talent Enhances School of Business and Economics in Fall 2015

August 24, 2015 10:29 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the addition of new faculty members beginning Fall Semester 2015, including three full-time tenure track faculty and six adjunct faculty. Dr. Adele Santana and Dr. Damien Wilson are both full-time faculty members in Business Administration, and Dr. Astha Sen is a full-time faculty member joining the Economics Department. New adjunct faculty teaching this fall include Steven Angel, David Gary, Tiffanie De Liberty, Jerry Kohler, Meredith Rennie, and Dave Macias. Gary, Rennie, and Macias are graduates of SSU.

Fall Schedule Announced for Wine Business Seminars and Certificate Programs

August 17, 2015 2:18 PM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the fall schedule of wine business seminars and certificate programs, including the online Wine Business Management Certificate, Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Certificate, and Wine Industry Finance and Accounting Certificate. The first of three online courses required for the certificate in Wine Business Management begins September 2, 2015. Half-day seminars leading to certificates in both direct-to-consumer sales and accounting and finance, take place every Friday on campus for eight weeks beginning September 11, 2015. Both the online courses and seminars may be taken individually or together to earn a certificate.

Distinguished Professor Liz Thach Honored for "Excellence in Education"

August 17, 2015 11:55 AM
The School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University today announced that Dr. Liz Thach, MW received the "Excellence in Education" award from leaders of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce and its members. Dr. Thach is a wine business and management professor teaching in both the undergraduate, MBA, and Wine MBA programs. The annual Chamber event brings members of the business and education communities together to recognize the contributions of area teachers at all education levels.

Research Study Examines Public Perception of California's Wine-Producing Regions

August 11, 2015 4:30 PM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced preliminary results of a study designed to examine Californians' perceptions of the wine industry and its impact on quality of life in five of the state's wine-producing regions. Results show the majority of residents in these areas view the industry in highly positive terms, citing benefits to the economy and quality of life. The survey was conducted as part of ongoing research to establish baseline data that informs industry, communities, and future policy decisions in the state of California.

Regional Leaders Targeted for Public Information Session on Executive Degree Program

August 3, 2015 9:00 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced a public information session regarding the Executive MBA program will be held Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Darwin Hall, Room 101 on the SSU campus in Rohnert Park, CA. Info sessions are designed as an opportunity for incoming students and interested professionals to meet with program administrators, faculty, and staff for an overview of the program, outline of courses, and to address any questions. Admissions coordinators will also be in attendance to provide application counseling and support. Breakfast and coffee will be provided.

Information Session for World's First Executive Degree in Wine Trade Set for August 1

July 28, 2015 10:00 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced a public information session regarding the Executive Wine MBA program will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Beringer Vineyards in St. Helena, CA. Info sessions are designed as an opportunity for incoming students and interested professionals to meet with administrators, faculty, and staff for an overview of the program, outline of courses, and to address any questions. Admissions coordinators will also be in attendance to provide application counseling and support. Continental breakfast and coffee will be provided.

School of Business Alumni Launch North Bay STEM Camp: Specialty Camp Uses Drone Technology to Fill Millenial Knowledge Gap

July 20, 2015 8:40 AM
Sonoma State Executive MBA (EMBA) Alumni, Matt Spence and Brian Ambrosini, recently launched a first-ever regional youth camp designed to provide children the opportunity to gain and improve skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) . The innovative camp uses drone technology to teach the fundamentals of engineering, with the goal of narrowing the gap in STEM knowledge among youth and inspiring participants to seek STEM career pathways and professions.

Ron Rubin Makes Contribution to Sonoma State's Wine Spectator Learning Center

July 15, 2015 10:04 AM
Rohnert Park, CA - Ron Rubin, of The Rubin Family of Wines, is honored to have committed a gift to the Wine Spectator Learning Center, the future home of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University.  The generous gift,...

VESTA Holds Craft Brewing Workshop at Napa Valley College

July 14, 2015 1:00 PM
Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute has partnered with Napa Valley College to offer a Craft Brewing Workshop presented by the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA). The workshop will be held at Napa Valley College's St. Helena Campus.

Master of Wine, Liz Thach, Honored as SSU Distinguished Professor of Wine

July 13, 2015 9:00 AM
Master of Wine, Liz Thach is named Sonoma State University's (SSU) Distinguished Professor of Wine. The new title came as part of the Wine Business Institute Board's resolutions to support the growth of the WBI and its academic and research programs. "I am pleased to grant this well-deserved title of Distinguished Professor of Wine to Liz Thach. Her accomplishments as a professor and Master of Wine make her the ideal candidate to carry out the initiatives of the Wine Business Institute within the scope of this new role," said Ruben Armiñana, president of Sonoma State University.

Sonoma State and Napa Valley College Offer Summer Wine Workshop Series

June 24, 2015 12:38 PM
Sonoma State and Napa Valley College Offer Summer Wine Workshop SeriesRohnert Park, CA - Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute has partnered with Napa Valley College to offer a Summer Wine Workshop Series presented by the Viticulture and Enology Science...

Wine MBA Alumna Recruited as Assistant Editor for SSU's Wine Business Case Research Journal

June 17, 2015 1:43 PM
Sonoma State University's (SSU) Wine Business Institute (WBI) announces the launch of its new Wine Business Case Research Journal (WBCRJ) - the first of its kind in the world - a (online) journal dedicated to advancing wine business practices and pedagogy through the enhancement of case research and publishing of exceptional case studies involving real people and real events in the global wine business context. Set to release its first issue in spring 2016, the journal is now accepting both multimedia and traditional document cases until June 30, 2015.

An SBE Jewel

June 17, 2015 1:33 PM
Sarah Scudder is one of those people - if you meet her, you will never forget her! She is one of the SBE jewels graduating Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Business Administration and a Minor in American Ethnic Studies. Sarah serves as the Chief Growth Officer for The Sourcing Group (TSG) www.thesourcinggroup.com where she has worked since graduation.

Wine Business Institute Offers Scholarships Totaling $23,700

June 15, 2015 1:16 PM
This year the Wine Business Institute within the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University gave away seven scholarships totaling $23,7 00 to worthy students. The largest scholarship awarded was the Charlie Palmer Pig's and Pinot Scholarship worth $10,000, made available by Charlie Palmer and Daryl Groom. There were numerous applicants and the review committee ended up selecting two students who show financial need, live locally in a North Coast wine region, and whom will pursue a career locally in the wine or food industry, the main requirements of the scholarship. Undergraduate wine business strategy majors Christian Gutierrez and Itze Pena-Andrade were the two selected to receive the award.

Sonoma State Freshman Turns Career Flop Into Buzzing Startup and Wins Big

June 12, 2015 10:00 AM
Sonoma State University (SSU) student startups win big at the Future Four Business Concept Competition hosted by Chico State in April 2015. Athletic Board, a website aimed at helping youth athletes prevent potential sports career-ending injuries, won the $4000 Smart Growth Group prize and HOPS, a mobile application designed to connect craft beer connoisseurs with each other, craft breweries, and brew-fests, placed third.

Sonoma State Cellars Adds Zinfandel to Its Wine Portfolio

June 10, 2015 1:37 PM
Sonoma State Cellars Adds Zinfandel to Its Wine Portfolio Rohnert Park, CA (June 10, 2015) - On Saturday, June 20th, Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute will celebrate its fourth vintage of Sonoma State Cellars (SSC) with a release party...

Sonoma State Offers Two New Seminars on Vineyard and Winery Taxation

June 9, 2015 8:49 AM
Sonoma State Offers Two New Seminars on Vineyard and Winery TaxationRohnert Park, CA  - Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute will offer two new seminars during their week-long Summer Seminar Intensive, June 22nd - 26th.  The new seminars, Vineyard Taxation...

SSU Launches Wine Business Case Research Journal, 1st of its Kind Globally

June 1, 2015 9:12 AM
Sonoma State University's (SSU) Wine Business Institute announces the launch of its new Wine Business Case Research Journal (WBCRJ) - the first of its kind in the world - an open-access, electronic journal dedicated to advancing wine business practices and pedagogy through the enhancement of case research and publishing of exceptional case studies involving real people and real events in the global wine business context. Set to release its first issue in Spring 2016, the journal is now accepting both multimedia and traditional document cases until June 30, 2015. "This is an opportunity to help the next generation of wine business leaders and educators - industry professionals, students, and aspiring case writers - to have better and more exciting tools to use in the field and in the classroom," said Armand Gilinsky, SSU's Korbel Professor of Wine Business and Founding Editor of WBCRJ.

Sonoma State University Announces French Language Certificate for Wine Business - 1st in the US

May 20, 2015 9:58 AM
This past week the Faculty Senate of Sonoma State University (SSU) approved a French Language Certificate for Wine Business, the first of its type in the US. Full-time students pursuing a B.S. degree in Wine Business can now add a French language proficiency certificate to their degree at either the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level.

Expanding Horizons: Surani Accelerates Her Career With an EMBA

April 15, 2015 11:40 AM
Surani put her business acumen on par with her experience and accelerated her career with an Executive MBA (EMBA) from Sonoma State. Upon completing the EMBA program, Kwan's role as director of operations for Sutter Pacific Medical (SPM) Foundation expanded include oversight of 40 offices in SPM's South Division, in addition to the 27 medical offices, labs, and x-ray departments she already oversees in the North Division.

Top 3 Winning Wine Cocktails Selected by Panel of Master Judges - Results of SSU and Texas Tech Wine Mixology Contest

April 15, 2015 8:15 AM
This week the results of the Wine Mixology Competition were released, selected by a panel of Master Judges. The competition, which was a friendly rivalry between wine business students at Sonoma State University and Texas Tech University, was designed to combat the toll that craft beer and spirits mixology may take on wine market share in the US.

The Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma to Offer Scholarship for SSU's Wine Business Institute Direct to Consumer Certificate

April 14, 2015 12:44 PM
The Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma (CANVAS) has created a scholarship that will support an individual working towards completion of the Direct to Consumer 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.

Sonoma State Offers New Online Course QuickBooks®: A Comprehensive Application for Your Wine Business

April 8, 2015 3:05 PM
Sonoma State Offers New Online CourseQuickBooks®: A Comprehensive Application for Your Wine BusinessROHNERT PARK, CA (April 9, 2015) - QuickBooks®: A Comprehensive Application for Your Wine Business is a new online certificate program from Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute launching...

Steve Gross to Lead State Compliance for Direct Shipping Seminar at Sonoma State

April 7, 2015 11:54 AM
Steve Gross to Lead State Compliance for Direct Shipping Seminar at Sonoma State Rohnert Park, CA (April 7, 2015) - Steve Gross, Vice President of State Relations for the Wine Institute will lead the "State Compliance for Direct Shipping" seminar...

Alumnus lands dream job with Executive MBA degree

March 27, 2015 12:29 PM
Leveraging his Executive MBA degree and SSU network, Josh Dopkowski landed a job as Product Development Manager at Essential Oil (EO) Products, a complete line of natural and organic bath, skin and hair care products, in San Rafael where he manages the definition, development, and implementation of new products for EO and Everyone Brands.

Sonoma State to Offer Two Wine Business Seminars at the Lake County Winegrape Commission April 15

March 25, 2015 10:28 AM
Sonoma State to Offer Two Wine Business Seminars at the Lake County Winegrape Commission April 15Rohnert Park, CA (March 25, 2015) -- On April 15th, the Wine Business institute will offer two seminars hosted by the Lake County Winegrape Commission...

Sonoma State University Announces the Global Wine MBA

March 12, 2015 9:33 AM
Sonoma State University is now accepting applications for their new Global Wine MBA program, set to begin in fall 2015. The program is a full-time, one-year accelerated Wine MBA program, focused on serving the global wine business professionals who desire to further their wine industry knowledge while living in the heart of California wine country.

Sonoma State Offers Two New Seminars March 12th

February 25, 2015 3:30 PM
Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute will kick-off it's 2015 Spring Seminar Series with two new seminars on March 12. The seminars, "Exploring a Career in Wine Business" and "Setting Up Your Wine Business from a Legal Perspective" come as a direct response to inquiries from individuals looking to begin a career in wine business.

Students Compete in Wine Mixology Contest at SSU and Texas Tech to Enhance Wine Market Share

February 19, 2015 8:30 AM
Students studying wine marketing at Sonoma State University and Texas Tech University are concerned about the toll craft beer and spirits may take on wine market share in the US. In order to combat this, they are engaging in a friendly contest between universities to see who can concoct the most creative and tasty wine cocktail.

$3M Endowment Funds International Scholar Damien Wilson as the Hamel Family Chair in Wine Business at Sonoma State

February 11, 2015 7:47 AM
Sonoma State University's (SSU) School of Business and Economics dean William Silver announced a $3M donation from Pamela and George Hamel establishing the Hamel Family Faculty Chair in Wine Business, and the appointment of Dr. Damien Wilson in the inaugural term of this new position.

Sonoma State Launches New Certificate Program February 25-28, "Creating a Competitive Wine Brand" Branding Leader Barbara Talbott to Co-Instruct

February 4, 2015 11:26 AM
Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute offers a new certificate, Creating a Competitive Wine Brand, February 25th - 28th. Barbara Talbott, Founder and CEO, GlenLarkin Advisors, LLC and former Executive Vice President Marketing, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, brings her branding talent and expertise to the certificate program in a cooperative effort with School of Business and Economics professor, Kyuho Lee, Ph.D.

Career Hacking with Eazl

February 3, 2015 12:30 PM
"You have to equip yourself. The real world is just around the corner and you need it more than it needs you," an important lesson learned by Sonoma State University Alumni, Davis Jones, who is the co-founder of Eazl.co, a career management training platform for young professionals.

Consulting in the Classroom

January 26, 2015 12:45 PM
Students at Sonoma State University are getting the chance to obtain valuable consulting experience while still in the classroom by taking the course Business 453, Small Business Analysis.

SSU's EMBA Cohort 5 Teams Up with Startup Company (SCYTL) for Research Project in Barcelona

January 26, 2015 12:44 PM
When my colleagues at work ask me about my recent SSU MBA Europe trip, initially I want to recount the extraordinary tourist experiences: Barcelona's beaches, great paella and vibrant social scene or the intricate "Knights of the Round Table" theatrical reenactment we were treated to in a castle in the Hungarian countryside. Then I stop and remember: this is a work colleague and I disappeared from work for two weeks to study, not to vacation. My mind then switches gears and retrieves the most memorable scholarly experience from the trip: our Spanish consulting project.

Sonoma State Announces $100,000 Donation from American AgCredit for Wine Spectator Learning Center

January 26, 2015 9:00 AM
Sonoma State University's School of Business and Economics dean William Silver announced a $100,000 donation from American AgCredit for the Wine Spectator Learning Center, the first of only ten Icon-Level gifts that are slated for the project.

Sonoma State Announces Half-Million Dollar Gift from Tatiana and Gerret Copeland of Bouchaine Vineyards for Wine Spectator Learning Center

January 14, 2015 7:00 AM
Sonoma State University's School of Business and Economics dean William Silver announced a half-million dollar donation from vintners and philanthropists Tatiana and Gerret Copeland, owners of Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa Valley. The gift will name The Copeland / Bouchaine Terrace and Gardens, which will be a focal point for hospitality and industry gatherings at the new Wine Spectator Learning Center, future home of SSU's Wine Business Institute.

Sonoma State Wine Biz Grad Helps Launch First Online Wine Company in Israel

January 7, 2015 12:20 PM
Sonoma State Wine Business graduate, Noam Steinhart, helps launch first online wine company in Israel. "It all started when I got an internship in Israel with top sommelier, Jessy Bodec," explained Steinhart. "When the internship ended, he asked if I could come and work for a new online wine company in Tel Aviv."

Sonoma State University Hosting Information Receptions for Wine, Executive and Evening MBA Programs

December 17, 2014 9:00 AM
Sonoma State University will host two receptions for potential candidates of their MBA programs on the SSU campus on Saturday, January 17th. The receptions - 9:30-10:30 am for the Executive Wine MBA and 11:00 am-12:00 pm for the Evening-, Evening Wine- and General Executive MBA - will help professionals determine if an MBA is the right step to help them reach their career goals while also connecting them with peers over coffee and a light breakfast.

Creating a Competitive Wine Brand, a New Certificate Offered at Sonoma State University

December 1, 2014 1:45 PM
The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University is offering a new certificate course - "Creating a Competitive Wine Brand" on February 25th - 28th, 2015. The short, intensive certificate program is for any wine industry professional who needs to differentiate their product and deepen their understanding of brand.

Career Center for the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University Prospering Thanks to Partnerships in the North Bay

November 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's Wine Executive MBA Launches in Sonoma County in March 2015

November 12, 2014 12:00 PM
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.

Wine Industry Panel to Present on Current Trends at Sonoma State

October 28, 2014 3:46 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 book

October 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 Alliance with Domaine Chandon Brings Seminars to Yountville Estate

October 7, 2014 10:40 AM
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.

Sonoma State Knows "It Takes a Village to Make a Village" (Out of Cardboard Boxes)

September 30, 2014 12:45 PM
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.

SSU Wine Biz Students Help Terra Fossil & Oliver's Achieve Market Win-Win

September 23, 2014 3:00 PM
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.

Sonoma State Alumnus Zach Cohen Kickstarts His Dreams

September 15, 2014 1:30 PM
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.

Econ + Marketing = Success

September 11, 2014 11:30 AM
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 Announces a Quarter-Million Dollar Gift from Young's Market Company

September 4, 2014 11:00 AM
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.

Wine Spectator Foundation Donates $3 Million to Sonoma State University

July 7, 2014 8:40 AM
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.

Contact SBE
Contact SSU
Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics. Reach.
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA, 94928 • 707-664-2377