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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.

Wine Business Education Summit 2014

June 30, 2014 10:58 AM
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.

SSU's Florence Bouvet Helps Students Develop a Critical Lense

May 28, 2014 10:30 AM
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.

Sonoma State Recognizes Korbel Owner Gary Heck with 2014 Honorary Degree

May 5, 2014 9:48 AM
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.

Wine Industry Experts to Discuss 'Delicious Solution' for Sustainability

April 24, 2014 10:16 AM
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.

Sonoma State University Commits to Sustainability in the North Bay

April 21, 2014 3:06 PM
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

April 18, 2014 9:51 AM
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

April 18, 2014 9:44 AM
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 Cellars Uncorks Third Annual Release

April 10, 2014 11:57 AM
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 State

March 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.

SSU Students Engage in Entrepreneurial Pursuit

March 27, 2014 10:54 AM
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.

Sonoma State University names Dr. Armand Gilinsky as Korbel Professor of Wine Business

March 25, 2014 9:30 AM
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

March 12, 2014 9:37 AM
 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"

March 5, 2014 10:31 AM
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...

Master Sommelier and "Somm" star returns to Sonoma State University

March 4, 2014 11:50 AM
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 to lead Wine Retailing Seminar at Sonoma State

February 24, 2014 10:26 AM
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

February 18, 2014 8:37 AM
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

February 18, 2014 8:32 AM
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

February 18, 2014 7:51 AM
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 (, sit across from us in the School of Business and Economics conference room. ...

Students Foster On-Campus Innovation with CELL

February 14, 2014 9:17 AM
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...

Sonoma State Wine Entrepreneurship Grads Impacting the Wine Industry

February 11, 2014 2:00 PM
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.

Wine Professionals Advance Industry with Education

January 29, 2014 1:48 PM
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.

Ground Breaking Book for the Wine Business Industry: a Product of Global Collaboration

January 22, 2014 1:15 PM
"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 Heck

January 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...

Sonoma State Students Develop Entrepreneurial Risk Taking Through Global Collaboration

December 12, 2013 2:09 PM
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.

Sonoma State University Students Collaborate and Win Big

December 10, 2013 2:43 PM
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.

Sonoma State University Student Wins Trip to French Wine Country

November 25, 2013 9:00 AM
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.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Challenge comes to Sonoma State University

October 30, 2013 12:24 PM
This past Tuesday, two teams of Sonoma State University students won the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Challenge, earning them $1,000 each.

Sonoma State is Only School to Take Home Multiple Awards at NACRA Conference

October 21, 2013 1:14 PM
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.

Sonoma State Names John Stayton Executive Director of MBA Programs

October 14, 2013 8:17 AM
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.

5th Annual Tour de Campus is an Annual Success

October 5, 2013 2:48 PM
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.

On your mark, get set, go Sonoma State!

September 25, 2013 1:41 PM
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...

Sonoma State Offers CANVAS Scholarship for Tasting Room Management Certificate

September 10, 2013 11:38 AM
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.

Sonoma State Students Complete First Executive Wine MBA in the United States

September 4, 2013 12:30 PM
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.

Accomplished Wine Professionals Join Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute

August 29, 2013 1:50 PM
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.

SSU Professor Liz Thach Receives Fulbright Specialists Award to Teach Wine Business in Argentina

August 26, 2013 1:49 PM
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.

Sonoma State Launches First "Unleashing Entrepreneurial Spirit" Course

August 21, 2013 1:41 PM
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 Alums of CropMobster™ Win 2nd Annual Statewide "Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge"

June 28, 2013 10:41 AM
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 Challenge

June 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-, 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 Celebration

May 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.

SSU Students Spend Spring Break Making a Difference

April 25, 2013 10:00 AM
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 Named Honorary Inductee at Beta Gamma Sigma Ceremony

April 22, 2013 8:00 AM
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.

SSU and Marc Levine Connect Entrepreneurship and Sustainability

April 15, 2013 8:00 AM
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.

Armand Gilinsky Honored with the Goldstein Award

April 2, 2013 8:00 AM
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.

Mark Nelson Named Codding Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Sonoma State

February 13, 2013 1:00 PM
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.

A Unique Kick Off for the North Bay...

December 10, 2012 12:00 PM
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.

Agriculture's Impact on the North Bay Economy

November 8, 2012 12:00 PM
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.

The Strategy of Pricing Wine

October 26, 2012 5:00 PM
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.

Sonoma State Offers Wine Trends Seminar

October 16, 2012 1:30 PM
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.

Sonoma State Student Wins San Fran WineTasting Competition

October 15, 2012 12:00 PM
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.

Running With a Purpose

October 8, 2012 1:16 PM
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.

Sonoma State Online Program Graduating First Group of Students

September 18, 2012 11:30 AM
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 Economics Professor Wins Cozzarelli Prize

September 17, 2012 2:00 PM
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."

Sonoma State Launches New Part-Time MBA Program

August 21, 2012 8:00 AM
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 First Release

July 3, 2012 11:00 AM
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.

Students Commend a Dynamic Professor

July 2, 2012 8:00 AM
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.

Sonoma State Online Wine Business Management Certificate Now Accepting Applications

June 5, 2012 10:08 AM
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.

Multiple Winners at the 2012 Innovation Showcase

June 1, 2012 1:18 PM
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.

The Wine Business Institute Offers Scholarships Totaling $16,000

May 22, 2012 2:51 PM
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.

2012 Innovation Showcase Promotes North Bay's Success Stories and Launches Up-and-Comers

May 17, 2012 2:05 PM
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.

Sonoma State Convenes 1st Global Conference on Wine Business Education

April 28, 2012 10:44 AM
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."

Calling All Alumni & Friends to the 1st Annual Alumni/Community Celebration!

April 26, 2012 2:00 PM
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.

Students Give Financial Aid

April 18, 2012 10:30 AM
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.

Sonoma State's Wine EMBA in Napa Kicks Off with Leadership Intensive Weekend

April 15, 2012 7:02 PM
"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.

Lipperd Named CCAA Softball Pitcher Of The Week

April 5, 2012 10:00 AM
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.

Accounting Forum: VITA

March 21, 2012 12:00 PM
Sonoma State University's Accounting Forum annually participates in VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance).

Some E.M.B.A. Programs Designed for Linebackers, Wine Makers

March 15, 2012 9:00 AM
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.

Sonoma State Survey Shows What Winery Owners Want From Suppliers

March 5, 2012 12:00 PM
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.

SSU Economics Professor Finds College Education Benefits Those Without One

February 28, 2012 11:00 AM
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.

Sonoma State Entrepreneurs: 2012 Business Plan Competition Applications Due March 5th

February 28, 2012 10:00 AM
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.

Sonoma State's David McCuan Predicts Obama to Win in November

February 24, 2012 11:00 AM
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.

$180,000 Gift Establishes Hugh Codding Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Sonoma State

February 24, 2012 10:00 AM
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's Wine EMBA in Napa: Applications Close February 29

February 20, 2012 8:30 AM
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.

Sonoma State Economic Outlook Conference Registration Closes February 17

February 15, 2012 2:00 PM
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

February 13, 2012 12:00 PM
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...

Presidential Decisions: What Path to Prosperity?

February 6, 2012 12:00 PM
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.

Applications for Online Wine Business Management Close Monday

February 2, 2012 12:00 PM
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.

Bordeaux Wine & Spirits MBA Students Learn from North Coast Industry Leaders

January 18, 2012 7:00 AM
"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.

Letting Life Take You

January 10, 2012 12:00 PM
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.

Federal Reserve: Economic Shock Therapy

December 27, 2011 12:00 PM
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.

SSU Works towards Bridging the Talent Gap in the North Bay

November 9, 2011 1:00 PM
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.

Joe Standridge Receives the 2011 Students' Choice Award

November 3, 2011 12:00 PM
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.

Good News from the 2011 Accreditation Review

October 31, 2011 4:00 PM
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.

Sonoma State Wine Business Classes Go Online

October 12, 2011 12:24 PM
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.

SSU Grad, Ian Cauble, Wins Title of Top Young Sommelier in the World

October 10, 2011 3:03 PM
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."

SSU's Tour de Campus Donates $4,000 to the Boys and Girls Club

October 5, 2011 3:02 PM
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.

Study Business of Wine, Fashion, or Gaming; Earn an MBA

September 29, 2011 12:21 PM
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.

New Online Wine Business Management Course Launches November 7th

September 21, 2011 2:24 PM
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.

Sonoma State's Liz Thach Recognized for MW by State Senate

August 29, 2011 1:36 PM
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.

Tips from the Pros on How to Start Your Own Business, 08/30

August 10, 2011 2:55 PM
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.

Global Bubbles - Difference in How Millennials Perceive Sparkling Wine Around the World

July 26, 2011 3:50 PM
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?

Wine Professor Discusses Trends

July 26, 2011 3:35 PM
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.

Wine in the Shower -- Study Explores New Occasions When Milennials Drink Wine

July 26, 2011 3:05 PM
"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!"

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