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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.

Sonoma State Adds Summer Wine Business Program

May 5, 2015 11:24 AM
Sonoma State University will offer its popular wine business seminars during a first-ever summer session in June. The program will be offered as a weeklong intensive, allowing students who travel from out of town to attend all the seminars necessary to earn either the Direct to Consumer or the Wine Industry Finance and Accounting Certificates. The program will be offered June 22nd through 26th on the Sonoma State campus in Rohnert Park, one hour north of San Francisco.

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, 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.

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.

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