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Sonoma Executive MBAs Embark to France and South Africa for Consulting Engagements March 11 - 24

March 2, 2017 2:03 PM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that students in the Sonoma Executive MBA in Wine Business program will be meeting with counterparts and officials at organizations in Reims, France, and Cape Town, South Africa from March 11 - 24. The international business consulting trips provide students experiential learning through exposure to foreign businesses across sectors of the economy, including opportunities to interface with professionals in different countries of origin. Study tours have engaged business and community leaders on the ground in Argentina, Botswana, Chile, China, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, and Vietnam.

California Wine Industry Executives Highlight Entrepreneurship Program

February 23, 2017 10:31 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the 2017 roster of guest lecturers for its respected Certificate in Wine Business Entrepreneurship, including Ron Scharman, CEO of digital marketing firm Astra Digital Marketing Services and lecturer for the online Certificate in Wine Business Management; Dan Aguilar, Senior Vice President at Mechanics Bank and formerly with Silicon Valley Bank; Jay Behmke, attorney at Behmke Law with expertise in beverage law, intellectual property, and wine industry mergers and acquisitions; and Jeanette Tan, lead instructor for the Certificate in QuickBooks for Wine Businesses, and a specialist in accounting for boutique wineries.

New Scholars Program Provides "Path to Success" for Wine Industry Workers and Families

February 15, 2017 11:40 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the launch of the Wine Industry Scholars Program, a pioneering initiative with a starting gift of $100,000 over four years, including ten $10,000 grants to children and family members of vineyard and winery workers to offset tuition and other educational expenses associated with attending SSU. In addition to financial support, the new program includes a summer transition program, academic and career advising, cohort-based classes, co-curricular programming as part of the Rodney Strong Pathways Program, and student work experiences.

New Research Examines Impact of Immigration on U.S. Domestic Workforce

February 6, 2017 11:27 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced new research published by Dr. Chong-Uk Kim, Professor of Economics, on the wage effects of immigration on U.S. domestic workers, including foreign-born domestic workers. In the study, "Immigration and domestic wage: An empirical study on competition among immigrants," Professor Kim found no empirical evidence supporting the substitutability of immigrants for native workers, and no statistical difference between skilled and unskilled immigrants in terms of influence on labor market outcomes. Another conclusion of the research is that internal competition among immigrants is minimal, with income levels of non-citizen workers dependent on economic factors other than the number of non-citizens in workforce.

Wine Business Professional Development Courses Slated for Spring 2017

January 31, 2017 11:46 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the Spring 2017 schedule of professional programs for the wine industry, including the online Certificate in Wine Business Management, with the first of four required courses beginning February 2; the Certificate in Direct-to-Consumer Sales and Certificate in Wine Business Finance and Accounting, with core and elective seminars beginning March 16 and 17, respectively; and the Certificate in Wine Business Entrepreneurship beginning March 15.

"Lessons from Leaders" Event Features Pete's Wicked Ales Founder February 8

January 30, 2017 9:42 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that legendary founder of Pete's Wicked Ales and Cocoa Pete's Chocolate Adventures, Pete Slosberg, will speak on Wednesday, February 8 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom at SSU as part of "Lessons from Leaders," a popular speaker series hosted by the Sonoma MBA Alumni Forum. Cost of the event is $10 for students and alumni, and $25 for the general public. The evening features a chocolate and beer tasting with all attendees entered in a raffle to win prizes from 21st Amendment Brewery, Aveda, and local chocolatier Recherche du Plaisir. Proceeds from the quarterly event benefit a different community non-profit organization, with February 8 ticket sales going to the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research.

Spring 2017 Information Sessions Announced for Graduate and Executive Programs

January 17, 2017 11:40 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced a series of public information sessions regarding the Sonoma MBA for Professionals and Sonoma Executive MBA (EMBA) programs, including the specialized MBA and EMBA in wine business. Public information sessions for professionals interested in a master's degree will take place January 14, January 17, February 16, February 25, March 28, and April 22 on the SSU campus in Rohnert Park.

Accolades for Faculty Research Highlight Fall Semester 2016

January 3, 2017 6:37 PM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that Drs. Tom Atkin, Janeen Olsen, Steven Cuellar, and Liz Thach, Professors of Wine Business, received the prestigious Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for their research study, "Variety Seeking by Wine Consumers in the Southern States of the U.S."

Wine Business Institute and Rodney Strong Vineyards Launch Rodney Strong Pathway Program

December 20, 2016 10:41 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) and Rodney Strong Vineyards announced today the launch of the Rodney Strong Pathways Program to bring a broad range of talented students to SSU, and provide them with a better educational experience to foster their academic career and life success. This $250,000 gift will provide critical resources for SSU to develop this co-curricular program, and support the completion for the Wine Spectator Learning Center, a new education and industry hub designed around advanced-technology classrooms, a student commons and gardens, and a collaborative space for faculty and business leaders.

Inaugural Small Winery Harvest Internship-Scholarship Supports Wine Industry Growth through Education

November 30, 2016 10:46 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that Austin Bregante, a junior in Wine Business Strategies and Marketing, was awarded the inaugural Small Winery Harvest Internship-Scholarship funded by a $12,000 anonymous donation. The internship-scholarship is designed to cover the cost of tuition and provide a full-time internship focused on small winery operations, including the harvest and production of wine. Palmer Emmitt, Sonoma MBA in Wine Business '13 and co-owner of Emmitt-Scorsone Wines, offered the internship with co-founder and fellow winemaker, Michael Scorsone. The artisan winery is located near Healdsburg and produces wine under the labels Judge Palmer and Domenica Amato.

Wine Business Institute Launches History-Making Video Series on Leadership

November 9, 2016 9:23 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the launch of a video interview series as part of its educational curriculum based on real-world case studies in leadership. The Business of Wine video series is under development by the Emmy Award-winning team of Dennis Scholl and Marlon Johnson, to provide a multifaceted look at top business leaders in the global wine industry in the areas of Leadership, Innovation, Sales and Marketing, Mergers and Acquisitions, Finance, Legal, Tax and Accounting, and Media and Communications. Demeter Group, the San Francisco investment bank to premium Wine & Spirits companies, is providing a $125,000 gift as Founding Sponsor of the project.

Study Shows Wine Industry Tops National Average for Corporate Giving

November 4, 2016 8:52 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today unveiled a study of wine businesses in California, Oregon, and Washington that shows charitable giving to community-based organizations totaled one percent of pre-tax profit on average, surpassing the U.S. national average of .82 percent across all industries. The new research examines the extent of philanthropy undertaken by wine businesses as compared to other industries, to determine the motivations for giving and the expected benefits.

New Sonoma MBA Course Gives Environmental Sustainability a Seat at the Table

October 21, 2016 2:04 PM
Graduate-Level Ventures Provide Direct Benefit to San Francisco Bay Area Organizations and Communities  Rohnert Park, CA - The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that an innovative addition to the Sonoma MBA and...

Certification Programs in Wine Industry Finance and Accounting, Direct-to-Consumer Wine Sales Launch in November

October 12, 2016 3:25 PM
Early Registration Ends October 26 for Wine Business Institute's Professional Training Seminars Rohnert Park, California - The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced its Fall 2016 schedule of professional training seminars toward the Certificate in...

New Faculty Members Deliver Expertise in Entrepreneurship and International Finance

September 20, 2016 10:52 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the additions of international finance expert, Ramya Ghosh, Ph.D., and Sergio Canavati, Ph.D., an authority on entrepreneurship and innovation, to its roster of business and economics faculty. The new hires are part of a continuous improvement effort to expand curriculum offerings and faculty thought leadership.

Duckhorn Wine Company is Latest Backer of Global Wine Business Education Center

September 15, 2016 1:42 PM
Construction Underway for the $9.15 Million Innovative Learning Hub at Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, California - The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced a gift from Napa Valley's Duckhorn Wine Company in support of...

Susan Flannery Adams Named Interim Director of SBE Career Center

September 14, 2016 10:35 AM
New Leadership Team Takes Shape Following Merger with Accounting Forum, New Internship Director Rohnert Park, California - The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the appointment of Susan Flannery Adams as Interim Director...

Sonoma Executive MBAs Travel to South Africa and Botswana September 10 - 23 for International Consulting Tour

September 13, 2016 11:57 AM
Meetings to Provide Strategic Counsel on Challenges Faced by Business and Civic Leaders in Johannesburg, Gaborone, Pilanesberg, and Cape Town Rohnert Park, California - The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that Sonoma...

Fall 2016 Schedule Announced for Graduate Program Information Sessions

September 12, 2016 11:26 AM
Rohnert Park, California - The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced a series of public information sessions regarding the Sonoma MBA programs will take place October 15, November 12, and November 14, 2016...

Ray Johnson Promoted to Executive Director of Wine Business Institute

August 8, 2016 10:21 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the promotion of Ray Johnson from Director to Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute (WBI), an education and research institute of SBE. In addition to current activities involving organizational development and program execution, the expanded role includes responsibility for the operation of programs and events at the future Wine Spectator Learning Center, including activities related to alumni engagement, student learning, and faculty development and research projects. The new facility is expected to open in 2017.

Global Wine Business Education Center Receives $100,000 Gift from Republic National Distributing Company

August 3, 2016 10:17 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the latest round of financial support for the future Wine Spectator Learning Center from Republic National Distributing Company, a family-owned business and the second largest wholesale wine and spirits distributor in the country. The $100,000 Icon Level gift will support construction of the new education and industry hub and future home of the Wine Business Institute, featuring advanced technology classrooms, a student commons and gardens, and a collaborative space for faculty and business leaders. The facility is expected to open in Summer 2017.

Sonoma MBA Program for Executives Public Information Session June 25

June 21, 2016 11:39 AM
Rohnert Park, California - The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced a public information session regarding the Sonoma MBA for Executives degree program will take place Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m....

2016 Wine Business Institute Summer Intensive Gets Underway June 13

June 6, 2016 2:15 PM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the 2016 Summer Intensive certificate programs in Wine Industry Finance and Accounting, and Direct-to-Consumer Wine Sales, will take place from June 13 - 16 on SSU's Rohnert Park campus.

International Business Education and Research Tours Embark to Europe this Month

May 27, 2016 3:21 PM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced four international engagements in May and June, including student and faculty visits with foreign businesses and scholars in Ireland, United Kingdom, France, and Italy.

Groundbreaking Event for Wine Spectator Learning Center Scheduled for June 1

May 23, 2016 11:40 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that a public groundbreaking ceremony will take place for the Wine Spectator Learning Center on Wednesday, June 1 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the site of the University Commons building and future home of the Wine Business Institute (WBI), a unique public-private partnership between SSU and the wine industry. The event marks the beginning of an approximately year-long interior and exterior building transformation project designed to meet advanced learning and education requirements for the benefit of students, the campus community, and California State University (CSU) system. Welcome remarks will be provided by Dr. Ruben Armiñana, President of Sonoma State University, with additional remarks by Dr. William S. Silver, Dean of the School of Business and Economics; Marvin Shanken, Chairman of M. Shanken Communications, Inc., publisher of Wine Spectator magazine; U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson; and current Lieutenant Governor and candidate for Governor of California, Gavin Newsom. A naming gift of $3 million was given by the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation toward the $9.15 million project.

Cecchetti Wine Company Backs Global Wine Business Learning Center

May 17, 2016 12:07 PM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced a major gift from Roy and Rachael Cecchetti of Cecchetti Wine Company, in support of the Wine Spectator Learning Center, a state-of-the-art education complex and future home of the Wine Business Institute. The $200,000 donation will be recognized in the Roy and Rachael Cecchetti Campus Lawns Stairway, which will connect the new building with existing lawns and international-themed gardens adjacent to the campus lakes. Roy Cecchetti earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at SSU in 1989. He was recently appointed to the Wine Business Institute Board of Directors.

Dr. Damien Wilson to Keynote Conferences in Oakland and London May 18 and 25

May 12, 2016 9:31 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that Dr. Damien Wilson, Hamel Family Faculty Chair in Wine Business, will moderate the opening session titled, Quality - Cornerstone of Craft, at the Craft Beverage Expo on May 18 at 10 a.m. at the Oakland Convention Center in San Francisco's East Bay. The event is sponsored by the Craft Beverage Education Association, which promotes collaboration and education in the growing craft beverage industry. Following that event, on May 26 at 3 p.m., Professor Wilson will address the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium at the Hilton Brighton Metropole outside London on England's south shore. His presentation will explore how wine businesses can use innovative technologies to market and sell products more effectively.

Tourism Industry Examined from Global Wine Perspective in Latest Research

May 3, 2016 12:11 PM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced the publication of Strategic Winery Tourism and Management: Building Competitive Winery Tourism and Winery Management Strategy, a new book featuring chapter contributions by SBE professional faculty including Dr. Kyuho Lee, Assistant Professor of Marketing and editor of the book; Dr. Anisya Thomas Fritz, lecturer in wine business entrepreneurship and owner at Lynmar Estate; Dr. Liz Thach, Distinguished Professor of Wine Business; Dr. Michael Santos, Professor of Finance; Dr. Vincent Richman, Professor of Accounting; and Douglas Thornley, principal at Gould Evans architecture and board member at the Wine Business Institute (WBI), a research and education institute of SBE. In addition to SSU's professional faculty, the book features contributions from international wine industry leaders in Germany, France, England, Austria, and China.

Sixth Vintage Announced for "Sonoma State Cellars" Experiential Learning Project

April 28, 2016 10:03 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the sixth vintage from Sonoma State Cellars, a project of the Wine Business Institute (WBI) that provides hands-on learning of the process and particulars of running a wine business. The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley will be revealed during a special community appreciation event on Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. at deLorimier Winery in Geyserville. The event is open to the public and features wine tasting, food selections, and live music. Since 2010, students in wine business have partnered with Kokomo Winery and Wilson Artisan Wineries as part of the Sonoma State Cellars project.

Accounting Forum Banquet Draws "Big Four" Sponsors and Top Regional Firms April 29

April 25, 2016 10:44 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the Spring Banquet dinner for the Accounting Forum, the largest academic club on campus, is scheduled for April 29 at the Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park. The program includes a networking reception at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., and presentations of scholarship winners and acknowledgement of graduating seniors at 8 p.m. The annual event is designed to provide current and prospective students and companies an opportunity to gather and interact in advance of the fall recruiting season.

Geralyn Brostrom to Head Online Foundation Course in Wine Business Management

April 20, 2016 9:51 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that Geralyn Brostrom, former Vice President of Wine Education at The Winebow Group and Managing Director at Vindeavour, a learning design consultancy based in Napa, will lead Foundation: Introduction to Wine Business, taking place online between May 4 - June 1. This is the first of three course levels that make up the Certificate in Wine Business Management, including foundation, intermediate, and advanced, with training in wine commerce and trade, marketing and sales, finance and accounting, e-commerce, viticulture and winemaking, and regulatory issues.

First Wine Business Case Research Journal Unveiled for Global Wine Industry

April 14, 2016 10:31 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the launch of the Wine Business Case Research Journal, the first academic case journal dedicated to international wine business issues. The new electronic journal will publish semiannually as an industry digest for qualified academics, scholars, students, and industry stakeholders. Case studies featured in the first issue include an examination of a Napa winery's ascent to luxury brand; the challenges of diversification and leadership transition at two family-owned businesses in northern Italy; and demographic shifts and category expansion for a wine-serving pub in North Carolina.

Marketing and Financial Experts Barbara Talbott and Jeanette Tan to Instruct Branding, Accounting Programs

April 12, 2016 11:02 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that Barbara Talbott, founder and CEO of GlenLarkin Advisors and former Chief Marketing Officer of Four Seasons Hotels, and Jeanette Tan, accountant for Kokomo Winery and Sbragia Family Vineyards, were chosen to teach the professional development courses, Wine Branding Certificate: Building a Competitive Wine Brand, a four-day intensive program taking place May 11 - 14, and QuickBooks® Certificate: A Comprehensive Application for Your Wine Business, an eight-week online course on Wednesdays from May 11 - July 20.

Sustainability Experts from Sonoma State University Offer Insight at April 7 Conference

April 6, 2016 1:49 PM
Rohnert Park, California - The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the involvement of six faculty and administrators in the Sustainable Enterprise Conference taking place April 7 at Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park. In addition to SBE faculty and administration, members of SSU's Department of Environmental Studies and Center for Environmental Inquiry will also facilitate workshop sessions. SBE offers undergraduate and graduate courses focused on sustainability issues.

Industry Icon Young's Market Company Invests in Future Wine Business Learning Complex

April 1, 2016 10:09 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) and Young's Market Company today announced a generous gift from the Tustin-based distributor of wine and spirits. The donation will be used in support of the future Wine Spectator Learning Center, a 15,000-square-foot education and industry hub at SSU expected to break ground on June 1. The facility will feature advanced technology classrooms, a student commons and gardens, and a collaborative space for faculty and business leaders. In recognition of this generosity, two rooms will be named in the company's honor, including the Young's Market Company Classroom and the Underwood Family Board Room.

New Studies Investigate Social and Political Outcomes of "Big Box" Retail, Economic Recession

March 23, 2016 11:17 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the publication of new research by Dr. Michael Visser, Chair of the Department of Economics, and Dr. Florence Bouvet, Associate Professor of Economics. Professor Michael Visser's research study, "Market and Welfare Effects of Big Box Retail Entry in a Linear City Model with Oligopolistic Competition" is slated for publication in the Annals of Economics and Statistics Journal. Professor Florence Bouvet's study, "Income Inequality and Election Outcomes in OECD Countries: New Evidence Following the Great Recession of 2008-2009," was published in the March 2016 issue of the Electoral Studies Journal.

Distinguished Professor of Wine Business Examines Best Practices in New Books on Tourism and Social Media

March 14, 2016 10:23 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that Dr. Liz Thach, MW, published two new books including, Best Practices in Global Wine Business, a collection of 15 global case studies analyzing business methods used by successful wine regions and wineries, and Successful Social Media & Ecommerce Strategies, an examination of new communication platforms used in digital wine marketing. Professor Thach is the Distinguished Professor of Wine Business and a Professor of Management. She has authored over 120 articles on wine and eight books on wine business careers, marketing and sales, global commerce, and tourism, including a wine travel mystery novel series.

Executive MBA Students Engage Wine Industry Experts in Chile and Argentina March 13 - 24

March 10, 2016 2:56 PM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that its current class of Executive MBA students and faculty in wine business are embarking on a two-week international study tour from March 13 - 24 for meetings and activities with industry executives and government officials in Santiago and Viña del Mar, Chile, and Mendoza, Argentina. The purpose of the excursion is to provide students an international business perspective on their studies and companies, by interfacing with experts and professionals in Latin American winery and vineyard operations. The student group includes professional winemakers, global sales executives, winery owners, and other senior managers and executives from the California wine industry.

Wine Business Institute and Southern Wine & Spirits of America Announce Wine Business Scholarship Fund

March 9, 2016 10:22 AM
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern)--the nation's leading wine and spirits distributor--and the Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU)--the global leader in wine business research and education--today announced the Southern Wine & Spirits of America Wine Business Scholarship Fund to provide two scholarships annually for five years to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree in wine business.

Experiment in Arts Integration Broadens Business Curriculum, Produces High-Impact Leaders

March 8, 2016 1:23 PM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that Dr. Mona Sabuco, Professional Faculty in Management, and Dr. Douglas Jordan, Professor of Finance, have integrated principles of theater and dance studies with business administration for an innovative experiential linked-learning environment designed to develop students' leadership, communication, and operations management skills. In cooperation with Scott Horstein, SSU's Dramaturg, concepts and practices from acting and production are incorporated in coursework to enable students to apply theory in organizational behavior and strategic management to performing arts, and connect what they learn in the classroom to real-world scenarios.

Graduate and Executive Programs Information Sessions Scheduled for Spring 2016

March 4, 2016 11:55 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced a series of public information sessions about its master's degree programs will take place March 5 and 28, April 2 and 23, and May 21 on the SSU campus in Rohnert Park. Information sessions provide an opportunity for members of the public and interested professionals to meet with administrators, students, and faculty for an overview of the programs, outline of courses, and application counseling and support. The March 28 event includes a networking mixer and panel discussion with current MBA students. The May 21 session includes an opportunity to sit in on a class of the Executive MBA program.

Susan Adams and Tim Wallace Named Executives-in-Residence, Provide Boost to Career Services and Wine Business Programs

March 1, 2016 11:02 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that Susan Flannery Adams, SBE lecturer and coordinator of the Human Resource Management Certificate program at SSU, and Tim Wallace, former owner and President of Benziger Family Winery, were appointed as Executives-in-Residence in Human Resources (HR) and Wine Business, respectively. The new advisory and development positions are intended to support existing staff and leadership in the growth of programs and services, and strengthen community engagement across student, alumni, local business, and other stakeholder groups.

New Research in Environmental Economics Selected for Publication by Prestigious Royal Society Journal

February 29, 2016 2:26 PM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that two articles by Dr. Merlin Hanauer, Professor of Economics, were selected for publication in the prestigious Philosophical Transactions B of the Royal Society, an influential life sciences journal founded in 1660 and considered the world's longest running science publication. Professor Hanauer's articles, "Through What Mechanisms Do Protected Areas Affect Environmental and Social Outcomes," and "Implications of Heterogeneous Impacts of Protected Areas on Deforestation and Poverty," are included in the Journal's latest issue dedicated to examining and measuring the impact of conservation initiatives on societies and the natural environment.

School of Business and Economics Launches Innovative Business Community Partnership Program

February 22, 2016 10:40 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced a new corporate partnership program designed to provide increased exposure to corporate roles and opportunities for students, and increased access to quality employee prospects and expert faculty for the business community. Initial partners in the program comprise leading companies across a range of industries and sectors, including Southern Wine & Spirits, Sherwin-Williams, Enterprise, Solairus Aviation, Young's Market, Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Bolt Staffing, Linkenheimer LLP, and the Lee Accountancy Group, among others.

Wine Business Institute Journeys "Down Under" for 9th Academy of Wine Business Research Conference

February 17, 2016 12:01 PM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that a group of Professors in Wine Business are presenting research and expertise at the 2016 Academy of Wine Business Research Conference at the University of South Australia in Adelaide between February 16 - 18. WBI faculty in attendance include Dr. Armand Gilinsky, Korbel Professor of Wine Business, Dr. Liz Thach, Distinguished Professor of Wine, Dr. Janeen Olsen, Professor of Wine Business and Marketing, and Dr. Tom Atkin, Professor of Wine Business and Quality. The annual academic conference includes presentations, collaboration, and discussion of interest to wine business educators and researchers worldwide.

U.S. Army Veteran Earns Industry Accolade with Rally Point Wines, Credits Entrepreneurship Certificate Program

February 15, 2016 2:18 PM
"For Love of Wine and Love of Humanity" is Latest Mission for Winemaker and Veterans Advocate Tim Burgess  Rohnert Park, California - The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today recognized Rally Point Wines founder Tim Burgess, an...

Hamel Family Chair in Wine Business to Address Inaugural U.S. Beverage Industry Expo February 18

February 11, 2016 10:41 AM
Dr. Damien Wilson Invited to Provide Global Thought Leadership on Recent Movements in $400 Billion U.S. Adult Beverage Industry Rohnert Park, California - The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that its Hamel Family Chair...

Wine Business Institute Picks Local Architect, Builder for Wine Spectator Learning Center

January 26, 2016 9:49 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that TLCD Architecture based in Santa Rosa and BNBT Builders of San Francisco were chosen to partner on design and construction of the future Wine Spectator Learning Center (WSLC), an education and industry hub designed around advanced technology classrooms, a student commons and gardens, and a collaborative space for faculty and business leaders. Crews expect to break ground on the $9.15 million project on June 1, 2016, with completion and grand opening set for Summer 2017.

Spring 2016 Schedule Released for Wine Business Institute Professional Seminars and Certificates

January 7, 2016 10:08 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced its Spring 2016 schedule of professional training and education certificates, including the Wine Business Management Certificate online, with the first of three required courses beginning January 13; Direct-to-Consumer Certificate and Wine Business Finance and Accounting Certificate, with core and elective seminars beginning February 26; Wine Entrepreneurship Certificate beginning March 3; and Building a Competitive Wine Brand Certificate and QuickBooks™ Certificate online, both beginning May 11.

Patrick Baker of Vintrace Named Instructor of Wine Business Management Certificate

December 18, 2015 10:49 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the addition of Patrick Baker to its roster of industry experts teaching the innovative online Certificate in Wine Business Management beginning January 13, 2016. He currently serves as North American Sales Director for Vintrace, formerly VINx2, a cloud-based software company that helps companies track developments in production, inventory, quality, sales, compliance, and reporting. The Certificate in Wine Business Management is made up of three course levels with training in wine commerce and trade, marketing and sales, finance and accounting, eCommerce, business issues associated with viticulture and winemaking, and regulatory issues.

Popular Eight-Week Wine Business Entrepreneurship Program Returns in Spring 2016

December 16, 2015 11:01 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the return of its Certificate in Wine Business Entrepreneurship, an eight-week lecture and workshop course on Thursdays from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. between March 3 and April 29, 2016. The program is designed to provide small wine business owners and those seeking to start a wine business, the time and guided focus to develop a successful business plan, whether for a new product, new business, or career in the wine industry. Participants are exposed to the regulatory climate for making and selling wine, financial frameworks to develop a vineyard and winery, how to create a virtual brand, and different models for wine business profitability. Cost of the education certificate program is $960 for those who register before February 18, 2016.

Professor Emeritus Wally Lowry Expands Legacy to Future Wine Spectator Learning Center

December 7, 2015 11:32 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that Professor Emeritus Wally Lowry contributed $300,000 to student scholarships and the future Wine Spectator Learning Center, an education and industry hub designed around advanced technology classrooms, a student commons and gardens, and a collaborative space for faculty and business leaders. Between 1969 and 2001, Professor Emeritus Lowry taught all areas of accounting, auditing, and taxation in the School of Business and Economics at SSU. In 1996, as program director he helped launch the first Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Wine Business Strategies. During this time, in addition to operating an independent accounting firm, he participated as a board member for numerous community benefit organizations, many of which he continues to serve today, including the Santa Rosa Rotary Club, Sonoma County Alliance, Sonoma State University Academic Foundation, and as president of the Empire Breakfast Club.

Dr. Michael Visser Appointed to U.S. Delegation of Scholars Traveling to Cuba this Month

December 4, 2015 10:16 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that Dr. Michael Visser, Chair of the Department of Economics, was chosen to join a group of U.S. scholars traveling to Cuba from December 13 - 19, 2015, as part of an education and research delegation following engagement and easing of restrictions with Cuba by the Obama Administration. The international relations effort is sponsored by the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) in collaboration with the Instituto Cubano de Investigación Cultural Juan Marinello. It is intended to introduce faculty members from COPLAC-accredited colleges and universities to contemporary issues in Cuban society, such as population demographics, natural resource management, economic integration, and civil society from multidisciplinary Cuban perspectives.

Dr. Damien Wilson to Advise on State of North Coast Wine Industry December 3

November 24, 2015 3:29 PM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that Dr. Damien Wilson, Hamel Family Faculty Chair and Associate Professor of Wine Business, will moderate the inaugural session of the Wine Industry Network's North Coast Wine Industry Trade Show and Conference on December 3 from 9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. The session, entitled, "State of the North Coast Wine Industry" will provide a forum for Professor Wilson to engage fellow industry leaders Eric Thomson of Pernod Ricard, Ron Lindenbusch of Lagunitas Brewing, and Ryan O'Connell of Naked Wines, in a current year review and discussion of market competition from craft beer, cider, and spirits. Discussion is also expected to include the challenges and opportunities that legalization of cannabis could create, and examples of successful business models that have embraced and leveraged competitive threats as opportunities for growth.

Public Information Session for Executive MBA Program Scheduled for November 21

November 18, 2015 3:57 PM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced a public information session regarding its executive-level Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program will take place Saturday, November 21 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Darwin Hall, Room 101, on the SSU campus. The event includes a program overview presentation and Q&A session, followed by lunch with current Executive MBA students, and a special class sit-in with Professor Angelo Camillo's Strategy in Practice class. Information sessions are open to the public and designed for interested professionals to meet with administrators, faculty, alumni, and current students for a discussion of the program, outline of courses, and application counseling and support.

November 20 Seminar on Human Resources Management for Wine Business Professionals

November 18, 2015 10:44 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced its Wine Business Human Resource (HR) Management seminar will take place Friday, November 20, from 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in Salazar Hall, Room 2025 on the SSU campus. The seminar is designed for wine business owners and managers interested in learning the relevant regulatory agencies in California, including tactics for how to stay ahead of changing information and issues. The seminar will also address people-related challenges of running a wine business, including tools for developing talent and mitigating liabilities. Cost of the one-day seminar is $180. Successful completion of the seminar counts toward the Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Certificate and Wine Industry Finance and Accounting Certificate.

Students and Leaders in Business and Innovation Convene Entrepreneurship Conference November 20

November 18, 2015 10:39 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced it will host a special conference dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs with aspiring student and community innovators on Friday, November 20, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Ballroom C of the Student Center at SSU. The networking and entrepreneurship conference is focused on the theme, "Be Your Own Boss," and is open to the public. Online registration is recommended.

November 7 Graduation Planned for Napa Executive Wine MBA Students

November 5, 2015 3:37 PM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced a graduation celebration for its latest cohort of Napa-based Executive Master of Business Administration in Wine (Executive Wine MBA) students will take place on campus November 7, 2015, from 2 - 5 p.m. in the Student Commons and future home of the Wine Spectator Learning Center, a 15,000-square-foot facility dedicated to wine business education, research, and industry. The event begins with a welcome reception followed by presentation of degrees, including opening remarks by Dr. William Silver, Dean of the School of Business and Economics, and class remarks by graduate Christopher Sebastiani of Pacific Wine and Spirits, and graduate Towle Merritt, General Manager and Viticulturist for Walsh Vineyards Management. The Executive Wine MBA program is offered at locations in both Napa and Sonoma counties.

"Girls on the Run Sonoma County" Voted Best Student Case in National Competition

November 5, 2015 11:16 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that student Erin Rock, Master of Business Administration (MBA) Class of 2015, was honored with the "Best Student-Authored Case Award" and $2,000 during the annual North American Case Research Association (NACRA) conference in Orlando, Florida. Her case study and instructor's manual, Girls on the Run Sonoma County: Volunteers, True Strategic Assets, focuses on strategies to support Girls on the Run Sonoma County, a non-profit organization that helps girls develop life skills through conversation-based lessons and running games. The case study evaluated the organization's ability and strategies to scale its technology, promotions, and volunteer functions to sustain recent growth in numbers and participation.

New Wine Business Seminars Address Retail Sales Strategies, Family Business Operations

November 2, 2015 1:07 PM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced two new seminars, including "Sales and Product Strategies for a Changing Market", and "Family Business Management", both happening Friday, November 6, 2015. The retail sales seminar takes place from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Salazar Hall, Room 2025, and addresses topics related to selling wine through retail outlets, including product and price positioning, traditional distribution and distributor relations, direct-to-consumer management, product line extensions, public and press relations, and account management. The family business seminar takes place from 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in Salazar Hall, Room 2019, and addresses issues that arise as family businesses navigate organizational and personal life cycles, from start up to growth and transition.

November 3 Hearing Set for California Senate and Assembly Select Committees on Wine

October 29, 2015 3:03 PM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that it will host a joint hearing of the California Senate and Assembly Select Committees on Wine on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, from 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Ballroom B on the third floor of the Student Center on SSU's campus in Rohnert Park, California. Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), are respective Chairs of the Assembly and Senate Select Committees on Wine. The hearing is expected to address issues impacting the California wine industry and will be structured as three panel discussions, including water and sustainability issues, labor and farmworker housing, and innovation and entrepreneurship in wine-related education.

Wine Industry Disruption Explored in New Business Case on Crowd Funding

October 27, 2015 10:32 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that Dr. Sandra K. Newton and Dr. Armand Gilinsky, Jr., wine business professors at SSU, received notification that their case study, "NakedWines.com - Disrupting the Wine Industry?", will be published in the Fall 2015 (Vol. 35, No. 4) issue of the Case Research Journal, a leading academic journal for cases in business and related disciplines. The case study will also be available from Harvard Business School Publishing, among other case distribution outlets. It was originally presented at the North American Case Research Association conference in British Columbia, Canada, where it won the Gold Award for best case.

Professor Robert Eyler to Present Economic Forecast for Marin and U.S.

October 26, 2015 10:45 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that Dr. Robert Eyler, Professor of Economics and Interim Dean of the School of Extended and International Education, will present the "National and Marin Economic Forecast" at the 12th Annual Forecasting the Future Marin Economic Conference happening Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 7:30 - 10 a.m. at the Embassy Suites in San Rafael. Cost is $45 for members of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and $65 for members of the public. The event is sponsored by the Marin Economic Forum, where Dr. Eyler serves as Chief Economist.

Professor Kathryn Chang Measures Effect of Hospital Outsourcing on Financial Performance

October 20, 2015 1:15 PM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced a new study by Dr. Kathryn Chang, Assistant Professor of Business, entitled, "The Impact of Outsourcing on Hospital Performance", which was recently published in the quarterly issue of International Journal of Management Accounting Research. The study builds on existing literature by using a data sample with financial performance metrics to examine hospital outsourcing of clinical and non-clinical services as a strategy to manage costs and improve performance. Results of the research demonstrate that subcontracting is positively tied to hospitals' financial performance, though varies depending on type of ownership.

Wine Study Tour Heads to Rome and Southern Italy in May 2016

October 19, 2015 2:45 PM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that a 12-day international wine study tour will take place May 23 - June 3, 2016, with travel to Rome and the Amalfi Coast, including the wine regions of Campania, Puglia, and Sicily. In previous years, international wine study tours have been reserved for undergraduate and postgraduate wine business students. This year marks the 10th anniversary of SSU educational wine trips abroad, with special invitation to members of the public and regional wine enthusiasts. Travel guides include Dr. Liz Thach, MW, SSU Professor of Management and Wine Business, and Dr. Janeen Olsen, Certified Sommelier and SSU Professor of Marketing and Wine Business.

Future Learning Center for Wine Business Gains More Support

October 19, 2015 9:45 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced more financial support of the future Wine Spectator Learning Center, a 15,000 square foot building designed around three classrooms, a student commons for collaboration and student-run businesses, and an industry center for professional and academic faculty and program leadership. The latest contribution in the amount of $100,000 results from the generosity and foresight of Charmer Sunbelt Group, a family-owned beverage distributor that employs 7,000 people with operations in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

Charles Krug Winery Scholarship Fund Announced in Honor of Peter Mondavi, Sr.

October 15, 2015 12:14 PM
The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University today announced the Peter Mondavi, Sr. and Charles Krug Winery Scholarship Fund to provide financial support for one or more students who work in the wine industry and have been accepted to the upcoming Executive Master of Wine Business Administration (Executive Wine MBA) program. The $25,000 award was collected by the Napa-Sonoma division of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gastronomic society, in honor of Peter Mondavi, Sr.

First International University Partnership Formed with China's Penglai Wine College

October 13, 2015 9:18 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that the first international university partnership in wine business has been organized between SSU and the University of Jinan Quancheng College in Shandong Province on China's northeast coast. The study exchange will provide opportunity for students from Penglai Wine College to pursue SSU's Wine Business Management online certificate and enroll in the Global Wine MBA program. Coursework and classroom experience is expected to be enhanced through sharing of knowledge and expertise from the countries' respective wine regions. The program has been in development since 2011, when Sonoma County's Cline Cellars brought the idea of a transcontinental partnership to SSU.

Financial Support Continues for New Wine Business Learning Facility

October 12, 2015 10:41 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced more support for the future Wine Spectator Learning Center in the form of a $100,000 contribution from student housing management and investment company, Pierce Education Properties (PEP). Since founding in 1995, PEP and has overseen the acquisition, planning, and development of student housing and university-supporting projects totaling more than 13,000 student beds.

Cross-Country Expedition Turns Experiential Marketing for Business Senior

October 8, 2015 10:59 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that Garret Gooch, Class of 2016, recently completed a temporary placement as brand associate and content creator for Ultimate Ears, a waterproof and shockproof Bluetooth speaker brand owned by Logitech. He was dispatched by the company on a three-month journey across the U.S. to identify "influencers", or members of the general public who become early users and advocates of the product. Each experience and interaction along the way was documented through the company's social media channels. Gooch credits SBE and the SSU community with helping to develop his interpersonal skills and business acumen, which enabled him to succeed in the project.

Wine Business Law Seminar Tackles Social Media and Intellectual Property

October 8, 2015 10:39 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced a new seminar, "Legalities of Social Media and Intellectual Property for Wine Businesses", designed to address the legal and compliance issues surrounding the use of social media in the wine industry, as well as the importance of intellectual property in protecting brand identity for wine-related companies. The seminar takes place Friday, October 23, 2015, from 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the SSU campus in Rohnert Park, CA.

Wine Spectator Learning Center Recognized Regionally with Latest Donation

October 5, 2015 12:59 PM
The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University today announced the latest contribution in support of the future Wine Spectator Learning Center from Robin and Michelle Baggett, owners of Alpha Omega Winery in Napa and Tolosa Winery in San Luis Obispo. The generous donation of $200,000 will be put toward the construction of a new Learning Center conference room, which is slated for completion in 2017. The Alpha Omega and Tolosa Wine Business Institute Conference Room will provide a state-of-the-art collaboration and mentoring space for current and future wine industry professionals to further their education.

Professor Armand Gilinsky Proposes "Triple Bottom Line" for Global Wine Business

October 1, 2015 12:17 PM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that Dr. Armand Gilinsky, Jr., Korbel Professor in Wine Business, has a new book slated for release tomorrow, October 2, 2015, entitled, Crafting Sustainable Wine Businesses: Concepts and Cases. Dr. Gilinsky's latest work focuses on methods being used by organizations inside and outside the wine industry to set and measure business sustainability standards. The book includes New and Old World case studies, including from contributors at universities in Spain and New Zealand. It was written by Dr. Gilinsky as part of ongoing research within the Wine Business Institute, an education and research institute of SBE.

Alumnus and Entrepreneur Justin Eterovich Launches Artisan Watch Company

September 24, 2015 3:14 PM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that alumnus and watchmaking impresario, Justin Eterovich, is gaining traction in the world of limited edition luxury brands with Blacklist Watches, automotive-inspired timepieces designed by Eterovich and manufactured in Switzerland. The company boasts sales of more than $125,000 in its first 12 months of operation and expects to double that number in the coming year. Eterovich graduated Cum Laude from SSU in 2015 and occasionally returns to campus to share his story with new business students.

Hayes-Lewis Scholarship in Economics Awarded for "Proficiency and Commitment"

September 17, 2015 1:58 PM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced today that two of its students, Bozhidar Chakalov and Edward D'Emidio, both seniors and Economics Majors, were each awarded a $500 scholarship by the Department of Economics for strong academic performance. The scholarship is named after former SSU Department of Economics faculty members, Sue Hayes and Steve Lewis, and allocated annually to offset student textbook costs.

Corporate Social Responsibility Explored in "The Good Company"

September 10, 2015 9:53 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that Business Professor Robert Girling has released a new book entitled, The Good Company: Sustainability in Hospitality, Tourism, and Wine. The book focuses on sustainable innovations in business that can serve as a learning tool for both practitioners and educators in hospitality, wine, and environmental studies. The book is a sequel to The Good Company: Compassionate Companies that are Changing the World, published in 2012.

Cost Versus Choice

September 8, 2015 1:04 PM
Choosing a health plan has become an annual task since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. The Individual Mandate now places a penalty on those who can afford health care but choose not to purchase it. The fee for not having coverage in 2015 is either 2% of your yearly household income or $325 per person for the year (with lots of tiny print in the details). Choosing a health plan can be very confusing because of all the choices but really boils down to cost versus choice. HMOs are generally less expensive- PPOs tend to be more flexible.

Lessons From Greece

September 8, 2015 12:56 PM
Six months ago, a paper I wrote was accepted for presentation at the European Group for Organizational Studies conference in Athens on July 2-4. At the time, I had no idea that Greece would become such a hotspot at exactly that time. The referendum conducted by the socialist Prime Minister Tsipras to gauge the interest of Greek voters and EU debt deal was held on July 5, with one week notice. I was in Athens from July 1 until July 7.

Prominent Finance Professionals Join Roster at Wine Business Institute

September 3, 2015 10:39 AM
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the addition of well-known financial industry experts from the region's top firms to its roster of instructors for the upcoming Wine Industry Finance and Accounting Certificate program. Applications are still being accepted for the program beginning September 11, 2015.

International Study Tour Brings Sonoma to Scandinavia and Baltic States

September 3, 2015 9:14 AM
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that a group of Executive MBA (EMBA) students and faculty are embarking on a two-week international excursion, September 12 through 25, 2015, for meetings and activities with executives and industry officials at companies in Denmark and Estonia. The group will spend one week in Copenhagen, Denmark and a second week in Tallinn, Estonia, to gather a global business perspective on their studies, companies, and U.S. commerce, by interfacing with experts in European business, education, government, technology, and healthcare industries.

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.

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.

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