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Three local businesses given East Bay Leadership Council awards
The East Bay Leadership Council recently honored three Lamorinda businesses selected by their local Chambers of Commerce as Small Business of the Year at a luncheon held during National Small Business Week.




70 years of bean dip and margaritas at El Charro
It's 7:30 on a Tuesday night and the parking lot at El Charro's is virtually full. As one car backs out, another enters to take its place.
El Charro has been packing in customers for ...
By John T. Miller



A new look for the 11th annual Moraga Community Faire
For 10 years now Ellen Beans had been the Moraga Chamber of Commerce's Community Faire leader. Now, the former Citizen of the Year decided that a decade was enough and passed the baton. It took two co-chairs to fill her shoes: Ashley Louisiana and Ian Cook represent ...By Sophie Braccini



In Focus: Jim Marggraff
This year one of the judges at the prestigious Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards program will be Lafayette resident Jim Marggraff.
The awards program, now in its 31st ...
By Pippa Fisher



Menge honored as Employee of the Month in Moraga
Virginia Menge, a popular barista at Starbucks Coffee, has been named the Moraga Employee of the Month for March.
Menge has served Moraga customers for the past 11 years and has been ...
Submitted by Kevin Reneau



Drifter Organics' mother-daughter team: Business partners and best friends
Every day must feel a little like Mother's Day to Dawn Marie Hoo. Not only does her 22-year old daughter, Micaela, still happily live at their Moraga home, but the dynamic mother-daughter team own a business together, working side by side on an almost daily basis - and ...By Diane Claytor



Local experts try to predict Lamorinda's retail future
Restaurants, along with spas and salons, may be the key to Lamorinda's retail success in the future because they are "internet proof" and inherently require the presence of the customer.
By Victor Ryerson



The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The first quarter of 2017 showed a continued fast pace in activity on the residential side of Lamorinda real estate. Supply remains very low so the resulting sales quantities remain low. The average sales price continues to increase in Lafayette and Moraga but not in ...By Conrad Bassett



Lynn's Top Five
Sometimes making a career change makes sense, and sometimes it's financially reckless. Whether starting on a new career path or starting your own business, how do you know if this is the right move for you financially? And of course what's really at stake is not just ...By Lynn Ballou



Designing woman: Local entrepreneur opens new shop in Lafayette
Leslie Price began her design career 17 years ago, while raising her two sons in Moraga. She started in real estate staging houses. Wanting to work with her hands, she developed an upholstery and a cushion making enterprise in her garage, before embarking in the next ...By Sophie Braccini



Rheem Center Study Session
The Moraga Planning Commission and Design Review Board will hold a joint study session on the Rheem Valley Shopping Center from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 24 in the council chambers and community meeting room, 335 Rheem Blvd. in Moraga




Looking Good in Lamorinda
It's spring! Time to revisit the closet and consider a new addition or two to freshen up our look.
Specialtees in Lafayette's Fiesta Square says this season celebrates the shoulder. ...
By Moya Stone



Tim Rojas is Moraga's Employee of the Month
Tito Rojas, a long-time painter and shift supervisor at Mark Bellingham Painting, has been named the Moraga Employee of the Month for February.
Rojas has been working on local homes for ...
Submitted by Kevin Reneau



Two Lamorinda businesses honored with CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards
The California Air Resources Board recently honored 13 California businesses for their remarkable practices as they surpassed others in their energy and water resources conservation, and in the optimization of their sustainable practices.
By Sophie Braccini




Acalanes students will work for college
A pair of enterprising students from Acalanes High School has formed a business partnership focused on providing needed labor to community members, while also helping to fund their college educations.
By John T. Miller



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