From: Vanessa Labi
For most, leaving the Golden State isn’t an easy choice. “It’s just a spectacular place,” says Kerry Sachs, co-owner of Puroast Coffee. But he made the difficult decision to uproot his 30-year-old Woodland-based coffee business last year to move its operations to North Carolina.
Although owning a business in California has many advantages – it is home to a great talent pool, its political climate is preferred by tech companies with progressive policies and grants are being funded by the state – the ultra state -regulatory also presents many challenges. In this August article, award-winning business journalist Steven Yoder tracks the many factors behind the region’s corporate exodus.
A company that keeps its roots in the capital region? PresenterTek, the Nevada City maker of the self-tuning robotic teleprompter, the TeleStepper. The voice assistant product has been used by Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Rodham Clinton and many others. Additionally, PresenterTek is the exclusive provider of teleprompting equipment for US Presidents for their speeches and press conferences. Read Ed Goldman’s full backstory to follow the product’s trajectory from Nevada City in Hollywood to the White House.
Here is the latest overview of the Capital Region:
A new brewery concept alongside Touchstone Climbing finds a natural connection between climbing and the community spirit of beer culture; Nevada City maker PresenterTek shares their journey getting their robotic teleprompters used by Oprah and the White House; California’s business climate and other factors are causing some Capital Region businesses to leave the state; Tahoe Elementary School partners with Wide Open Walls to show its commitment to arts education through colorful murals; The Sacramento Tree Foundation and the Regional Water Authority are teaming up to write a column about practices we can adopt this summer to protect urban trees from drought.
Recommendations from our editors:
In this section, we editors share what we read, listen to, watch or even eat. Here’s what we’re consuming this week:
vanessa: Last week, I took a choreography class at Studio Physique Dance & Fitness, which is owned and taught by former NBA Kings dancer Jenna Miller. We learned a dance to Beyonce’s latest single, “Break My Soul,” which I may have requested via Instagram DM! It was so fun to be back in the studio after taking some of Jenna’s classes outside at Land Park for the first two years of the pandemic. She also teaches online classes, which is a good starting point for the shy but curious about dance!
Jennifer:After reading Sarah Baume’s “Seven Steeples” novel last month, I picked up her non-fiction “Handiwork”, an artisan essay on how her practice of visual arts (in this case, sculpture of wooden birds) intertwines with his practice of writing. I’m never quite satisfied with my own practice, so I like to look into the lives and routines of writers and artists who seem to have understood it better. (We also do this in our “Art Exposed” section.)
Judy: The Wall Street Journal reports that people pay up to $1,000 for the perfect profile picture. Although I might back down from the price, I get the idea. I don’t like the standard headshot. They’re cookie-cutter, posed at the same angle wearing a blazer and a top for either a man or a woman. I recently had a new portrait done and chose to have it wearing a blouse while sitting in a fancy restaurant booth. A previous one showed me holding my glasses. You don’t need to spend $1000, just use your phone’s filters and get creative. Represent who you are, not what the business industry says you should be.
From the archive:
Every once in a while we share a blast from the past in the form of an old cover or photo. This summer 1990 cover features Maria Baker, who served as director and CEO of the Sacramento Zoo for a decade. She retired in 1999.
We’re glad to see that Baker is still hanging around as the owner and designer of her jewelry company Manga Beads, which she named after the mangabey, a family of Old World primates that includes several endangered species. . She sells her jewelry in the gift shops of accredited zoos and aquariums around the country and donates a portion of her profits to the conservation projects of these institutions. We love to see it!
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