Sunday, December 30, 2012

Removal of large hazardous dead Valley Oak over house!

Signature Tree Service flawlessly removes a hazardous dead Valley Oak over a house, valuable landscape and street with out any damage or incidents. This project was executed on a 102 degree summer day in Vacaville, California!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Measuring what makes life worthwhile - Chip Conley

Great thoughts for any business. . .

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When the dot-com bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count. Chip Conley creates joyful hotels, where he hopes his employees, customers and investors alike can realize their full potential. His books share that philosophy with the wider world.

Talk by Chip Conley.

Friday, December 28, 2012

SitePro Home Inspections Has Your Interests In Mind

    After saving and dreaming for months and years, you've finally found the home of your dreams. It has just the right d├ęcor, space, bedrooms and amenities you and your family need right now. You’ve checked out the schools. You’ve checked out the neighborhood. You‘ve even timed the drive to and from work. BUT, have you taken seriously the importance of having a BUYER’S HOME INSPECTION done on your home? One where YOUR interests are in mind? Probably not.

    Perhaps your neighbor has mentioned a home inspector or your REALTOR has referred their favorite home inspector? Can you be assured that this home inspector will take the time not only to perform a thorough and detailed inspection, but walk through the entire home explaining defects mentioned in the report as well as maintenance items? Will this inspector explain how systems work in a fun and educational manner so you know and feel comfortable with your home?

    After all, this is YOUR home and you want to know as much as you can about it! Finally, when you are nearing the end of the inspection, will the inspector be scrambling to get you a report onsite or will he review his notes and prepare one of the most easily understood and professional reports in the industry within 12-24 hours? After all, it is your home. Do you want a rushed inspection and report with possible errors or one that has YOUR best interests in mind?

    SitePro always has your interests in mind! After all, the largest part of our business is from happy past clients who have gone through the home buying process just like you. So buy that home and schedule your inspection today knowing you have a trusted inspection company with your interests in mind!

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    To Schedule Your Inspection Today!!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Keeping Up With Industry Changes

As a sales guy, and sales manager for most of my life, I really enjoyed this particular Raz Room video. There are some basic things that help anyone succeed in the career field of choice regardless of what is going on all around them. This video is chock-full of great advice. Play it twice!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Your Dollar Goes A Long Way At Mission Solano

In 1998, recognizing that many people struggling with addiction needed more than “three hots and a cot”, Mission SOLANO Rescue Mission focused its vision to develop long-term residential treatment for homeless addicted men, women and children. The Mission SOLANO Rescue Mission has successfully met the basic necessities of the homeless and poverty stricken population since 1998. Our unique and nationally recognized Nomadic Sheltering Program provides emergency shelter nights to those in need, while maintaining and managing our Community Outreach Center (COC) and Social Industries distributing food, clothing and ongoing community services.

Our doors are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Help is available without charge to any person regardless of race, color, creed or social standing.

Mission SOLANO operates entirely on voluntary contributions. The vast majority of our support comes from individual donors; the balance from churches, organizations, foundations and the corporate community.

We have always adhered to a strict code of financial ethics. You will be happy to know that a major portion of every dollar entrusted to us goes directly into programs and services.

Your Dollar Goes a Long Way - DONATE TODAY! 

  • $1.79 - provides a nourishing meal for one hungry person
  • $9.06 - covers the cost of a warm bed for one night for a homeless person
  • $39.12 - underwrites total costs for one person to go through our "Rays of H.O.P.E." Recovery program per day

Weekly Food Giveaways

Community Outreach Center
Monday 11:00 a.m. (Identification Required)
Wednesday 11:00 a.m. (Identification Required)
Friday 11:00 a.m.
740 Travis Blvd

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Say What You Will by Justin Hines Courtesy of Starkey Hearing Foundation

Recording artist and Hearing Angel Justin Hines recently joined us on a mission to Indianapolis. Check out this great video he put together that puts a Starkey twist on his hit song!

What would you say?

See more about this fine organization:

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Rick Rampone Has Been Serving the Auto Body Repair Industry For Over 48 Years

With 48 years of experience in the automotive industry, Rick's Auto Body provides the best auto collision repair in town! We have a staff of 5 qualified technicians that together have over 125 years of experience. Rick's has been in the same location in Vacaville, California for the past 26 years and is here to service Solano county.
Our commitment to training is demonstrated by our certification from I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, as a Gold Class Professional Repair Facility. I-CAR Training completed by our shop personnel includes Collision Repair, Finish Matching, Advanced Vehicle Systems, Steering and Suspension, Electronics for Collision Repair, Restraint systems, Aluminum Repair and Welding, Glass Replacement, Adhesive Bonding, and Plastics Repair.

Rick's Body and Paint
dba Rick's Auto Body
1130-K E. Monte Vista Avenue
Vacaville, CA 95688

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Africa Mission Provides The Gift Of Hearing

The gift of hearing is shared with "kids who have never heard. . ." by the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Let Creekside Hearing Aid Service help you with your hearing.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

30 Under 30: Powering the Internet

Matt Mullenweg started WordPress when he was an undergraduate at the University of Houston. Now his software runs 17% of all websites.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Quarter Billion Dollar Yacht

Forbes' Luisa Kroll's exclusive tour of billionaire industrialist Dennis Washington's Attessa IV.

[FORBES Note: Dennis Washington's company is named The Washington Companies -- not Washington Group International. We regret the error.]

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

30 Under 30: Restaurant Quality School Lunches

Jonas Falk is feeding Chicago kids healthy meals, made by real chefs with no frozen or canned food and they are lapping it up.

Monday, December 17, 2012

30 Under 30: A World Class Education -- Online

Jeremy Johnson is bringing small classes, strict admission standards and genuine interaction with professors from name-brand schools to the Internet.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Exclusive Byron Barnes Hand-Made Guitars At ABC Music Store & Academy

Stan of ABC Music Store & Academy shows off a hand-made unique classical guitar made in Benicia CA by a local luthier, Byron Barnes. This beautiful Byron Barnes instrument has a typical cedar top, but an untypical curly maple sides and back which is so beautiful to see in person. Another unique feature is the tuning pegs that are reminiscent of hand-made flamenco guitars of the past, which according to Stan are extremely easy to use.

These Byron Barnes hand-made guitars are ONLY available at ABC Music and we have them in stock at ABC Music & Academy in Benicia CA.

See more about ABC Music at

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Maz Jobrani: A Saudi, an Indian and an Iranian walk into a Qatari bar ...

A bit of fun today. . .

Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani takes to the TEDxSummit stage in Doha, Qatar to take on serious issues in the Middle East -- like how many kisses to give when saying "Hi," and what not to say on an American airplane.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Folsom Lake Ford Fleet Department

Dan Raimondi, Fleet Director of Folsom Lake Ford in Folsom, CA talks about his department and the volume and expanse of their business.

Folsom Lake Ford is located in Folsom, CA and the Fleet and Commercial department website is

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Current Home Loan File - Big Valley Mortgage

Mike at Big Valley Mortgage talks about the current documentation needed to get a home loan. Big Valley Mortgage can handle the new regulations. See more at

Monday, December 10, 2012

Wood Reconditioning Is A Kitchen Tune-Up Specialty

Our signature one-day wood reconditioning. We have been offering this service for over 22 years. Look at the woodwork all around you. Is it showing its age? All wood needs to be maintained. Our unique service can keep all of the woodwork in your home looking great.

Call Stu Reid, Kitchen Tune-up in Fairfield at 707-422-7682.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Upward Trend Welcomes Urth Shakes As Latest Trend Setter Package Client

Upward Trend is pleased to announce that a new start-up company, Urth Shakes, who is a food service company that produces garden fresh, nutritionally dense meals in a blended shake, made from fruits, vegetables and vegan protein.

We will be building a brand new website, blog, adding new social media including facebook, twitter and linked-in, along with a YouTube channel. The package also includes video production, a monthly email newsletter, our own consulting and SEO optimization.

Here's a little more about Urth Shakes:  
  • The Urth Shakes Program is a healthy meal replacement system of prepared drinks that goes beyond simply tasting great
  • It extremely nutritionally dense, reduces hunger and provides a satisfying sense of fullness at only 312 calories, for a 20 ounce serving.
  • Building on 20 years of experience with garden fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds and protein it fully developed and has been embraced by the medical community.
  • The company's Urth Shake meal replacement is presently served fresh, or freeze dried (future) will be available to the public through retail outlets, online sales, and contract sales.
  • No added artificial ingredients, salt or sugars. 

Look for more about the new Urth Shakes in the coming days.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Relevant Report: This Woman Will Inspire You

If you like Ross Shafer & Michael Burger's brisk, fresh, new ideas... come subscribe to and we will send you the videos as soon as we publish them. We've got plenty of new ways for you to make money in your business.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Meet the Tax Angels of ATS Tax and Financial Solutions

Sylvia Barata, Owner/President, Enrolled Agent
Sylvia started her tax career with the Internal Revenue Service. While there she answered tax questions, instructed IRS employees, monitored the toll-free line for accuracy, supervised, and made public appearances as the Media Relations tax expert. She was recognized for her expertise with many awards, including "Federal Employee of the Year." After 10 years, she decided to open her own company, Affordable Tax Service, and in 1985 became an Enrolled Agent. For nearly 35 years Sylvia has been preparing both individual and business tax returns. With her extensive knowledge, Sylvia often assists clients with personal finance planning customized to their needs. She is also trained in the special rules for clergy, people with disabilities, foreign tax issues, and small business needs. Sylvia is dedicated to bringing her clients the best service available. She and her staff of Tax Angels work diligently to help clients reach their goals.

Anne Arms, Enrolled Agent
Anne has been a tax preparer for over 30 years. She brought her considerable skills to the ATS team in 2001. She began her career as a tax preparer, office supervisor, and course instructor for a well-known national tax franchise, then worked as a tax preparer for a private firm before joining ATS. She is also an Enrolled Agent and is very active in the California Society of Enrolled Agents where she served two years as Secretary and now chairs the Education Committee. She served the North Bay Chapter of Enrolled Agents as President in 2002-2003. And she was also the Charter President of the newly formed Solano-Napa Chapter in 2006-2007. Her specialty here at ATS is preparing returns for individuals and fiduciary returns for estates and trusts.

Rudy Ramirez, CT Tech, California Tax Preparer

Deborah Wilson, Client Relations Specialist
Deborah joined ATS in January, 2008. She earned her "ANGEL" wings by providing professional support, and outstanding service to ATS employees, clients and prospective clients. With Deborah, you are guaranteed enthusiastic support and friendly service with a smile.

Mitzi Martinsen, "Girl Friday"
Mitzi first came to ATS as receptionist in 1994 while still in high school. She provided friendly service to ATS clients for two tax seasons, after which she sprouted her wings and left for a life of change and growth. Fifteen years later Mitzi returned to ATS in January 2010 to earn her angel wings as the newest staff member and proudly takes on the title of "Girl Friday." She buzzes around the office providing backup support and assistance to all ATS staff and clients. Her spunk and bubbly personality keeps ATS always smiling.

ATS Tax and Financial Solutions
1075 First St, Suite 6
Benicia CA 94510


Thursday, December 6, 2012

SitePro Home Insprections Serves Northeastern Florida


You often suggest to your buyers and sellers that they obtain a professional home inspection. But it can be difficult to know who to call.

As professional home inspectors, our goal continues to be making the home inspection experience reliable and useful.

We conduct comprehensive visual evaluations and provide objective, easy-to-understand reports that your clients can use to make sound decisions. For your buyers, we help you provide peace of mind. For your sellers, we provide another valuable marketing advantage. Flexible schedules. Professional services.

Our inspection services include:

  • Commercial Inspections
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Home Maintenance Inspections
  • Listing Inspections
  • Mold Testing
  • New Construction Inspections
  • Moisture Analysis
  • Infarred Survey
  • Wind Mitigation Assessment
  • 4-Point Insurance Letter
  • WDO Report


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Spa Day Gift Certificates From 36 Oaks Make Great Christmas Gifts

Don't know what to get that special someone for Christmas? Try a gift certificate for 36 Oaks Country Retreat! We have individual spa treatments or spa packages to choose from. Everyone loves to be pampered.....this is the perfect gift for everyone on your list! It's convenient too, you can purchase them directly from our website

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Creekside Hearing Aid Service

Creekside Hearing Aid Service
Vacaville, CA

Accepting New Patients , Assessments , Behind The Ear Aids , Completely In The Canal Aids , Digital Hearing Aids , Financing , Free Estimates , Handicapped Accessibility , Hearing Aid Adjustments , Hearing Aid Batteries , Hearing Aid Repair , Hearing Devices & Controls , Hearing Services , Hearing Testing , Programmable Comfort Signal Processing Circuit , Programmable Hearing Aids

Monday, December 3, 2012

California Work Trucks Shows Off Knapheide Service Body with Sliding Roof

Tony with California Work Trucks shows us the features and benefits of the Knapheide 8' Service/Utility Body with the TSR, or Telescopic Sliding Roof, and the Master Locking System.

California Work Trucks is located at 930 Whipple Road in Union City, CA. Call them at 510-477-8425. See more at

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Special Testimonial For Wendy VanHatten and VanHatten Writing Services

I am grateful beyond words to know and work with Wendy VanHatten, owner of VanHatten Writing Services and an author herself. Though I am grateful beyond words, I'm going to give it a good shot with words because I want to let everyone who cares to read this to benefit.

Slightly more than a month from now, it will have been one year since I published with Wendy's help a book titled, Commercial Truck Success. Since the publication, so many interesting things have come about that I am very excited and pleased to have finally completed the task and have written the book. It is reaching many all across the country and giving them a different perspective about how retail auto dealerships deal with the foreign idea of outside sales and of commercial upfitted (trucks with bodies on them) trucks.

Publishing the book was fun. It's fun to be on, which is a company I admire very much. It's fun to get some buzz going. It's fun to get the accolades of a few and gain respect from many who may have never known me. So, there are many benefits that I call fun surrounding publishing a book.

One of the more important things is that now there are many who consider me an expert in that field. It's interesting to me how that happens. Nothing changed about my knowledge really except the book became a real thing to hold in ones hand and read. And, of course, I like that aspect.

But, as all that is wonderful and I'm grateful for it, I am much more grateful for the things that are harder to see or quantify and that is what I want to address more here and now.

To say it succinctly, Wendy has helped me to become a better writer.

I've always seen myself as a writer and have always wanted that in my life and over the years have practiced it in spurts with some improvement. Yet, in the process of actually writing this book, going through edits and sessions with Wendy and her encouragement and guidance, I have become many levels higher a better writer than before the book began. I am in sheer joy about this progress.

Now as I write more and am now writing the follow up to the published book, I see how much my writing has improved. Yes, I certainly have practiced. I write a Daily Inspirations and have done this for the last three years every single day. Yes, I write small pieces and lots of emails. Yet, I look at what Wendy has done in working with her to help me be more and better in my writing and it is this I applaud, for it is this that is the change maker, or the catalyst to my desire to produce. She didn't produce, but she certainly aided me in doing so and that inspiration continues now a year after the publication.

I say to you who have perhaps attracted this piece to read, that Wendy can help you write your story, your book, your legacy. She can help you to be a better writer, and she can help you to get it published and on too. Whatever she charges in the way of fees are not nearly enough for the solid value you will receive. I can assure you of that.

If you want to become a better writer, or to publish that book you've been thinking about for a long time, now is the time to pick up the phone and call Wendy at 707-685-9468 and visit her website at You too may become a RAVING FAN!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Are You Creating A Business For Yourself, Or Just A Well Paying Job by Kirsty Dunphey

The amazing wedding photographer who gets paid $10,000 for a days work has an amazing business right? Not necessarily. That same wedding photographer falls ill or decides they don’t want to photograph 30 weddings a year and their income stream dies down. That wedding photographer has created a well paying job for herself.

The phenomenal public speaker who gets paid $8,000 for an hours work and speaks at 70 events a year – that’s a wonderful business right? Depends how you look at it. If that same public speaker sent Joe Blogs employee in their place to do a keynote speech – do you think the client would go for it? The public speaker has created a well paying job for himself.

The retail store owner who can sell anything to anyone and has 5 staff members. Now that’s a business right? Not if the moment he walks out the door sales drop 50%. He’s created… you guessed it – a well paying job for herself.

Now – I’m not saying that having a well paying job isn’t wonderful – especially if you love the work.


- it’s hard to sell a well paying job as an asset

- a well paying job suffers if you’re off "work" for an extended period of time (illness, pregnancy, taking time to explore the world)

The great thing about everyone above? There’s ways for them to create business aspects to what they do.

The wedding photographer who sells prints, does other work that can be put into a book or exhibit finds ways to create leverage.

The public speaker who leverages their brand into a book, an e-series, an online educational program or a subscription based website instantly creates an income stream that works for them day or night.

And the retail store owner who lets go of being the face and trains her staff to take the fore can turn his job into a business – and a saleable one at that.

Do you have a business or a job? Do you want to start your own business or create a job for yourself? Is what you’ve built saleable? Does it work for you whether you spend the day in bed in your pjs or you’re out in the field. Mmm…. I’m writing this in my pjs!


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