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Business briefs, July 20: Classes, workshops ongoing at Watsonville Yoga

Classes, workshops ongoing at Watsonville Yoga

WATSONVILLE — Watsonville Yoga, Dance and Healing Arts, 375 Main St., will hold a special workshop on Aug. 5.

Partner Yoga for Beginners, with Jo Ann Vasquez and Benjamin Blanchette, will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Watsonville Yoga also has a number of ongoing workshops and classes throughout the week. For information, visit www.watsonville.yoga.

The business is nearing its second year in downtown Watsonville.

“We love our community,” said owner Phoenix Artemisia. “We love our historic downtown and that is why we do what we do. The people who lead and represent Watsonville Yoga from the front desk to the dance floor are also local activists, teachers and health professionals who have a passion for culture and the arts.”


Workshop covers Green Business certification

WATSONVILLE — The California Green Business Network will hold a workshop on Aug. 3 from noon to 1 p.m. at Totlcom, 65 Hangar Way in Watsonville.

The workshop will cover the basics of Green Business certification.

Attendees are asked to bring a lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided.

The workshop is free to attend, but space is limited. To sign up, visit www.montereybaygreenbusiness.org.


Rio Del Mar Esplanade concessions now available

APTOS — The Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services announced new concessions serving beachgoers in the Aptos area.

With summer in full swing, the new SUP Shack is now operating at Rio Del Mar Esplanade, offering various beach supplies and boogie board, wetsuit, stand-up paddleboard and surf board rentals. A second vendor, Sycamore Concessions, is expected to begin operating later this summer with a selection of food and refreshments.

“This is a wonderful public-private partnership to enhance the beach-going experience for Santa Cruz County locals and visitors while augmenting and complementing the business environment in the area,” Parks Director Jeff Gaffney said. “Improving recreational opportunities is part of the mission of Santa Cruz County Parks.”

The county conducted a competitive process to select the new vendors, which operate on county-owned property at 105 Esplanade in Aptos.


Workshops scheduled for small businesses

APTOS — The Small Business Development Center at Cabrillo College is offering its 2018 Build Your Business Seminars and Brown Bag Series.

Each series offers workshops on a rotating schedule, covering a range of topics from business plans and recordkeeping, to social media and website development.

Brown Bag sessions are free and open to the public and Build Your Business Seminars require advanced registration and a fee. The full seminar schedule can be viewed at santacruzsbdc.org/calendar and the Brown Bags at santacruzpl.org/brownbags.

Seminars coming up in August:

• “Build Your Business: Writing Your Best Business Plan” — Aug. 4, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Room 1605, Aptos

This seminar will help attendees identify the most appropriate business planning format for starting or expanding a business, marketing basics, and a strategic plan. It will be led by Keith Holtaway, 35-year entrepreneur and small business consultant.

The cost is $35. Advanced registration is required. Seating is limited. Call 479–6136 or register online at santacruzsbdc.org/calendar.

• “Brown Bag Series: Making Your Website Work for You” — Aug. 8, 12-1 p.m., Santa Cruz Public Library Upstairs Meeting Room, 224 Church St.

In collaboration with Google, the workshop will present tips and tricks on making your website work for you. Whether you are launching a new business website or sprucing up an old site, this workshop will provide you with tools, resources and guidance.

The cost is free free and open to the public. To pre-register, visit santacruzpl.org/brownbags.

• “Build Your Business: Record Keeping for Small Business” — Aug. 18, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Room 316, Aptos. Parking is in Lot E and H.

This class will cover the bookkeeping cycle, accrual versus cash versus tax accounting, the chart of accounts, journals and general ledgers and more. It will be presented by Cathy Van Loon.

The cost is $35. Advanced registration is required. Seating is limited. For information, call 479-6331 or register at santacruzsbdc.org/calendar.


Santa Cruz County Bank reports record earnings

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY — Santa Cruz County Bank announced record unaudited net income for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018 of $2.7 million.

This represents the best quarter in the bank’s history, an increase of 8 percent compared to the prior quarter (which was the previous record) and an increase of 41 percent compared to the same quarter in 2017.

“We are very pleased to achieve two successive quarters of historical earnings,” said President and CEO David V. Heald. “In correlation with our continued growth, the bank will end the third quarter in our new headquarters in Santa Cruz. Our new headquarters will afford us higher visibility, with ample parking and an additional ATM for convenience to attract new business while deepening existing relationships. We look forward to serving the community in our new location in September.”


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