Mystery Writers Unite
Aspiring writers converge in Rancho Cordova for Capital Crimes workshop
Both James and McPherson are now full-time mystery writers who have found a support group in Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento affiliate of Sisters in Crime. McPherson is also a past president of the national board of Sisters in Crime, which has supported female mystery writers for 30 years.
Sofar So Good
An international music show has come to Sacramento — but you’ll only find it if you know where to look
Founded in 2010, Sofar’s first shows were in London, but now includes gatherings in 333 cities worldwide — including countries like Switzerland, Azerbaijan, India, Serbia, Egypt, Brazil and Russia. It considers music and musicians as an untapped global resource in the same way that people with a spare bedroom are replacing the hotel establishment.
From Hobbyists to Artisans
Sacramento couple builds woodworking business Timber + Main
Walking into the Sacramento warehouse where Kelly and Russell Conroy house their woodworking company, Timber + Main, it’s easy to see the source of their inspiration. Salvaged wood slabs, planks and posts rest against the walls just waiting to be turned into something sustainable, beautiful and functional.
CLARA Building Now Fully Leased
Midtown performing arts center will house Seasons Coffee
Seasons Coffee is gearing up to serve at Midtown Sacramento’s performing artist haven, E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts on N Street. The exact timeframe for Seasons’ opening remains to be determined, but with the signing of this lease, the CLARA facility is now fully-leased. And the transformation of the 100-year-old former school into an artistic hub for the city is just about complete.
The Blog Bloc: Uniting Bloggers to Hone Their Craft
Blogging is a burgeoning business, but networking, education and support for bloggers are sorely lacking. Kachet Jackson-Henderson, a blogger herself for the last five years, has a solution. She’s launching The Blog Bloc, a business organization and networking opportunity for bloggers and online influencers in the Sacramento region and beyond.
Back and Forward: Andrew Hargadon on Entrepreneurs and Education
Andrew Hargadon, faculty director of the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UC Davis, gives his insight into how what it means to be an entrepreneur has changed. For more from Hargadon, check out “It’s Show Time!” in our April issue.
Startup of the Month: Text to Ticket
With traffic safety app, citizens earn cash targeting distracted drivers
If you’re texting and driving, Sarah Morell might be recording you. She’s usually riding shotgun, as her husband drives, with her camera phone, ready to catch traffic safety violators on video. Her 6-year-old daughter’s in on the action too.
More Bang for Your Duck
After a rough few years, Sacramento Valley rice farmers are supplementing crop profits with environmental stewardship
Having a robust agricultural industry has meant accommodating crops and livestock by forcing out wildlife. Before farming came to the region 150 years ago, waterbird habitat was primarily provided by wetlands. Now managed wetlands make up only about one-third of their habitat in California and rice fields comprise nearly 60 percent.
To be disruptive now means to change things, to get people to look at something in a new light. (I’d like to go back and convince my 6-year-old self that it’s actually a good trait that got me sent to the time-out chair.)
Like all jargon, “disruption” started out well-intentioned: Who doesn’t want to be the one with the fresh vision of how things could be — not how they are?
Action Items: Mind Your Own Political Business
Cassandra Pye and Josh Wood discuss how businesses can strategically take sides
On this episode of Action Items, communications strategist Cassandra Pye and Josh Wood, CEO of Region Business join host Tre Borden to discuss the fragile mixing of politics with business.