arts of a Business Plan
- A business plan typically includes: an overview of the business; a description of products or services and how they are produced; a description of the business model for the company; identification of the executive leadership and management team; cash flow statements; and charts and graphs on financial projections related to sales, costs, expenditures and more.
Parts of a Marketing Summary
- An organization’s marketing plan is included in the overall business plan; however, it is written in summary format. Included in a marketing summary are the marketing objectives, and the strategies and tactics the company will utilize to generate sales and revenue. The marketing summary section of the business plan also gives a general overview of advertising plans that will be implemented to achieve marketing objectives and goals.
Detailed Marketing Plan
- The complete marketing plan is a separate, comprehensive document that goes into more detail about objectives, goals and tactics. This document guides the implementation of efforts by the company’s marketing, sales and advertising departments.
The marketing department uses the plan to align how products and services are to be positioned in the marketplace in terms of distribution channels and pricing. The plan describes in detail monthly, quarterly and annual sales volume goals that need to be reached by the sales team.
The plan also includes a section that sets forth the communications platform for the advertising team and/or outside advertising agency to use to develop advertising, promotions and events that align with the communications messaging strategy to reach customers and clients in the marketplace.
Business Plan Audience
- Generally speaking, the business plan is shared only with key executives within the company and external members of the financial community. It is typically written to target potential investors, stockholders and accountants. It is most often used to generate funds to provide working capital to execute the plans and programs the company has identified as necessary to maintain a competitive position and sustainable success in the marketplace.
Marketing Plan Audience
- The marketing plan is not shared with consumers and clients, but the contents are aimed at them. The complete plan is an internal document that is usually shared only with those responsible for marketing, sales and advertising efforts. The marketing plan includes results from research that help identify tactics to communicate with customers to get them to purchase products.
The plan includes strategies on pricing and incentives to gain new clients for a service-oriented business and increase sales volume with retail distributors. The marketing plan is an internal strategic document developed to win customers, clients, achieve sales and distribution goals, compete with other businesses and increase the company’s market share.
- The most important technological development to impact the global business environment is the world of computers. There are various programs which help maintain records of inventories and shipments. Email allows for instantaneous communication almost anywhere in the world. Besides its speed, email is easily forwarded and retained. The communication in the global business environment is improved with the use of email.
The impact of computers on the global business environment is wide-ranging and also includes the Internet, which is a useful tool for international companies. By using the Internet, companies across the world can perform research and learn more about partners and suppliers.
Conference Calls and Video Conferencing
- Conference calls allow people in multiple locations to be involved in the same conversation. Video conferencing provides the same service, but with the added benefit of all parties being able to actually see each other. Both of these forms of communication have a definite impact on the global business environment. With either form of technology, a parent company in Norway can have a conversation with a raw material supplier in Brazil and a manufacturing plant in Taiwan. This improves communication on a global scale and enables all parties to understand specific plans and agreements.
- The shipment of raw materials and finished products is absolutely vital to any business, but particularly those with an international scope. Transportation technology enables a company on one continent to send its raw materials or products to another company in a different continent. Technological advancements in airplanes, cargo ships and railways allow for quicker, cheaper delivery, which impacts business by making global distribution more feasible.
- Increased efficiency of manufacturing plants has a certain impact on the global business environment. By having the capacity to produce materials and products more quickly and efficiently, a company is able to produce quantities needed to supply global demand. Robotic technologies and factory lines have enhanced the speed at which materials and products are manufactured. For a company to be a player in the global business field, it must be able to keep up with demand.
- Corporations now have the ability to track shipments virtually anywhere across the world. Global Positioning Systems (GPS) allow accurate tracking. The implication of this technology on the global business environment is the ability to let customers know exactly where their shipments are at any given time. This technology creates secure relationships within the global business field.
1. Graphic Design. Businesses always need graphic designers to help them convey information visually, through logos, advertisements, posters, websites, and the like. While it is possible to be an entirely self-taught graphic designer, most have either a certification or a degree. Other than the cost of design software, this business has very little overhead and can be done anywhere with a dedicated computer.
2. Bookkeeping. This is a perfect business idea for trained accountants who would like to work from home, although it is not necessary to be a Certified Public Accountant in order to become a freelance bookkeeper—it’s just necessary to have the background knowledge that bookkeeping courses at any community college can offer. This kind of freelance work is especially helpful for small businesses that do not need or cannot afford a fulltime bookkeeper, making it possible for you to have full time work through several smaller clients. Median salary: $34,000.
3. Home Inspection. An important part of the home buying process is having a professional home inspector go through the house to determine the condition of the building and point out any potential problems. A home inspector needs to meet the state regulations for the profession, which varies from state to state, although anyone who has worked in the construction or housing industry will have a leg up. Median salary: $52,000.
4. Massage Therapist. While licensing requirements for massage therapy can vary from state to state, the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork can help any budding masseuse fulfill their local requirements. Massage therapists can either work out of their own home or make house calls with a portable massage table. Median salary: $34,900.
5. Tax Preparation. No one likes doing taxes, and they need to be paid whether the economy is booming or tanking. This is why at-home tax preparation can be a great business for anyone with a tax background, or anyone willing to take training courses. Since there are annual changes to the tax code, you will need to refresh your training each year, and you will also need to register with the IRS as a tax preparer. This is more of a seasonal business than a year-round endeavor, but it can be a great way to earn some extra income each winter/spring.
6. Doula. A doula is a labor coach that can help a birthing mother in any labor environment, from a hospital to a midwife clinic to home. Doulas are non-medical professionals who offer information, emotional support, and physical assistance in the process of giving birth. While licensing for doulas is not required by most states, getting certified by DONA International, the only certifying body for this profession, is a good idea. Doulas do have to deal with unpredictable schedules, but they easily can do this work from home. Doulas generally charge between $500 and $1000 per birth.
7. Hairstylist. If you have experience cutting hair and giving manicures, opening up shop from your home is an excellent way to start your own salon. Make sure that you follow all of your state’s requirements for doing salon care in a home, as they can be stringent.
8. Interior Designer. While you do not need a degree or certification in order to set out an interior designer shingle, it is really necessary in order to make sure you can meet the needs of many clients. An education in the history and theory of design will allow you to understand trends that you may not like, but your clients do.
Are you a stay-at-home mom (or dad)? Hoping to kick start an entrepreneurial dream or simply looking to bring in some extra income?
Starting a home-based business is a great way to do this. In fact, 52 percent of U.S. companies operate as home businesses and many of today’s biggest brand names were established by stay-at-home moms – (Dorothy) Gerber, Mrs. (Debbi) Fields, and Julie Aigner-Clark (Baby Einstein), to name but a few. But what types of businesses can grow and thrive in the home environment?
Perhaps the easiest form of business to delve into and operate is freelancing. Whatever your skill – writing, web design, marketing, tax advisor, or photography – freelancing affords an enormous amount of flexibility and freedom, and can be started with little cost or paperwork. Many freelancers get their start by approaching a former employer or customer who could benefit from their services, then branch out as their body of work and reputation grows.
Freelancing does have its challenges and requires discipline – you are running a business after all. Common mistakes freelancers make include not setting the business up properly and legally (getting the right permits, or licenses), forgetting to put money aside to pay estimated taxes, and not planning for peaks and valleys in cash flow.
Become a Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants (VAs) provide a wide variety of “virtual” services to other businesses including administrative, marketing and technical support from a home office. My local window cleaner, for example, uses a VA to answer his calls and manage his calendar while he’s busy on-site. VAs are growing in popularity, too, as firms look to cut costs and outsource administrative functions. If you are organized and have an administrative background, this might be for you. Start with your own connections or take advantage of the services of a VA organization or association who can help you get started and connect you with clients.
Make Money from Blogging
Yes, you can make money by blogging. I follow several stay-at-home moms who happen to be fashion and style bloggers – and it’s their business. If you can write and have a passion for a specific topic or hobby that you know will garner some attention, then this might be for you. Income generation opportunities can come in the form of affiliate marketing and advertising on your website or from companies who ask you to review and blog about their products. Look for ways to get traffic to your website through social media, search engine optimization and by getting involved in the wider blogosphere (networking with and commenting on the blogs of others in your niche).
Start a Creative Business
Whether it’s making gift baskets or offering interior design consultation services, if you have a creative streak and the room to store and create, then why not consider making money out of your talents? Get to know the market and do some planning to identify an untapped niche. SBA has several tools that can help including the Build your Business Plan tool and SizeUp a market and business analysis tool that lets you benchmark your business against competitors, map your customers, competitors and suppliers, and locate the best places to advertise.
Start a Home-Based Bakery or Food Business
Food production from a home is heavily regulated but it’s not impossible. Take Martha Stewart, for example—she famously entered the food service business with a basement-based catering company in 1976. Before you start a home-based food business you will need to understand the rules and regulations that govern the production of food for public consumption in an at-home environment. For example do you need a separate kitchen? What about product labeling? And so on.
Child Day Care
Home childcare businesses offer a potentially lucrative and long-lasting business opportunity. A home environment is often appealing to parents and once their kids are settled (and assuming you are doing a great job), then it’s likely you’ll have that business until they are old enough not to need care.
Of course, this is another regulated business and you’ll need to ensure you comply with state and local regulations that govern issues such as the provision of meals, minimum space requirements per child, and the number of licensed care workers per child.
Start an Online Marketplace Store
If you have clutter that you want to get rid of and like the idea of selling products to an established worldwide network of consumers, consider starting a business on eBay, Etsy or Amazon. You can source products to sell from junk/yard sales or charity shops. If you want to get a bit more sophisticated, then consider buying wholesale or adopting a drop-shipping model. The goal is to find products that are in high-demand and not readily available from other sources.
Other business ideas including a dog walking/pet care business, a travel agent, start a home-based franchise business, event planning, architectural design, or tutoring students!
- Create a business plan. To make your business idea profitable, you should create a business plan. This should include your goals for your business, expected expenses and revenue, and whether there is a need or want in your region of Indiana for the service or product your business will provide.
- Choose a name for your business. You have probably already given some thought to what the name of your business should be. However, you will want to check the the Indiana Secretary of State website to ensure that your name is not in use by another business or individual.
- Register your business with the Indiana Secretary of State. If your business name is available, you can register with the state of Indiana. This can be done at your local Secretary of State’s office, or with downloadable forms on their website.
- Get an employer identification number (EIN) from the IRS. You will also need to register your business at the federal level as well. This can be done by requesting an EIN from the IRS website.
- Find funding to start your small business. The costs to start your business are generally much more than it is to maintain it and keep it open. This is why many individuals turn to loans from lenders or the government to get started. The Small Business Administration is a great resource for different types of funding available from the federal government. They also provide advice on obtaining business loans from banks and private lenders.
- Secure a location for your small business. Focus on commercial locations. Contact commercial realtors to find available properties in your area or visit with the local Chamber of Commerce for a list of commercial landlords. When selecting the location, make sure it has everything you need or want to effectively manage and run your business.
- Check to see if a local business license is needed for your location. Depending on where in Indiana your business is located, you may need to register with the local city or county. Contact your local government offices to determine whether a local permit is needed.
- File for state taxes. Before you can officially open for business, you need to have submitted forms and information to the Indiana Department of Revenue to submit state taxes such as income and withholding as well as collect sales tax on your services or products. If you are selling products in your business, you should obtain a retail merchant certificate as well.
- Hire staff and open your business. Many small businesses choose not to have staff in the beginning as a way to reduce costs, but you should decide whether this is best for your business.
Preparing a Business Plan for Your Flea Market
- Conduct a market analysis on flea markets. Start with the geographic location of your business and begin creating a demographic profile of your customers. According to the Ohio University Fact Sheet on market research, “Demographics include age, gender, income, race, marital status, education, occupation, home ownership, number in the household and age of the home.” Gather this information by interviewing other flea-market owners and shoppers in your area. Ask friends, family and business associates for contacts to interview regarding shoppers. Conduct polls on social networks, such as Facebook. Write a summary of this information for your business plan.
- Write a company description. Format your business plan as you would a resume, with bold titles for each section. Compose a brief description of your business, and explain your ideas to distinguish your business from the other flea markets in your area. Include the legal form of your business. For example, if your flea market is a sole proprietorship, state that in this section. However, save information regarding your ideas for attracting and satisfying your market demographic for the marketing-strategy section. Add advertising plans for attracting new customers to that section, too.
- Explain your management structure. If you run your business alone, summarize your qualifications for running a successful flea market. Include experience in management, sales and customer service, with specifics about improvements you made during your experience. Supply similar details for all members of your management team, including their titles and specific responsibilities. Add information about their compensation or ownership percentages in the company.
- Detail your financial information. According to the SBA, “The financials should be developed after you’ve analyzed the market and set clear objectives.” Write this section using your market research. If you are just starting out, the SBA suggests that you estimate quarterly earnings statements with a budget, projected income and expenses. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, you should consult a professional accountant for the financial section, especially if you are requesting funding for your flea market. Find an accountant that specializes in small businesses to get the most accurate assessment of your financial projections.
- Write your executive summary. This section should be written last, but it is the most important section of your business plan. Write a broad overview of the current state of your company, the plans for your flea market and why you think your business will be a success. Include a mission statement, your business name, the location of your flea market and the products you offer. Make your mission statement a single paragraph explaining how your business will benefit your customers. You must interest investors in your flea market, so make sure your executive summary sparkles.
The Basic Format
- There is no universally accepted business plan format, but many follow the same format used for school papers or business reports. Your document should contain a cover page, table of contents, executive summary, the informational sections listed in your outline, a summary and an appendix.
The Different Sections
- Your cover page should include a brief title describing what the document is and your contact information. Your table of contents should make it easy for readers to find your different sections, which can include topics recommended by the U.S Small Business Administration. These topics include an executive summary followed by your product or concept description, a market analysis, marketing plans, financial information, backgrounds and bios of key personnel, and a summary with your needs from a lender, partner or investor. Your appendix should include supporting documents that, if included in one of your sections, would make it long and tedious. Your section titles might include:
- Executive Summary
- Business/Product Overview
- Market Analysis
- Key Personnel
- To break your document into more easy-to-read content blocks, format your document with sub-headings. In the market analysis section, for example, you might include: target audience, competition, barriers to entry, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. In your marketing section, you might include: unique selling benefit, pricing, distribution, branding and marketing communications. In the marketing communications section, further divide your content using subheads such as: advertising, public relations, promotions and social media.
Typography & Graphics
- Don’t try to “jazz up” your document with different fonts, colors and graphics. Pick one typeface, such as Arial, Helvetica, Geneva, Garamond, Times or Times Roman. Add different fonts of the typeface, such as bold face or italics, to highlight important concepts. Use pictures, illustrations or other graphics only when they are necessary to make a point, such as when the reader would have trouble visualizing what you’re saying without help. AVOID USING ALL CAPS, WHICH CAN BE DIFFICULT TO READ. Instead, use bold face, italics or underlining for sub-headings. Don’t put long blocks of text in italics, which also can make it more difficult to read.
Borders & Line Spacing
- Experiment with borders and line spacing in your word processing document. Common borders are .75 inches to 1 inch from the sides of the page, with more room at the bottom to accommodate numbering. Start your page numbers where they make sense, based on your document. For example, your executive summary might be page one. If you are having trouble starting the page numbers on a page other than the cover, create your cover page and contents page in one document, then start the page you want to designate as page one as the first page of a new document. Print several pages of your document using single spacing and double spacing to see which you feel offers the best readability. Greater line spacing can help make a short document look longer.
Review Sample Templates
- Typing “business plan templates” or “business plan examples” into a search engine will produce results that let you examine different business plan formatting and layout. You don’t have to follow one completely — consider choosing different elements from different plans to format your document.
- The government has a number of effects on the startup and operation of businesses of any size, but the most apparent effect the government has on small business is, perhaps, in the form of taxes. The government taxation department serves as a figurative double-edged sword to small-business owners: Tax breaks for corporations and business losses seem attractive, though they are quickly diminished when the business becomes highly profitable. Business taxes are a complex and intricate subject in which some individuals receive numerous college degrees, so it can be safely asserted that taxes are a major government effect on small business.
Grants and Loans
- Some of the taxes collected from small businesses (as well as corporations and individuals) are actually reinvested into the small-business community in the form of grants and loans. Because small businesses account for a large percentage of the American job market, the government entity known as the Small Business Administration offers myriad financial incentives for starting and operating a business. Among the most common of these incentives are startup grants, which are particularly potent for nonprofit entities, and low-interest government-subsidized loans.
- Of course, the effects of government on small business are not exclusively financial. Some government effects actually dictate the terms under which a business may behave, regulating such issues as marketing to children, approval of products and services, and general public welfare. A small-business owner who runs a restaurant, for example, may find government intrusion in the form of periodic health inspections, while the owner of a staffing, consulting or other professional service may find the government requires several professional licenses be acquired before the business is allowed to operate. Because new regulations are passed almost daily — and old ones are only periodically retired — it is difficult to summarize the entire spectrum of regulations to which any particular business maybe subject; business owners who suspect their business may be prone to regulation should contact their local and state business licensing contact for specific regulatory information.
FAIRFIELD — Reinvesting in agriculture, and commercial expansion among the county’s seven cities in 2014, topped the agenda at the 32nd annual meeting of the Solano Economic Development Corporation earlier this year in Fairfield.
As evidence of continuing growth, guest speaker Kirk Hawkins, founder and CEO of Icon Aircraft in Vacaville, provided an update on the production of its initial A5 amphibious sport and recreation model with first customer deliveries planned later this year, saying that Icon eventually will have a $350 million economic impact on the region.
The first Icon Aircraft production planes are currently undergoing flight verification testing, and 20 of its A5 amphibious light sport aircraft are scheduled to roll off the Vacaville production floor in 2015, following the completion of construction at the facility in August, Hawkins told the meeting audience.
He praised Solano for its business-friendly environment.
“Solano County is a great center for sports enthusiasts with amazing terrain, nearby lakes, year-round flying weather and proximity to world-class destinations,” he said. “The region wanted us and we wouldn’t be here without you. There is a strong labor and talent pool in the area, and we can also pull from the Bay Area’s design and technology community.”
The company has received more than 1,250 aircraft deposits, representing nearly $300 million in backlog. By comparison, Tesla Motors had approximately $100 million in order backlog just prior to its production start, Hawkins noted.
“The idea of democratizing and humanizing flying for sports enthusiasts originated when I attended Stanford University eight years ago,” said the former pilot of F-16 U.S. Air Force fighters and American Airlines 767 jumbo jets.
“The Federal Aviation Administration recognized that there were barriers to flying involving extensive training and flight time experience required for commercial aviation licensing, and established a new sport pilot license as part of its general aviation category allowing the market to grow,” he said.
This new FAA rule change transformed the industry and reinvented the category, allowing flying to become a personal, recreational and lifetime pursuit. This license takes half the time, 20 hours compared with a 40 hours for a private pilot license.
“We want to scale our solution, not scale problems that may be found along the way,” Hawkins said. “That is why we’re starting production with only 20 aircraft this year, rising to an estimated 400 deliveries in 2016 and eventually up to approximately 1,000 aircraft annually in the future, as we establish global awareness and a brand presence in the marketplace.”
Hawkins said there is “deep and pervasive global interest. Some 30 percent of our customers today are outside the U.S., and there is an aviation gold rush in China equal to that in the states.”
Icon has 100 employees. The workforce is expected to ramp up to 500 within the next year and a half.
Currently, Icon is based in Los Angeles, and research, development and production is in Tehachapi. In the third quarter of this year, all these functions will be consolidated in Vacaville when construction activities are completed.
“Flying is fairly easy at the stick-and-rudder level,” Hawkins said. “There is widespread motivation to fly as part of our pursuit of freedom and adventure — which is innate to human nature — creating an emotional connection. … People have fallen in love with our product.”
Icon A5 details
Base price: $189,000
Prerequisite: FAA medical or valid driver’s license
Top air speed: 120 mph (105 knots, 194 kph)
Takeoff speed: 60 mph
Takeoff: 750 feet on land, 800 on water
Range: 300 nautical miles
Altitude limit: 10,000 feet for sport pilots
Flight plan: Not required
Mileage: 20 miles/gallon, aviation or automobile gas.
Engine: 100-horsepower, four-cylinder Rotax 912iS
Maximum takeoff weight: 1,510 lbs.
Useful load: 430-450 lbs., depending on options
Training: 14 days for A5 customers and new pilots or much shorter for those with existing experience. Training beyond the sport license will be added later. Sport pilots can fly only in daytime, with good weather conditions and clear of controlled airspace, unless additional training is received.
Cockpit: Two-seat, sports car-style with Garmin 796 GPS navigation, VHF radio, transponder, intercom and USB music port
Wings: Foldable for trailer transport (custom trailer optional)
Steering: Water rudder, retractable landing gear and Seawings platforms for easy access and water docking
Safety: Spin-resistant airframe, BRS complete airframe parachute, angle-of-attack gauge, LED landing and taxi lights
Other Solano developments
‘Substantial’ agribusiness reinvestment
The county added more than 1.5 million square feet of new commercial and industrial space last year, with wine production, storage and distribution facilities leading the way, according to Colliers International market data presented by Sandy Person, EDC president.
Solano had a 9 percent vacancy rate last year, but that is now down to 6.9 percent (with only 2.1 percent in Vacaville). Unemployment is also down from 7.4 percent a year ago to 6.1 percent in December — with Benicia having the lowest jobless rate of 3.7 percent followed by Dixon, Rio Vista and Vacaville in the 4 percent range, according to the state Employment Development Department.
“There has been a substantial reinvestment in our agriculture infrastructure. Superior Farms, the largest meat packer on the West Coast, is modernizing and expanding, and 4,000 acres of row crops in the county are being converted to walnuts and almonds yielding higher market commodity prices while also increasing land values.”
She said last year “we celebrated the Caymus Vineyards expansion, and the Suisun Valley Farm to Market project featuring a series of Class II bike and pedestrian routes connecting residents to agribusinesses.”
In addition, access to premium grapes and water fueled the purchase by Gallo of two local wineries and vineyards, Ledgewood Creek and Winterhawk.
A highlight for Fairfield last year was Buzz Oates Development’s new Solano Logistics Center, occupied by Saxco International and Encore Glass bottle suppliers.
The current industrial vacancy rate in Fairfield is 3.5 percent. Wine-related businesses now occupy more than 2.5 million square feet of such space, including newcomer Guala Closures.
The Wiseman Co.’s Westside Professional Center II at 2470 Hilborn Rd. off Interstate 80 was the only speculative office building built in 2014.
Suisun City’s Wal-Mart Supercenter is set to open this spring with 300 jobs and be a “significant” source for capturing a portion of the annual $77 million in sales tax dollars needed for city services but are leaking to other communities, according to Person.
The new $700,000 train depot improvement project, to begin construction in 2015, is designed to modernize the region’s commute center for rail and bus services.
The city of Vallejo has two new attractions, the Mare Island Brewing Company Tap Room in the Vallejo Ferry Terminal and the refurbished 1910 Lighthouse event venue at Glen Cove Marina.
The $3.7 million expansion and remodeling of Medic Ambulance facilities has led to an increase from 45 employees and 10 ambulances in 1993 to 220 employees and 55 ambulances today.
Last May, Mare Island Dry Dock was awarded a $5.1 million U.S. Coast Guard contract for dry dock services and ship repairs for the icebreaker Polar Star.
The city of Vallejo also released a request for qualifications (RFQ) on July 18, 2014, seeking qualified respondents to develop all or part of more than 150 acres at the north end of Mare Island.
The city received 11 responses and is currently evaluating three industrial-focused proposals.
The Sacramento Bee’s California Traveler published a color feature on Benicia, and Diablo Magazine named the city of Benicia as the “Best of the East Bay for First Street Retail and a Late Night Spot.” NerdWallet.com also named Benicia as a “Best City in Northern California for Young Families,” enhancing the city’s tourism and residential appeal.
In its first two years, Benicia’s Business Resource Incentive Program (BRIP) helped 20 businesses achieved annual savings of over $200,000 in reduced energy costs with yearly reductions of 267 metric tons of greenhouse-gas emissions.
The city also received the League of California Cities Helen Putnam Award for “Excellence in City-Business Relations.”
In response, the Benicia City Council allocated an additional $500,000 to the program, creating BRIP2.
In Rio Vista, the California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are considering two sites for a new Fish and Wildlife Service Technology Center, either at the Rio Vista Army Base or at a site across from the Port of Stockton. Final site selection is set to be completed by fall 2016. This center will create an estimated 160 jobs and involve some $85 million of state and federal spending.
Rio Vista was also awarded the 2014 Solano Transportation Authority Award in November for “Rio Vision.” It was a Rural/Urban Design Assistance Team project via the American Institute of Architects that involved a community workshop.
Dixon has added a Brookfield Cottages housing community with 101 units at Parklane. Ms. Person said the Brookfield project is part of the most active building permit period seen in Dixon since 2007.
Vacaville continues to expand with more food retailers and other tenants at The Nut Tree: China Stix, Fuji Sushi, Pieology Pizza, Buckhorn BBQ, Firehouse Subs, Noodles & Co., The Habitat Burger Grill, Travis Credit Union and Verizon Wireless. Vacaville Premium Outlets welcomed North Face Outlet, Oakley Vault, Seven For All Mankind, Kate Spade New York, Bass Shoes, Starbucks, Express, and Toys ‘R’ Us Express. Other new businesses include Journey Coffee and Chick-Fil-A.
The incoming EDC Chairperson is Laura Kuhn, Vacaville city manager. She succeeds Immediate Past Chair Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, former CEO of the Travis Credit Union.