December 2018

The Romance of the French MacaronThe French Patisserie / Looka Patisserie

The Romance of the French Macaron

The French Patisserie / Looka Patisserie

It is the stuff of a modern fairy tale. Business-savvy American girl meets artistic French chef in San Francisco, and after a six-week whirlwind romance, they marry and launch The French Patisserie. Thirty years later, they are living happily ever after in scenic Pacifica, California, while their business and its subsidiary, Looka Patisserie, have emerged as award-winning producers of gourmet food service desserts and a large retail manufacturers of French macarons.

A Resource in QualityPreGel America

A Resource in Quality

PreGel America

PreGel America, established in 2002, is the North American subsidiary of PreGel SpA, a manufacturer of specialty dessert ingredients. PreGel is dedicated to offering quality products, exceptional customer service, and outstanding continued education to the food industry.

A Family Legacy that Feeds the WorldPrimavera Marketing

A Family Legacy that Feeds the World

Primavera Marketing

In the lush California hills, Rich Sambado meets his brother Tim and father Lawrence. Lawrence, who is now 80 years old, is supervising dozens of employees who are patiently picking ripe apples. Unlike when Lawrence first picked apples from the farm, many employees no longer climb up and down handmade wooden ladders, but use industrial platforms…

Building ExperiencesLoad King

Building Experiences

Load King

Store development company Load King provides turnkey store packages with all necessary services under one roof. Over the last two years, the company has been intent on improving and expanding internal processes and capabilities by investing in state of the art equipment and personnel training and education. Now, after a great deal of work and investment, Load King is poised to diversify into other market sectors and is aggressively seeking new opportunities.

The Business of DeliciousDonut Connection

The Business of Delicious

Donut Connection

Is there anything better than fresh doughnuts and a cup of delicious, steaming hot coffee? From the tantalizing first bite to the very last crumb, nothing beats the taste and aroma of baked goods. And for almost twenty years, James Morton has been on a mission to bring the best available donuts, bagels, muffins, sandwiches, and beverages to America though Donut Connection.

Growing a Family Business… through the Business of GrowthZwart Systems

Growing a Family Business… through the Business of Growth

Zwart Systems

The business of producing the food we eat and the flowers we enjoy is not as simple as planting a seed and watching it grow. There are many steps involved, and many businesses that manufacture the solutions to ensure the quality of the food and flowers that are produced. In Ontario, Canada, Zwart Systems has been a key provider of one of the most important steps – horticultural irrigation – for almost fifty years.

Meeting Client Needs with Optimal ServiceVoit Real Estate Services

Meeting Client Needs with Optimal Service

Voit Real Estate Services

“We are a regional commercial real estate brokerage firm. We have specialists in industrial manufacturing and distribution, office, retail, and multi-family. Although we cover all the major commercial real estate disciplines, in a brokerage capacity we focus on providing strategic solutions,” explains Eric Hinkelman, Voit Real Estate Services’ Chief Executive Officer.

The Growing Heart of North CarolinaHarnett County, NC

The Growing Heart of North Carolina

Harnett County, NC

Right in the heart of North Carolina lies Harnett County, one of the state’s fastest growing counties by population. Known for rural charm in a convenient location, there are a number of reasons why this central North Carolina community has seen a population boom over the years.

A Collaborative Approach to Community-BuildingTown of Edson, AB

A Collaborative Approach to Community-Building

Town of Edson, AB

Mayor Kevin Zahara sits in the middle of the council chamber absently adjusting his tie when the internet live-stream begins. Sitting beside him are six councillors, made up of equal parts men and women, representing the town of Edson, Alberta, as well as city staff members, including Mike Derricott, Chief Administrative Officer, who provides details on how city staff are implementing strategies as well as recommendations…

Open for BusinessCity of Kissimmee, FL

Open for Business

City of Kissimmee, FL

Taking its name from the Kissimmee River, this wonderfully diverse community in Florida is multilingual and progressive. Osceola County was noted by Forbes Magazine as the country’s tenth-fastest growing county in 2014. Since then, Kissimmee has become the fastest-growing city in the state, with a significant annual population growth rate of two to three percent.

Allegany County Responds to Economic Changes with an Optimistic OutlookAllegany County

Allegany County Responds to Economic Changes with an Optimistic Outlook

Allegany County

It’s been an interesting year for Allegany County, New York, a scenic region located in the Allegheny Mountain foothills. While very rural, Allegany boasts three post-secondary institutions, a world-famous center for ceramics, college of technology and a highly skilled workforce. Profiled previously in the December, 2017 issue of Business in Focus, Allegany County remains eager to attract new businesses while retaining its bucolic charm.

Creating the Pathway to Clean, Renewable EnergyEnergy Storage Association

Creating the Pathway to Clean, Renewable Energy

Energy Storage Association

Energy storage in America is advancing at a rapid rate now that new, progressive regulations are in place. It’s an exciting time to be in the industry, even more so for the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the trade organization that provides a voice for its members. ESA’s outreach to policymakers and regulators on Capitol Hill and at the state and regional levels is making change toward a greener, more sustainable future.


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