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City of Roseville is Home to First Topgolf Location in Northern California

City of Roseville is Home to First Topgolf Location in Northern California

Golf entertainment company will create 450 jobs and provide an

estimated $264.5 million economic output over a 10-year period

 

The City of Roseville and global golf entertainment leader Topgolf International, Inc. today announced that Topgolf® has selected Roseville for its first Northern California location. With the approval of the City of Roseville, Topgolf plans to begin construction on the 65,000-square-foot facility this fall. The complex is expected to open to the public in spring 2015.

 

The new golf entertainment facility will be located on a portion of the 59-acre parcel of land purchased by Bayside Church last summer at the intersection of Blue Oaks Boulevard and Washington Boulevard, adjacent to Highway 65.

 

5th Planet Games Finds Niche in Social Games Market

5th Planet Games Finds Niche in Social Games Market

Guest post by Kirsten Schneider of Schneider Communications.

Fueled by a passion for multiplayer, social video games, Rob Winkler and three likeminded friends launched 5th Planet Games in 2009 out of their Roseville homes. The company has seen rapid growth since its humble beginnings; developing story-driven, content-rich online social games played more than 100 million times around the world.

With revenue of over $10 million last year, the company has been profitable since soon after it began operations. Other than some early funding from family, 5th Planet Games has not sought investment dollars. Although the games are free, players can pay for virtual goods and upgrades, such as better swords and shields. Winkler estimates between 10-15 percent of players pay for these items... Read More

The Talent Factor

The Talent Factor

It was the fall 2002, nearly midnight, and I was entrenched in an 8-hour video edit at the Arizona Cardinals Training Facility when Head Coach Dave McGinnis walked in to see how things were going.

We started to chat and I asked him a simple question, one I assumed had a complex answer: “Coach, what does it take to win in the NFL? Willpower? Teamwork? Culture?”

With his West Texas accent in full force, he told me it was the easiest question of all time. “To win in the NFL, it takes TALENT. All the other stuff like hard work, chemistry and willpower don’t mean squat without TALENT.”

Twelve years later and it’s a lesson I still remember.

As no team has won a Super Bowl without TALENT, no agency develops amazing creative without TALENT. I’m also betting not a single championship game win or award winning creative campaign began with a subpar work ethic and bad attitude. The need for TALENT is absolutely paramount... Read More

Family Financial Cents: Fiscal Fitness

Family Financial Cents: Fiscal Fitness

It’s that time of year when so many families are “catching up from Christmas” spending. It’s also that time of year when many people realize they didn’t just spend too much, they also ate too much over the holidays. On this month’s segment of “Family Financial Cents“, I share some simple but effective tips on how to get fiscally fit with personal finances and the family budget.

Venture Design and the Business Model Canvas

Venture Design and the Business Model Canvas

Guest post by Alex Cowan, author of Starting A Tech Business. Alex is the presenter at SARTA’s January 22 workshop on The Business Model Canvas.

Have you ever asked a fit person how they stay in shape? Many of them will identify a silver bullet: “dumbbells”, “lay off the carbs”, “stop drinking” (sadly, this last one works wonders). But the reality is that if you limit your calories and exercise regularly, you’ll get fit in no time. It doesn’t matter that much exactly what you do.

While I’m in the business of teaching a specific curriculum on entrepreneurship, I’ll freely admit to you that the specifics are less important than the diligent application of structured best practices... Read More

The Gift that Gives All Year Long

The Gift that Gives All Year Long

Lauren Evans

This holiday season, you can save money on your favorite shopping staples and help support women entrepreneurs around the globe by purchasing a Whole Planet Foundation® 2014 calendar. In it, you’ll find $44 in coupons from 37 supplier partners. Check out the amazing coupon offers. Because of the generosity of supplier sponsorships, 100% of funds raised will support Whole Planet Foundation’s 89 microlending programs in 58 countries... Read More

Four Tech Company Founders Join 40 Under 40 Family

Four Tech Company Founders Join 40 Under 40 Family

I was very pleased to see four tech company founders recognized in the Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 awards. This is a clear indication that tech startups are having an impact on our economy and in our community. Check out the profiles of CJ Alvarado, Jeff Gray, Eric Knopf and Rob Winkler below. What I liked best about their interviews was that they all said they are currently working in their fantasy job! How many of us can say that?

CJ Alvarado, founder and CEO, Bamboo Creative and Snippet App

Jeff Gray, co-founder and CEO, Glue Networks... Read More