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2017

Decade of emerging trend now the "new normal" among collectors of art-level antique oriental rugs
July 7, 2017 - Eminent art dealer Jan David Winitz, whose Claremont Rug Company gallery specializes in art-level Oriental carpets from the “Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving,” has begun to tip to his global clients that a trend which began nearly a decade ago is now a prominent feature among connoisseur collectors.
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Property ListingsA view from San Francisco
May 16, 2017 - by Jan David Winitz - An insider’s guide to the city by Jan David Winitz, an art dealer in oriental rugs. Jan David Winitz, 61, is an art dealer specialising in oriental rugs from the 19th century. In 1980, he founded the Claremont Rug Company. He describes his favourite view of San Francisco. It is from the observation tower at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. I come here often to see their collection of historic oriental rugs.
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Marin Voice: A helping hand for Marin small businesses
May 13, 2017 - Most small businesses are familiar with the U.S. Small Business Administration, primarily as a guarantor to bank or credit union funding for their loans. Less well known but a core mission of the Small Business Administration is its partial funding of Small Business Development Centers which provide no cost assistance to local, small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.
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2016

Marin Voice: Novato — there is more there than meets the eye
October 3, 2016 - Judging the economic vitality of a city is often more than what the statistics reveal. Nonetheless, those numbers and the research that goes into “discovering” them are part and parcel of how Novato residents judge the effectiveness of their city government and the managers and elected officials who create and administer the city’s budget.
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American BankerEx-Banker's Crowdfunding Firm Finds Its Missing Link: A Bank
September 28, 2016 - Fresno First Bank isn't interested in investing. Rather, it hopes to get an early look at prospective small-business borrowers among the companies that use Breakaway Funding to raise capital. The partnership was finalized just last week, so Fresno First cannot point to any completed deals yet, but it is hoping the assembly line will soon be up and humming. How enthusiastic is the $292 million-asset bank? It has allocated $10 million for lending to equity-crowdfunded businesses.
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Sf Business TimesCommunity bank places big bet on crowdfunded small businesses
September 27, 2016 - While many community bankers are still deciding whether crowdfunding is friend or foe, Sausalito-based Breakaway Funding found a bank willing to allocate $10 million of its loan portfolio to companies coming through Breakaway's crowdfunding platform. Fresno First Bank agreed to the $10 million allocation for small businesses ranging from startups to those with up to $25 million in annual revenue.
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Fresno Business JournalFresno First Bank to offer crowdfunding option to business borrowers
September 21, 2016 - A Valley bank is teaming up with a Bay Area-based internet company to offer crowdfunding to area business borrowers. Fresno First Bank and Breakaway Funding LLC, a securities-based crowdfunding portal headquartered in Sausalito, today jointly announced an agreement to bring the hybrid crowdfunding process for business lending to the San Joaquin Central Valley.
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Sf Business TimesCommunity bankers find unlikely ally: Wells Fargo's CEO
July 19, 2016 - Rising rents are taking a toll on San Francisco's small businesses and nonprofits trying to remain in the city. Conversations with small business owners and nonprofit leaders at Bay Area business luncheons or over coffee these days often include talk of how they've moved to Oakland and elsewhere as San Francisco rents doubled — or worse.
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Marin IJ Editorial: Economic forum’s new chief reflects focus
July 18, 2016 - The naming of the Marin Economic Forum’s new chief not only opens a new chapter for this important public/private partnership, but it also reinforces the Marin economy’s focus on building the county’s position as a center for the growing bio-sciences industry.
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Marin Voice: Life sciences — building the economic well-being of Marin
April 8, 2016 - Sometimes what’s going on hides in plain sight. In the past couple of weeks, several reports have caught our attention both because of what they pointed out and because of what they implied about the economic vitality of Marin County, now and into the future.
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Regulation CF will allow small businesses to access crowdfunding
April 4, 2016 - Nearly four years has passed since Congress passed The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which was intended to expand and to ease methods of capital raising by relaxing the regulatory burden on smaller companies. One of six provisions of the JOBS Act was Title III: “Regulation Crowdfunding” (Regulation CF).
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A Basic Primer for Buying an Oriental Rug
March 4, 2016 - The term “Oriental rug” is a generic term that applies to any carpet woven by hand across the Eastern world. It includes both new production created in a wide area stretching from Romania to China, and antique rugs, the finest of which were created as one-of-a-kind art works in the traditional weaving regions of Persia, the Caucasus, Turkey and Central Asia.
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Passion and Provenance
February 24, 2016 - Having spent nearly four decades as an art dealer specializing in antique Oriental rugs, I have had the privilege to work with hundreds of clients. They share my passion for collecting and deeply value the satisfaction brought by their collections, which range from classical and contemporary art to fine wine, furniture and sports memorabilia.
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New Results from fedupwithdonaldtrump.com Site Reveal Hardening, Negative Attitudes
San Rafael, CA—February 4, 2016 - More than four months of continuous polling at the website www.fedupwithdonaldtrump.com reveals that attitudes of responders are hardening and focusing in on four areas, according to Gary Tobin, who set up the site in October 2015.
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Claremont RugClaremont Rug Company Names Best of the Best Antique Rugs Sold in 2015 With Online Gallery Exhibition
OAKLAND—January 14, 2016 - For the fifth consecutive year eminent art dealer Jan David Winitz, whose Claremont Rug Company gallery specializes in art-level Oriental carpets from the “Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving,” today opened an online exhibition of “best of the best” 19th century Persian and tribal rugs sold during 2015.
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2015

Wall Street JournalPersian Rugs Orient One Expert to Life on the Road
Nov 17, 2015 - Jan David Winitz isn’t afraid to walk around an airport with his grandmother’s handbag slung over his shoulder. “It’s vintage leather, it doesn’t have any logos on it, and it’s the perfect size,” he says. In other words, it’s just right for discreetly carrying a couple of rolled up 19th-century Oriental rugs worth a small fortune.
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Sf Business TimesIn major victory for American investors, SEC opens crowdfunding to all
October 30 2015-In a major victory for entrepreneurs and average American investors, regulators on Friday cleared the way for everyone to participate in the risks and rewards of financing small companies and commercial real estate.
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Claremont RugS.F. Giants' team physician spurs bank to create credit line easing doctors' Medicare pain
October 5, 2015-San Francisco-based Trans Pacific National Bank has managed to find opportunity in a difficult situation: creating credit lines for doctors who face delays in Medicare reimbursement over the next several weeks as their staffs adjust to more complex billing codes.
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Claremont RugCompact Imaging Granted 15th Patent for Miniature, Low-Cost OCT Technology
October 6, 2015-Compact Imaging, Inc. (CI), a Silicon Valley technology company developing miniature, low-cost optical sensors for the rapidly growing biometric security, mobile personal health monitoring and non-destructive testing (NDT) markets, today announced that it had been granted an additional US patent.
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May 7, 2015 -Kim Kaselionis, founder of Sausalito-based Breakaway Funding, will be a featured speaker at the Future of Alternative Finance conference this week held by CrowdfundBeat Media at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Last year Kaselionis, former CEO of Circle Bank, debuted her online crowdfunding platform for companies raising debt and equity financing from accredited investors.

Tiburon man named president and CEO of Trans Pacific National bank
May 7, 2015 -Robert Lussier, of Tiburon, has been appointed as CEO and president of Trans Pacific National Bank, a community bank with offices in San Francisco, Alameda and Millbrae. Lussier previously served as president of Chicago-headquartered Parkway Bancorp, which has 32 branches in Illinois and Arizona and more than $2 billion in assets. He was promoted to president in 2006 after joining the bank in 1991. He was also the president of two start-up banks in the 1990s. He has held senior positions at American National Bank and the Federal Maritime Commission. Lussier has a degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration degree from DePaul University.

Claremont RugClaremont Rug Company Acquires Major Collection From Silicon Valley-based Collector
Oakland, CA, May 4, 2015 -Globally prominent art dealer Jan David Winitz, whose Claremont Rug Company gallery specializes in art-level Oriental carpets from the “Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving,” today announced the acquisition of an important private collection from a Silicon Valley-based collector.
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Trans Pacific National BankBay Area-Based Trans Pacific National Bank Names Veteran Financial Services Executive As New CEO/President
San Francisco, CA, May 6, 2015 -Trans Pacific National Bank (www.tpnb.com) today announced the appointment of Robert F. (Bob) Lussier as CEO and president for the community bank which has offices in San Francisco, Alameda and Millbrae. Lussier joins Trans Pacific after having served as president of Chicago-headquartered Parkway Bancorp, which has 32 branches in Illinois and Arizona and more than $2 billion in assets.  At Parkway, he was promoted to president of the Bancorp in 2006, having held increasingly senior positions after joining the bank in 1991 as president of one of its community subsidiary banks.
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Lisa Max, founder of GoSolarMarin, has been named director of community initiatives for Tobin & Associates in San Rafael by the firm’s principal Gary Tobin.
April 23, 2015 -In her newly-created position, Max will monitor community programs and manage the firm’s activities with nonprofits, non-government organizations and businesses in Northern California. She is a volunteer with Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Marin Humane Society and serves on the boards of the Lincoln San Rafael Hill Neighborhood Association, the Marin Women’s Political Action Committee and Sustainable San Rafael. She has been a member of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Green Committee and was named the 2009 Green Entrepreneur of the Year for her GoSolarMarin work by the Marin Green Business Forum.

GoSolarMarin Founder Lisa Max Joins TOBIN & Associates
San Rafael—April 20, 2015 -Lisa Max, founder of GoSolarMarin, today was named director of community initiatives for TOBIN & Associates (www.garytobin.com) by the firm’s principal Gary Tobin.
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Claremont RugClaremont Rug Company Prints First 2015 Catalog Of Rarely Seen Antique Oriental Rugs
Oakland, CA, March 19, 2015 -Featuring first-rate antique Oriental rugs from the Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving (ca. 1800 to ca. 1910), the newly published catalog from Claremont Rug Company (www.claremontrug.com) features rarely seen pieces that display the highest levels of artistry and quality, according gallery founder/president Jan David Winitz.
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Claremont RugCompact Imaging Selected to Partner with Leading Irish Research Center to Further Develop Disruptive Technology
Washington, DC/Mountain View, CA/ Cork, Ireland—March 17, 2015 -Silicon Valley-based Compact Imaging, Inc. today announced a technology collaboration with IPIC (Irish Photonic Integration Center), a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research center.
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Claremont RugCompact Imaging Granted Three New Patents for Miniature OCT Technology
Mountain View, CA—February 2, 2015 - Compact Imaging, Inc. (CI), an early stage technology company developing proprietary miniature optical sensors for the rapidly growing mobile personal health monitoring and fingerprint authentication markets, today announced that it has been granted three additional patents in the field.
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Claremont RugClaremont Rug Company Mounts Online Exhibition of Exceptional Antique Oriental Rugs
January 20, 2015 - Eminent art dealer Jan David Winitz, whose Claremont Rug Company gallery specializes in art-level Oriental carpets from the “Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving,” today mounted his fourth annual online exhibition of “best of the best” 19th century Persian and tribal rugs sold during the previous year.
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Claremont RugClaremont Rug Company Exhibits "Best of the Best Antique Rugs Sold in 2014"
Oakland, CA—January 20, 2015 - Eminent art dealer Jan David Winitz, whose Claremont Rug Company gallery specializes in art-level Oriental carpets from the “Second Golden Age of Persian Weaving,” today mounted his fourth annual online exhibition of “best of the best” 19th century Persian and tribal rugs sold during the previous year.
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Breakaway FundingBreakaway Funding Names C-Level Executives, Veteran Entrepreneurs to Advisory Board
Sausalito, CA—January 14, 2015 - Kim Kaselionis, founder/managing principal of Breakaway Funding LLC, today announced the creation of a senior board of advisors whose members will provide expertise and experience to the firm and its clients.
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