County-wide business networking event to be held at Solano Community College on Thursday, May 7, 2015

Solano Community College Educational Foundation and First Northern Bank host third annual event on Fairfield campus.

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The Solano Community College Educational Foundation, in association with First Northern Bank will host Solano Business Connections and Expo, the area’s largest networking event and business expo. The event will be held at Solano Community College’s Fairfield campus on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. The College campus is located at 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield, CA.
Ten area chambers of commerce, representing the geographic areas of Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield-Suisun, Rio Vista, Vacaville, Vallejo, Winters, and the cultural chambers (Solano County Black Chamber, Filipino-American Chamber of Solano County, and the Solano Hispanic Chamber), along with Solano Economic Development Corporation, will participate. The Foundation anticipates approximately 600 attendees and 110 vendor booth at this third annual event. Admission is $10 for Chamber/EDC members and $15 for non-members.
Guests will enjoy fine food, Suisun Valley wines, and micro brews from Heretic Brewing Company and Mare Island Brewing Co. A Microsoft Surface Pro 3 donated by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) will be the main raffle price. Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets will fund “Chamber of Commerce Scholarships” for the Solano Promise; A Hand Up for Higher Education at SCC. The Solano Promise is fundraising campaign the by Solano Community College Educational Foundation to support at risk students.
The presenting sponsor of Solano Business Connections is First Northern Bank. Major sponsors include PG&E, Kitchell CEM, NorthBay Healthcare, McDonald’s Yin Foundation, Republic Services – Solano Garbage Company, and Travis Credit Union.
Curt Johnston, Executive Director of the Solano Community College Educational Foundation, stated “This event provides local businesses an opportunity to connect with potential customers from throughout Solano County and Winters. Our economy will be strengthened with more business-to-business activity. This is a core mission of our local Chambers of Commerce, and the College is proud to be a partner by hosting this event. Also, it’s important to invite the business community to the College to tour the campus and see where their workforce is educated and trained.”
Louise A. Walker, President & CEO of First Northern Bank stated, “As an area resident, Solano Community College alumni, and community banker, helping the SCC Education Foundation raise the awareness of the College with local businesses is a natural fit. Besides providing the educational groundwork for transferring to a four-year college for a bachelor degree, SCC has a vast selection of gainful employment certificate programs for residents who are not looking to earn a degree. Building a strong workforce in Solano County is good for our communities and good for our businesses.”
Vendor booths are available at the Early Bird rate of just $275 until April 10, 2015. For more information, please visit, or contact Curt Johnston at or call (707) 249-1667.
About Solano Community College Educational Foundation
The SCC Educational Foundation was established in 1985 to raise funds to support students and educational excellence at Solano Community College, and to help carry out the vision of “Transforming Students’ Lives.” The Foundation efforts are focused on helping students achieve their education goals, but it’s also building a stronger community. An educated workforce is the foundation of every community. SCC provides the postsecondary education and training local citizens need to obtain quality jobs. The results are measured by lower unemployment rates, stable employment, and enhanced quality of life for all.
SCCEF is an independent 501(c)(3) California nonprofit public benefit corporation under the direction of a board of directors, managed by an executive director, and operating out of College offices. For more information, contact Curt Johnston, Executive Director, at or 707-864-7141.
About First Northern Bank
An independent community bank headquartered in Solano County since 1910, First Northern Bank specializes in relationship banking. Experts are available in small business, commercial, real estate and agribusiness lending, as well as mortgage loans. The Bank is an SBA Preferred Lender. Non-FDIC insured Investment and Brokerage Services are available at every branch location, including Dixon, Davis, West Sacramento, Fairfield, Vacaville, Winters, Woodland, Roseville and Auburn. The Bank has a full-service Trust Department in Sacramento and a commercial lending office in Walnut Creek. Real estate mortgage and commercial loan officers are available by appointment in any of the Bank’s branches. For more information, contact Kimberly DeBra, EVP/Corporate Communications, at 707- 678-3041.
The Bank is rated as a “Superior” 5-Star Bank by BauerFinancial Inc. (, and can be found on the Web at, on Facebook and on LinkedIn.
Solano Community College Educational Foundation
4000 Suisun Valley Road Fairfield, CA 94534-9137
707-864-7141 | phone
707-646-2093 | fax