UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL Commerce WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1, 1999 — 5 Commerce Continued from Page 3 The supervisors will have a tricky one on their hands here. T,*e Mountanos family are becoming something of a powerhouse locally, buying up lots of tocal properties - the historic Halace Dress shop property, the (Joffee Critic property and the lot next door, the Henne's Candy building, the old House of Pizza -?now a race car showroom the Qobbi Street property - a once- threatened pig farm now a vineyard and their Mountanos Properties office on North State. Tfheir beautification projects are pjbpular and award-winning. t Californians continue to l<$ve the Mendocino Coast. That's according to the latest survey from the coast chamber, which interviewed 173 visitors to Mendocino, Fort Bragg, Elk and Cleone during the Oct. 22-23 weekend. ;' Results of the annual visitor survey showed that two-thirds of tlie visitors to the coast come from other parts of Northern California, with 36 percent of them coming from the Bay Area. That's just slightly down from the 1998 survey when 38 percent were from the counties south of us". Overall, however, 78 percent of the people visiting the coast 'are from California, up 5 percent •from the 1998 figure, and central California visitors jumped from •1.9 to 5 percent in a year. o Five percent of the people -asked said they'd gotten their information about the coast from Hthe Internet. Some 33 percent said they'd heard about it from '•newspapers, magazines or travel • guidebooks, but 42 percent of the "travelers said they'd gotten •Avord of mouth" reports. • 'If that doesn't tell local hotels •and restaurants that service, service, service is the key to success, I don't know what will. The Ukiah Main Street group, Downtown Merchants, •the chamber and the city are looking forward to the first Hometown Holiday, (the late- night Thursdays downtown during the holidays.) On Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 23 the downtown will host the Holiday Trolley, a mule-drawn hay ride, holiday music by the Ivory Palace, performances by the Pomolita Steel Drum Band and carolers. Santa, the Mendocino Ballet Company and the Eddie Vedolla Swing Dancers will also make appearances. As part of the fun, Beeler's Mufflers and DFM Garage are sponsoring a Winter Wonderland Window Contest, encouraging local stores to decorate their holiday windows and win cash prizes. Contact Main Street if you want to enter: Anna Aikman has opened Morning Glory Child Care here in Ukiah at 287 Burlington Drive. With the help of the West Company,. Aikman has seen a dream come true in her life. A single mom, Aikman looked for a way to support herself and her daughter and began to explore child care as a career. First she enrolled at the Mendocino Community College Childcare Development Program and worked at local child care centers. Then she joined West's business development program to learn how to start her own business and got a $5,000 loan from the company. She spent the summer painting her site and fixing it up as well as making contacts for her first class and by November was ready to open and already had four pint-sized customers. To contact her call 462-7306. Humboldt Bank has contributed $5,000 to the West Company "Bridge to Success" program. The program is a matched savings account program designed to give low- income people the opportunity and incentive to save money toward starting or expanding a small busitiess, buying a home, .Experts warn of damaging e-mail virus <fify MOLLY WOOD .Associated Press Writer ; SAN FRANCISCO - Experts scrambled to warn thousands of computer users that a familiar and damaging virus has struck scores of companies and could be slumbering in their e-mail inboxes. The Mini-Zip virus tore through computers on Tuesday, devouring files and crippling e- imail systems, anti-virus analysts |said. It was expected to renew its 'assault today as unsuspecting jusers logged on. "Dan Schrader, vice president of new technology at Trend Micro in Cupertino, Calif., said he fielded complaints of significant problems from four Fortune 500 companies arid scores of smaller companies. Sal Viveros, a marketing manager for Santa Clara-based Network Associates, which makes anti-virus software, said 20 large corporations had been affected by Tuesday evening. The experts refused to release the names of affected companies. Mini-Zip's parent bug, Worm.Explore.Zip, struck last summer. It was considered the most destructive virus since the Melissa outbreak in the spring. Chain . ( . • . Continued from Page 3 m'ents of at least $2,500 for plaintiff's who participated in depositions and at least $1,000 for those who were named as plaintiffs but did not participate in depositions. Others eligible for payments must submit claims of at least $100. '•'' "The UFCW sought to reform Albertson's employment prac- ' not to punish a company that employs tens of thousands of our •members," Dority said. "Therefore, we applaud the plaintiffs' and Albertson's decision to adopt a prompt claims- payment procedure rather than to litigate further." Albertson's, which earlier this year acquired Salt Lake City- based American Stores Co., now has 220,000 employees and operates about 2,500 retail stores in 38 states. Analysis • • Continued from Page 3 •y , .If you look at newspaper Web gages, "dot.com companies have sent more marketing money do,wn a rat hole with fewer results than any other business group in recent history," he declares. . He contends that the headlines of full or half page newspaper ads or brief TV spots show how difficult it is to promote a Web sjie - to quickly and clearly identify its uniqueness. ..'The cost of such marketing, he-says, is particularly dangerous fordot.com companies, especially/when they have yet to earn a profit. It means the source of their funds must come frorrt ven- ture capital firms, initial public offerings of stock, or loans. "These are not repetitive sources of financing, such as earnings, that can be drawn on at will," he observes. The marketing must be effective - or else the funding for it will run dry. "Good marketing is life or death to a dot.com company." And so the warning to risk- friendly landlords: Not all your tenants will succeed. It means you must check their balance sheet, their management, and the loyalty and strength of their investors. And do it before signing lease commitments that might tie up your property for five or 10 years. Office Continued from Page 3 shop at the new store here. \' Ukiah's is one of 11 new stores Office Depot will open this month nationwide. The other new California store, is in La Verne. 1 The Ukiah store will be the company's 830th store. It employs about 40 people. The company has a total of 834 stores, 763 in the U.S. 41 in Canada, 24 in France and six in Japan. or paying for higher education. Humboldt Bank will host the savings accounts with no fees. West Company is recruiting 15 people from among its clients to get the savings program started by January. The clients will take two years of money management courses and get other help to reach their savings goals. "Bridge to'Success" is one of more than 75 such programs nationwide promoting asset- building for low-income people. Soroptimist International of Ukiah and Soroptimist International Yokayo Sunrise have distributed applications for the annual Youth Citizenship Award. The award was established in 1961 to recognize outstanding contributions made by young people to their homes, schools, communities, countries and the world. These merit awards are given to students in the last year of high school. Nationwide, Soroptimist clubs distribute $2 million in youth awards. Awards programs start at the local level. To get an application, call Lucille Mirata at 468-0179 or Elsie Lancaster at 462-7607, or check with the student's high school. Speaking of Soroptimists, the Yokayo Sunrise Club delivered 547 pairs of socks to the local Red Cross, Plowshares and Project Sanctuary this year in their "Hot Socks" program. According to President Linda Simon, "One small idea can make a difference in the loves of others. While we cannot solve all the problems of the world at once, we can help in small ways." Good thought. Bridal Dreams of Ukiah is planning a bridal fair in January and is looking for vendors who may want to join in. Call them at 462-9672. The recently opened Vintage Marketplace in downtown Hopland (just north of the Cheesecake Lady) will host its first Hoi- Find cars, trucks, motorcycles. RV's & mure in On The Road Fridays in the Journal iday Open House Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. All Four new businesses - Harvest Moon jewelry and crafts. Domaine Saint Gregory, Hidden Cellars and Munchies Gourmet to Go will be celebrating with wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres from 5 to 8 p.m. In the movers and shakers department... National Bank of the Redwoods has announced that Teri Ullrich is now the assistant vice president/branch manager of its Ukiah retail banking center. Ullrich will be responsible for maintaining and generating new business relationships as well as overall operations. With over 14 years of experience in the banking industry, Ullrich had previously managed the Ukiah branch under the name of Allied Bank, before the acquisition by National Bank of the Redwoods. Professional athletes invest in technology The Associated Press REDWOOD CITY - Ninety-nine current and retired professional athletes interested in making money without slamming their bodies are pooling their earnings to invest in high- tech ventures - but with a twist. Former San Francisco 49ers Harris Barton and Ronnie Lott said Monday they have gathered $40 million from fellow athletes, dubbed their venture the sporty "Fund of Funds," and are ready for to start funding those lucrative startups. But don't send them business plans. Instead of choosing their own companies, which can be a risky business, the group will be investing their money through established Silicon Valley venture capital funds- including leaders like Bench-' mark Capital, original funder of eBay, and Mayfield Fund,; which helped launch 3Com, -i "Since venture capital funds; are normally closed to most; individual investors, we are;' extremely grateful to the ven-;, ture capitalists who havej allowed us to invest in their;! funds," said former offensive- lineman Barton, a three-time^. Super Bowl winner. 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