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Summit State Contributes to Sonoma State Wine Program

Submitted By: School of Business and Economics Marketing Team at Sonoma State University, January 24, 2014
January 22, 2014

Summit State Bank Contributes to Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute

Rohnert Park, CA- Summit State Bank has demonstrated their commitment to Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute through a financial contribution to the Institute’s new Wine Industry Finance and Accounting certificate. The contribution will help underwrite new course materials for the Finance and Accounting program. Students enrolling in the popular certificate program will be provided with a course handbook to serve as an ongoing resource and future reference to the program’s content as they help contribute to the development of the industry.

Summit State Bank is a Sonoma County-based community bank and is involved in a variety of activities in support of the local community. As part of its community support initiatives and in recognition of the importance of higher education and the value it brings to our local community and industries Summit State Bank has added Sonoma State University to its long list of local non-profit and other organizations to which the bank donates.

Participants in the Institute’s Wine Business Finance and Accounting program who are new to the subject are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Intro to Finance and Accounting for the Wine Industry seminar which covers topics such as financial statements, GAP, ratio analysis, time value of money, ownership structures, taxation basics, and cost accounting. This Intro seminar lays a foundation for and will prepare you to take the core seminars required for the Wine Business Finance and Accounting Certificate. The Wine Business Institute offers seminars aimed at giving students the tools and practical solutions needed to grow and be successful in the wine industry. Led by Industry Professionals and Experts students are offered an educational experience unique in its field.

Spring Semester 2014 Offerings
Wine Business Management Certificate (online) starts January 22nd

Wine Business Finance & Accounting and Tasting Room Management certificate seminars start February 5th

Wine Entrepreneurship Certificate starts February 27th

SSU Wine Business Institute

Contact Jessica Heing, or 707.664.3347 with questions.


About Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute
Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute is located in the heart of California wine country and was created through a public-private partnership between the university and the wine industry. Founded in 1996, it is the first program in the United States to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees focused exclusively on the business aspects of the wine industry. In addition to its academic programs the Wine Business Institute offers an array of seminars and certificates. Its faculty members are published experts, active researchers, and requested presenters on pressing industry topics. The Wine Business Institute operates within Sonoma State’s School of Business and Economics, a fully accredited AACSB institution. Learn more at