Martinez Business Beat, July 11, 2018

Martinez Firm Contra Costa County Small Business Of The Year

Xtreme Scaffolding is Contra Costa County’s Small Business of the Year, California Senater Bill Dodd (D-Napa) has announced.

A statement by the Senator released by Payl Payne said, “Mike and Lissa Slaney have done well since cashing in their retirement savings nine years ago to open their company, Xtreme Scaffolding. And they’ve made it a point to give back to the community.”

Xtreme has built stages for annual fundraisers, steps for the winter snow park and a 40-foot frame for the downtown Holiday Ice Rink banner, the announcement said.

At a recent car race, Mike Slaney, an amateur racer, gave away 200 pairs of children’s sunglasses.

“I said if I can succeed and make this work, I’m going to give back to the people who helped me along the way,” Slaney said. “To me, a lifelong Martinez resident, that’s what you have to do.”

“As a businessman myself, I admire the Slaneys’ entrepreneurial spirit and their willingness to help their community,” Dodd said. “They’ve made a great contribution to Martinez and should be proud of their achievement.”

Summer Concerts And Movies Series Starts Thursday

The first Downtown Martinez Thursday Summer Concerts and Movies event will start at 6 p.m. Thursday at Main Street Plaza.

Sponsored by Shell Martinez Refinery, the events will have live music, a beer and wine garden, children’s activities and outdoor movies in the 600 block of Main Street.

The opening concert will be by Dr. D Band, a five-piece band that playsfunk, rock and roll and rhythm and blues.

The concert is paired with a showing of the original “Toy Story,” the movie that put Pixar Studios on the map. It’s the story of a group of toys led by Woody, a cowboy voiced by Tom Hanks, who belongs to a boy named Andy, voiced by John Morris. Woody’s position as favorite toy is jeopardized when Andy’s parents buy him a Buzz Lightyear action figure, voiced by Tim Allen, who believes he is a real space man on a mission to return to his home planet.

At the July 19 Summer Concert and Movie, The New Frantics will perform, and the movie will be “Wreck It Ralph. The July 26 concert is by Jaime Moore and the Drivers, paired with “The Princess Bride.”

Garageland Rodeo plays Aug. 2, and the movie is “Hook.” Frankie G and the Conviction perform Aug. 9, paired with “Big.” The final event is Aug 16, with a concert featuring The Big Jangle. “Homeward Bound is the movie.

Cars, Kids and Coffee At Cobra Experience

The Cars, Kids and Coffee opportunity for families to share their love of cars will take place at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 13, at the Cobra Experience, 777 Arnold Drive.

Those interested may visit the website

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