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Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute Earns WINovation Award

Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute was honored this month with the inaugural WINnovation Award at the North Coast Wine Industry Expo.
The awards highlight companies "developing innovative products or services that contribute to the advancement of the North American wine industry," says the Wine Industry Network (WIN), who sponsored the expo.
Sonoma State is launching an executive wine MBA in March, the first of its kind in the country.
"The business of wine continues to evolve," said George Christie, Wine Industry Network president. "It's great to see an educational institution not just keeping up with new trends, but leading the way and making sure that our local wine businesses are equipped with talent ready to tackle the new challenges and be leaders in the wine industry going forward."
"There is no other university in the U.S. where top wine industry leaders come together with the common goal of continuous improvement," said Shannon Donnell, grower relations and vineyard operations manager at Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards and a wine EMBA alumnus. "SSU is leading the country in wine business education."
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. As part of the School of Business and Economics, it offers a B.S. with a concentration in wine business strategies (since 1998), an MBA with an emphasis in wine business (since 2008), and an executive MBA in wine business (since 2012). In addition, seminars and an online Certificate in Wine Business Management prepare students and industry professionals on topics such as accounting and finance, wine sales and marketing. Its faculty members are published experts, active researchers, and requested presenters on pressing industry topics locally and around the world. The Wine Business Institute operates within Sonoma State's School of Business and Economics.
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