Star Staffing Join North Bay Leadership Council

North Bay Leadership Council (NBLC) is pleased to announce the addition of a new member, Star Staffing.  Founded in 1998, Star Staffing is one of the North Bay’s premier staffing providers, with offices in Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Cloverdale, Napa, Fairfield and Elk Grove and satellite offices in Sonoma and Ukiah. NBLC’s Board Chair, Patty Garbarino said, “We are very excited to welcome this women-owned, fast-growing company to our membership.  NBLC represents the leading employers in the North Bay and Star Staffing adds value with their knowledge of the workforce and staffing challenges.  They will be a great contributor to our public policy work!”

Star Staffing offers recruiting and screening, payroll and time attendance management, on-site management, risk reduction programs, employee rewards and benefits, and knock-your-socks-off service to a multitude of companies, including manufacturing, industrial, clerical, administrative, accounting, finance, information technology, and professional services.  Because of their North Bay location, Star Staffing has become one of the leading providers of staffing solutions to the Wine and Manufacturing Industries in the Northern San Francisco Bay Area.

Star Staffing currently has 33 employees and will be adding more recruiters to each branch, including three at their new Elk Grove location. The company is led by co-owners, Nicole Smartt and Lisa Lichty.  Star Staffing has been honored as a Best Place to Work and named Best Job Placement Service in the North Bay.   The firm was recognized as one of the 2015 Largest Diversity Staffing Firms.

One of Star Staffing’s fundamental values is dedication to supporting the community. They’re locally owned and operated, and hire local talent. They also take great pride in supporting local non-profits, such as the Boys & Girls Club, United Way, Volunteer Center, Redwood Empire Food Bank, and more.

The member representative to NBLC is Nicole Smartt, Owner and Vice President.  Nicole manages the company’s day-to-day operations throughout the North Bay area.  “Being a member of NBLC is a great fit for Star Staffing.  Both organizations are focused on meeting the needs of employers and assuring that the North Bay has the workforce needed to be productive and economically competitive,” says Nicole.  “We are looking forward to making the North Bay an even better place to live and work!”

Nicole is active in the local community and a recognized member of several chamber of commerce and community organizations. She is co-founder of the Petaluma Young Professionals Network, and sits on the board for Santa Rosa’s Wednesday Night Market.  Nicole is also a board member for the Active 20–30 Service Club, a service organization helping young men and women, and serves on the Young Professionals Entrepreneur Council. Nicole is the youngest person to be awarded the Forty

Under 40 award by the North Bay Business Journal. She just released her first book, From Receptionist to Boss, and has been featured in Forbes Women, The Washington Post, Fox Business, and American Express Business Forum, among others.

NBLC is an employer-led public policy advocacy organization committed to providing leadership in ways to make the North Bay sustainable, prosperous and innovative.  The Council includes 49 leading employers in Marin, Sonoma and Napa Counties.  Our members represent a wide variety of businesses, non-profits and educational institutions, with a workforce in excess of 25,000.  __________________________________________________________________

For more information, please contact:

Cynthia Murray


North Bay Leadership

(707) 283-0028

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