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Newsfront - June 12, 2009

Rakestraw wins small business award

Local bookstore honored in Assembly District 15

by Geoff Gillette

In a time that is proving difficult for small business, one Danville company was the recipient of some good news recently. District 15 Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan named Michael Barnard, owner of Rakestraw Books, as the Small Business Owner of the Year. The awards ceremony took place May 26 in Sacramento.

At the event, members of the Assembly as well as the California Small Business Association gave out accolades to those businesses that best exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit necessary in small business while at the same time providing a strong service to their community.

"I am delighted to recognize Michael Barnard," said Buchanan. "Through his hard work, Rakestraw Books, The Bookstore in Danville, continues to be a community institution."

She added, "Small businesses make significant contributions to the California economy. They are the heart and soul of our communities."

Buchanan pointed to the many activities hosted by Rakestraw Books, including author appearances and events with local schools.

Barnard said he was thrilled to be selected as this year's recipient. "It's a terrific honor," he said, "and a nice validation of what we're doing in the community."

As the economy continues to stumble and people are spending less, Barnard said he thinks that seeing a small business thrive is a good sign.

"It must mean we're doing something right," he said. "People think local bookstores are in trouble. They're not," he added with a laugh "The rumors of our deaths are slightly exaggerated."

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