Business and Labor

MANY SHADES OF GREEN: SAN DIEGO'S GREEN JOBS KEEP ON GROWING

 

By: Jeremy Los

 

January 30, 2011 (San Diego) – The green economy is booming in San Diego County and California as a whole. In a new study titled Many Shades of Green: Diversity and Distribution of California’s Green Jobs, Next10.org finds that California’s green economy has boasted persistent growth and now encompasses over 174,000 jobs in the state. 

 

Between January 2008 and January 2009, the growth rate was highest in San Diego and the Bay Area; San Diego’s green jobs rate grew 7 percent while the Bay Area saw an 8 percent growth.


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MARKETING MATTERS: THE POST-SHOW FOLLOWUP

 

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS AND GROWTH

 

By Rama Beerfas

 

February 1, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – We’ve identified the three components of a successful trade show marketing plan:

 

• Have a system in place for attracting potential customers to the exhibit.
• Qualify those people who visited the booth.
• Follow up with those visitors who left contact information.

Last month, we looked at some methods to qualify the people who visit your booth as legitimate prospects. This month, we’ll explore the most critical part of the trade show process: the post-show follow-up.


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LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS TRIO OF FEBRUARY EVENTS


Casino Royale night, Hooley’s anniversary, and breakfast with Supervisor Jacob

 


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EAST COUNTY CHAMBER TO CELEBRATE CENTENNIAL


Gala planned Feb. 25 at Crystal Ballroom

 

January 29, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will mark its 100th year, commemorating this milestone with an inaugural Gala and Awards Dinner billed as “East County's most elegant evening.”

 


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LOCAL CITIES OPPOSE GOVERNOR’S PROPOSAL TO ELIMINATE REDEVELOPMENT FUNDING

Plan is opposed by cities, labor, development interests, and affordable housing advocates

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 27, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – Governor Jerry Brown has proposed to eliminate redevelopment agencies (RDAs), a move he predicts would save the cash-strapped state $1.7 billion in the next fiscal year. The Governor’s plan would take away funds for improving blighted areas and instead divert those dollars to school districts, counties, and state coffers. But the plan is being met with strenuous opposition from cities and redevelopment entities around the state—including here in East County.


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SERENITY HOUSE, EL CAJON’S NEWEST SHOP, OFFERS CHRISTIAN BOOKS & MUSIC IN ARABIC


Egyptian proprietor also serves up coffee, snacks, and free classes to help Arabic-speaking residents

By Miriam Raftery
 

January 17, 2011 (El Cajon) --

On Saturday, throngs of well-wishers  stopped by on Saturday to bid welcome (ahlan wa sahaln, أهلا وسهلا) to Zohny Hanna at his new business, Serenity House in downtown El Cajon. The store/coffee shop offers Christian books, art, and music in Arabic. Located on Main Street just east of Magnolia, Serenity House also offers free classes in English and community orientations for East County’s growing population of Arabic-speaking immigrants, asylees, and refugees.

 

“This is my land now. America is my new home,” says Hanna, who came here on a tourist vista back in 1997 with his wife and children, then received asylum status due to persecution of Coptic Christians in his native Egypt.

 


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VITALITY RETURNING TO DOWNTOWN EL CAJON


New ECCDC report
highlights accomplishments, but results are apparent in a stroll down Main Street

By Miriam Raftery
 


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CHAMBER ORGANIZES EDUCATORS' TOUR TO PERU

 

January 13, 2011 (San Diego's East County) -- Local educators are invited to join the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce on a trip to Peru July 11-19.  

 

Tour highlights will include:


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GOLDEN DOOR SPA MANAGER RACHEL CALDWELL EARNS NATIONAL AWARD DURING GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY YEAR OF SERVICE

 

January 12, 2011 (Escondido) –  Rachel Caldwell, general manager of the nationally acclaimed Golden Door Spa in Escondido, has been named a favorite manager in the 2010 SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards. The award comes as Caldwell celebrates her 50th year with Golden Door.

 


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SAN DIEGO EAST COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NAMES SCOTT ALEVY AS PRESIDENT AND CEO

 

December 26, 2010 (El Cajon) – San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce has named veteran business leader Scott Alevy as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1st.

 

Alevy, Principal at Trilogy PR Group in La Mesa, brings over 30 years of business, non-profit and Chamber of Commerce leadership experience to the largest business organization in East County. His professional experience includes public relations, government relations, public affairs, community outreach and broadcast media.


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SAN DIEGO IS NOW FASTEST GROWING REGION FOR CLEAN JOBS


 

“San Diego is steadily establishing itself as a leader in the emerging clean technology industry. With our entrepreneurial business culture, an educated workforce and plenty of skilled labor, our region is ideal for supporting this vibrant new sector.”--Mayor Jerry Sanders

 

December 22, 2010 (San Diegio) --San Diego County stands out as an established leader in California in transforming the business environment to leverage the growing clean, green-tech economy, according to research released last week by The San Diego Foundation. 


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TOWN TURNS OUT TO SAVOR “TASTE OF SANTEE”

December 16, 2010 (Santee) – “We’ve got at least 600 people here,” Santee Chamber of Commerce Warren Savage estimated, smiling broadly while sandwiched between teen beauty queens in the jam-packed lobby of Union Bank in Santee on December 2nd.


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SANTA & MRS. CLAUS TO DEBUT AT OLDE TIME CHRISTMAS VILLAGE DEC. 11

 

Rancho San Diego festivities also include snowman contest, bonfire, and more

December 11, 2010 (Rancho San Diego)--The Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Olde Time Christmas Village December 11th from 3-9 pm in the Rancho San Diego Professional Center, 3855 Avocado Bl., La Mesa.

 

This free public event celebrates children and community. Activities include a snowman building contest, a bonfire, free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday treats, sweets and more.


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2010 “GREEN” RANKINGS ISSUED FOR 10 LARGEST PUBLICLY TRADED U.S. HOMEBUILDERS


Major new “Green Homebuilder” Survey ; Impact of Recession Gauged in Terms of Progress (and Lack of Progress) Among Major U.S. Homebuilders.

 


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COUNCIL RESTRICTS WAL-MART SUPERCENTERS IN SAN DIEGO

UPDATE DEC. 2:  The council has voted 5-3 to override a veto by the mayor to enact this law.  The same members who initially supported the ban voted for the override.


Requires impact study before a Supercenter could be built; mayor may veto measure
 

November 29, 2010 (San Diego) – Negative TV advertising by Wal-Mart didn’t dissuade members of the San Diego City Council from voting against Wal-Mart. By a 5-3 vote last week, Councilmembers voted to require a neighborhood impact study be conducted before a building permit may be issued for big-box vendors such as Wal-Mart that want to open stores over 90,000 square feet that sell groceries.


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MARKETING MATTERS: THE #1 REASON BUSINESSES DON'T BENEFIT FROM EXHIBITING AT TRADE SHOWS

 

Tips and Tricks for Business Success and Growth

By Rama Beerfas

 

November 1, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – It’s a sad, sad story and one that I have heard many times: A company spends anywhere from a few hundred dollars for a local tabletop show to tens of thousands of dollars for a national trade show and ends up with little or nothing to show for it – not even a breakeven on expenses.


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RANCHO SAN DIEGO OLDE TIME CHRISTMAS VILLAGE: DEC. 11

 

November 20, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce invites you to enjoy a traditional Christmas holiday social. The Rancho San Diego Olde Time Christmas Village will be held on December 11 from 4-9 p.m. featuring carolers, a snow sculpture contest, and a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves.


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FREE JOB TRAINING PROGRAM IN GREEN BUILDING AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY PRACTICES


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ALVARADO HOSPITAL BOUGHT BY PRIME HEALTHCARE


Company is under federal and state investigation for allegations of fraud, high rates of life-threatening infections

By Miriam Raftery

 

November 18, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Prime Healthcare Services, Inc. has acquired Alvarado Hospital, a 306-bed facility east of San Diego State University, from Plymouth Health. But the buyer's troubled trackrecord raises concerns about the quality of patient care and more.


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WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP AWARDS PRESENTED BY SAN DIEGO EAST COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

 


November 19, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Women leaders in six categories were honored at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce 2010 Women in Leadership luncheon. More than 350 guests attended the event on October 29th at the Doubletree Hotel in Mission Valley. Each year the Chamber sifts through and considers a host of qualified candidates to honor in six different categories – Business, Non-Profit, Education, Government, Healthcare and Arts/Culture/Media - at its annual luncheon. The following were this year’s winners:


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FOSTER YOUTHS DELIVER FRESH FRUITS & VEGGIES TO COUNTY EMPLOYEES

 

Youth Learn Agricultural Business; Teach County Employees to Eat Healthy

November 12, 2010 (San Diego)--With Thanksgiving right around the corner, several San Pasqual Academy foster youth made their bimonthly delivery today of certified, organic produce to County employees to encourage them to eat healthier for the holidays, which is part of County’s year-round Build Better Health plan.


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CELEBRITY WAITER NIGHT AT HOOLEYS NOV. 23

Benefits East County Toy and Food Drive

November 11, 2010 (La Mesa)--The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and Viejas Band of the Kumeyaay Nation invite you to a night of “blues and brews” during Celebrity Waiter Night at Hooleys. The event takes place Tuesday, November 23 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Hooleys Irish Pub & Grill in Grossmont Center, La Mesa. All tips and donations will benefit the East County Toy and Food Drive, serving needy children and their families this holiday season.


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CELEBRITY WAITER NIGHT AT HOOLEYS NOV. 23


Proceeds benefit East County Toy & Food Drive


November 11, 2010 (La Mesa) – The San Diego East County Chamber of commerce invites you to a night of “blues and brews” during Celebrity Waiter Night at Hooleys. The event takes place Tuesday, November 23 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Hooleys Irish Pub & Grill in Grossmont Center, La Mesa. All tips and donations will benefit the East County Toy and Food Drive, serving needy children and their families this holiday season.


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VIEJAS LEGAL TEAM RECEIVES PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION


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MIXING BUSINESS AND PLEASURE: EAST COUNTY HALLOWEEN MIXER IS A SPIRITED SUCCESS

October 30, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) - Gypsies, pirates and witches were among the costumed guests celebrating the season at LeTip's annual East County Halloween Mixer, held Thursday night at Cottonwood Golf in Rancho San Diego.  


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SAN DIEGO EAST COUNTY CHAMBER HOSTS WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP AWARDS OCTOBER 29

 

October 28, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – East County Magazine editor Miriam Raftery is among the nominees for a Women in Leadership Award. Winners will be announced Friday, October 29 at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Women in Leadership luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel in Mission Valley.

 


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GEOTHERMAL ENERGY INDUSTRY TO ADD THOUSANDS OF JOBS IN CA

 

Geothermal Energy Association praises stimulus bill for fueling growth in jobs that pay up to double state average;  urges defeat of Prop 23 


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THE GREAT DEBATE: HUNTER TO FACE LUTZ & BENOIT OCT. 15 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

September 14, 2010 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host a debate among the three ballot-qualified Congressonal candidates in the 52nd Congressional District. Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-Alpine) will square off against challengers Ray Lutz, a Democratic community activist and businessman, and Libertarian Michael Benoit, a small business owner.

 

The event will take place Friday, October 15th at 7 p.m. in the Communication Arts Theater at Cuyamaca College, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in El Cajon.


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COUNTY LANDS ONE OF NATION'S LARGEST GRANTS TO CREATE JOBS FOR LOW INCOME INDIVIDUALS

 

$25 Million to Create Local Jobs in Healthcare Industry

  

October 13, 2010 (San Diego) -- In the midst of federal healthcare reform and high unemployment, San Diego County has been awarded a $25 million grant to help create local jobs within the healthcare industry, officials announced today.

 


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BARONA RESORT & CASINO RANKS BEST CASINO 8TH YEAR IN A ROW


Top Awards Include Best Overall Casino, Luckiest, Best Blackjack


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