Business and Labor

LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES BENEFIT FROM NEW SMALL BUSINESS JOBS

 

East County News Service

 

October 9, 2010 (Washington, DC)  – Just over a week after the President signed the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act,  HR 5297, close to 2,000 small businesses have been approved for SBA-backed loans.  Nearly $1 billion total will soon go to these small businesses. Locally, at least three business owners have already been approved since the new law went into effect.


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GROSSMONT DISTRICT TO HOST 7th ANNUAL “GOT PLANS?” CAREER & COLLEGE FAIR OCT. 20

 

Over 7,000 East County Students & Parents Expected to Attend Largest Career/College Fair in San Diego County

 


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GOOD MONEY: CREDIT CARD REFORM—HOW WILL THE NEW REGULATIONS BENEFIT YOU?

 


“Your guide to financial planning & socially responsible investing”

 

By: Judith L. Seid, CFP ®
President, Blue Summit Wealth Management

October 5, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- We all know that credit cards are useful parts of our technology filled lives. They add flexibility and simplicity to our consumerism driven world, but they can also be dangerous. With the average American now holding four credit cards and one out of every seven people in possession of more than 10 cards it is important to stay current on the laws and regulations that govern their use and affect you.


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GOVERNOR SIGNS BLOCK’S BILL TO HELP LAID-OFF WORKERS ACCESS TRAINING PROGRAMS


Bill introduced in response to problems faced by local constituents

 

October 4, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed AB 2058, authored by Assemblyman Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove). The bill will help thousands of unemployed Californians upgrade their job skills by preventing individuals from being cut off from Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits because they've enrolled in training programs to boost their employability.


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CLIFF DIAMOND TO REPLACE MIKE CULLY AS INTERIM CEO/PRESIDENT OF EAST COUNTY CHAMBER

October 4, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Cliff Diamond, former El Cajon Police Chief, has been named interim president and chief executive officer of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. He will replace Mike Cully, whose departure was announced in late September.


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MARKETING MATTERS: NOW IS THE TIME TO DEVELOP YOUR MARKETING PLAN FOR 2011


Tips and Tricks for Business Success and Growth

By Rama Beerfas

 

October 2, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – I recently had a conversation with a contact who told me, “I need to meet with you to discuss my marketing plan for next year. I am just so busy that I don’t think I’ll have time to do it until things slow down in late December.” Of course, once “late December” rolls around, he’ll probably be too busy with holiday plans to give his 2011 marketing plan any thought either.


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100,000 MORE SAN DIEGANS FELL INTO POVERTY OR ECONOMIC HARDSHIP IN 2009; EL CAJON HAS HIGHEST POVERTY RATE IN COUNTY AT 22.4%


30% are economically challenged; 17% of region’s children live below federal poverty line
 

East County News Service
 

September 29, 2010 (San Diego) -- More than 100,000 San Diego County residents fell from the middle class into poverty or severe economic hardship in the past two years.  The County's highest poverty rate (22.4%) is in El Cajon.  


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MILLION DOLLAR PRIZE FOR “IT’S IN THE HOLE” GOLF TOURNAMENT OCT. 22

September 26, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – Some lucky golfer could go home a millionaire in the Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce 3rd annual “It’s in the Hole” golf tournament. The event will take place at Cottonwood Golf Course in Rancho San Diego on October 22.

 


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“SHAME ON WALGREENS” LABOR DISPUTE TAKES TO STREETS NATIONWIDE & LOCALLY

By Miriam Raftery

September 22, 2010 (Santee)—Outside Walgreens pharmacy in Santee today, local carpenters held a banner reading “Shame on Walgreens.”

“This is a nationwide campaign,” Ian Law, a representative of Carpenters Union Local 1506, told East County Magazine. “Walgreens has decided to use non-union contractors and sub-contractors to do remodeling and construction of Walgreens stores around the nation,” he said.  Non-union contractors may avoid paying healthcare and pension benefits to workers, also paying lower wages that threaten the quality of life for workers and their families, Law added.


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PASSPORT TO THE FUTURE: CHAMBERS HOST COMBINED BUSINESS EXPO SEPT. 23

September 21, 2010 (El Cajon) – The public is invited to attend “Passport to the Future,” the 2010 Business Showcase and Expo in El Cajon. This event is hosted by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, along with the Santee and La Mesa Chambers.

 


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APPLICATIONS FOR EL CAJON RESERVE FIREFIGHTERS PROGRAM DUE FRIDAY SEPT. 24


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MARKETING MATTERS: IS GIVING HOLIDAY BUSINESS GIFTS A NECESSITY?

 

Tips and tricks for business success and growth

By Rama Beerfas

 


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LAWYER IN BLUE JEANS TO SPEAK SEPT. 24 AT CHAMBER BREAKFAST

September 13, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – Jeff Isaac, better known as “The Lawyer in Blue Jeans” will speak Friday, September 24 at the Rancho San Diego-Jamul Friday Sun-Up Breakfast at Cottonwood Golf Club. The TV and radio personality/attorney will provide tips on how to protect your business and personal assets.


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NEED CAREER TRAINING? FREE ADULT REENTRY PROGRAM AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE SEPT. 21

 

September 13, 2010 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Adult Reentry Program will host “Who Foots The Bill,” a free informational meeting for adults interested in returning to school to reenter the workforce, learn a new career, earn a college diploma or upgrade skills for a job promotion. The event is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21. Speakers include financial experts offering advice on estimating and planning for college expenses, along with information on admission procedures, transfer programs and financial aid.


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COMING UP ROSES: VIENNA FLOWERS’ BUSINESS BLOOMS

By Miriam Raftery

September 11, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – The Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce hosting a ribbon-cutting today for its newest member, Vienna Flowers.


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COUNTY HAS NEW CROP KING


Crop Report Hints Growers May be Moving From Greenhouses to Outdoor Nurseries


September 11, 2010 (San Diego) -- There’s a new king --- crop-wise --- in San Diego County, “Ornamental Trees and Shrubs,” according to the annual crop report put out by the San Diego County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures.


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STATE’S TOP EDUCATION LEADERS RESIGN IN PROTEST OF CA CHAMBER ENDORSING WHITMAN


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PRESIDENT PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR WORKERS, MIDDLE CLASS, & COMPANIES THAT CREATE AMERICAN JOBS DURING LABOR DAY ADDRESSES


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INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS SEPT. 2 IN LA MESA; ADDITIONAL MEETINGS SET AROUND COUNTY

 

August 31, 2010 (San Diego County) -- Business and property owners interested in participating in a grant-funded program to install commercial charging units in the San Diego Region may attend one of several informational meetings.

Come to one of these short meetings to learn how your business can get involved in the largest electric vehicle project in U.S. history!


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INVESTMENT SEMINAR SCAMS: BBB OFFERS TIPS ON HOW TO SPOT RED FLAGS


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BLOCK BILL TO HELP UNEMPLOYED GET JOB TRAINING GOES TO GOVERNOR’S DESK

East County News Service

August 27, 2010 (Sacramento) – Assemblymember Marty Block (D- Lemon Grove) announced that his AB 2058 has been approved by the Legislature and will now go to the Governor for signature. If signed, the measure would help thousands of unemployed Californians upgrade their job skills and let unemployed individuals receive unemployment insurance (UI) benefits while enrolled in an approved training program on a full-time basis.


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EL CAJON COUNCIL RESTORES ECCDC FUNDING FOR 6 MONTHS

August 26, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Citing concerns over a recent audit report, the El Cajon City Council voted 4-1 to extend funding for the El Cajon Community Development Corporation for six months instead of the full year. While the Mayor expressed confidence that a new director has agreed to correct problems identified in the audit, some Councilmembers warned that the City could exercise the City’s 30-day right to terminate the ECCDC’s contract if their concerns are not adequately addressed.


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Better Business Bureau hosts mixer Sept. 2 in El Cajon

 

 

August 23, 2010 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB), San Diego’s largest county-wide business membership organization, will host a BBB business-to-business (B2B) networking mixer from 4 to 6 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 2, at Toyota of El Cajon, 965 Arnele Ave., in El Cajon. The public is invited to attend.  Admission cost is $25 per person.

 


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LITTLE SAIGON FOUNDATION SEEKS TO NAME CITY HEIGHTS BUSINESS DISTRICT


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APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE FOR EAST COUNTY'S LARGEST BUSINESS EXPO SEPT. 23


“Passport to the Future” brings together La Mesa, Santee and East County Chamber for business showcase on September 23

 

August 20, 2010 (San Diego's East County) -- Applications are now available for the East County’s largest Business Showcase and Expo to be held on Thursday, September 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge, 1400 E. Washington Avenue, El Cajon, 92019.


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VIEJAS ENTERTAINMENT & PRODUCTION ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTION FOR THE FUTURE

 

Event Production and Management Company Introduces New Brand Identity: VE&P

 

August 20, 2010 (San Diego) – Building on 17 years of experience producing and managing hundreds of events annually at Viejas Casino, Viejas Entertainment & Production is taking its services to the next level as VE&P.

 

Formally changing its name to VE&P, the company will use its staff of more than 40 seasoned professionals and inventory of top-end equipment to produce and manage off-site events for clients throughout Southern California.


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LA MESA HOME TURNS 100; PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER HOSTS CELEBRATION


August 18, 2010 (La Mesa) – Aesthetic Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery hosted a 100th birthday to celebrate the centennial of Morrison House, 8415 Grant Avenue in La Mesa, where the business has its offices.


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POWERFUL LEADERS FROM SACRAMENTO & WASHINGTON JOIN "POLITICS IN PARADISE" PANEL FRIDAY AUG. 20


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JOBS BILL SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT DRAWS PRAISE FROM BUSINESS & EDUCATION LEADERS


Measure praised by National Manufacturing Association

Will also fund 16,000 education jobs in California

Bilbray casts lone local vote against bill


August 16, 2010 (Washington D.C.) – “The Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 will create jobs, help Americans compete, and strengthen manufacturing as a key driver of our economic recovery,” President Barack Obama said in a signing ceremony last week.
 

National Association of Manufacturers president and CEO John Engler praised the bill, which he said will "provide a needed boost to both large and small companies.” The measure will preserve and expand “good American jobs” and cut costs of doing business in the U.S., he added.


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POLICE CHIEF JOINS EL CAJON CDC

 

August 6, 2010 (El Cajon ) -- Former Coronado Police Chief Robert S. Hutton has joined the El Cajon Community Development Corporation as Urban Improvement Manager, according to Cindi Fargo, President and CEO of the non-profit organization that serves Downtown El Cajon redevelopment.


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