Business and Labor
By Miriam Raftery
October 27, 2012 (El Cajon) – The El Cajon Brewing Company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but the owner says the restaurant aims to reorganize and stay in business.
The brewery has received at least $645,000 in funds from the City of El Cajon, including $300,000 in start-up funds approximately three years ago, followed by a $345,000 loan borrowed from redevelopment funds to complete the renovation, the U-T San Diego reported in April 2011.
Asked what the bankruptcy could mean for the city, Councilman Gary Kendrick told ECM, “This is a bankruptcy reorganization, so hopefully they will be able to reorganize their debt and continue operation or find another operator. The city has a lien on their equipment as security for the loan. The value of the equipment would cover a significant part of the unpaid loan balance.”
Congresswoman Susan Davis to Host Forum
October 25, 2012 (San Diego)--The Federal Government buys nearly anything imaginable and Congresswoman Susan Davis has assembled a Small Business Forum for local business owners, so that they may learn how to break into this huge marketplace.
Apple co-founder urges audience to be independent thinkers
Story provided by Aida Garcia at Tijuana Inovadora
October 20, 2012 (Tijuana)--Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak would like to develop a computer whose chips operate on light instead of electricity. If possible, it would make computing dramatically faster and use virtually no power.
October 22, 2012 (El Cajon)--A series of free “How-To” workshops designed to help East County small business owners improve their employee productivity and performance is being offered by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.
“We’re proud to work with the chamber to offer courses dedicated to supporting East County businesses so that they can be as productive and effective as possible,” said Cindy L. Miles, college district chancellor.
October 18, 2012(San Diego) -- A six-part marketing seminar series directed at micro, small and mid-size business owners/managers. The first class was a sell-out, prompting the opening of a second session on developing a marketing plan on October 25th.
"This is the time of year when business owners and managers should be reviewing the successes and challenges of the past year and putting together a marketing plan for 2013 so they can hit the ground running come January 2nd," says Rama Beerfas, Chief Solutions Specialist at Lev Promotions and seminar presenter.
Rama Beerfas, Lev Promotions' Chief Solutions Specialist and Seminar Presenter
Group focused on rights of working San Diegans also takes stands for Prop 30, against Prop 32
By Miriam Raftery
October 11, 2012 (San Diego)—At its 15th anniversary gala last night, the Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) honored “every day heroes” for providing education and training, “seeds of a strong future.”
In a packed ballroom at the Holiday Inn on the Bay, State Senator Christine Kehoe praised CPI for “shining a light” on truth with the organization’s research into issues such as poverty, wages and other issues impacting working people in San Diego County. “We need CPI more than ever,” she noted, adding “We have a very large voice of corporations."
By Thea Skinner
“This initiative is exclusively about the stranglehold that special interests have had over California’s political system,”—Jake Suski, Yes on 32
"It promises political reform but it's really designed by its special interest backers to help themselves and harm their opponents." – Trudy Schafer, California League of Women Voters
October 10, 2012 (San Diego's East County)--Proposition 32, titled the “Paycheck Protection Initiative,” would restrict unions and corporations from deducting funds from workers’ paychecks to fund political campaigns, but would allow voluntary employee contributions. Prop 32 also prohibits unions and corporations from contributing to candidates and candidate-controlled committees or groups. Other kinds of political expenditures are still allowed.
BLOCK HEARING UNDERSCORES "DEVASTATING" JOB LOSS AND DAMAGE TO SAN DIEGO ECONOMY IF FEDERAL SEQUESTRATION CUTS ARE MADE
$1.1 to $1.7 billion in local federal defense and non-defense spending at risk in 2013; solutions to grow alternate San Diego economic sectors explored.
October 6, 2012 (San Diego)— A whopping $1.2 trillion in impending federal budget cuts would have a grave impact on jobs, the economy and schools in the San Diego region. The impacts of those cuts—and what can be done to survive any resulting damage—were subjects of a hearing by the Assembly Select Committee on San Diego Trade, Tourism and Job Creation chaired by Assemblymember Marty Block (AD-78). Block presided over the session, and said the impact of the federal sequestration without change amounts to “a perfect storm” that would produce devastating job losses.
Tips and tricks for business marketing success
By Rama Beerfas
October 2, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – This is the season for me to be developing marketing plans for many of my existing clients. What I have noticed over the many years I've been doing this is that there is often confusion between the terms "target market" and "referral source." In order to market correctly, these two terms must be clearly understood, so here goes...
September 25, 2012 (Poway) -- The sign is up and Nutmeg Bakery and Café is officially open for business! Following a successful soft opening, Nutmeg Bakery and Café held their grand opening and ribbon cutting Thursday, September 20, 2012 and the Poway Chamber of Commerce was there to show its support for the new local business in Poway. Members from the Chamber attended the lunchtime ribbon cutting ceremony and congratulated owner, Shirin Soroushian and chef, Drew Hoffos.
September 21, 2012 (Poway)--Bellus Academy is hosting this month's Poway Chamber of Commerce’s networking mixer on Thursday, September 27 from 5:30-7:30pm. Attendees will receive complimentary massages, facials, and beauty services by the students and staff of Bellus Academy.
Two teens find fashion makeovers to be an unforgettable experience
By Sierra Robinson
ECM editor Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report
September 19, 2012 (La Mesa) – From an early age, Kim Romano developed a passion for fashion—and a keen eye for detail. At age five, she liked to sketch paper dolls in stylish outfits. By age nine, she enjoyed playing dress-up.
“My Mom would bring home bags of hand-me down clothes. I had the best closet in town,” says Romano, owner of Fashion Exchange at 8270 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa. She went on to attend a fashion college, then worked as a traveling makeup artist at Nordstrom’s, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s department stores.
In 2009 she opened up her shop—which despite the weak economy has thrived. “It’s better every year,” she told ECM.
By Miriam Raftery
September 17, 2012 (Alpine) –What could be more heavenly than a day at Alpine’s new spa for a stressed-out news editor and her assistant? With high hopes, Mayan and I headed out to Native Dreams Day Spa in the Viejas Outlet Center, where our expectations were met and exceeded by the excellent services and products as we savored an afternoon of pampering and primping.
PACE PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN SAN DIEGO: BUSINESSES CAN NOW PAY FOR CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENTS SUCH AS SOLAR VIA PROPERTY TAXES-- WITH NO UP FRONT COSTS
September 19, 2012 (San Diego)—A new state program to help business owners invest in solar and other energy-saving projects with zero up-front costs launched yesterday in San Diego County.
The Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) enables commercial property owners to use their properties as collateral for energy upgrades—and to pay off those costs through their property tax bills.
September 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – The East County Chamber of Commerce will be holding the Passport to the Future Business Expo on September 20 at the Elk’s Lodge, 1400 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon. The event will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Over 50 businesses will be on hand to display their products, services and promotions.
September 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont College Career Center will present “Doing What Matters to Find a Job,” a free informational workshop for job seekers, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Career Center on the El Cajon campus. Speaking will be Pamela Benge, Grossmont College student services specialist. The public is invited to attend.
September 9, 2012 (San Diego) – Assemblymember Marty Block is sponsoring a small business seminar, “Success in the New Economy”, with State Controller John Chiang, on September 12 at San Diego State University, Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with registration opening at 8:30 a.m.
September 9, 2012 (Alpine) – The topic for the September 11 Alpine Chamber of Commerce Hot Topic Breakfast will be Anit-Bullying/Cyber Bullying. The guest speakers are Jihan Yacoub,Deputy District Attorney and Jesse Navarro, S.D. County D.A. Office. The breakfast will be at Wells Fargo Bank from 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
September 9, 2012 (Alpine) – The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber is hosting a lunch with Congressman Duncan D. Hunter on September 25 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at www.alpinechamber.com/membership/payments.html.
September 6, 2012 (La Mesa)—La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join in kicking off the biggest community event in the region - 2012 Oktoberfest. The three-day Oktoberfest annually brings in over 200,000 people to La Mesa. The Chamber’s preview kick-off will be held September 12 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Continental Catering, 8238 Parkway Drive, La Mesa.
This event is free to Oktoberfest volunteers. Chamber Member & all guests pay $10 per person.
September 6, 2012 (Alpine) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-Alpine) will be the featured guest at the Alpine Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday, September 25 from 12-2 p.m. Rep. Hunter will inform Chamber members and guests about current issues in Congress.
September 6, 2012 (La Mesa)--La Mesa Fit Body Boot Camp, a program designed to help its clientele achieve fitness and weight management goals in a fun and motivating atmosphere, will host an open house on Saturday September 8 from 4:00--8:00 p.m. The event includes an 80s band and DJ, plus a raffle with all proceeds going to Rady Children’s Hospital.
Talks on fitness and nutrition will be provided, as well as fitness demonstrations, chair massages, fitness games, entertainment and healthy food. Raffle prizes include an iPad2 and a six-month personal training program.
September 1, 2012 (El Cajon) – The East County Cash Mob’s next target is Home & Soul, 229 E. Main St., El Cajon on September 8 at 12 p.m. The group will meet at Prospect Promenade at 11:55 a.m. before heading to Home & Soul. The purpose of a Cash Mob is to assemble a large number of people to support a local small business during tough economic times.
September 5, 2012 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce is holding its First Friday Breakfast on September 7 at the German-American Club of El Cajon, 1017 S. Mollison Ave., El Cajon at 7:15 a.m. The September breakfast marks the end of summer and the beginning of the busy autumn season. Learn why El Cajon Oktoberfest is the most authentic in San Diego County.
September 2, 2012 (La Mesa) – On August 30, La-Z-Boy hosted a special launch party at its new location at 8185 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa. A private reception and ribbon cutting ceremony was held and guests were given a chance to browse the store’s selection of furniture and discuss decorating needs with La-Z-Boy design professionals.
September 1, 2012 (El Cajon) -- 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.6, at Toyota of El Cajon, 965 Arnele Ave., in El Cajon. The public is invited to attend.
From the U.S. Department of Labor
August 31, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – What are your rights if you observe safety hazards or certain other wrongdoing at your workplace?
This Labor Day, learn how you can help protect coworkers or the public from dangerous conditions and key illegal activities—and be protected under federal and state whistleblower laws.
August 31, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Labor union members have borne the brunt of budget cuts in these challenging economic times, seeing wages and pensions cut and rights eroded.
This Labor Day, a coalition of labor groups invite you to show support for workers in a Labor Day Tweet-a-Thon.
ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY: TRIBAL GAMING A POWERFUL ECONOMIC ENGINE FOR CALIFORNIA, GENERATING $7.5 BILLION FOR STATE'S ECONOMY
August 11, 2012 (Sacramento, CA) – Tribal government gaming generates important benefits across California’s economy, according to a new study conducted by Beacon Economics, a leading independent economic research firm. The study, commissioned by the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA), surveyed gaming and non-gaming tribes across the state, including a cross section of large and small casinos in urban and rural markets with a range of amenities including hotels, restaurants, retail establishments and entertainment venues. The study finds that Indian gaming operations provide significant benefits throughout California’s economy.