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SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOPS IN LAKESIDE AUGUST 10, 17, 24

July 31, 2012 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce is holding social media workshops in August at Willowbrook Golf Course, 11905 Riverside Dr., Lakeside.  Each workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.  The workshop schedule is as follows:

 

August 10 – Facebook
August 17 – LinkedIn
August 24 – Twitter

INTOUCH AT HOME APPOINTS STEVE SCHWEITZER DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH & CLIENT SERVICES

 
Appointment reflects need for quality home care services for San Diego region
 
July 24, 2012 (San Diego) Retired Marine Corps veteran and senior advocate Steve Schweitzer was named Director of Outreach & Client Services for InTouch at Home, a Senior Resource Group, LLC (SRG) company based in Solana Beach, California.

 

UNITED TAXI WORKERS JOINS SAN DIEGO LABOR COUNCIL

United Taxi Workers is Labor Council's first non-union affiliate
 
July 21, 2012 (San Diego) -- The San Diego Labor Council announces the affiliation of United Taxi Workers of San Diego as the council's first non-union affiliate.

VIP FUNDING NOW AVAILABLE FOR DIESEL TRUCK UPGRADES

July 21, 2012 (San Diego) --  The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District announced the availability of funds from the Carl Moyer Voucher Incentive Program (VIP). The VIP provides a streamlined approach to reduce emissions by installing a Verified Diesel Emission Control Strategy (VDECS or “retrofit”) or by replacing existing, high-polluting vehicles with newer, lower-emission vehicles. Approximately $350,000 from Program Year 14 is currently available for eligible on-road heavy-duty diesel retrofit or replacement projects.

BUSINESS SPARKLES AS NOTED JEWELER EXPANDS IN EAST COUNTY

July 20, 2012 (El Cajon) –Three decades ago, Leo Hamel of Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers opened his first jewelry store on El Cajon Boulevard.  Now the successful businessman has returned to his historic roots, opening his eighth store, Leo Hamel Jewelry Buyers Office, in downtown El Cajon.
"Diamonds were once considered to be a girl's best friend, but now men and women alike are flocking to the precious stone," says Hamel. "The hardest stone in the world is now more rare than ever, which makes it even more of a luxury accessory and a solid investment." 

LABOR ASKS COMIC-CON ATTENDEES TO THANK WORKERS

 
By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Tom Abbott
 
July 13, 2012 (San Diego)--  Local labor leaders organized a thank a superhero worker event for Comic-Con International. Sandy Naranjo and Ben Cisneros of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council came to the front of the convention to ask attendees to celebrate labor, as well as pop culture.
 
Workers were excited to receive appreciation for their labors--and for people to be reminded that it takes a lot of work behind the scenes to make an event like Comic-Con International run smoothly. 

MEDIA WATCHDOG GROUP WARNS OF “SMALL BUSINESS BALONEY”, SAYS MEDIA FAILED TO FACT-CHECK GOP TAX CLAIMS

 
July 14, 2012 (New York)-- Barack Obama's July 9 announcement that he would extend the Bush tax cuts for income below $250,000 prompted Republican politicians and presidential candidate Mitt Romney to claim the policy is a tax increase on small businesses."

CONFERENCE CELEBRATES WORLD INNOVATION OCT. 11-21

 
July 12, 2012 (Tijuana) -- The world’s leading innovators will gather this October at an international conference on San Diego’s doorstep. Nobel laureates Rajendra K. Pachauri, the United Nations’ point man on climate change, and Ada Yonath, winner of the Chemistry Prize, will join global thought leaders, technology entrepreneurs and pioneering philanthropists at the event, called Tijuana Innovadora 2012.

COALITION OF LOCAL GROUPS MARCHES AGAINST TPP

 

By Nadin Abbott
Photos by Nadin Abbott
 
July 10, 2012 (San Diego)-- The mood at the Civic Center was defiant. On July 7, the marchers were getting ready to take to the streets once again. They were protesting the Trans Pacific Trade Negotiations (TPP) happening at the Bayfront Hilton Hotel. 

“CASH MOB” BRINGS BUSINESS—AND TEARS OF JOY--TO LOCAL SHOP OWNER

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 8, 2012 (El Cajon) – “It’s a great way to give a local business a shot in the arm,” said Susan Barron, who organized a “cash mob” yesterday to aid her friend, Peggy Harris, owner of the Glamour Girlz Boutique at 124 East Main Street.  “July has been a really tough month for her and this was a winner.” 

The event was a "cashing" success—with more than 60 shoppers marching into the shop on Main Street to collectively spend over $2,000. 

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER’S SECOND FRIDAY BREAKFAST IS JULY 13

July 8, 2012 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its Second Friday Breakfast on July 13 at Cottonwood Golf Course, 3121 Willow Glen Drive, El Cajon.  The monthly breakfasts bring together connected and influential business and community leaders.

JOIN A "CASH MOB" TODAY TO AID LOCAL MERCHANT IN DOWNTOWN EL CAJON

 

July 7, 2012 (El Cajon) – A new phenomenon in today’s challenging economy is the rise of “cash mobs” organized by friends via social media to help local merchants. The craze has caught on across the country and today, takes root in El Cajon.  

The public is invited to meet at the corner of Main St. and Magnolia in front of Starbucks at noon, then walk en mass to Glamour Girlz Boutique one block east on Main St. 

MARKETING MATTERS: TAKING THE SUMMER OFF?

 
Tips and tricks for business success and growth
 
By Rama Beerfas
 
July 6, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) –  It's summer once again and it's easy to be distracted by the idea of beaches, poolside lounging, picnics and long vacations. After all, if the kids can do it, why can't we?
Well, we can. In fact, we should. Some time away from work can renew your perspective, recharge your willingness to work on the business, and give you some new insights as you involve yourself with things outside the scope of your usual workday.

HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES PREPARE FOR HEALTH CARE CHANGES: NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED

July 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law in 2010, will take full effect by 2014. In light of a recent Supreme Court decision ruling the law constitutional, you may wonder how the law will affect California's small businesses.

The new law does not require employers to provide health insurance for employees. However, there are both penalties for not meeting coverage requirements and tax incentives for small businesses that do. To help small businesses learn more about requirements and opportunities provided by the new law, some of California's leading business organizations have launched a website: healthlawguideforbusiness.org.

TRANSPACIFIC TRADE NEGOTIATIONS COME TO SAN DIEGO

 
By Nadin Abbott
Photos Nadin Abbott
 
Conference sparks protests over proposed new free trade pact
 
July 2, 2012 (San Diego) -- The 13th round of negotiations for the TransPacific Trade Negotiations (TPP) is being held in San Diego at the Bayfront Hilton Hotel. This treaty will expand free trade across the Pacific Rim. 

LA MESA RESIDENT NAMED TREASURER OF BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU BOARD

 

 
July 4, 2012 La Mesa resident Chris Sichel, president/CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego, has been elected treasurer of the San Diego Better Business Bureau’s 2012-2013 board of directors. Sichel has served on the BBB board since 2007.

TIJUANA INNOVADORA CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL CASTING CALL FOR MODELS

 

 
July 1, 2012 (Tijuana) -– A great opportunity for models is coming up. Innovative fashion designers are looking for female models that can showcase the border region’s dynamic style. There will be a casting call on Saturday, July 7, in Tijuana. The selected models will star in an international fashion show on Oct. 14 during the conference called Tijuana Innovadora.

 

COALITION TO STOP TPP OPPOSES SECRET TRADE PACT, OFFSHORING OF MORE JOBS

 
Group says “No to NAFTA on Steroids,” announces week of protest activities and international “people’s conference” this week in San Diego
 
No to NAFTA on Steroids,” group says
 
July 1, 2012 (San Diego)--From June 30 to July 8, the secret, super-treaty negotiations known as the 13th Round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Negotiations  are being held here in San Diego at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel. The Coalition to STOP TPP todayannounced a week of rallies, a march, protests, and a week-long international community-based People’s Conference: A Better World Is Possible.”

RECENT SDSU GRAD LAUNCHES NEW TV SERIES

“What’s the Business” Begins Airing July 3 

June 28, 2012 (San Diego) -- Many people dream of creating the next hit television show, but for San Diego High grad and SDSU alum Charles Magid (2010), that dream is coming true. The series he created, directed, and produced is slated to air this week (see below). 

RAMONA VALLEY WINE REGION MAGAZINE GIVES LOCAL WINE AFICIONADOS PLENTY TO SAVOR

By Serena Scaglione 

June 20, 2012 (Ramona)—There are more than 60 wineries and vineyards (and counting!) within the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association. What better way to showcase Ramona—which was designated as an American Viticulture Area in 2006—as an up and coming wine region than through a new magazine designed to educate readers about award-winning wines and the people behind the process?  

POWAY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTS 62ND ANNUAL INSTALLATION CEREMONY MIXER

 
June 21, 2012 (Poway) -- The Poway Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 62nd Annual Installation Ceremony Mixer on Thursday, June 28th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  The event will be held at Maderas Golf Club. This business casual event is open to members and non-members of the Chamber.  Guests will enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres compliments of Maderas Golf Club.

TAYLOR GUITARS HAILS "UNITED BREAKS GUITARS" YOUTUBE SENSATION DAVE CARROLL


Musician/author finds new career as author, speaker inspired by baggage mishap

By Sierra Robinson and Miriam Raftery

June 18, 2012 (San Diego) -- After United Airlines’ baggage handlers broke the neck of his Taylor guitar, Dave Carroll didn’t just get mad--he got even.

Carroll wrote and starred in a music video that has now had over 12 million hits on Youtube.  Titled United Breaks Guitars, the video uses humor to illustrate the troubles Carroll went through trying to get compensated for his loss. Its success has been hailed as a model of how one person can make a difference by using social media.

VETERANS OFFERED HELP TO TRANSITION FROM MILITARY SERVICE TO CIVILIAN WORKFORCE

 

 
Bureau of Security and Investigative Services launches Veterans Come First Program to guide vets through licensing process
 
June 19, 2012 (Sacramento) -- Veterans returning to the civilian workforce may be eligible for some specialized assistance through the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (Bureau). The Bureau has developed the Veterans Come First program for veterans who want to leverage their military training to become licensed as security guards, private patrol operators, firearms instructors, or other licensee of the Bureau.

 

PASSAGE OF PROPS A AND B DEAL BLOWS TO LOCAL WORKERS

 
Unions head to court over Prop B Pension cuts
 
By Nadin Abbott
Photographs Tom Abbott and Nadin Abbott
 
June 15, 2012 (San Diego)—Approval by voters of Proposition B, which eliminates guaranteed pensions for many city employees, has drawn praise from conservatives and sharp criticism from labor. So has Prop A, which eliminates Project Labor Agreements for construction projects on city property. 

EL CAJON MERCHANT HOPES REOPENING THEATER WILL BRING BUSINESS BACK TO DOWNTOWN

Click screen above to view our exclusive video interview

June 12, 2012 (El Cajon)--Many of the restaurants in downtown El Cajon opened their doors several years ago because of the proximity of the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) on Main Street. One of those is Domenico Donato’s “Mangia Bene” Italian restaurant located directly across from the theater which opened a decade ago. 

COMMUNITY JOB FAIR IN SANTEE JUNE 15

June 9, 2012 (Santee) – Assemblyman Brian Jones is hosting a community job fair on June 15 at Santee City Hall, Bldg. 8, 10601 Magnolia Ave., Santee from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event is hosted in partnership with the City of Santee, East County Career Center, Santee Chamber of Commerce and EDD.

A “FAIR” DEAL FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

 
June 8, 2012 (Spring Valley)--Join the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce before June 15 and get a free event table at the Del Mar Fair on 6/22/12 and eight tickets to the Fair.  

READER’S EDITORIAL: CHAMBER TAKES OFFICIAL POSITIONS ON KEY STATE LEGISLATION

 
By Scott Alevy, President & CEO, San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce
 
June 6, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--One of the most important services the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce offers to our members (and the entire business community) is our advocacy on local, state and federal legislative issues. We are proud to serve as the voice of the business community in East County, and take that responsibility seriously.

SAN DIEGO INLAND BUSINESS EXPO BACK IN POWAY

 
June 6, 2012 (Poway) -- The Poway Chamber of Commerce announces the 2nd Annual San Diego Inland Business Expo will be held in the Poway Business Park on June 14, 2012.  The Expo will showcase a variety of businesses, giving attendees an opportunity to find business services and products appropriate for their needs. The event will be held at Chrome Collision, a 30,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art facility located at 13175 Gregg St. Poway, CA 92064, from 3pm-7pm on Thursday, June 14th.

GOOD MONEY: BUSINESS OWNERS’ SUCCESSION PLANNING—STEPS TO PREPARE FOR A SUCCESSFUL EXIT

 

A column written for the East County Magazine
“Your guide to financial planning & socially responsible investing” 

By: Judith L. Seid, CFP ®
President, Blue Summit Wealth Management
 
For a Successful Business Exit
 
May 30, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--Most business owners are too busy working IN their business that they forget to work ON their business.  It is crucial to protect the asset that you likely have spent the majority of your life building and have a disproportionate share of your wealth tied up in. And yet, studies show that somewhere between 70 – 90% of business owners have not thoughtfully planned for their inevitable business exit and even those that do plan, oftentimes wait until the 11th hour.
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