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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

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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.

BELLUS ACADEMY HOSTS INDUSTRY APPRECIATION PARTY

 
May 22, 2012 (Poway) -- Internationally-acclaimed Bellus Academy will host its annual Industry Appreciation Party on Wednesday, May 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at its Poway campus. The evening features industry experts unveiling the latest innovations and trends as well as Bellus providing complimentary spa and salon services, exclusive raffle prizes, refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and gifts bags for attendees.

FACTORIES SHIFT JOBS BACK TO U.S.

May 20, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Two thirds of big U.S. manufacturers have moved their factories in the past two years—and the most popular destination is the U.S. Financial Times reports.

 The trend appears to be a positive and dramatic response to President Barack Obama’s plan to offer tax incentives for companies that return their operations to the U.S., while imposing tax penalties on U.S. companies that keep jobs outsourced overseas.

Among the 65% of top executives who said their company is moving operations, 40 percent said they are moving those jobs back to America, compared to 28 percent moving to China.

2012 LAKESIDE CITIZEN OF THE YEAR HARRY J. SPENCE AWARD

 
May 17, 2012 (Lakeside)--The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring the Harry J. Spence ‘Citizen of the Year’ Award.  This annual award is given to a man or woman in the community who has been an outstanding contributor to the community.

LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY SWEEPS LOW-PAID WORKERS UNDER THE RUG

 
Report: Janitors’ low wages a blotch on biotech's shining reputation
 
May 17, 2012 (San Diego) -- Janitors who clean the offices and laboratories of San Diego's highly profitable biotech companies generally aren't paid enough to live on, while their low wages are excluded from the industry's claims of creating good jobs.

NEW STORES OPENING AT WESTFIELD PARKWAY MALL

May 12, 2012 (El Cajon) – Four new stores will open at Westfield Parkway this year.  The new stores include discount housewares seller HomeGoods, Ulta, a beauty products retailer and fashion retailers Charlotte Russe and Papaya.

Westfield Senior Vice President Tom Tierney said operators will announce more brand-name retail and restaurants in the coming months.  Westfield Parkway is located at 415 Parkway Plaza in El Cajon.

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS INTRODUCES BILL TO PROTECT PREGNANT WORKERS FROM DISCRIMINATION

May 8, 2012 (San Diego) – It’s hard to imagine that in the 21st Century , a woman could be fired from her job for addressing the needs of her pregnancy.  Yet a woman was fired for simply drinking water to stay hydrated—and the firing was legal under current the law.

Today, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the lead sponsor of the bill, and Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to protect expectant mothers from discrimination.

LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS MIXER AT NORTH ISLAND FEDERAL CREDIT UNION MAY 9

May 6, 2012 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Chamber is hosting a special evening mixer at North Island Credit Union, 7968 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa on May 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  It is an opportunity to meet the business banking team from NICU.

COUNTY HELPS BUSINESSES GO GREEN, RECYCLE FLUORESCENT LIGHTS

Environmental Health Department Offering Free Recycling Kits While Supplies Last

May 5, 2012 (San Diego County) --
County officials are reminding small business owners that they can still get free “mail-back” recycling kits to help them legally recycle their old fluorescent lights, thanks to the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and a federal grant.

‘NOW THAT YOU’VE BEEN LAID OFF’ AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE’S CAREER CENTER ON MAY 9

 
May 3, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Career Center’s Adult Reentry Program will host “Now That You’ve Been Laid Off,” a free seminar featuring tips on getting hired again, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, in Griffin Center, the new student center building, Building #60, Room #140, on the college campus. Admission is free.

 

LA MESA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PREPARES FOR 4TH ANNUAL “TASTE OF LA MESA – TASTE OF THE CENTURY” JUNE 11

May 1, 2012 (La Mesa) --  The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announced that the fourth annual “Taste of La Mesa - Taste of the Century” event will be held on June 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa. This year the Chamber has added “Taste of the Century” to celebrate the City of La Mesaʼs 100th Anniversary.

The evening allows guests to sample fare from many local restaurants and food providers, as well as winetasting and craft beers.

LABOR COUNCIL LEADER LORENA GONZALEZ TO SPEAK MAY 2 IN LA MESA

April 28, 2012 (La Mesa) – Labor Council Leader, Lorena Gonzalez, will be speaking at the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club's May 2 General Meeting on labor's increasingly important role in the 2012 election. The program will be held at the La Mesa Community Center at 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, from 7 to 8:30 pm.

She will discuss how Citizen's United has pushed labor into an ever more important role in many races across the country. The Citizen's United ruling opened the floodgates for unfettered and unaccountable corporate campaign-giving. As a result, labor and working people have been required to raise funds to counter the influence of the enormous funds corporations raise.

UNION BANK APPOINTS EL CAJON RESIDENT GEORGE RAMIREZ AS CHIEF DIVERSITY EXECUTIVE

 
April 28, 2012 (San Francisco)Union Bank, N.A., today named Executive Vice President George A. Ramirez of El Cajon as the company’s first Chief Diversity Executive, whose mission is to broaden the diversity of the company’s senior management and executive ranks.  Reporting to Union Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Masashi Oka, Ramirez will serve a significant role in leveraging diversity as a strategic advantage in the highly competitive banking industry.

FREE BANKRUPTCY AND DEBT NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP IN EL CAJON APRIL 30

April 23, 2012 (El Cajon) – Renda Law Offices, P.C. is presenting  “Free Legal Workshop on Bankruptcy and Debt Negotiation” on April 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the East County Career Center 924 East Main Street, El Cajon.  Topics to be covered include: Bankruptcy A-Z, Debt negotiation, Short Sales & Foreclosure and Potential Legal Alternatives to Bankruptcy.

ARRIBA! EAST COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CELEBRATES CINCO DE MAYO APRIL 19

 

April 18, 2011 (El Cajon) – The East County Chamber of Commerce will be holding its April Business After Hours Mixer at On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, 103 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon on April 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  There will be complimentary appetizers and cocktails available for purchase.

LA MESA CHAMBER HOSTS “TASTE OF THE CENTURY” JUNE 11 FOR CENTENNIAL YEAR


April 16, 2012 (La Mesa)--This year, to celebrate La Mesa's 100th anniversary, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is expanding its 4th Annual Taste of La Mesa  to be the Taste of the Century. 

The event, set for June 11, will feature an expanded venue & more restaurants than ever before, as well as VIP opportunities.

SDSU’S MENTOR PROGRAM CULTIVATES NEXT GENERATION’S LEADERS

 
By Breena Loraine
 
April 5, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego State University’s Mentor Program is a win-win situation for students and San Diego businesses. With the participation of approximately 60 business executives from diverse companies, the program allows business seniors and graduate students to gain insight into the industries and positions that interest them, while also allowing businesses to identify students as potential interns and employees. 

 

CALIFORNIA BOASTS GREATEST NUMBER OF WOMEN-OWNED FIRMS IN THE U.S.

 
March 28, 2012 (California) -- California is home to the greatest number of women-owned firms in the country, with an estimated 1,063,700 women-owned firms, employing 977,600 and attributing to roughly $189,529,000 billion as noted by the State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN.

VIEJAS CASINO OPENS NEW HIGH-STAKES BINGO ROOM

 

March 28, 2012 – Viejas Casino reached a major milestone, with the opening of a new high-stakes, high tech Bingo Room. Tribal elders, tribal leaders, local dignitaries, Chamber of Commerce representatives and the public all joined in the Grand Opening of the new Bingo Room. The ceremonies included a Tribal Blessing, traditional Native American Bird Songs and a ribbon cutting.

 

SKECHERS OPENS NEW STORE AT VIEJAS OUTLETS IN ALPINE

 

March 24, 2012 – Viejas Outlets announced the opening today of the latest in a growing list of popular name-brand stores – a 4,100 square foot Skechers store, offering thousands of styles of footwear for men, women and children.  “We are excited to add Skechers to our roster of national, name-brand retailers,” said Viejas Outlets General Manager Peter Cortese. “The Skechers brand appeals to a broad spectrum of our customers, who place a high priority on style and value. It’s a perfect fit for our business and for our customers.”

 

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