Business and Labor
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.
August 2, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) -- The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s lively annual political event, Politics in Paradise, will be held on Friday, August 10 at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College.
This year, the two-part event includes a panel of federal, state and local officials discussing their legislative agendas and how they related to business. Panelists include Congressman Bob Filner, State Senator Joel Anderson, Assemblyman Brian Jones, and Supervisor Dianne Jacob.
In addition, chairs of the San Diego County Republican and Democratic parties, Tony Krvarik and Jess Durfee, will discuss three key ballot initiatives.
August 5, 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.
August 4, 2012 (Spring Valley) – The East County Cash Mob is targeting Pedro’s Cocina Mexicana, 3515 Sweetwater Springs Blvd., Spring Valley on August 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A ‘cash mob’ is a large number of people organized via social media to draw customers to support a local business during tough economic times.
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
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.