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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ofrallies, a march, protests, and a week-long international community-based “People’s Conference: A Better World Is Possible.”
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).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.