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Daily Business Report — Oct. 2, 2009

Online job exchange launched for software and IT industries

The San Diego Software Industry Council has launched the SDSIC Sweat Shop, an online exchange for employers and job seekers in the software and IT industries to connect. Cash-cautious employers who are offering “sweat equity” compensation can post positions via the SDSIC Job Center and job seekers looking for such opportunities can post resumes. Employers can also list job openings with other forms of compensation and job seekers can post their specific qualifications. The Sweat Shop is accessible from the council’s Website at

“We are going through a period of unemployment and some companies have restricted hiring and growth because the soft economy,” says Bob Slapin, executive director for SDSIC. “The Sweat Shop provides a way for employers to offer sweat equity opportunities to prospective employees.We anticipate this will be one of our most successful programs to help tech employers in San Diego find the talent they need at a price they can afford and keep their companies growing. This will be especially helpful to companies with high growth potential.” For more information on the program call (858) 793-6655.

New paraloft company opens in El Cajon

Grambo Inc., a new civilian company that makes parachutes and a whole variety of other aviation-related products, has opened at 1050 Pioneer Way, Suite D, in El Cajon — adjacent to Gillespie Field. The firm is a “paraloft” company, dedicated to aviation life support and pilot services. “Grambo is an all-inclusive civilian paraloft that is the home of high-quality maintenance and craftsmanship for all aviation needs and aviation life support,” said founder Noah “Grambo” Graeme.  “Whether you are a serious collector of flight gear, an acrobatic biplane pilot or an F-18 Fighter ace, you can find what you are looking for here, and if you don’t we’ll get it or make it for you.”

“We do more than just parachutes”, added Graeme. “You can drop by and watch WWII warbird movies and have a cold beverage in our lobby while you get your O2 mask cleaned, have your flight helmet repaired or painted whatever color scheme you want. We also can fit you for a custom survival vest, and you can even get your parachute repacked — while you wait. We take pride in our world-class customer service and genuine care for aviators’ lives.”

Grambo’s products include new and used emergency parachutes, flight and survival equipment, including gear from Communications Ear Plugs (CEP); ACR Electronics, makers of military strobe lights and 406 mhz personal locator beacons; and ANR Modules for active noise reduction. In addition, Grambo’s craftsmen can manufacture custom survival vests which hold a well stocked yet compact survival kit for use over land or water.

Graeme, who has served the military and civilian aviation communities for over 14 years, founded Grambo Inc. as a Navy parachute rigger. He said he realized early in his career that extreme attention to detail is necessary to ensure pilot safety and survival.

Grambo provides service to the National Test Pilot School, Worldwide Warbirds, Classic Jets Association, Gauntlet Warbirds, Air Group One-CAF, Classic Fighters of America, Red Star Pilots Association and Air Force Association and Warbird Alley. For more information on Grambo, visit,,

Mandatory water conservation plan to be explained

California American Water will host community meetings Tuesday and Wednesday (Oct. 6 and 7) to educate customers about the company’s request to implement a mandatory water conservation plan in its San Diego County service area. The meetings will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Imperial Beach Community Center, Imperial Beach City Hall, 825 Imperial Beach Blvd., and on Wednesday in the Winn Room of the Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Ave.

Because of ongoing drought in the state, water wholesalers have been ordered to cut their water allocations throughout the entire Southern California area. California American Water’s water allocation has been significantly reduced and will have to enact mandatory water conservation measures in order to stay within its new allocated supply level. The usage restrictions, which may be administered in incrementally restrictive stages, will be explained during the meetings. All customers in the San Diego County service district will be notified once mandatory conservation takes effect and will be informed of what to expect and what their responsibilities are during this phase.

Luis M. Cruz named to College of Business Administration board

Luis M. Cruz, president of the Southern California region for Verizon Wireless, has been named to the board of directors of SDSU’s College of Business Administration. A SDSU alumnus, Cruz earned a degree in business administration in 1988.

S.D. Armed Services YMCA holds Coed for a Day event

The San Diego Armed Services YMCA will host 30 military and military spouses at USD on Oct. 7 for a day of learning and fun during the fourth annual “Coed for a Day” event. The purpose is to motivate them to further their education. Activities will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Attendees are to meet at Warren Hall at 8:30 a.m. for a mock trial. Participants can get one-on-one interaction with student military groups from SDSU, the FBI and ROTC program officials and obtain information about the new GI Bill. More information is available online at

Autism research and education facility to be built in San Marcos

The Training, Education & Research Institute (TERI) has broken ground for construction of the Charles R. Cono Center for Research & Life Planning in San Marcos. The $50 million campus will be set on 20 acres. Its purpose is to address the crisis of a growing and aging population with autism and other developmental disabilities by providing a comprehensive set of services and support prograsms. “We believe this university-like campus will be an internationally recognized resource for research, education, training and life quality — something that simply doesn’t exist today,” said Cheryl Kilmer CEO and founder of TERI. The campus is to include an array of state-of-the-art facilities; fitness, arts and education, life quality planning, applied research, childhood development, equestrian therapy, horticulture, culinary arts, extensive vocational training opportunities and aquatics. Through onsite and online training and vocational programs, it will serve children and adults internationally along with their families.

The first phase of construction is The Harriet E. Pfleger Therapeutic Equestrian Center. It will include six stalls, a pony parlor washroom, veterinary center, riding arena and walking trails and picnic patio. The center Design incorporates sensory gardens displaying original artwork, sculpture, and unique water features, and hiking trails through orchards. Nearly 80 percent of the grounds will be reserved for natural open spaces. The campus is named in honor of the late Charles R. Cono, a San Diego entrepreneur and philanthropist who contributed $5 million toward the center’s construction. An additional $42 million is currently being raised for the next five phases.

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