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Daily Business Report — January 11, 2010

Loan Program Helps Small Business

CDC Small Business Finance and SCORE San Diego have partnered together to offer the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Community Express Loan Program, which is helping local small business owners secure business loans in the down economy. The Community Express Loan Program is offered as a collaboration between the CDC and SCORE San Diego designed to provide streamlined business financing by taking small business owners through the pre-loan process, including a review of the business plan, loan projections and loan application. The CDC partnered with SCORE San Diego because the loan program requires each business owner to meet with a technical adviser to discuss the business plan, strategic planning, bookkeeping and other appropriate business guidance. “As technical advisers, SCORE San Diego counselors interview small business owners to determine what part of their business plan needs help, such as financial predictions and marketing plans,” said Paul Hollenbach, SCORE San Diego counselor.  “The business owner is paired with a SCORE San Diego counselor whose skill set matches the needs of the business owner so that we can help him or her put together a detailed and thorough loan application package.”

“The CDC serves as an intermediary for the business owner and we review the business plan and projections so that they makes sense,” said Susan Lamping, CDC senior community loan officer.  “Because of the success of this loan program, we’ve been able to process a large number of loans in a down economy.”

For more information about the Community Express Loan Program, visit or contact Lamping at (619) 243-8639. For more information about SCORE San Diego counseling and business workshops, call (619) 557-7272 or visit

Cardiff Fire Station Aims for Environmental Tag

Domusstudio Architecture in San Diego has designed a new Cardiff fire station that incorporates a repetitive saw-tooth roof that mimics a row of greenhouses and aims to meet energy and environmental standards from the U.S. Green Building Council. The firm said the south-facing slopes of the saw-tooth roof will provide the perfect platform for photovoltaic panels. “The station’s design is influenced by many factors, including the rich flower-growing history of the city, the location of the Cardiff property and the desire by the city for energy efficiency and other green qualities,” said Wayne Holtan, a principal at Domusstudio Architecture. The firm also designed the recently completed Encinitas Fire Station No. 3 in Leucadia, as well as Station No. 5, which opened on Balour Drive in 2003. The firm is working with the city of Encinitas on a redesign of downtown Encinitas Fire Station No. 1 as well.

Now in design development, the new Encinitas Fire Station No. 2 is expected to meet the Green Building Council’s LEED standards for Silver certification. Besides having photovoltaic panels for solar energy, the project will incorporate locally produced sustainable materials and best management practices for trash disposal and recycling, erosion control and storm water management. Low water use landscaping, and highly efficient irrigation and water heaters will encourage water conservation at the station. Energy efficiency also will be evident in the lighting at the station, including use of LED exit signs, compact fluorescent lighting fixtures and occupancy sensors, which automatically turn out lights in rooms when they are not in use.

Spanning 6,330 square feet on 2.15 acres, the new Cardiff fire station will replace one originally built in 1960. The new Station No. 2 will have one fire engine and one ambulance. The station will house three firefighters and two ambulance personnel, but it has the capacity to house extra personnel in the event of large-scale disasters like flooding or wildfire. Construction documents are expected to continue to be reviewed through early 2010, and bidding should begin in May. Construction is expected to start in summer 2010.

Federal Contracts

T.B. Penick & Sons Inc. has been awarded the design-assist structural package on the high-end architectural concrete Bakersfield Federal Courthouse project in Kern County. The contract, valued at just under $3.5 million, was let by the General Services Administration as part of a $5.5 billion initiative under the Recovery Act to convert federal buildings into high-performance green buildings and build new energy-efficient federal buildings. Penick will partner with Gilbane Building Co. of San Jose, the general contractor, and NBBJ Architects on this design-build courthouse project. Design work will begin this month and the project is slated to be completed within seven months. The Bakersfield Courthouse will house one Magistrate Court and chamber, the district clerk’s office, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Pretrial Services and U.S. Probation.


Techmaster Electronics Inc. in Vista won a $46,200 federal contract from the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, for instruments and laboratory equipment.


L-3 Services Inc. of San Diego won a $40,000 federal contract from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command, Philadelphia, for the repair and modification of receiver-transistor controls.


Bowon Co. Inc. in Escondido won a $239,647 federal contract from the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service, San Francisco, for furnishing and installing 342 toilets and 112 urinals at the Ronald Dellums Federal Building under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Place of performance will be in Oakland.

On The Move . . .

Derek Hulse has joined Colliers International as an senior associate in San Diego. Hulse will focus on the leasing and sales of industrial and office properties within central San Diego. Prior to joining Colliers, Hulse was affiliated with Lee and Associates. Other experience includes managing mortgage brokers, financial advisers and personal bankers at the La Jolla office of Bank of America. Hulse graduated from University of Redlands with a degree in business and economics.


R. Brett Tullis has joined Sillman Wright Architects as a principal architect. Tullis has more than 15 years of architectural and urban design experience. He joins Sillman Wright Architects from Carrier Johnson + Culture, where he was a senior designer responsible for numerous design/build and design/bid/build projects. He previously was affiliated with Place Architecture in Bozeman, Mont., and the Stichler Design Group in San Diego.

Business Datebook

Jan. 11

SEMINAR: Foothills Bar Association’s seventh annual “Hard to Get” MCLE Credits Seminar, 5 to 9 p.m., La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa. Speakers include Brian Forbes, Julie Greenberg, Mattheus Stephens, and M. David Meagher. 3.5 hours MCLE Credit. $50, FBA members, $65, nonmembers. Download registration form at :

Jan. 13

BREAKFAST PANEL: The 2010 San Diego Retail Market Forecast sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers. Local retail experts discuss what to expect in 2010 and how to survive. Moderator: Mike Clark, ICSC, San Diego program committee chair. Marriott Del Mar, 11966 El Camino Real, San Diego. 7:30 a.m. registration, program at 8 a.m. Members $45 to $60; nonmembers $60 to $75. Registration information at (646) 728-3800.

Jan. 14

REAL ESTATE PANEL: Residential real estate leaders will gather for an annual forecasting event at 5 p.m. at the Del Mar Hilton, 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. The program, “Positive Again in 2010,” is presented by the Sales & Marketing Council of the San Diego Building Industry Association. Moderated by Pete Reeb of Reeb Development Consulting. Cost is $65 for BIA members and $85 for nonmembers. Dinner, 6 p.m., program, 7 p.m. For more information or to register, visit or call (858) 450-1221, Ext. 101.

WORKSHOP: CONNECT workshop on “Establishing an Effective Bioscience IP Portfolio,” held in partnership with Pillsbury Winthrop Pittman Shaw LLP. The workshop will cover basic elements of developing a commercially meaningful intellectual property portfolio for a bioscience company. 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., offices of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman,

12255 El Camino Real, Suite 300, San Diego. Light breakfast will be provided; optional lunch. $45. For more information, call (858) 964-1312.

PRESENTATION: Jeff Morgan, president and CEO of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), speaks to the San Diego NIRI chapter at Leap Wireless, 5887 Copley Dr., San Diego. Networking reception at 5 p.m. presentation, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Morgan will speak on the NIRI and the state of the industry. Admission is $45 for members and $60 for nonmembers if registration is received before 5 p.m. on Jan. 11. The cost for late or on-site registrations is $55 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Register by e-mail at:

Jan. 19

BREAKFAST TALK: Jeff Moorad, vice chairman and CEO of the San Diego Padres, will give a talk on the recent Padres franchise deal at the Jan. 19 meeting of the San Diego chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. It will be from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel Hazard Center, 7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego. ACG San Diego members are free; others are $50. To reserve, visit For more information, call (619) 741-7247.

FORUM: San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders will discuss past, present and future city government reforms that will shape the region in NAOP San Diego’s fourth annual Breakfast with the Mayor program. Marriott San Diego/Del Mar, 11966 El Camino Real, San Diego. Registration at 7:30 a.m., program runs from 8 to 9:15 a.m. $40 for members, $60 for nonmembers. Attendees may pay online at NAOP San Diego is a chapter of the Real Estate Development Association.

Jan. 20

WORKSHOP: “Unlocking the Secrets: the Power of Strategic Alliances” sponsored by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. A 90-minute training course to be successful in the chamber’s complementary referral program, the Business Alliance. Chamber HQ, 402 West Broadway, Suite 1000, San Diego. No charge. Reservations required. To reserve, e-mail Erin Chapman at or call (619) 544-1382.

CONFERENCE: San Diego Society for Human Resource Management’s annual Law Day Conference focuses on employment law, compliance and legislative issues facing today’s workplace. 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, 10950 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. $129 for members, $189 for nonmembers. To reserve and for more information, visit or

FORUM: “TelCentris: Generating Revenue from a Market Used to ‘Free,’” 5 to 8 p.m. Salk Institute, 10010 North Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla. Sponsored by MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego. For more information, visit

Jan. 21

LUNCHEON: Lawyers Club of San Diego monthly luncheon, noon to 1:15 p.m., Bristol Hotel, 1055 First Ave., Downtown San Diego. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. Members $25. Nonmembers $30. Make reservations to

LUNCHEON: Annual installation luncheon of the Downtown San Diego Partnership. 11:30 a.m. check-in, program at noon, Hard Rock Hotel, Downtown San Diego. For information, call Sheri Snead, (619) 234-0201 or e-mail her at

WORKSHOP: Presentation workshop sponsored by BIOCOM, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at BIOCOM, 4510 Executive Drive Plaza 7, San Diego. Provides opportunity for practice, feedback, videotaping and one-on-one coaching for each participant. Each participant will present three times, be videotaped and receive group and one-on-one feedback. For information, call Kristie Grover, (858) 455-0300.

PANEL TALK: Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 hosts a breakfast dialogue, “Are the Tides Turning on Equity and Environmental Justice in San Diego Planning?” Harborside Room, Holiday Inn Embarcadero, 1355 North Harbor Drive, Downtown San Diego. Registration 7:30 a.m. Program runs from 8 to 9:15 a.m. Cost for the continental breakfast and program is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Cost at the door is $35 for all. Student admission is $10. For reservations, call (619) 232-7196.

Jan. 26

WORKSHOP: “Unlocking the Secrets: The Art of Giving a Presentation,” a training course sponsored by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. 8 to 9:30 a.m., San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, 402 West Broadway, Suite 1000, San Diego. Learn how to show off what you do and share what makes your business, product or service unique. For more information, call (619) 544-1382.

Jan. 27

WORKSHOP: The San Diego chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators holds a special workshop/learning session on “The New Rules of Engagement: How Communicators Shape Leaders’ Thoughts and Actions.” Speaker is Mark Schumann, principal of Towers Perrin and 2008-09 chair of the IABC. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., learning session and lunch; 1 to 2 p.m., roundtable workshop. Doubletree Hotel San Diego/Mission Valley, 7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego. Register by Jan. 21 and its $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers. Register afterwards, its $50 and $60, respectively.

Feb. 3

ANNUAL DINNER: The 139th annual dinner of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, 5-8 p.m., Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, Grand Exhibit Hall. $150 individual registration. Highlights include induction of the 2010 chairman of the board, Tom Wornham of Wells Fargo, and the board of directors, and presentations of the Spirit of San Diego, Courageous Leadership and Regional Unity awards. For more information, call Katie at (619) 544-1370.

Feb. 16

CELEBRATION: The Asian Business Association of San Diego holds its 16th annual Lunar New Year Celebration featuring Lucky Lion Dancers, a casino night with prizes and Chinese cuisine. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., dinner from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., no-host bar, Fat City Steakhouse/China Camp Restaurant, 2137 Pacific Coast Highway, San Diego. Cost: before Feb. 16, $30 to ABA members, $35 for nonmembers; at the door, $40 members and nonmembers. Register online at For more information, call (858) 277-2822.

Feb. 27

WORKSHOP: The San Diego chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers sponsors a “Day with Designers,” a public workshop to provide information on practical interior design basics and how to select an interior designer, among other tips. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Art Institute, 7650 Mission Valley Road, San Diego. Advanced tickets available for $35 by visiting Tickets at the door are $45. For more information, call (858) 646-9896.

The Daily Business Report is produced by REP Publishing Inc., publisher of San Diego Metropolitan magazine and the North Park News. (619) 906-4104.

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