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Daily Business Report — Jan. 11, 2011

San Diego Hosts Defense and IT Conference

The largest defense and IT conference and exposition on the West Coast will return to the San Diego Convention Center on Jan. 25-27 with senior military leaders and defense industry experts addressing the theme, “After the Long War: What’s Next?” The 20th annual West 2011 conference will cover a host of issues facing the military — defense budgets, unmanned systems, cyber warfare, China and more. Some 400 exhibitors will display the latest products in communications, homeland security, biometricts and defense technologies. The conference is co-sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the U.S. Naval Institute.

Featured speakers:

• Rear Adm. Joseph R. Castillo, commander of the Eleventh Coast Guard District.

Stephen Coonts, author of “Flight of the Intruder.”

• Navy Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt, commander of the U.S. Third Fleet.

Mike Petters, corporate vice president and president of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.

• Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Melvin G. Spiese, deputy commanding general of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

• Under Secretary of the Navy Robert O. Work.

West 2011 is open to the public and admission is free. Tickets are required for meals. On-site registration is available beginning Jan. 24. For online registration and a complete schedule of events visit westconfexpo.org.

Sharp Memorial Caregivers Honored

Deb Baehrens

Skeeter

Three caregivers at Sharp Memorial Hospital have been named recipients of the 2010 Spirit of Planetree Award for their patient-centered approaches to providing car. They are Deb Baehrens, a registered nurse, Dr. Kenneth Roth and Skeeter, a pet therapy dog owned by Tammee and Dan Felix of North Park.

As manager of Sharp Memorial’s inpatient oncology unit, Baehrens created a healing environment blending traditional medicine with integrative therapies such as Healing Touch, Reiki, music and massage. Roth, an internal medicine physician affiliated with Sharp Memorial, was instrumental in creating an Arts for Healing program at the hospital to bring art and music to patient bedsides to boost moods and encourage recovery. Skeeter is a mascot for Sharp Memorial’s Pet Therapy Program, bringing smiles and comfort to hundreds of patients during his regular visits to the hospital.

“Every day, Deb, Dr. Roth and little Skeeter exemplify Planetree and patient-centered care through their interactions with patients and fellow employees,” said Tim Smith, senior vice president and CEO of Sharp Memorial.  “It is only fitting that they be recognized with this prestigious national award.” Planetree is an international nonprofit organization that partners with health care providers around the globe to advance patient-centered approaches to care. Sharp Memorial began its affiliation with Planetree in 2010.

Kevin Farrell Joins Colliers International

Kevin Farrell has joined Colliers International as an associate vice president, focusing on owner user and investment sales. Previously, Farrell was with Cushman and Wakefield (formerly Burnham Real Estate).  He began his career in 2002 at CBRE. Farrell graduated from Texas Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Sequenom Appoints VP of Diagnostics

William “Bill” Welch has joined Sequenom as senior vice president of diagnostics. Welch has more than 18 years of experience in medical devices and biotechnology companies. He previously was senior vice president and chief commercial officer at Monogram Biosciences. Before that, Welch was vice president of sales and marketing at La Jolla Pharmaceuticals and vice president of global marketing at Dade Behring MicroScan.


Small Business Workshops

SCORE San Diego has scheduled January workshops to help small business owners and those interested in starting a small business. Fees range from $29 to $109. For more information, call (619) 557-7272. To register for a workshop online, visit scoresandiego.org.

Upcoming SCORE San Diego Workshops:

• Jan. 12 – Business Plan 101: How to Develop Your Best Competitive Advantage – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $79, $89 at the door).

•  Jan. 12 – How to Start a Nonprofit – 9 to 11:30 a.m. at The San Diego Foundation – Liberty Station (2508 Historic Decatur Road, #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).

•  Jan. 13 – Financing Your Business – 9:30 a.m. to noon at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• Jan. 14 – Legal Issues for Small Business: Contracts and Leases – 9 a.m. to noon at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Jan. 15 – QuickBooks Basic – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Jan. 18 – Restaurant 101 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Jan. 19 – Internet Marketing 301: Increase Sales Through Pay-Per-Click – 9 a.m. to noon at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Jan. 20 – Internet Marketing 101: Use the Internet to Successfully Marketing Your Business – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at National University – Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Jan. 21 – Women’s Networking Breakfast – 8 to 11 a.m. at Morgan Run Resort & Club (5690 Cancha de Golf, Rancho Santa Fe 92091; pre-paid registration $30 by Jan. 18, $40 thereafter).

• Jan. 21 – Business Basics 101 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; no charge – please pre-register).

• Jan. 24 – Professional Selling: Increase Your Business Sales Now! – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Jan. 24 – Insurance: What You Need to Know – 9 a.m. to noon at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Jan. 25 – Introduction to Starting Your Own Business – 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at National University – Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Jan. 26 – Business Plan 201: How to Write a Winning Business Plan – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $99, $109 at the door).

• Jan. 26 – Good Governance for Nonprofits: Effective Board Performance – 9 to 11:30 a.m. at The San Diego Foundation – Liberty Station (2508 Historic Decatur Road, #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).

• Jan. 27 – Internet Marketing 302: Develop a Winning E-mail Marketing Success Strategy – 9 a.m. to noon at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• Jan. 27 – Financial Statements: What They Mean, How to Use Them – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at National University – Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• Jan. 28 – Marketing and Contracting with State and Local Governments – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• Jan. 31 – Intellectual Property: Promise and Practicalities – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

The Daily Business Report is produced by REP Publishing Inc., publisher of SD METRO, the North Park News, Kensington News and the West Coast Craftsman. (619) 906-4104.

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