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Daily Business Report — Feb. 18, 2011

Naval Bases Take Part in Anti-Terror Exercise

Naval bases in San Diego will take part in a nationwide anti-terrorism and force protection training exercise on Feb. 22-25. Called Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield, the program is to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security personnel to respond to threats to installations and units. It is held annually. “Measures have been taken to minimize disruptions to normal base and station operations, but there may be times throughout the week when the exercise causes increased traffic around bases or delays in base access,” according to a Navy release. “Area residents may also see increased security activity associated with the exercise.” Naval Medical Center San Diego said beneficiaries may encounter delays at the hospital on Feb. 23. All outpatient visits and elective procedures have been cancelled that day. There also may be delays at particular base clinics on Feb. 23 and Feb. 24. Representatives from the Fleet and Family Support Center, military housing and civilian housing referral services, Navy legal assistance, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and religious services will be located at the Family Assistance Center at Murphy Canyon Chapel on the two days. Military family members needing assistance from such services can avoid potential delays at bases by going to the Family Assistance Center. Patrons can also call (866) 595-7460 to ask about delays and availability of services.

LRAD Corp. Supplies Acoustic Hailing Devices to the Navy

LRAD Corp., manufacturer of acoustic hailing devices, said it has received more than $800,000 in new LRAD systems and services orders from the Navy. The firm has been supplying the systems to the Navy since 2003. “LRAD was originally developed to support protection and exclusion zones around U.S. Navy ships in response to the attack on the USS Cole over 10 years ago,” said Tom Brown, president and CEO of the company. The system gives naval and commercial maritime vessels the capability of determining the intent of unidentified ships that fail to respond to radio calls. LRAD then provides security forces time and distance to react and measure their response. The company also announced an LRAD system was used by the South Korean Navy during its successful rescue of the Samho Jewelry off the coast of Somalia late last month. The South Korean Navy used LRAD to alert the hijacked crew of the rescue operation and broadcast warnings to the pirates that had seized the ship.

Foley & Lardner Receives Top Rating by Computerworld

Foley & Lardner LLP was ranked in the top three on Computerworld’s list of “Best Privacy Advisers in 2010.” It tied for first in the Best Privacy Advisers industry rankings in Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices. The firm tied with Minnesota Privacy Consultants and Privacy & Information Management Services. Andrew B. Serwin, Foley partner and founding chair of the firm’s Privacy, Security & Information Management Practice, was ranked second out of 50 individuals on the 2010 list. Serwin, an internationally renowned author, has one of his books listed 15th on the list of best selling new titles for publisher Thomson-West. The Privacy, Security & Information Management practice at Foley draws on a team to counsel clients on the emerging issues in privacy, security and information management in addition to helping to determine whether their data management policies are in compliance with the growing body of data security and privacy legislation.

Pacific Community Ventures Names San Diego Area Director

Chuck Sinks has been hired as new regional director for the San Diego area for Pacific Community Ventures (PCV), an economic development nonprofit based in San Francisco. Sinks joins the company to support small businesses that participate in the organization’s Business Advising program. He initially came to PCV as a volunteer adviser to small business owners. Sinks previously was principal with Answers Research Inc., a custom primary market research firm located in Solana Beach. He has more than 30 years of experience in the entrepreneurial field.

Trigild Chooses Managing Director of Hospitality

John B. Beazley has been named managing director of hospitality for Trigild, which provides receivership, management and consulting services. Beazley oversees the operations of hotels, restaurants and other types of enterprise businesses. The 30-year hospitality industry veteran previously was executive vice president of Pacifica Hotel Co., which operates a portfolio of hotels, restaurants, resorts and marinas along the Pacific Coast and in Hawaii and Florida. Beazley worked for Trigild for six years in the late 1980s and early 1990s as vice president of operations. He started his hospitality career with Stouffer Corp. where he served in a variety of positions, including restaurant management, director of food and beverage and hotel general manager for properties across the country.Beazley holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Wisconsin.

Upcoming SCORE San Diego Workshops:

• Feb. 23 – Business Plan 201: How to Write a Winning Business Plan – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at National University – Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92009; pre-paid registration $99, $109 at the door).

• Feb. 25 – QuickBooks Advanced – 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).

• Feb. 25 – 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).

• Feb. 28 – Restaurant 201 – 9 a.m. to noon at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

North County:

The Business & Entrepreneur Center and the Small Business Development Center at MiraCosta College will offer free upcoming workshops to help businesses succeed. The workshops will be held at Vista City Hall, 200 Civic Center Drive, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the following dates:

March 1: Increase Sales Using Social Media: Learn how to incorporate social networking into a business.

April 5:  Financing Options for Businesses: Direct lenders and the SBA will discuss financing options for a business.

May 3: Ways to Market A Business: Learn to identify the “right” customer for a business and easy ways to market your business to them.

June 7: Marketing A Business Using Google Tools: Learn how to use Google tools such as ad words, ad sense, Google trends and more.

Bring a lunch to the workshops. Drinks will be provided.

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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