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Daily Business Report — Feb. 25, 2011

Steve Forbes to Keynote Gemological Conference

Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes, chairman of Forbes Media and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, is to deliver the keynote address at Symposium 2011: Advancing the Science and Business of Gems — a May 29-30 conference sponsored by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Carlsbad. Gem industry business leaders and research scientists will convene to

share findings and insights that impact the global gem and jewelry industry. “Attendees will be challenged to think strategically and expand both the scope and geography of their business, which is necessary in today’s economic environment,” said Kathryn Kimmel, GIA vice president and chief marketing officer. “Forbes’ commitment to leadership and success, along with his global economic insight, are sure to leave a lasting impression.”

Symposium business and research tracks will cover topics on consumer behavior, luxury marketing, design trends, social media, new gem localities, advances in gemstone treatments and technology, as well as the social, political, and ethical issues surrounding the production and distribution of gems and jewelry.

Forbes has launched a variety of new publications and businesses, including ForbesLife, the dedicated luxury lifestyle and culture magazine; ForbesWoman, providing Forbes’ community of executive women with luxury lifestyle content; Forbes Asia; and Forbes licensee editions published in China, Croatia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Turkey. The company also publishes a number of investment newsletters. Another division of the company is Forbes Investors Advisory Institute.

GIA Symposium 2011 will commemorate the 80th anniversary of GIA.

For more information, visit gia.edu.

Spencer Skeen Joins Fisher & Phillips

Spencer Skeen

Spencer C. Skeen, a 14-year specialist in employment and business litigation, has joined Fisher & Phillips LLP as a partner — the fourth partner to join the firm’s San Diego office in the past 18 months. Skeen previously was a partner at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP in San Diego. Skeen has experience handling trials, mediations, arbitrations and administrative hearings before state and federal courts. He earned his bachelor’s degree at University of California at Davis. He earned his Juris Doctorate, with Great Distinction, Order of the Coif, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

John Cleary Elected Partner at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch

John Cleary

John Cleary has been elected a partner in the San Diego law office of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP. Cleary specializes in corporate and securities law, with an emphasis in representing start-up and emerging growth companies obtaining financing for their businesses through seed capital, venture capital and public offerings. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri. Cleary is the president of the board of The McAlister Institute, a nonprofit agency providing over 3,750 men, women and youth per month with treatment for alcohol and drug dependency.

Wilson Turner Kosmo Adds Four Attorneys

Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, a women-owned litigation law firm, has added four new attorneys to its staff, which now numbers 24. The additions are Daniel C. Gunning, Christina M. Lucio, Marissa L. Lyftogt and Katherine M. McCray.

Gunning joins the firm as an employment and business litigation associate. He received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from the University of San Diego and his law degree magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Lucio is an employment law and business litigation associate. She received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from the University of California, Riverside and a law degree from the University of Southern California.

Lyftogt is an employment law associate whose practice focuses on claims of discrimination and harassment as well as wage and hour lawsuits. She received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of  Business Administration and a law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, where she served on the Student Bar Association as social chair and treasurer.

McCray joins the firm’s business litigation and employment law groups. She received her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Harvard University and her law degree from Yale Law School where she served as senior editor on the Yale Law Journal.

San Marcos Chamber Hires New CEO

Andy Phemister

Andy Phemister, an 18-year veteran of local chambers of commerce, has been named the new CEO of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, effective on Monday. The San Diego native has worked for the La Mesa Chamber, the San Diego East County Chamber and the Encinitas Chamber. He was executive director of the Encinitas organization. Phemister attended San Diego State and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of the United States Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management at the University of Notre Dame. Phemister is assuming the position once held by Joan Priest, who is staying on to work in the areas of membership and special events.

Corky McMillin Cos. Adds Partner in Millenia Development

The Corky McMillin Cos. has added Stratford Land as a new partner in the ownership of Millenia, a 210-acre urban center to be built in Otay Ranch in Chula Vista. The partnership is to decide whether to complete the entire development or to invite other builders and developers to acquire and develop some of the parcels. “Stratford Land shares our goal to have Millenia become a dynamic, mixed-use development with strong employment and civic components as well as a variety of housing types in a series of compact, walkable districts,” said Todd Galarneau, McMillin’s project manager. Stratford Land is based in Dallas, Texas.

Upcoming SCORE San Diego Workshops:

• 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).

• March 1 – Introduction to Starting Your Own Business – 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• March 3 – Leasing Strategies – 9 to 11:30 a.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).

• March 5 – 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).

• March 5 – Costing, Pricing, Break-Even Analysis – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

•  March 8 – Managing Grants and Contracts for Nonprofits – 9 to 11 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).

• March 9 – Internet Marketing 301: Increase Sales through Pay-Per-Click – 9 a.m. to noon at National University – Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• March 10 – 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).

• March 11 – Financial Statements: What They Mean, How to Use Them – 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).

• March 12 – 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).

• March 12 – Internet Marketing 101: Use the Internet to Successfully Market Your Business – 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).

• March 14 – 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 preregister).

• March 15 – Hiring and Managing Employees – 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).

• March 17 – California Sales and Use Tax Basics – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at SCORE Entrepreneur Center (550 West C St., #550, San Diego 92101; pre-paid registration $29, $39 at the door).

• March 18 – Women’s Networking Breakfast & Exhibits – 8 to 11 a.m. at Morgan Run Resort & Club (5690 Cancha de Golf, Rancho Santa Fe 92091; Attendees: $30 by March 15, $40 thereafter; Exhibitors: $80 by March 15, $90 thereafter).

• March 19 – Introduction to Starting Your Own Business – 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at National University – Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Ave., San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• March 19 – 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).

• March 22 – Marketing & Contracting with Federal Government – 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).

• March 24 – 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).

• March 25 – 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).

• March 30 – 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 preregister).

• March 30 – 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).

For more information, call (619) 557-7272 or visit score-sandiego.org.

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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