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Daily Business Report — March 18, 2011

Energy Tech Acceleration Program Launched

A grant program aimed at speeding the advance of clean energy innovation and commercialization has been launched by the U.S. Department of Energy with the support of the von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering, CONNECT, CleanTECH San Diego, San Diego State and the Rady School of Management. The San Diego Renewable Energy Technology Acceleration Program is designed to accelerate clean energy innovation and the commercialization of new renewable energy technologies developed in universities and research institutes throughout San Diego County.

The program will award selected science and engineering graduate students and postdoctoral researchers with the von Liebig Fellowship, a $45,000 grant for uses “such as personnel and tuition reimbursement toward the advancement of prototype development and testing, conducting proof-of-concept students and market research,” according to the Jacobs School of Engineering. Grant recipients will work with MBA students from San Diego State and the Rady School of Management throughout the year. For more, visit

Local Mental Illness Group Receives Honors

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in San Diego has been selected to receive the “Outstanding Local Affiliate” award at the July 9 NAMI National convention in Chicago for its support, education and advocacy services that it offers to San Diegans. The local chapter was recognized for the number of support groups education classes, community outreach activities, seminars and monthly education and advocacy meetings that it offers. The chapter’s “Friends in the Lobby” program, which offers NAMI information and support to those visiting loved ones in hospital psychiatric units, was cited as an example of reaching out to people in need. The chapter also was cited for its participation in the NAMIWalks program, which will be held April 16 in Balboa Park.

Jewish Community Foundation Adds Controller

Eli Landau has been hired as controller of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego and the organization has expanded the role of Amy Scher as the new Young Funders program manager. Landau is a corporate controller with 10 years of professional experience in public and private sectors. He previously was controller at American Commercial Equities LLC and has also held positions at the American Golf Corp. and Deloitte and Touche. Landau holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA. Scher is manager of philanthropy at the foundation, overseeing programming and philanthropic projects. She has held positions with the student organization Hillel and the Agency for Jewish Education. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College.

Bailey Gardiner Adds to Staff and Promotes Lizzie Younkin

Bailey Gardiner has named Kirsten Winter as advertising account supervisor and hired former intern Alex Tuthill as account coordinator. The agency also promoted Lizzie Younkin to PR senior account executive. Winter previously was with Castle Advertising for seven years and has experience in a variety of industries including real estate, hospitality and education. Tuthill graduated with an advertising degree from Ball State University. Younkin has been with the agency for four years and oversees strategy on numerous accounts.

SCORE San Diego Small Business Workshops:

• 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

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:

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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