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Daily Business Report — July 11, 2011

Naval Base San Diego to Change Commanding Officers

Navy Capt. Winton Smith will relieve Capt. Rick Williamson as commanding officer of Naval Base San Diego during a 10 a.m. Pier 2 ceremony on Friday. Rear Adm. William D. French, commander, Navy Region Southwest, will be guest speaker. During Williamson’s tenure, he provided service and support for 59 ships and more than 120 tenant commands. He was responsible for the base receiving more than 50 awards, including the 2010 Commander in Chief’s Installation Excellence Award. Smith served in Washington, D.C., as the executive assistant to Vice Adm. Michael C. Vitale, commander of the Naval Installations Command. He has been in the Navy since June 1989. At sea, he served in a variety of leadership billets to include serving as the executive officer onboard USS Lake Champlain and the commanding officer of the USS Higgins. Williamson will go to Washington as the deputy director of plans and policies for Commander, Naval Installations Command. (Photo: In this 2008 Navy photo, Captain Winton Smith, then-commanding officer of the guided missile destroyer USS Higgins, spins a child while playing games at the House of Love Orphanage in Pohang, Korea, during a port visit.)

Broome Sweeps Away San Diego EDC Position

Barry Broome has changed his mind about taking the job of president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., a decision he announced shortly after the agency named his as the successor to Julie Meier Wright, who retired. “Although I committed to the EDC, there was an overwhelming response from the Greater Phoenix community for me to stay, and I felt compelled to honor this tremendous support,” said Broome. “EDC is an outstanding organization, and San Diego is an incredible market. I wish both the group and community well.”

“Barry accepted the position then changed his mind,” said EDC Chair Debbie Reed, CEO, Sempra Energy. “We are disappointed with this decision, especially after announcing it publicly. However, San Diego has one of the world’s most diverse economies, and we have had interest in the position from some of the country’s top economic development professionals. We will move forward.”

CHMB Acquires Chicago Area Company

CHMB Inc. of San Diego, which provides technology and business services to health care providers, has acquired Davis & Associates Healthcare Solutions in the Chicago metro area. The company said the acquisition is the first phase of a plan to expand throughout the United States. “As our strategic relationships and growing client base continues to move across the country, it was important to have a geographic base to more effectively service our clients based in the Central and Eastern Time zones,” said Bob Svendsen, CEO. “Joining the two companies will enable our clients, health care providers and health systems the ability to utilize the full potential of today’s administrative and clinical technologies to create a sustainable platform for the future.” Karen Davis is president of Davis & Associates Healthcare Solutions. ShP Securities LLC, the investment banking arm of Shoreline Partners LLC in La Jolla, represented CHMB in the transaction.

County Assessor Appoints Assistant

County Assessor Ernie Dronenburg has appointed Harold Scott as assistant assessor, recorder and county clerk. Scott has served as the director of the Arizona Department of Revenue, the assistant director in charge of the property and special taxes division and chairman of the Arizon State Board of Equalization. Scott retired from state service in July 2009 and in 2010 he served as a public finance expert in Kosovo where he participated in a capital budgeting project funded by the European Union. Scott has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Arizona State University and was a Graduate Fulbright Scholar at the University of Victoria in Wellington, New Zealand.

Susan Golding to Leave Promises2Kids

Susan Golding, the former San Diego mayor, has announced she will step down as CEO and president of Promises2Kids in another three months. Golding joined the organization four years ago. Promises2Kids recently realized its most successful fundraising event in its history where $410,000 net revenue was raised toward the fight against child abuse in San Diego County, doubling the proceeds from the previous year.

Small Business Workshops

SCORE San Diego continues its series of low-cost workshops. Fees range from $29 to $109, depending on the program. To register online, visit score-sandiego.org. For more information, call (619) 557-7272.

• July 12 – Legal Issues for Small Business: Contracts and Leases – 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

• July 13 – QuickBooks Basic – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• July 15 – Women’s Networking Breakfast and Exhibits – 8 to 11 a.m. at Morgan Run Resort & Club in Rancho Santa Fe (5690 Cancha de Golf, Rancho Santa Fe 92091; attendees: $30 by July 12, $40 after; exhibitors: $80 by July 12, $90 after).

• July 16 – Introduction to Starting Your Own Business – 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

• July 16 – Internet Marketing 101: Use the Internet to Successfully Market Your Business – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

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

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

• July 20 – Business Plan 201: How to Write a Winning Business Plan – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $99, $109 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. Contact: Manny Cruz (619) 287-1865.

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