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Daily Business Report — Nov. 7, 2011

Most Admired Companies

We’re now gathering nominations for the Most Admired Companies in San  Diego County and you can participate. Send us your nominations via email and answer these questions: Name, phone number and email address of the person submitting the nomination. The name of the company being nominated, along with its address and the name, phone number and email of the person heading the company. Give your reasons why the company should be honored.  Email your nominations to The results will be published in the December issue of SD METRO.

Carlsbad Chamber Launches Military Mentoring Program

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce has launched Boots in Business, a Military Mentoring Initiative, in collaboration with the Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton. The program helps veterans and their spouses prepare for civilian employment through job-shadowing and mentoring opportunities.

 Boots in Business enlists North San Diego County companies to help Camp Pendleton-based service members who are about to be discharged and their spouses define their career paths and better understand the education or training they would need to pursue the careers they want.

 According to Ted Owen, president and CEO of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, the idea is to help the veterans make smart career decisions and wisely utilize the money they receive for education at the end of their military service.

 Participating companies provide only their time and their industry expertise to the program, allowing participating veterans to experience a variety of jobs within their companies and witness the day-to-day tasks of each position.

 “This will help them see whether a job they are interested is a good fit for them before they proceed with training and education programs,” said Owen.

Companies review the participants’ resumes to help them translate their military skills into language that is easily understood in the civilian workforce to better present themselves to prospective employers and become more competitive.

Companies interested in becoming a mentor may obtain information by contacting Boots in Business Program Manager Madonna May at (760) 931-8400 or

Bumble Bee Seafoods Adopts New Crabs Policy

Bumble Bee Seafoods and 12 other major Blue Swimming Crab importers have launched a new policy that will restrict the harvesting of female crabs bearing eggs, or “berried” females. The company said the initiative from the National Fisheries Institute Crab Council will help improve crab stocks, primarily in Asia, by giving berried females a chance to lay their eggs and increase their population. “As a company we’re dedicated to sustainability and this new policy is very much in keeping with that commitment,” said Douglas Hines, executive vice president and chief operations officer of Bumble Bee. “We are dedicated to responsible harvesting of all our products, and we believe it’s important that the industry take the lead with initiatives like these.”

La Costa Resort and Spa Unveils New Look

KSL Resorts has unveiled the re-designed La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad. The $50 million makeover includes all of the 474 guestrooms and suites. The makeover included the conference center, renamed The Coastal Events Center, with interactive maps and reader boards and built-in large screen TVs in boardrooms. A new series of Meeting Planner Suites have been introduced for groups. Four guest suites have been transformed into connecting live/work space located near the Coastal Events Center. In addition, the Valley Promenade and the Legends Lawn, two new outdoor function venues, provide space with views of the scenic rolling hills.  The new adult-only pool, called Edge, has a cafe and bar, signature cocktails and fire pits. La Costa also showcases the all-new 18-hole Champions Course, along with four redesigned holes on the South Course.

SAIC Awarded Marine Corps Contract

Science Applications International Corp. has been awarded a task order by the General Services Administration to support the U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command with logistics services. The task order has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year option periods and a total value of more than $35 million if all options are exercised. Work will be performed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Camp Pendleton.

Small Business Workshops

SCORE San Diego continues its series of small business workshops. For more information, call (619) 557-7272 or visit

·  Nov. 8 – Restaurant 201 – 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Carlsbad (705 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad 92011; pre-paid registration $49, $59 at the door).

·  Nov. 8 – Professional Selling: Increase Your Business Sales Now! – 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).

·  Nov. 9 – Good Governance for Nonprofits – 9 to 11:30 a.m. at The San Diego Foundation in Point Loma (2508 Historic Decatur Rd., #200, San Diego 92106; pre-paid registration $39, $49 at the door).

·  Nov. 9 – Business Basics 101 – 9 a.m. to noon at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; no charge – please pre-register).

·  Nov. 12 – Internet Marketing 101: Use the Internet to Successfully Market Your Business – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at National University in Kearny Mesa (9388 Lightwave Avenue, San Diego 92123; pre-paid registration $69, $79 at the door).

·  Nov. 12 – 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).

The Daily Business Report is produced by REP Publishing Inc., publisher of SD METRO, the North Park News and the West Coast Craftsman. Contact: Manny Cruz (619) 287-1865.

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