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Daily Business Report — April 3, 2012

40 Under 40 Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for SD METRO’s annual 40 Under 40 Awards recognition program. Nominate a man or woman you think has made outstanding contributions to his or her profession, industry or to San Diego County as a whole. We will announce the winners in September. You will find a nomination form on our Website: Better get crackin’!

Small Business Boot Camp to be Held April 14

Accion San Diego is offering a free Small Business Boot Camp on April 14 for owners of start-up and growing businesses to offer coaching on how to maintain a fiscally fit and thriving business. It will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center at 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego. The Boot Camp will feature an extensive resource center, networking opportunities and two specialized programs led by a team of small business coaches. There will be a Start-Up Program for new and aspiring business owners and a Growth Program for seasoned business owners. The Start-Up Program will cover:

• 10 key steps to starting a business.

• Financing and banking basics for new ventures.

• Marketing 101 for new businesses.

The Growth Program will cover:

• Financial statements and how to tell if a business is fiscally fit.

• Hiring and managing employees for growth.

• Marketing that’s actually profitable.

“The Boot Camp workshop will help small business owners assess the health of their business and identify the right strategies to grow and maintain a healthy business,” said Elizabeth Schott, executive director of Accion. The Boot Camp is hosted and supported by Torrey Pines Bank, Accion San Diego and Market Creek Events & Venues. Registration and networking will begin at 8 a.m. Registration is free and includes a continental breakfast and parking. To register, visit

Honors Go to NewSchool ofArchitecture and Design Executive

Linda Thomas-Mobley, chair of the construction management program at NewSchool of Architecture and Design, has been named 2012 Executive of the Year by the National Association of Women in Construction San Diego chapter. She will formally receive her award at the organization’s 53rd anniversary and Executive Night on April 10. Thomas-Mobley, who has international standing in the building industry, is being honored for her involvement in the construction industry as well as her leadership skills and commitment to creating a quality construction management program at NewSchool of Architecture and Design. She is credited with updating and adapting the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management program and overseeing the creation of the Master of Construction Management online program. Prior to her San Diego job, Thomas-Mobley was a faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology for 13 years, serving the last three years as associate chair of a building construction program.

Scripps Research Institute Reports Progress on Hepatitis Virus

A team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute has found antibodies that can prevent infection from widely differing strains of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in cell culture and animal models, the institute reported today. HCV’s very high rate of mutation normally helps it to evade its host’s immune system. The newly discovered antibodies, however, attach to sites on the viral envelope that seldom mutate. “These antibodies attach to sites on the viral envelope that were previously unknown, but now represent promising targets for an HCV vaccine,” said Mansun Law, an assistant professor at Scripps Research. Law is the senior author of the new report, which appears online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Spirit Airlines to Offer Non-stop Service from Dallas/Fort Worth

Spirit Airlines announced that it will start non-stop daily service from Dallas/Fort Worth to San Diego on June 21. The airline is offering fares from $28.79, which is a $9 base fare plus taxes and fees, from Dallas/Fort Worth to San Diego International Airport.

SCORE Small Business Workshops

• April 4 – How to Start a Nonprofit Corporation – 9 to 11:30 a.m. at The San Diego Foundation – Point Loma (2508 Historic Decatur Rd. #200, San Diego 92106; pre-registration $39, $49 at the door).

• April 4 – Financial Statements – What They Mean, How to Use Them – 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.)

• April 5 – Effective Marketing – Identify and Target Your Customers – 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).

The Daily Business Report is produced by SD METRO. Contact: Manny Cruz (619) 287-1865.

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