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Presbyterian Urban Ministries (PUM)

Presbyterian Urban Ministries (PUM), formerly known as the Crisis Center, is a ministry of the Presbytery of San Diego, a nonprofit 501(C) 3 organization. PUM ministers to the urban poor and homeless in San Diego. The services provided by PUM today began in 1968 as an extension of the Greater Parish Ministry of the Los Angeles Presbytery. We’re currently located at 2459 Market Street, San Diego and you can visit us online at or

PUM ministers to thousands of people every year. Many of those served are earnestly working to become self-sufficient. Providing them a hand-up, like a pair of steel toed work-boots, food assistance, or transportation vouchers can make the difference between getting back on their feet or falling downward onto hard times. For these people, PUM is an empowering ministry.

Presbyterian Urban Ministries offers the following services to our clients:

  • Job seeking assistance including:
    • Help in obtaining identification documents and birth certificates
    • Access to computers for employment search
    • Community Voice Mail and email accounts for contact by prospective employers
    • Clothing suitable for interviews
    • Steel toed boots when required for employment
    • Financial help for obtaining job required tools
  • Non-narcotic prescription assistance
  • Optometry assistance
  • Temporary shelter for clients through Interfaith Shelter Network
  • Bus passes for temporary transportation
  • Emergency food bags
  • Hygiene items
  • Clothing for children and adults
  • Back to school backpacks for children
  • Access to substance abuse training, counseling, and rehabilitation
  • Long and short term client case management
  • Toys and special food bags at Christmastime
  • Faith Support

In addition to providing financial donations, great opportunities exist for volunteering at PUM. Besides providing vital support, volunteering can be a very rewarding experience. Information on volunteer opportunities may be obtained by contacting PUM Director Raul Palomino, MBA at 619 232 2753.

We are called to love and to provide for those in need as well as to interact face to face with them, acknowledging that while we minister to them, they also minister to us.

Community Partner of the Month: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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Our Mission:
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.

Who We Are:
We are fueled by a dedicated group of scientists, caregivers, donors, volunteers and people with CF and their families who are united by a common goal: to find a cure for this devastating disease and help those with CF live longer, healthier lives.

What We Do:
We are the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. We fund more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. We are a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle. We will not rest until we find a cure for all people with CF.

Get Involved and Join Our Team!

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Join an Event.
Become a Corporate Partner or participate in one of our local events in San Diego. Join us for a round of Golf, explore the Sequoia’s with us at Xtreme Hike, come ride with us at CF Cycle for Life or get inspired by attending our Breath of Life Celebration.

Support Workplace Giving.
Encourage employee giving through payroll deductions. Show your employees you support their charitable efforts by doubling or tripling their contributions with a company match.

Join others in making an impact and increasing our education and awareness. By giving a few hours, sharing a few ideas and making a few connections, you can make a profound difference in your local community — and to children and adults everywhere living with cystic fibrosis.

2015 Remainder Calendar of Events:

September 11-13th at Sequoia National Forest

September 24th at Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Resort

October 3rd at Green Acre Campus Point

November 14th at the Cape Rey Carlsbad

Contact the San Diego Chapter at 858-452-2873

The Ahlers Center for International Business at the University of San Diego

The Ahlers Center for International Business at the University of San Diego offers working professionals the opportunity to develop a comprehensive set of skills and strategies to compete in today’s global marketplace through its Certificate in Global Business Strategy program.

Corporate Entrepreneurship: How to Unlock a World of Opportunities
Seminar Dates: September 1st and 8th
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

One of the key challenges facing organizations today is how to create value innovation for their customers. Given the increasing austerity in developed countries, how might your firm attract customers that want such products and services? Given the importance of emerging economies to multinational firms, how can your firm create products and services that appeal to customers in these economies? Words like frugal innovation and reverse innovation have entered the business lexicon in recent years. What does this mean for your organization? How can your organization structure its business strategy to address these challenges and innovate for the global customer?

Cross-Cultural Negotiations
Seminar Dates: September 23rd, 28th and 30th
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

This seminar examines the key features of integrative and distributive negotiations, such as BATNAs, target points, anchoring, resistance points and creating options. It also explores critically important methods of persuasion, how to use such methods effectively and how to defend against them. We will focus on issues of leadership, ethics and trust, difficult people and circumstances, problem solving and creativity, multi-party negotiations and team negotiations–and how these issues may be further complicated when negotiating in a cross-cultural context. The learning environment is interactive and experiential, and includes open discussion, negotiation simulations, the opportunity to analyze and evaluate disparate outcomes to the simulations and direct instructor feedback.

New Venture Financing
Seminar Dates: October 1st, 8th and 15th
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

In this seminar we will discuss the five key sources of financing for a new venture: initial funding by co-founders, debt financing, angel financing, financing through technology licensing and venture capital financing. Taking a global perspective on the financing of new ventures, we will study the implications of each form of financing on cash flow and co-founders’ ownership share. The seminar is structured as a combination of lecture, class discussion and team-based experiential learning.

Strategies for World-Class Global Sourcing and Procurement
Seminar Dates: October 21st, 26th and 28th
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Every company must procure a substantial amount of goods and services to be in business and stay competitive. Why do so few do it well?
This three-module seminar is ideal for anyone interested in learning the latest trends, strategies and best practices in global sourcing and procurement. Attendees will gain a better understanding on how to plan and implement better strategic sourcing strategies, reduce overall procurement costs and improve overall supply chain performance.

Brand Management in the Global Context
Seminar Dates: November 5th, 12th and 19th
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Whether you are in marketing, operations, finance, human resources or any other area, it is important to understand how you can help contribute to the growth of your company’s brand or brands’ value over time on a global scale.
A strategically sound brand management strategy is critical to any company’s future success, whether it is B-to-C or B-to-B. A well-managed brand(s) will ensure your company is positioned to be globally competitive with sustainable and profitable growth.

ADVOCACY WIN: Senate Approves Funds for North American Development Bank

Last week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations approved a $22.5 million capital increase and $255 million in callable capital to the Norrth American Development Bank (NADB). The approved funding came in at half the amount proposed by both U.S. and Mexican institutions, but Chamber officials remain hopeful that the final amount will match the original.

Since their establishment as part of NAFTA negotiations two decades ago, the NADB and Border Environmental Cooperation Commision (BECC) have provided more than $2.5 billion in loans and grants to support the implementation of 211 environmental infrastructure projects in the border region.

Recap: 2015 Sacramento trip

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Bringing San Diego Business to Sacramento

The Chamber’s group of 45 delegates traveled to Sacramento in March to meet with San Diego’s elected officials, as well as representatives from the California Transportation Committee, Department of Water Resources, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, Governor Brown’s Executive Secretary, the Senate Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee.

The trip offered the Chamber the opportunity to discuss some of its key priorities, including the “Pacific to Plate” legislation, AB 504 (the Civic San Diego bill), Cal Grant award funding, and affordable housing.

The annual trip puts into focus the work that the Chamber does to advance policies that support our business community and it is clear that the face-time with our legislators and those influencing the decisions on these issues is very significant.

The delegation was reminded – more than once during meetings – how San Diego’s distance from the Capitol can impact the awareness some have with our region’s needs and critical business issues. That’s why it is so important for the Chamber to lead this trip and ensure the San Diego business community has a voice in Sacramento.

ADVOCACY WIN: U.S. Senate Votes to Pass Trade Promotion Authority

After months of advocacy on the part of the Chamber and key partners including the San Diego Economic Development Council, the much-debated Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) were approved by both houses and signed by President Obama on June 29.

These new trade measures will allow the President to negotiate agreements and present to Congress for a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ vote, thereby increasing the nation’s ability to expand its global markets. As San Diego has a substantial export economy (with a total of $18.6 billion exported in 2014), this is a very big win.

Chamber Supports Councilmember Cate’s Home-Based Business Proposal

Last month, the Chamber backed Councilmember Chris Cate’s home-based business proposal at the San Diego’s City Council’s Economic Development & Intergovernmental Relations Committee. Currently, if a San Diego resident conducts a small business out of their home and wishes to hire an employee or conduct business transactions on-site, an initial deposit of $5,000 is required to process a Neighborhood Use Permit (NUP). Councilmember Cate’s new proposal includes a reduction of the initial NUP deposit, allows home-based business owners to hire a nonresident employee, and allows business to conduct transactions on-site.

Chamber Guide Compares SD Economy to SF Bay Area, Los Angeles and Fresno

At a Good Government Speaker Series event last week, the Chamber released an interactive guide for businesses and residents to get an inside look at how the city’s economy compares to other California metro areas.

A panel of industry experts, including County Supervisor Ron Roberts and County Treasurer Tax-Collector Dan MacAllister, were present to explain the study’s findings and answer questions such as: what happens to a city’s economy when half of its population is under 34 years old?

Otay Mesa Border to Incorporate Facial Recognition

Beginning October 13, the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) will begin the initial phase of testing biometric technology for pedestrians entering and exiting the U.S. The new technology is expected to add an additional level of security in order to combat public safety threats.

CBP is prepared to suspend the technology project if major traffic delays occur as a result.