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Increase Your Small Business ROI with The Auction Method

Introducing the American Auction Company

03 AmericanAuctionAs a global leader in auctions for over 20 years and located near the Sports Arena, the American Auction Company is committed to offering a sound value proposition for all of our customers, Buyers and Sellers. As a buyer at auction, a business buyer will realize substantial savings over the retail market. As a Seller, businesses will realize substantial benefits:

  • Our auctions are offered for bidding to a worldwide internet audience 24hrs. a day seven days prior to a live auction event that results in increased competitive bidding and higher sales prices.
  • We ship your sold product to buyers throughout the United States which creates a huge bidder pool interested in your auction items.
  • Our award winning marketing staff ensures your inventory is marketed to potential buyers using large circulation newspaper, radio, billboards, emails, SMS text messaging, social media sites, press releases, Internet auction event and specialty sites, and more.
  • Small businesses average $23,000 in excess unused/unsold equipment and inventory to sell. Auction that inventory and quickly recoup return on your investment.
  • You will be paid substantially faster when you sell at auction over selling your goods with big box retailers.
  • Our team of experts works for you in marketing, sales, customer service, events, Internet services, and shipping through to settlement and accounting. – You have choices – Partner in your auction success using our 24 hr. Seller portal Open Market system, or let us handle everything for you.

Years in development, our Open Market system was designed to deliver the highest profit for auctions through easy-to-use cloud-based software accessible to Sellers with value added options such as:

  • Real-time access to your Consignment Account
  • Upload inventory, descriptions and photos of your property. (Or American Auction Company can handle this on your behalf).
  • Request transportation and pickup of your product.
  • View real-time auction sales results.
  • Receive year-end summaries of all your auction results.
  • Assign people in your organization with different permission levels to access your account.
  • Edit our descriptions of your product.
  • Easily communicate directly online with your American Auction Company representative.

Our team of experts is ready to work for you in marketing, sales, customer service, events, and Internet services through to settlement and accounting.

Start Recouping Your ROI today – CALL US NOW and request an Onsite No Cost Consultation

619-447-1196 or 800-801-8880

Community Partner of the Month: Wheelchair Dancers Organization

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The Chamber is proud to announce its newest Community Partner, the Wheelchair Dancers Organization! The Wheelchair Dancers Organization (WDO), 501c3 non-profit, is a community leader offering adaptive dance classes for all ages. The organization has been in the forefront since 2008. Year-around and free to all participants, WDO has conducted over 800 Ballroom, Latin, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop wheelchair dance classes, serving the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of physically challenged individuals – the ‘rollers’ – and their able-bodied volunteer dance partners – the ‘walkers’.

WDO TEACHES the “walkers” and our “rollers” to move to the rhythms of music and dance for free! The organization gratefully welcomes volunteers to experience this incredible program!

Wheelchair dancing crosses the boundaries of age, gender, and physical ability. Classes include individuals using manual or power chairs.

WDO is the first organization to launch a Ballroom and Latin Wheelchair Dance Program on the West Coast. WDO provides recreational and performance dancing events, free monthly classes, workshops, seminars, fundraisers, flash mobs, and synchronized dance routines.

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The Wheelchair Dancing Organization has been recognized by the San Diego community for commitment and dedication to the disabled community with awards and recognitions. In 2014, the organization won the Sharp Healthcare Eagle Spirit Award for Community involvement and achievements.

All classes are free and open enrollment. Their current 8 week Swing and Salsa evening dance classes at Grossmont Hospital Auditorium are detailed on our website.

For more information regarding WDO’s activities, free dance classes, and recent captivating videos of programs visit the Wheelchair Dancers Organization’s website.

Contact Bev Weurding, CEO for more information 858-573-1571.

You can also learn more of what WDO is doing socially and how you can get involved by following WDO on the Wheelchair Dancers Facebook.

James Gang Company – New Process and New Quality Control Manager!

02 JamesGang1James Gang has instituted new process improvements and Quality Control Procedures throughout the production workflow that has improved on-time deliveries by 40% and reduced errors by 65%.

Two main changes we have implemented are 1) A workflow process system called “Trello”, and 2) Hired a Quality Control Production Manager, Steve Bellow, who monitors all the screen printing jobs.

Trello is a computer application that allows us to track the progress of the job throughout each step of production. This is important because there are on average 5-7 employees who “touch” the garment in production; with Trello, we can access accurate information in a timely manner in order to serve our customers better.

Each employee responsible for a process in the production can enter details about the job, and anyone can pull up an order to know where to pick up where the job was last left off. We can also use Trello to organize jobs by due date, which helps us stay on top of rush orders.

02 JamesGang2Additionally, Steve, our Quality Control Manager, has implemented routine best practices that maintains consistency in the quality of the work we produce. One example of this, is our customer service associates approve the prints before we go to full production, and the customer is informed if there are any changes that need to be made or problems that occur prior to the job printing. Another example is each garment is manually inspected as it comes out of the printer for flaws or misprints before the customer is given the product.

Please stop by our location in Ocean Beach (1931 Bacon Street) or visit our website for more information.

Acupuncture Express Making Frontier Moves

02 AcupunctureXpressThis isn’t just another acupuncture company, but a company with a mission to make acupuncture more accessible while making a change in the community. It’s turning acupuncture into people’s first choice instead of their last resort. Patients are coming in for as many reasons as lack of sleep, back pain, neck pain, digestive problems, arthritis, weight loss and much more.

One of the biggest dilemmas acupuncturists have to deal with is the lack of coverage from insurance companies. Acupuncture Express’ solution was to make it more affordable through a membership based system. For the three women who own Acupuncture Express, this wasn’t enough. They wanted to make a difference in the San Diego community by leveraging their healing skills. In result, for every membership purchased an equivalent membership is donated to cancer patients going through chemotherapy.

Acupuncture can help ease the symptoms of chemotherapy such as nausea, dry mouth, pain, poor sleep, hot flashes, and ringing in the ears. Acupuncture also helps boost the immune system, reduces stress and gives an overall improved quality of life.

By making acupuncture more accessible to the busy working San Diegan and making a difference in the cancer community, Acupuncture Express is here to make a point (no pun intended). Currently, Acupuncture Express has a handful of memberships to give away and if you know anyone who is dealing with the hardship of cancer, please refer them to the Acupuncture Express office. Plans are in the works for a second clinic location, tentatively planned for North County and expected to be open by the end of the year.

Acupuncture Express
Phone: (619) 341-1208
3456 Camino Del Rio North #100 SD, CA 92108
www.acupunctureexpress.com

Community Partner of the Month: American Heart Association

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The Chamber is proud to announce its newest Community Partner, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association! The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our 2020 Impact Goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20%. Our efforts start right here in San Diego. Last year, the American Heart Association funded over $10 million in research at San Diego based facilities. This research is providing new, science-based methods to help us meet our impact goal – to help us save lives.

February is National Heart Month and focused on the Go Red For Women Movement. The movement raises awareness of heart disease in women. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. Stroke is the No. 5 killer and leading cause of disability in the U.S. This month is a great time to reflect on why it is important to keep your heart healthy. Life is Why. What is your why? Watch the video below to learn more about WHY.

On Saturday, May 2, the American Heart Association invites you to join us at the American Heart Association Heart Ball, celebrating the work and mission of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The event is taking place at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa from 5pm-10pm. During the event, the American Heart Association/American Heart Association will be honoring Dr. John Lamberti with Rady Children’s Hospital and Jerry Sanders, CEO of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce.

To learn more of what this organization is doing in San Diego and how you can get involved by following the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association on Facebook and Twitter.

Webpass – Simple Urban Internet

WebpassFounded in 2003, Webpass Inc., is a San Francisco based building specific Internet Service provider. Today, Webpass has over 10,000 residential and business customers in the major urban markets of San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area, Miami and Chicago. We own and operate our own Ethernet network, eliminating modems and dependence on phone and cable companies.

Webpass delivers a very simple Internet service designed around the needs of our customers. We offer business Internet connections from 10 – 1000 Mbps and residential Internet connections at 100, 200 and 500 Mbps.

In January 2013 Webpass expanded its residential and business services into the San Diego market. Since then, Webpass has brought service to over 70 buildings. Webpass sets the bar in business Internet services by offering scalable and symmetrical bandwidth, no contracts, IPv6 addresses and local support.

Our Standard Internet package is ideal for small to medium sized businesses while our Premium Internet package is designed for businesses requiring dedicated bandwidth and unlimited data transfers. Amazon, Netflix, Instagram and Zappos are just a few of the business customers for whom we’ve been able to provide Internet solutions. Webpass business customers are free to upgrade, downgrade or cancel service at any time with no fee or penalty. We retain our clients by providing excellent customer service and support.

Whether operating a business or hosting an event Webpass can provide the business connection you need for success.

SeaWorld Returns a Rescued Fur Seal to the Ocean – with an HSWRI Transmitter Along for the Ride!

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A female Guadalupe fur seal rescued off a seawall at Carlsbad State Beach was returned to the ocean this morning with a satellite transmitter attached. SeaWorld animal rescuers came to the aid of the seal that was found thin with lacerations on her right side and in need of urgent medical care December 12, 2014.

Upon arrival at SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue Center, the adult weighed in at 80 pounds. SeaWorld animal caretakers and medical teams treated the seal with fluids, antibiotics and supportive care, which included a nutrient-rich diet of capelin, sardines and herring. The seal, whose weight has increased nearly 20 pounds while in SeaWorld’s care, was returned to the ocean at a healthy 98 pounds, able to forage for food on its own.

January 8, HSWRI Senior Research Scientist Dr. Brent Stewart outfitted the seal with a satellite transmitter. Dr. Stewart and fellow Senior Research Scientist Dr. Pam Yochem hope to track the seal’s movements at sea to learn more about where the species travels along with perhaps why. The transmitter will likely dislodge from the seal when she molts within the next six months or so. An adult male fur seal can grow to 6 feet and weigh up to 350 pounds. Females reach 4½ feet and weigh up to 100 pounds.

Donate Now

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Every day in local laboratories and outposts in far away lands, the scientists at Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute work toward ensuring that human and animal populations may share a vibrant and healthy environment. Our vision is a world that can sustain its rich biodiversity to ensure a lasting prosperity for future generations. But we need your help. Please help us in our quest to leave behind a world that is a little better than we found it by making a tax-deductible online contribution today by clicking on the Make a Donation button below. Or if you prefer, you may mail or fax your contribution to us by clicking here for a printable Donor Intent Form.

Whatever amount you can give and whatever area of HSWRI science you choose to support, your gift will truly make a difference. If you would like more information please E-mail solutions@hswri.org or call Eileen Sigler at 619-226-3881. Thank you. Together we will continue “to return to the sea some measure of the benefits derived from it.”

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.

Explore That Store – Build Your Online Presence

01 Explore StoreExplore That Store is a marketing agency that specializes in building the online presence of all types of businesses, organizations and individuals. At the core of our business, we help businesses to connect with customers. We do this by improving visibility online to send more traffic to their place of business online and in the real world.

With an increasing number of people using cell phones and tablets as their primary internet source, having an internet presence that looks good on the mobile device is crucial. We help our customers with this by providing mobile-friendly websites, hosting and online marketing services ranging from directory optimization to social media marketing and on-site SEO.

Explore That Store optimizes information presented to the digital and vastly mobile world. We stay ahead of the latest changes in technology and pass that knowledge on to you.

Our clients range from franchises to shops, restaurants, nonprofits, cultural centers, real estate professionals, private bankers and entrepreneurs of all kinds and we work collaboratively with clients because no one knows their business as well as the business owner.

We are located in the North Park neighborhood central to all San Diego areas. We are accessible, responsive and dedicated; our number one service is to always provide outstanding customer service.

The Explore That Store team loves to enjoy great live music, comedy, food and the local craft beer scene in our spare time.

Berman Travel

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Celia Tryzbiak has been in the travel business for 10 years and specializes in making dream vacations come true. Whether the journey is large or small, we have you covered from air, land and sea! Travel is her passion.

Celia got her start in the travel business as a reservations specialist with American Express Vacations and worked her way up the corporate ladder. She specialized in many departments within the travel field such as groups, product management and finance. Celia is also trained in managing corporate travel, and can even help plan special events and wedding groups.

Celia currently specializes in luxury and leisure travel along with large and small business groups and would be honored to plan an incentive trip for your business.

Her customer service far exceeds expectations and will work day and night until she books the perfect vacation for your family or for any business travel needs!

Celia Tryzbiak
Berman Travel LLC
Luxury & Leisure Travel Specialist
Office: 619-458-9098
Direct: 610-751-4366
Email: celia@bermantravel.com
Website: www.bermantravel.com
** Specializing in the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Tahiti, Disney, Europe & Cruises **

Introducing: The Business Risk Review by Bellatrix PC

Comprehensive Risk Analysis for Your Business… At a Price You Can Live With!
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Bellatrix PC is pleased to announce the launch of their new Business Risk Review service just in time for the New Year.

It’s no secret that every business faces potential legal issues. It’s simply a part of being in business. But if you’re like most business owners, you don’t really take the time to take inventory of your legal risks until after a problem arises. At that point, though… it’s too late to take steps to protect yourself and your business… and to minimize your exposure. As a business owner, it’s not a good position for you to be in. It can be enormously costly when a legal problem rears its ugly head… plus, it takes your time and attention away from what you should really be doing – running and growing your business!

At Bellatrix PC, we understand that small businesses are the backbone of our community. And we work hard to make sure that legal problems don’t strip away everything they’ve worked so hard to build. We’d rather see you invest in your company, your management, and the employees who count on you every day than pay for legal problems. So we’ve made it both easy and affordable to get a full business risk analysis, so that you can avoid unnecessary expenses and ensure the longevity of your company.

Bellatrix PC is a law firm that exists to help businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals thrive. We partner with our clients to solve their complex legal problems, resolve their lawsuits, ensure their ongoing legal compliance, mitigate their risks, protect them from predatory litigants and negotiate and close their deals.

The name Bellatrix comes from the third brightest star in Orion. At 8.4 times the Sun’s mass, this giant blue-white star is the standard for luminary measure. “Bellatrix” is also Latin for “Female Warrior,” referring to the firm’s status as 100% woman-owned.

Visit bellatrixlaw.com to learn more about our new Business Risk Review service.