North County Business Briefs, July 18 – The San Diego Union-Tribune


Nominations sought for business awards

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce has opened nominations for the 2021 Carlsbad Business, Achievement, & Distinction Awards. The award luncheon will be held Oct. 21 at the Westin in Carlsbad. The theme is “Resilience.” The business award categories for 2021 are: Business of the Year; Innovative Business of the Year; Community Impact Award (Large & Small Companies); Best Place to Work (Large & Small Companies); Nonprofit of the Year. Nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Aug. 2. To learn more or to nominate a company, visit The event will also recognize major contributions to the community in other areas: education, public safety, and first responders. For information about event sponsorship or ticket sales, contact


Chamber announces Leadership Awards

The North San Diego Business Chamber has announced the winners of its Leadership Awards. They are: Lisa Paul-Hill, Wheelhouse Credit Union; Michelle D. Gonzalez, TrueCare; Jill Barrett, Harrah’s Resort Southern California; Teresa Campbell, San Diego County Credit Union; Mia Nunes-Baker, Oracle; Charles Pratt, San Diego Zoo Safari Park; San Diego Workforce Partnership; Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers; California Coast Credit Union; The Elizabeth Hospice. The awards honor individuals and businesses who have positively affected other individuals, businesses or their communities. The winners were announced at the chamber’s annual Celebration of Business, which was held June 30. Visit

Big Table receives $10K donation

San Diego’s Big Table, a local organization that helps restaurant and hospitality workers in need, was recently awarded a $10,000 donation from San Diego’s Mainline Insurance Services. Big Table helps provide care for all aspects of life and usually includes rental and utility assistance, as well as food security through gift cards for local grocery stores. The $10,000 donation will allow Big Table to provide food and housing for up to 120 people. The donation came about after Ramses Hernandez, a senior broker with Mainline Insurance, won a $5,000 donation for Big Table from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance through their 2021 Make More Happen Awards. A story of the local partnership was posted internally, and Mainline Insurance was given the chance to raise another $5,000 by conducting a local awareness campaign for the nonprofit. With help from the community, the goal was met, doubling the donation to $10,000 for Big Table.


Chamber announces Business Star awards

The Poway Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated its Business Star Awards honoring award recipients and business leaders. The event was sponsored by EDCO and also installed the board of directors. The awards and their winners were: Vern Marston Volunteer of the Year Award, John Couvrette; Poway Small Business of the Year Award, I Love Kickboxing; Large Business of the Year Award, EDCO; New Business of the Year Award, San Diego Laser Fat Loss; Innovative Leader Award, Matthew Iske; Thank You For Your Service Award, Pierra Moise; Customer Commitment Award, Kaminski’s; Marketing Magic Award, Anita Edmondson; Employer of the Year Award, Mainstream Bar & Grill; Non-Profit Member of the Year Award, Poway Valley Senior Citizens Corporation. Call the Poway Chamber at (858) 748-0016 or email


Senior Resource Group holds ‘Tour de Zest’

Senior Resource Group, with senior living communities across the United States, recently held Tour de Zest, a 10-day challenge inspired by the international Tour de France cycling event. Residents at the Solana Beach-based company’s 32 senior communities nationwide competed to generate the highest biking mileage totals. The festivities were the first major in-person company-wide initiative at SRG communities since the start of COVID-19 restrictions. Tour de Zest had something for everyone, regardless of fitness levels, from parties to guest fitness instructors to challenges between resident teams. Residents attended high-energy cycle-style classes and tracked their miles on leaderboards each day. They also enjoyed virtual rides through the Arizona desert, Pacific Northwest and the California coastline. Cycling provides health benefits, including increased cardiovascular fitness, improved joint mobility, decreased stress levels and the prevention and management of diseases such as diabetes. Senior Resource Group develops, owns and operates independent living, assisted living and Alzheimer’s/dementia care communities throughout the United States. Call (858) 792-9300 or visit

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