North County Business Briefs, July 25 – The San Diego Union-Tribune


Pharmacy services firm holds virtual job fair Wednesday

OptumRx, a pharmacy care services organization and one of the Optum companies of UnitedHealth Group, will host a virtual job fair to fill more than 30 combined pharmacy technician and pharmacy clerk positions. The new positions will support the needs of a growing member and client base. The virtual job fair will be held from 6 to 7:30 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Interested candidates for the morning session are encouraged to visit and for the afternoon session, visit to learn more and to register. The positions will be based at the Optum office, 2858 Locker Ave. E. OptumRx specializes in the delivery, clinical management and affordability of prescription medications and consumer health products. The company has a network of 67,000 community pharmacies and state-of-the-art home delivery pharmacies, and serves more than 59 million people.

Chamber’s Village Faire happening today

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce’s largest community event, the Carlsbad Village Faire, takes place in a “special edition” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in the heart of Carlsbad Village (State Street and Grand Avenue). The event — a smaller version of the Spring/Fall Carlsbad Village Street Faire — features unique vendors with a little of everything: arts and crafts, antiques, unique clothing, items from around the world, a food court and more. Parking is limited, so visitors are encouraged to use the free shuttles that run to and from the fair every 15 minutes. Shuttle pickup locations are at the northwest corner of Sears at The Shoppes at Carlsbad (Highway 78 and Jefferson Street)
and at the Poinsettia Coaster Station (Poinsettia exit off Interstate 5). There will be a limited amount of handicapped parking spaces throughout the event. Visit


Bank hosts panel for female entrepreneurs

Union Bank is hosting a virtual panel Q&A for female small-business owners from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The session will provide answers, resources and networking for those who were disproportionately hurt by the pandemic. Speakers include Betsy Brennan, president and CEO, Downtown San Diego Partnership and board member of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce; Donna DeBerry, president and CEO, Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce; Tanya Ellis-Christensen, owner of Seven A Signature Salon; Elizabeth P. Avila, general manager, Panchita’s Bakery; Mary Frese, CEO, Cream & Sugar Inc. (Clayton’s Coffee Shop, Clayton’s Bakery & Bistro, Clayton’s Mexican Takeout, and Clayton’s Galley); and Omar Salah, head of Small Business Banking, Union Bank. Register at

Registrar of Voters hiring site managers

The Registrar of Voters is seeking temporary site managers to operate an assigned in-person voting location for the Sept. 14 California Gubernatorial Recall Election. Site managers earn $20 per hour and work about 125 hours over a five-week period. For the upcoming election, in-person voting locations will be open for four days instead of one. The Registrar’s office will hire election workers rather than use volunteer poll workers, because training is more extensive for the expanded time period. Site managers will be required to train and lead election workers while representing the Registrar’s Office in a professional, nonpartisan manner. Applicants should be people who are team players, have strong leadership skills, and show flexibility, patience and the highest level of integrity at all times. Site managers must be able to work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on assigned workdays but may be required to work more than eight hours a day and will work some weekends. On Sept. 14, site managers must work from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Recommended personal protective equipment and sanitation supplies will be provided so workers can conduct the election process safely. Applicants who are English speakers and bilingual in Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese or Chinese are also needed. If you are fluent in one of these languages, be sure to indicate it on your application. Applications are available at Call (858) 565-5800 or email


PlanterSam hosts open house at new location

PlanterSam celebrates its new location in the Palomar Plaza Shopping Center at 700 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, Suite C, with an open house at 10 a.m. Aug. 2. Owners Samira and Morteza Sadeghlou started PlanterSam during the COVID-19 pandemic, first selling arrangements on Instagram and then deciding to start a pop-up plant store. At the new space, PlanterSam sells everything from plants, pots and succulent arrangements to macramé, plant accessories and products from other small businesses. PlanterSam can help with repotting, provides tips to help keep plants healthy, and can brighten a home or office with interior plant design. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Call (760) 440-7388; visit

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