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Law firm Andre Morris & Buttery and cosponsors have announced speakers for the upcoming June 20 Business Symposium. A former U.S. Navy leadership adviser (and Paso resident), a Poly alum who’s an exec with Panda Express Restaurants and a top drawer communications pro are on the lineup. Readers of FYI are invited to be guests of BCA for the program, now in its 8th year. Find out more… We marketers love cleverness, and we saw some this week with Wacker Wealth Partners. The firm invited clients to drop off old documents for free shredding, with the 3-day Shredapalooza culminating in a lunch featuring – what else – shredded pork sliders and coleslaw. What, no shaved ice?… Serving “geeks and entrepreneurs since 1996,” the all-grown-up SOFTEC is celebrating its 20th anniversary in festivities at Cal Poly’s Technology Park this coming Wednesday. The free program includes the presentation of Technology Impact Awards. And parents on the hunt for cool science and tech summer camps for kids, check out SOFTEC’s list… Speaking of parents, Lindsey and Josh Haring believe it’s never too early to learn about community, and we suspect they’re the helpers behind sons Jack and Luke’s lemonade stand near Laguna Middle School. The enterprising and adorable young boys netted $100 and handed it over to Rick London at the United Way for use in the Community Impact fund.
The new SLOU40 (Under 40, for the uninitiated) group, a growing gang of passionate and hardworking young adults, is making real strides in effecting local change. They meet, they talk, and get this—they do. This group is organized and serious about getting things done. The original effort spawned a second group, whose fun new read, SLO Scoop, has a fresh voice, a sense of humor and a lot of proof that our future is in great hands. Congrats all around… A spectacular visitor-promoting video about San Luis Obispo by composer/performer Ted Wulfer is now on deck to add a Music Video Fest Award – and you can help. Wulfer’s work is one of the nominees for “Most Visually Stunning Video.” Winners will be chosen using a combination of online voting and a panel of experts; shout for SLO before May 31 here (scroll to #15 to vote)… The famous Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market is on the grow, expanding to Chorro Street (near Luna Red) to accommodate new farmers from the SLO County Farmers’ Market Association. Get fresh meats, cheeses, fish and more beginning Thursday, June 2… SLO County Golf is teeing up an early Father’s Day promotion to get dad back on the green. For a limited time, purchase the Fore Dad! Father’s Day certificate for $80 ($141 value), good for 3 rounds of golf at all three SLO County Golf courses – Chalk Mountain, Morro Bay, and Dairy Creek. Now you have no excuse for procrastination!
Fiesta at Fin’s in Arroyo Grande produced $18,000 recently to support the 5 Cities Homeless Coalition. Fin’s owner Bruce Van Vort and employees sweetened the pot by donating their tips for the night… and “Agents for Change” is the apt name given to the San Luis Obispo Association of REALTORS’ campaign to raise $50,000 for 40 Prado Homeless Services Center. The funds will go toward the recently announced $250,000 anonymous donor matching grant. Member brokers, agents and affiliated businesses have already secured $15,000 in pledges. A few of them gathered for a recent photo… and while we’re talking housing, it seems the right time to mention an upcoming “First Time Homebuyers” seminar coming up at 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday at Tolosa Winery in SLO. Find out more about cleaning up credit, understanding pricing, and untangling rules and regulations in the free, informal and includes-wine session. Reservations required. Gotta love the domain… Next gen fitness buffs: The Y’s recent Jump In event attracted an energetic all-ages gang of participants, including this group of earnest little sparkplugs.
CAPSLO (formerly EOC) found a lasting way to recognize the extraordinary contributions of 23-year board member Santos Arrona. The group recently named its Atascadero Head Start Center the Santos Arrona Center. Santos, the son of a Mexican migrant farmer, is a Cal Poly alum and retired San Luis Obispo County employee. He is CAPSLO’s longest serving board member… Collaboration Business Consulting’s Michael Gunther has been named the inaugural winner of StartOut’s #OutEntrepreneur video contest. StartOut fosters business success, pride, personal empowerment and a shared purpose to give back and inspire the next generation of LGBT entrepreneurs … and KSBY News is snagging awards and nabbing nominations (seven and counting so far) from organizations including Associated Press and the National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences (Emmys) – including a “Best News Promo” for the “Voice” style promo teasing the return of news anchor Carina Corral; Brandon Downing was the creative juice behind that one.
We don’t often single out a business for “way to go” nods, but hey, those “Safelite Repairs, Safelite Replace” radio spots speak the truth. A recent run in with a rock led a BCA’er to Safelite and a day later, a parking lot-installed windshield, a total car vacuum and window wash, and personal service (even a texted photo of the tech who was on his way) resulted. Add to that – a short “on hold” delay scored a $20 discount. Sorry if the jingle is now running through your head, but Safelite is one to remember… And BCA fan Diane Henderson (Maggie Cox’s sister) is a Bay Area Rotary member who just returned from a clean water mission in Cuba. She sent us a link to photos shot by one of her team members and now we share it with you. Enjoy a gorgeous glimpse of Cuba (broken into five albums; note “Finca Marta” is a self-sustaining farm the group visited.