Business briefs

Oct 01, 2009

WM supports affordable housing


Waste Management recently joined San Diego Habitat for Humanity at a dedication ceremony to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the Roosevelt Garden, an affordable housing community in Carlsbad. 

The 11-unit project is funded by the city of Carlsbad and dozens of Habitat for Humanity sponsors and volunteers. The second phase of the development is scheduled to be complete in 2011.

In addition to providing financial support, 16 Waste Management staff members participated in a Women’s Build event last fall where they tied rebar and dug ditches as part of the construction process.

Waste Management is the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America. For more information, visit


AutoClaims Direct makes Inc. 5000 list


Inc. Magazine recently ranked AutoClaims Direct No. 1,776 on its third annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. 

AutoClaims Direct ranked No. 1 in the insurance category in California and No. 14 nationally in insurance.

The Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2005 through 2008. AutoClaims Direct’s three-year sales growth was 178.5 percent.

The list represents the most comprehensive look at America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Consumer electronics maker Vizio, Internet giant GoDaddy and rental car service Zipcar are among the prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

AutoClaims Direct is a leading auto damage appraisal and business solutions provider to the insurance claims industry. For more information, visit  


Vivid now Dell certified


Vivid Technology Group Inc. has completed all of the necessary requirements and is now the first Dell Certified Partner in North County.

The Dell Certified Managed Service Provider certification is the highest level of certification offered by Dell to its partners. The certification allows Vivid complete access and use of the hosted Dell remote monitoring system in order to provide around the clock management and security of critical systems for important customers in the health care, finance and legal industries. 

A rapidly-growing, award-winning small business, Vivid delivers robust process-driven performance for mission critical IT services, with proactive support and 24/7 monitoring and remediation. For more information, visit


Brian Bilbray visits NCHS health center


As part of the Reach Out and Read Program, Rep. Brian Bilbray visited North County Health Services for a tour of the San Marcos health center and to read to children there.

Through Reach Out and Read, NCHS pediatricians are sending their youngest low-income patients home with free books and advising their parents to read to them everyday. The nonprofit children’s literacy program works with medical providers to reach the children at greatest risk.

NCHS is one of 13 programs in Bilbray’s congressional district that participate in Reach Out and Read, annually providing books to more than 10,648 children.

NCHS is a private, not-for-profit organization that annually serves more than 60,000 patients at 11 health centers. For more information, visit


What’s Here! releases TV show


What’s Here!, a corporation serving the travel and tourism market, released its newest product last month, “What’s Here! TV.”

The in-room television show for hotels showcases the city, its neighborhoods and its attractions. Guests who watch it learn about options for their visit while being directed to hotel staff to make a purchase or get a reservation.

Every hotel that features the show also carries another What’s Here! product called HotelRecommends, a Web-based software program used by the hotel concierge. The system allows the concierge to service guests by selling them discount attraction tickets, making them restaurant reservations and more.

“What’s Here! TV” and HotelRecommends are currently available in San Diego with plans to expand into other markets in 2010. For more information, visit


Henry’s Market doles out free groceries


Henry’s Farmers Market opened its 31st location Sept. 2 by giving free groceries to the first 200 people who arrived.

When Henry’s officially opened at 8 a.m., hundreds of people were lined up awaiting their pre-selected shopping bag of free groceries. Each bag included cereal, vitamins, pasta, bagels, pizza crust, fresh baked cookies and much more.

The store, located at 2618 El Camino Real in Carlsbad, also offered free deli sandwiches throughout the day to anyone named Henry.

The Henry’s family includes stores in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. For more information, visit


Quail Botanical Gardens changes name


Last month, Quail Botanical Gardens officially changed its name to San Diego Botanic Garden.

The organization’s decision to change its name comes after much thought, years of rich botanical development and the recent opening of the new Hamilton Children’s Garden, according to a news release.

“We believe the garden has proven its worth as a leading San Diego regional attraction,” said Julian Duval, president and CEO of the garden. “We believe the name San Diego Botanic Garden will better reflect our mission, which is to inspire people of all ages to connect with plants and nature.”

Set on 30 acres in Encinitas, the garden includes nearly 3,500 kinds of plants representing desert, Mediterranean and subtropical/tropical collections. For more information, visit


Point Loma Credit Union showcases art


To help promote the local arts, Point Loma Credit Union in Carlsbad is showcasing a mural painted by The Art Kids of San Diego County.

The Art Kids of San Diego County recently painted the mural at Kids Spark, a free art event in the Carlsbad Village presented by the Carlsbad Village Association. Vilma Fonseca, Josue Merigo and Vanessa Schnurer collaborated and executed the masterpiece in just four hours.

Point Loma Credit Union hopes you will stop by to view the mural. The credit union is located at 6971 El Camino Real, Ste. 102. After December, the painting will move to the San Diego County Airport, where it will be on display through March.

Point Loma Credit Union is a member-owned financial institution with assets in excess of $470 million. For more information, visit


Industrial park receives LEED certification


The Towers at Bressi Ranch, the first registered LEED-CS commercial/industrial park project in Carlsbad, has officially received LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Ryan Companies US Inc. is the developer and contractor of the 280,000-square-foot business park, which is located within Bressi Ranch at 6134 Innovation Way. It was designed by Smith Consulting Architects.

The Towers at Bressi Ranch is part of the council’s national pilot program for core and shell buildings, making it one of the first of its kind. The business park showcases numerous high performance features that promote energy efficiency and healthy interior work environments for its occupants.

Ryan Companies is a nationally recognized developer, design-builder and real estate manager that has specialized in fully integrated solutions for more than 70 years. For more information, visit

Smith Consulting Architects provides master planning, architectural design and tenant improvement design for office, retail, biotechnology, manufacturing, industrial and military facilities. For more information, visit

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