26 San Diego semifinalists for 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year announced by Ernst & Young

Entrepreneurs were selected by an independent panel of judges made up of prior winners of the award including chief executive officers, private capital investors, and other regional business leaders. Finalists will be broadcast in May while a national competition will be held in November.

Dan Kleeburg, San Diego program director for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year stated, “For the past 25 years, Ernst & Young has honored the best entrepreneurs through our Entrepreneur Of The Year program,” and went on to say, “These entrepreneurs have a tremendous impact in San Diego. We are extraordinarily proud to honor innovative, market-leading entrepreneurs, like these semi-finalists.”

The semi-finalists announced for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in 2011 include:

Advanced Diabetes Supply: CEO Mark Howard
Alphatec Spine: President and CEO Dirk Kuyper
Bekaert Specialty Films: President and COO Christophe Fremont
Bluepoint Solutions: President and CEO Hal Tilbury
Cliniqa: Chairman Granger Haugh
D and K Engineering: CEO and President Scott Dennis and Alex Kunczynski
DexCom: President and CEO Terrance H. Gregg
Digitaria Interactive: CEO Daniel Khabie
Dos Gringos: President Jason Levin
E Band Communications: CEO Sam Smookler,
ecoATM: CEO Tom Tullie
Fyfe Co.: President Edward Fyfe
Goodsource Solutions: President and CEO Craig Shugert
Kineticom: CEO Simon Billsberry
Legend 3D: CEO Barry Sandrew
Life Technologies: Chairman and CEO Greg Lucier
Lumedyn Technologies: CEO Brad Chisum
Millenium Lab Holding: CEO James Slattery
On-Ramp Wireless: President and CEO Joaquin Fernandez Silva
Palomar Technologies: CEO Bruce Hueners
PCN Technology: President and CEO Venkat Shastri
Proximetry: CEO Tracy Trent
Safety Syringes: President and CEO Peter Nolan
Service-now.com: CEO Fred Luddy
SG BioFuels: President and CEO Kirk Haney
Stone Brewing: CEO Gregory Koch

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Spring Home Tips

Getting your home ready for spring takes planning and organization be sure to check our checklist so you are ready this spring.

Check on all your outdoor planters for any damage. Replace any that have damage.
Clean all those garden tools and remember to sharpen them so they will be ready to use.
Contact a professional to inspect your air conditioning system.
Check and replace any damaged outdoor lighting.
Time to replace the batteries in your smoke alarms
Go over your fire escape plan with the family
Go over your tornado safety plan with the family
Check your roof for any damage the winter months could have caused
Check your outdoor hoses
Check your sprinkler system
Check the shutoff valves for all plumbing fixtures

It is also a great time to check out your mortgage. The market changes every day, so you track the details on your home loan so you know you have the best product around that meets the needs of your family. You may find that you can save money on your home by changing the mortgage agreement.

Retail Sales Increased

As reported by the ICSC-Goldman Sachs index retail sales increased the week that ended on April 2 making the sales retailers saw increased to 2.8 percent on a year over year basis.

The monthly composite index of non-manufacturing activity decreased to 57.3 in the month of March from seeing 59.7 in the month of February according to the Institute for Supply Management. Any reading that is above 50 shows expansion. This made expansion in the services sector for 15 months in a row.

The Mortgage Bankers Association reported its seasonally adjusted composite index of mortgage applications for the week that ended on April 1 decreased 2 percent while refinancing applications fell 6.2 percent, and purchase volume increased 6.7 percent.

The Federal Reserve reported that consumer credit debt increased in the month of February by $7.62 billion creating a total credit level of $2.42 trillion. The numbers for the month of January were revised from $5.01 billion to an increase of $4.45 billion. Revolving debt, such as credit cards decreased by $2.71 billion while non-revolving debt such as loans for cars increased by $10.3 billion.

Inventory by wholesalers rose 1 percent to $437.99 billion in the month of February. This was after a 1.1 percent increase in the month of January. Sales on the other hand decreased 0.8 percent in the month February. On a year-over-year basis, sales were 13.7 percent over what was seen in February of 2010.

First claims for unemployment benefits decreased by 10,000 to 382,000 for the week that ended on April 2, while continuing claims for the week that ended on March 26 decreased by 9,000 to 3.7 million.

Economic calendar reports upcoming
April 12 – international trade
April 13- retail sales
April 15 – industrial production

Sambazon Acai Cafe to open in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Sambozon announced the grand opening of a Sambazon Acai Café in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California. Sambazon is the pioneer of organic Amazon superfoods and their new café will serve delicious items created from authentic acai bowls and smoothies, which are based on the company’s organic line of quality functional juices, smoothies, sorbets and smoothie packs.  The café opened on April 9 with a party started at 12pm and ended at 6pm with all kinds of fun including a capoeira performance, live music, and free samples.

The Sambazon Acai Cafe’s menu offers signature items such as the traditional Brazilian Rio bowl, the Rob Machado Bowl, created by local surf legend, along with the Bob Burnquist Bowl, created by the professional skateboarder. Along with these tasty treats, the café will offer dessert bowls and a kids menu, coffee, herbal teas, and Brazilian cheese bread known as Pao de Queijo.

Ryan Black, co-founder and chief executive officer of Sambazon stated, “Bringing the Sambazon acai bowl experience direct to people has been our dream since we started Sambazon and introduced acai to the U.S. market more than 10 years ago,” and went on to say, “The Sambazon Acai Cafe is a friendly, laid-back spot where people can meet to enjoy the tastiest and most nutritious breakfast, lunch, or afternoon snack in town.”

Sambazon worked along side local artist, eVocal to help design the seaside café using salvaged and reclaimed materials all with eco-friendly finishes which includes a hand carved door created from 100-year-old rescued wood.

The Sambazon Acai Cafe is home in Cardiff-by-the-Sea at 2031 San Elijo Avenue with hours being 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.