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North County Business Briefs, July 31

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New director for scholarship foundation

Ashley Colburn McCaughan was recently appointed executive director of the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation. She succeeds inaugural executive director Chana Mannen, who retired on June 30. In 2005, McCaughan won a $5,000 foundation 4-H scholarship, which helped support her at Colorado State University, where she earned a B.A. in technical journalism. She has served as the foundation’s marketing coordinator and as the San Diego County Fair’s marketing coordinator and spokesperson. She will lead the organization as it works to raise its second million dollars in support of the annual college scholarships awarded to San Diego County students who have been associated with activities at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and the fair. Visit www.dondiegoscholarship.org and www.facebook.com/DonDiegoScholarship.


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Baker Electric earns high rankings on list

Baker Electric Home Energy, a home energy solutions, was recently recognized by Solar Power World as ranking at No. 123 out of more than 400 companies in the United States on the 2022 Top Solar Contractors list. The company was also ranked 24 out of 97 on the 2022 Top California Solar Contractors list. Solar Power World also recognized Baker Electric Home Energy President Mike Teresso as its 2022 Solar Advocate of the Year. Teresso joined the company in 2013 and has advocated for positive solar policy at the state and federal level. The Top Solar Contractors list is developed each year by industry magazine Solar Power World to honor the work of solar installers in the United States. Solar firms in the utility, commercial and residential markets are ranked by number of kilowatts installed in the previous year. Companies are grouped and listed by specific services, markets, and states. Baker Electric Home Energy designs, engineers and installs solar power systems and home batteries in San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties. The company also provides full heating and air conditioning services and smart-home solutions. Visit bakerhomeenergy.com.

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Local auto shops earn national AAA honors

Two local auto repair shops recently earned AAA’s Best in Repair facilities award for 2022. Escondido Auto Tech, 255 N Ivy St., and Encinitas Foreign & Domestic Auto Repair, 901 Second St., were named among just eight auto repair shops nationwide. Also, West Escondido Automotive & Transmission, 2200 Auto Park Way, earned a “silver” ranking on the same list. These awards recognize the “best of the best” among AAA’s 7,000 Approved Auto Repair facilities across North America. Shops are nominated based on certain criteria, including maintaining all AAA program standards and requirements, keeping a customer satisfaction rating of 95 percent or higher, and showing a commitment to their communities and the industry. Shops must undergo a series of inspections by AAA service specialists, who check for cleanliness, proper tools, adequate training and appropriate technician certifications. AAA also checks with government and consumer agencies, does insurance/financial background reviews and surveys customer satisfaction.

Virtual job fair coming Aug. 10

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Optum Labs, the research and development arm of UnitedHealth Group, is hosting a virtual career fair from 8-10 a.m. Aug. 10. The company is seeking to fill more than 40 roles in data and engineering, data and analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, clinical research, and program and product management. Learn more and register for the Optum Labs Virtual Career Fair at bit.ly/3cR8tEG.


Business Expo seeking sponsors for career fair

Sponsorships are available for the Poway Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Business Expo & Career Fair, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Mickey Cafagna Community Center. Sponsorship levels range from $250 to $750. Email [email protected] Vendor booths are available for $50 to chamber members and $100 to nonmembers. Meet local businesses, chamber members and potential employers. Free to the public to attend; registration required at bit.ly/3crK6NT.

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Music school opens ‘black box’ theater

The community is invited to a grand opening and ribbon cutting from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday for the new “Black Box Theatre” at Leading Note Studios, owned by Camille Hastings. The theater, at 760 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, is a 1,000-square-foot space containing a 12-foot stage with grand piano, a green room and restrooms. Seating 65 people, the theater will host small concerts, community events, open mic nights and Teacher Showcases. Thursday’s opening will feature live music by students and teachers, theater tours, and refreshments. Leading Note also has an Encinitas location. Call (760) 815-0307; visit www.leadingnotestudios.com.

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