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North County Business Brief, July 31st

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New Director of the Scholarship Foundation

Ashley Colburn McCaughan was recently appointed Executive Director of the Don Diego Scholarship Foundation. She succeeds her Chana Mannen as the first executive director, who retired on June 30. In 2005, McCaughan won her $5,000 Foundation 4-H Scholarship, which supported her at Colorado State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Technical Journalism. She has served as the Foundation’s marketing coordinator, and her marketing coordinator and spokesperson for the San Diego County Fair. She led the organization and donated her $2 million to support annual college scholarships awarded to San Diego County students who were involved in activities at Dell’s fairgrounds and fairs. I plan to collect. Visit and


Baker Electric ranks high on the list

Home energy solutions Baker Electric Home Energy was recently recognized by Solar Power World as ranking 123rd out of over 400 US companies on its 2022 Top Solar Contractors list . The company also ranked him 24th out of 97 on the 2022 Top California Solar Contractors list. Solar Power World also named Baker Electric Home Energy President Mike Teresso his 2022 Solar Advocate of the Year. Teresso joined the company in 2013 and has advocated for aggressive solar policies at the state and federal levels. The Top Solar Contractors list is produced annually by the trade magazine Solar Power World and celebrates the achievements of US solar installers. Solar companies in the utility, commercial and residential markets are ranked by 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 County. The company also offers complete heating and air conditioning services and smart home his solutions. Visit

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Local Auto Shop Earns National AAA Honors

Two local auto repair shops recently won 2022 AAA Best in Repair Facility awards. Escondido Auto Tech (255 N Ivy St.) and Encinitas Foreign & Domestic Auto Repair (901 Second St.) were selected among just eight auto repair shops nationwide. West Escondido Automotive & Transmission at 2200 Auto Park Way also earned a ‘Silver’ ranking on the same list. These awards recognize “best of the best” among 7,000 AAA certified auto repair facilities in North America. Shops are nominated based on specific criteria, such as maintaining the standards and requirements of all AAA programs, maintaining a customer satisfaction rating of 95% or higher, and demonstrating commitment to the community and industry. Shops must undergo a series of inspections by AAA service specialists who check for cleanliness, proper tools, proper training, and proper technician certifications. AAA also checks with government and consumer agencies, conducts insurance/financial background reviews, and surveys customer satisfaction.

Virtual Job Fair on August 10th

Optum Labs, the research and development arm of UnitedHealth Group, is hosting a virtual career fair on August 10th from 8-10am. The company operates in data and engineering, data and analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, clinical research, and program and product management. Find out more and register at the Optum Labs Virtual Career Fair (


Business Expo Career Fair Sponsors Wanted

Sponsorships for the Poway Chamber of Commerce 2022 Business Expo & Career Fair are available on August 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mickey Cafagna Community Center. Sponsorship levels range from $250 to $750. Email Vendor booths are available for Chamber members for $50 and non-members for $100. Meet local businesses, chamber of commerce members and potential employers. Participation is free. Registration required at

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Music school opens ‘black box’ theater

The community is invited to the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new “Black Box Theater” at Reading Note Studios owned by Camille Hastings on Thursday from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Located at 760 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road, the theater is a 1,000-square-foot space that includes his 12-foot stage with a grand piano, dressing rooms, and restrooms. The 65-seat theater hosts small concerts, community events, open mic nights, and Teacher Showcases. Thursday’s opening features live music from students and teachers, a theater tour, and refreshments. The Leading Note also has a place for Encinitas. Call (760) 815-0307. Visit

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