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CWA Gives Small Contractors a Break on Insurance

CWA Gives Small Contractors a Break on Insurance

Talbot’s Opens Newest Retail Outlet at UTC

Small Business & Retail

by Lee Zion

Staff Writer

Small businesses will now face fewer obstacles as they apply for contract work with the San Diego County Water Authority.

The water authority is offering a new insurance program which will make it easier for contractors to meet county insurance requirements. The service will be a cost-saving alternative to the rates offered by most insurance companies, said Donna Nenow, spokeswoman for the water authority.

Small contractors applying for insurance usually find the premiums too costly and the enrollment process lengthy and cumbersome. The new service has low premiums, low deductibles and is pre-approved, she said.

The program, administered by the Robert F. Driver Co., Inc., calculates coverage based on the amount of the contract, making insurance contract-specific. The program is available to all contractors and consultants, Nenow said.

Other agencies using this service include the city of San Diego, the county of San Diego, the San Diego Housing Commission and the San Diego Unified Port District, he said.

“This program is a win-win for both contractors and the authority,” said James Turner, chairman of the board. “We wanted to open up opportunities for small contractors to do business with the authority by removing barriers.”

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Talbots Opens 800th: Talbots, a retailer and catalogue seller of specialty women’s wear, opened its 800th store this month at Westfield Shoppingtown UTC.

Just a few doors down from Talbot’s Petites, the new store offers a wide selection of classic sportswear, casual wear and dresses, along with shoes and fashion accessories, said Talbots spokesman Phil Tracey.

Hingham, Mass.-based Talbots now operates four locations in the San Diego area. In addition to the two at UTC, the others are in Fashion Valley Center and on Girard Avenue in La Jolla, Tracey said.

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Build Your Business: A typical service business has a few extra challenges when it comes to marketing itself , what they sell can’t be seen or heard.

All service companies , accountants, dry cleaners, plumbers and so forth , can benefit from a seminar on marketing specifically designed for them.

“Marketing the Invisible: Strategies for a Service Business” will be held 8 a.m. Feb. 22. The course will show businesses how to market its expertise and its relationship with customers, among other intangible assets.

For more information on this and other seminars sponsored by the Greater San Diego Business Association, call (619) 296-4543.

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Food (Really) Drives: The San Diego Food Bank got a delivery of more than 600 pounds of non-perishable food, thanks to a series of food drives by Mossy Nissan.

The automotive dealership held a food drive at each of its five dealerships throughout San Diego County. The goal at each of these food drives was to fill the bed of a 2002 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab Longbed pickup truck, said Vince Heald, spokesman for Mossy Nissan.

The food drive began Dec. 14 and ran through mid-January. The total weight of the food was tallied and announced earlier this month.

As an added incentive to the food drive, people who donated food were eligible for prizes. A $500 gift certificate to San Diego’s Ikea furniture store was given out at each of the five dealerships, Heald said.

The intent was to inspire and encourage as many people as possible to participate in helping San Diego’s hungry, said Sandy Mossy of Mossy Nissan.

“For more than 20 years, Mossy has been part of the San Diego community,” she said. Our Frontier Food Drive was just one small way we can do our part for San Diego families who are less fortunate, and we’re grateful for any opportunity to help out.”

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El Cajon Event: Downtown El Cajon, Inc., is holding its fifth annual meeting and awards presentation Feb. 21. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at the El Cajon Community Center.

The theme of the event will be progress, and El Cajon’s future. All business and property owners within El Cajon’s Business Improvement District are invited to attend.

For more information, call (619) 401-8858.

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Lower Your Tax Bill: A free guide can help your company reduce its federal tax bill next year.

The guide describes how to turn problem inventory , such as returns, canceled orders, discontinued items and slow sellers , into a federal income tax deduction by donating them to charity. The guide also describes how to spot deductible inventory, how to donate, and how to calculate tax savings.

For more information, call the nonprofit National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources at (800) 562-0955.

Send items for this column to

lzion@sdbj.com

, or call Lee Zion at (858) 277-6359, Ext. 112.

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