Here’s an item demonstrating the drawing power of those Web-based deep discount coupons. Picture It On Canvas, a four-year-old startup in Poway, has grown from two to 40 employees and annual sales of $4 million by placing more than 300 “deals” with Chicago-based Internet major discount coupon promoter Groupon. Robert McKeon, CEO of the firm, which prints home photos on large canvases, tells Poway’s Patch.com website that he’s grown to 325 prints a day from five prints a day as a result of his advertising blitz. To date, the privately held business has cranked out more than 6,000 prints for customers. For more information about a fast-growing business in the region, check ’em out at pictureitoncanvas.com … And speaking of the power of the Internet. Four San Diego women have been included in a list of the top 100 women tweeting on wildly popular social media platform Twitter.com. As of July 20, Tweet.Grader.com lists local social media expert Mari Smith (follow her @marismith) at No. 8 with nearly 55,000 tweets and more than 112,000 followers, followed by Web developer Gina Trapani (follow her @ginatrapani) at No. 64, former local TV correspondent Jenn Van Grove (follow her @jbruin) at No. 94 and motivational speaker Erica Douglass (follow her @ericabiz) at No. 96. … Another digital do! Comic-Con International 2011 has come and gone, but the annual gathering of comic hero worshippers is still generating waves in Tinseltown. On July 19, San Diego digital media technology company Legend3D held a news conference to note that it had served as the primary conversion partner for the final installment of the “Transformer” movie triad, “Dark Side of the Moon,” released June 28. The local production house transformed 75 minutes to 3-D from 2-D, and added that it completed 3-D work for last year’s hit, “Alice in Wonderland” … Nonprofit news. Former San Diego State University and St. Louis Rams megastar running back Marshall Faulk, who’s about to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 10, has partnered with Arthur E. Benjamin, founder of the American Dog Rescue nonprofit organization, to launch a Facebook page where $1 will be donated to the Humane Society of Missouri up to $10,000 for every visitor who presses the “Like” button on the page. Funds raised will be used to help household pets in Joplin and environs displaced by those horrible tornadoes in May … Finally! Back in the dark days of 2009 when the economy was mired in a deep recession, the Cuyamaca and Palomar college campuses received $1 million in federal stimulus money to retrain workers for solar thermal and solar photovoltaic installation, as well as assessing energy efficiency in homes. Two years later, officials say they’ve trained 251 students.
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