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Playing Games Makes Firm A Big Winner

College buddies at UC Santa Cruz, Greg Otero and Dan Blumberg had a passion for board games. The two created and developed a game, similar to backgammon and Parcheesi, which they played with each other and their families for years.

In January, noticing a void in the gaming industry, the two decided to form a company and produce the game for the masses.

So in June, Otero Games, based in Carlsbad, launched Roundabout, a board game for two to four players that combines the classic appeal of traditional strategy games with fun and interactive elements.

On the market for only four months, sales have started to climb, said Otero, the chief executive officer of Otero Games.

Roundabout has also been recognized by game leaders, winning first place at the eighth annual Toy and Game Inventor’s Forum in Las Vegas in mid-September.

The competition was judged by buyers, CEOs and marketing managers from well-known game companies such as Mattel, Hasbro and Milton Bradley.

Roundabout can be found online and at 15 local retail stores, such as Thinker Things Toys in Del Mar, Learning Express in Carlsbad and Game Town in Old Town.

The game sells for $19.95 retail and can also be found in stores in Texas, Arizona, Utah, Florida and Hawaii.

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SCORE, counselors to America’s small businesses and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, has been helping small businesses since 1964.

Many of its clients are seeking advice on issues from as broad as how to start a business to as specific as how to use Quickbooks, an accounting software program used to help track finances.

SCORE, which consists of retired executives, offers counseling via e-mail.

E-mail counseling enables soon-to-be entrepreneurs or small-business owners a chance to pose a business question to a Score counselor anywhere in the country.

Participants are able to choose from a list of counselors with expertise in certain business areas and receive relevant business advice through the Internet.

All Score counselors are volunteers who are working or retired business owners, business executives or operations managers.

Nationwide, there are 11,500 Score counselors in 400 chapters in urban, suburban and rural communities.

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Business Fair:

Southwestern College will host its third annual Hispanic Business Fair and Expo from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 on the campus at the Student Union Cafeteria East.

The free event will offer business owners and managers a chance to meet with governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Attendees will also receive assistance and learn strategies in fiscal, financial and administrative areas.

For information, call (619) 482-6391 or visit www.sbditc.org.


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