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The Magazine of the Greater San Diego Business Association | San Diego’s Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce | Volume 19 |Issue No. 3 |May/June 2013



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Back in the early nineties, several of the west coast LGBT chambers of commerce banded together to create the Western Business Alliance where they could meet and share best practices. The NGLCC took over that role, but several of the western chambers wanted to spend more time together discussing those issues particular to our culture in the Far West, so three years ago we revived the WBA and met in Long Beach. Last year we met in San Francisco, and this year we met here in San Diego. In addition to San Diego, the WBA is made up of representatives from Seattle, Spokane, Portland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Palm Springs, Denver, Tucson, Las Vegas and Hawaii. It’s quite a collection of unique LGBT chambers numbering from just under 200 up to 1,000 members. But regardless of the size of the organization, what we all realize is we have experience we can share to help each other succeed. I always learn something new at these conferences. Another benefit of our two day conference meetings is that we take turns making presentations on the various subjects, so we get input from several different perspectives. We cover issues like budgeting, retaining membership, increasing corporate support, using social media effectively, and more. In addition, we have some lively discussions around the issues facing our chambers – from immigration to same sex marriage. Nothing is off the table and we enjoy a ready give and take of opinions. We always have dinner together one night and this year it was at Baja Betty’s on a Friday night; the joint was jumping, as they say, and we had a great time. Most of those attending then went on to discover some of the other venues in Hillcrest. The important thing is that we shared our experiences and those new to our conference made valuable connections. Next year we meet in Seattle.

Welcome to the GSDBA Board michael french, marketing director/ creative director t advertising and design Michael French comes to the Board of Directors with over 20 years of marketing and creative experience. As an art director at LA ad agencies and Universal Pictures, he won awards and accolades for the LEGOLAND California and New York New York Hotel & Casino opening campaigns, and The California Department of Health Services HIV/AIDs initiative. His big brand experience includes notable companies like Avery, Alta Dena, Suzuki and Sanyo Electronics. He has served as Marketing Director for LumenVox, Inference Solutions, Hollywood Palace Theatre, The University of Texas, and 888-MegaMates. In 2001, Michael walked away from the LA ad world with a piece of the LEGOLAND California account to start t advertising & design. Today, t works with companies to develop brand presence, marketing strategies and creative initiatives that emphasize lead generation and creation of multi-silo revenue streams from traditional, e-commerce and social media environments. At t, Michael has also served as marketing consultant and creative director for 17 start-up companies and 12 new product lines, which have amassed collective revenues of over $200 million since 2001.

kevin t. kellar, esq., principal the kellar law group Kevin is a practicing attorney in San Diego, California. As principal of The Kellar Law Group, he provides counsel to clientsin the practice areas of family law and estate planning. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of San Diego. A member of the GSDBA since 2011, he is also an active member of the San Diego Bar Association and Volunteer Lawyer Program. Kevin is an accomplished equestrian and is an active competitor with the America Endurance Ride Conference. GSDBA’s Community Connection Magazine | May/June 2013


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East Hillcrest’s Newest Hot Spot Glows with Community Pride ark Boulevard between University Avenue and Robinson is known as Egyptian Row due to the Egyptian motif on many of the buildings’ façades. The majority of buildings along this stretch were built in the ‘20’s, 30’s and 40’s and also display a hint of Art Deco prevalent at the time. More of the same is seen in other parts of Hillcrest, University Heights, and North Park, as well as in downtown San Diego. The majority of these were shops, restaurants with second floor apartments and low-rise apartments.

fire. In 2012, The Flame underwent an interior renovation and the owners had hopes of renaming the venue, “Diamond Kitty,” but due to The Flame’s historical standing, neither the exterior nor the name could be changed. The Egyptian is a somewhat high rise condo complex that originally was an

Where Heat & History Mix

Sam Korish, Owner, Heat Bar & Kitchen


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Heat Bar & Kitchen’s building was once divided down the middle with half serving as a laundry, and the other as a Chinese restaurant. The land was purchased and the building erected in the ‘60’s by the current landlady, a Chinese refugee who immigrated to the United States after the Maoist Revolution. Later, the restaurant was purchased by Vietnamese who served their native food. Following commercial trends, it later became a computer shop and a furniture store. In the ‘90’s, the entire space was leased once again to be a café. Urban Grind was an internet café that specialized in coffee, and light foods. It also served as a venue for local artists’ work. Other historical notes in the area include The Flame on Park and The Egyptian at the corner of Park and University. Originally, The Flame was the Garden of Allah restaurant. Later, it morphed into a steak house that unfortunately burned down. When it was rebuilt, it was resurrected as a nightclub named The Flame, a nod to the infamous

apartment building. With the revitalization of Hillcrest in the mid 80’s to late 90’s, anchored by the Ralphs/Trader Joe shopping center, The Egyptian, along with a number of other Hillcrest residential buildings, were renovated by investors/developers.

Sam’s Passion

Two years ago, Sam Korish was the third person to purchase Urban Grind. His inten-

tion was to upgrade the food and service while completing the design and permitting process with the ultimate goal of bringing an upscale but casual fine dining venue to the neighborhood. Ironically, Sam first became acquainted with 3797 Park Boulevard about 15 years ago when he went to a showing of his friend’s art at the café. It struck him at the time that it was a really great location and an excellent space for the restaurant that he was developing in his mind. He felt an amazing energy from the space and became spiritually connected to the site. Two years ago, Sam was at The Flame, which is owned by friends, and while standing out in front, looking across the street, he was reminded that 3797 Park Boulevard was once again beckoning him. Even though the Urban Grind café was not up for sale, Sam made an offer, it was accepted, and immediately went into escrow. So after a decade of working in corporate America, including owning 2 kiosk businesses in North County Faire and managing $8 million worth of apartment space, Sam left the secure career he was building and took a big risk. What was his philosophy and motivation? Sam has a creative and entrepreneurial nature

ditionally, since Sam’s mission and motto is: “Community serving community,” it is paramount to him to provide a welcoming, comfortable, relaxed, eclectic environment with a positive energy that encourages friends to gather and for new friends to meet while discussing travels, food, adult beverages, world politics, and the like. One might say that relaxing at Heat is a cultural experience – a neighborhood hangout and a destination spot.

The Spot And, speaking of “destination spot,” the food is spot on. Everyone loves the food – it’s healthy, creative and provides a fantastic melding of flavors. Sam’s favorite is the Charasco Steak

weekday lunch and plans are moving forward to present food-beer and wine pairings hosted by local brewers, wineries and certified sommeliers. Heat also anticipates applying for a full liquor license in the future. And because Sam’s vision includes giving back to the community, Heat has already contracted to provide the venue for nonprofit charities’ philanthropic efforts. Concern for children and companion animals are on the top of Sam’s list and as the weather improves, Heat’s side patio will host “yappy hours” and pet adoptions. Also, when the weather is consistent, performance art diversions will be part of Heat’s offerings – again showcasing local, creative efforts. Sam’s vision for Heat is to provide a venue in Hillcrest that did not exist – Sam’s place – a place that brings together all that is great about San Diego and the Uptown area specifically – diversity, positive energy, an upscale dining experience at an affordable price point.

Advice for Future Restaurateurs What advice would Sam share with people thinking about opening a restaurant? As everyone knows, the restaurant business is fraught with risks. However, America was built

Community Serving Community and corporate America was too stifling – there wasn’t leeway to express his creativity and destiny. Additionally, Sam has often been told that he is a “healer” and serving the community by providing an escape from everyday life – a space where people can relax with friends, old and new, while enjoying great design, food, drink and energy - is how he expresses his natural gift of bringing healing to the universe. Being surrounded by happy people is Sam’s enjoyment and reward.

While Sam’s original vision was an intimate wine bar with world class international and local wines accompanied by tapas and pizzas, the vision evolved into a full service restaurant and bar serving fresh, organic produce as well as fresh catch and “green” grass fed beef. Ad-

and the Garlic/Thyme Stuffed Duroc Pork Chop. Other patron pleasers are the Thyme Roasted Half Chicken, the amazingly fresh and perfectly prepared salmon filet, Suzie’s Farm Root Vegetable Dish, the Heat Burger and happy hour Heat sliders, the homemade waffle potato chips and, always tops on everyone’s list, the Smoked Chocolate Mousse. Beverages also hit the mark – a wide selection of personally selected wines (with happy hour specials), locally crafted beer, fabulously refreshing sangria and creative, not to miss, sake cocktails. Two of the favorites are the Heat Cocktail (Koby plum wine, Serrano peppers, organic agave nectar and fresh lime) and the Asian Mule (sake, bitters, lime, fresh mint and ginger beer). The Strawberry Bellini is also a crowd pleaser – house made strawberry syrup and champagne. And, at weekend brunch, numerous fresh flavored mimosas are served with the option of a bottomless fresh orange juice and champagne mimosa at $10. The menu is created seasonally to take advantage of the freshest ingredients. It is revised and updated frequently with weekly specials on the happy hour and dinner menus. A new menu is rolled out on a regular basis to ensure there are always new reasons to come back to Heat Bar and Kitchen.

The Future Heat has only been open three months and there are many plans for future, enticing additions. Beginning in May, Heat will be open for

by entrepreneurs willing to take a risk. The key is to do your research and reduce the risk factors as much as possible. Be sure you do your research objectively, without rose-colored glasses. Know the numbers and establish costs and bottom lines. Be sure you are able (and willing) to do EVERYTHING it takes to operate a restaurant successfully - from paperwork, to planning, to being fill-in chef and dishwasher, host, bartender, waiter and cleaner of the bathrooms. (Yes, really)

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ikon chen thinks inside



You dress to impress… Shouldn’t your product do the same?


veryone has a look, a style they use to create a persona and story, such as Bohemian, artistic, rock star, or trusted advisor. Much thought goes into packaging ourselves for the world. You only get 30 seconds to make the first impression, and you want it to be memorable. It’s the same with the packaging you use for your products. The right packaging can entice a consumer to buy your product over a familiar brand. Think about the last time you purchased something because the packaging looked “cool,” or how excited you were to remove, one by one, the components as you “unboxed” your new iPhone; removing each layer of the packaging is all part of the experience. Your product packaging sends a message to your target market. Just as a financial advisor wouldn’t have blue dreadlocks, you don’t put your product in a “smiley-face” box for the upscale, sophisticated market you are trying to reach. So you have a product, and you are ready to present it to the world. How do you know what to do? What are your options?

This is where Ikon Chen, owner of wwiPackaging steps in. Ikon understands how packaging creates added value-- the certain something that makes your product stand out. She will sit with you, listen to the ‘story’ behind your product and offer design, material, and cost options. Let’s use wine as an example. When you buy a bottle to take to the parents of your partner or as a housewarming gift, you want to pick the right wine that shows you honor the host and, at the same time, reveals your personality. Does packaging it in a brown bag or in a custom-labeled box reveal what you want to say? The power of packaging can reflect an array of emotions by creating the most powerful box design.

Ikon Chen

President of Packaging Development

West Wind Imports and Packaging 2840 Adams Avenue #105 San Diego, CA 92116 O: 619-800-0878 M: 646-234-4729 W: FB: T: @wwiPackaging


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Packaging sets the tone and tells the story before you even open the box. How do you get the right package? GSDBA member Rhonda from Pain Away Strategies would carry her ‘Roll Out Of Pain Kit’ to the classes she teaches at UCSD in a purple bag with a business card taped

to the front. The bag contained the right products, but didn’t say “I’m a professional.” After working with wwiPackaging, she now has a bright blue-and-yellow custom box with her logo, name, and products professionally printed on it. She carries it proudly to her meetings and reports that “(she) feels very secure every time (she) opens it.” Ikon learns who her clients are in order to guide them to appropriate packaging solutions. The solution can range from a luxury gift-set box or high-end Logo shopping bags to a SWAG bag to give away at trade shows. However, do not confuse the personalized service with promotional items such as pens, mugs, T-shirts, etc. Promotional items are sold “as is.” The printing space is restricted and colors are picked from a list. Ikon offers packaging solutions for unit boxes (one item), gift sets (multiple items), sturdy paper shopping bags, intricate textile (SWAG) bags, and adhesive labels of all sizes. All of these examples are customized to the client’s ideal shape, size, and color theme. From concept to delivery, she will guide you every step of the way. Ikon received her MS in Industrial Technology with an emphasis in Packaging from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. There it all started with a conversation with her professor about how packaging can make or break a product. That led her to her perfect calling and start wwiPackaging. This allows her to be creative yet practical, helping businesses create packaging that impresses their consumers. You only have one chance to grab your target customer. Sit down with Ikon to make it happen.

Message from the Chair

Visibility Matters GSDBA has been an effective chamber organization for individual business owners, corporations, sales people, and other professionals for over 30 years. The ability for an individual member to connect with 10, 20, or even 50 other members and develop relationships that create benefits both personally and professionally occur daily. The challenge is to provide more. Visibility is a powerful member advantage of GSDBA. Your membership provides extensive opportunities. Our strong membership supports GSDBA to achieve economic, workplace, and LGBT community equality goals every year. Our membership creates a voice at political and economic discussions that impact the LGBT community. We are committed to building on recent achievements by growing membership further. We hope you will help make this year’s Membership Drive a great success. Watch for details! GSDBA wants results for members. Would new marketing workshops on successful promotional strategies to enhance your visibility help? Tell us. In May we are presenting both a Speed Marketing class and one on Public Speaking. Directory season will soon be upon us. Our powerful print directory continues to reach over 25,000 households annually. Directory advertising results vary. Those who have visibility plans that include our Directory create sustainable results. Plan and participate. The more members who advertise, the more valuable the Directory is to your visibility Recently, our CEO impressed new members with the number of visibility opportunities available to create LGBT community impressions. With 10 Business Networking Groups that meet weekly, a monthly luncheon series where you can meet others interested in the speaker’s topic, or the developing Professional Development Groups, like our famed Marketing professionals or our newest called Engaging Aging, visibility opportunities abound. Results vary with participation. With a plan of visibility, contribution, and leadership, GSDBA becomes a powerful resource for your business success. GSDBA makes it easy to pursue a marketing visibility plan for relationships and resources. Being a member of GSDBA benefits all of us. An active member brings professional results. Outcomes aren’t controlled, but output and quality can be. GSDBA traditional opportunities include: •PR/media relations using print, broadcast and digital media •Social media strategies including our website, Facebook and Linkedin. •Face to face networking While ‘Out of the box’ visibility opportunities would be: •Providing an endorsement for a book, a chapter, or short content for someone •Guest blogging & podcasts Both traditional and “out of the box” visibility strategies are available through your GSDBA membership. You just need to be creative, have a visibility plan, and learn. I know it works. I’m living proof of the effectiveness of GSDBA, its benefits, and the rewards of membership, contribution, consistency, and participation. I hope in the weeks to come, you will brag to me about your results.

Eric D. Brown, CMFC Waddell & Reed Board Chair, GSDBA photo: Eric Carroll

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The Path to Parenthood Isn’t Always Straight by Wendy B. Shelly, MD FACOG

Q. I would like to use my friend Scott’s sperm to conceive a child. How do I do this? Waiting,Tammy in Encinitas A. When counseling individuals/couples about using a known sperm donor, I focus on three things (1) Safety (2) Efficacy and (3) Parenting rights. Safety is of utmost concern when you are exposing yourself and potential offspring to tissues (the sperm!) that may carry infectious diseases. I recommend that all individuals follow the guidelines issued by the FDA ( BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/ TissueSafety/ucm232876.htm) regarding any sort of tissue donation (sperm, kidney, heart, etc). This involves screening for infectious diseases through blood and a physical exam as well as answering a questionnaire. If your friend screens “positive,” then after medical counseling, you can make an informed decision about using his sperm. Efficacy is also important when considering using your friend’s sperm. The typical 30yr old female has an expectation of 15% pregnancy per coital cycle; a single insemination yields even fewer pregnancies. A fertility specialist can evaluate you and your friend prior to initiating attempts: Is the sperm “OK”? Are my tubes open? Do I ovulate?

Fertility Specialists Medical Group, Inc.

8010 Frost Street, Plaza Level San Diego, CA 92123 Main: (858) 505-5500 Fax: (858) 505-5555

Parenting rights are the final and most important topic. In today’s evolving legal climate, parenting rights in third party reproduction (using donor sperm/egg/GC) are not clear-cut. It is vital to establish clear “intent-to-parent” prior to conceiving a child. I strongly recommend seeking legal counsel prior to any attempts with your friend’s sperm.

Q. My partner, Marc, and I have decided to start a family using an egg donor and a gestational carrier. What now? Lawyer? Doctor? Gestational Carrier Agency? Help, Rob in North Park

A. Congratulations! Starting a family with “third parties” can be daunting, and many individuals / couples don’t know where to start. Choosing your ideal egg donor (whether anonymous or a friend) and a healthy, appropriate gestational carrier (GC) (whether commercial or a friend) are the most important elements to ensure success. With this in mind, I recommend beginning with a medical consultation with a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist (“fertility specialists”). A fertility specialist will: (1) assess you (and/or your partner) for sperm quality and its use (2) screen potential egg donors for suitable egg quantity and health/genetic history- some fertility centers, like ours, have their own pre-screened anonymous egg donor pool (3) evaluate GC for likelihood of successful term delivery (4) explain and perform mandated (FDA) infectious disease screening on required parties (5) coordinate and conduct the actual getting pregnant part (IVF)! Once you have established care with a fertility specialist, you then have a firm grounding to move forward selecting the egg donor and GC. Your fertility specialist will work with your donor, carrier agency and attorney (need them!) throughout the process of building your family. Best of luck! You can find a board-certified Reproductive Endocrinologist at

Have a question about fertility, family building, or reproductive health? Email Dr. Shelly at GSDBA@, and your question could be answered in the next edition of GSDBA’s Community Connection magazine.

The doctors of Fertility Specialists Medical Group, Arlene J. Morales, M.D., and Wendy Shelly, M.D. See their advertisement on the back cover


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Dr. Wendy Shelly, MD (pictured right) serves as the Director of Third Party Reproduction for FSMG (Fertility Specialists Medical Group). Her medical school, OB/GYN residency and Reproductive Endocrine/ Infertility Fellowship were respectively at: Pennsylvania State University, University of Virginia and University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Shelly is passionate about educating the San Diego community on fertility and reproductive health. She is especially dedicated to informing LGBT individuals /couples about their family building options. Dr. Shelly moved to San Diego to join FSMG in 2011 with her family.

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New Laws are Cooking for

California’s Home Kitchen Businesses by Pamela Wilson, Esq., Law Office of Pamela Lawton Wilson

For the first time in California, kitchen entrepreneurs can make certain foods at home for sale to the public. The new law means ambitious cooks can avoid significant costs associated with renting a commercially licensed kitchen and following complex health regulations. There is excitement in the “eat local” community that the California Home Made Food Act, effective January 1, 2013, allows cooking aficionados with a marketable recipe to launch new enterprises on a start-up budget. Eligible edibles include baked goods without cream, custard or meat fillings; candy; dried fruit, pasta or baking mixes; chocolate covered non-perishables such as dried fruits and nuts; fruit pies; granolas, cereals and trail mixes; certain jams, jellies and preserves; vinegars and mustards; herb blends, roasted coffees and dried teas; nut mixes and butters; popcorn and honey. An updated list of approved foods is available on the CA Department of Public Health website. ( Documents/fdbCFOfoodslist.pdf) The increasing popularity of locally grown and produced foods was a key development persuading legislators to enact the law. It recognizes California’s artisanal and slow food movements and the trend toward urban agriculture and community based food enterprises. The new rules will promote small business, facilitate production of healthy and minimally processed products and encourage microenterprises that strengthen our local economy. The law follows similar statutes in several other states and should herald numerous new successful businesses.

Vendors whose products qualify are called “Cottage Food Operators” and may sell directly to consumers from home or at a certified farmers’ market, farm stand or other designated venue. Internet sales are permitted if the CFO personally delivers goods to the buyer. Products can also be distributed through qualified third party retailers such as restaurants and markets. CFO’s may employ up to one full-time staffer, in addition to family or household members. To qualify as a CFO business, revenues may not exceed $35,000 this year, increasing to $50,000 in 2015. Annual fees for a CFO license in San Diego are set by the County Department of Environmental Health at $142 or $284. The higher fee applies to CFOs licensed to sell to retailers because these “Class B” operators must be inspected annually. CFOs must complete a food processor training course, currently available online or in class, and follow labeling rules, including stating the product was “Made in a Home Kitchen.” (See: deh/food/publications.html) ********************* Pamela Wilson is a GSDBA member and attorney whose practice includes assisting clients with small business and governmental compliance matters.

Pamela Wilson, Esq. Law Office of Pamela Lawton Wilson

Phone: 619-255-4739 Fax: 866-817-7691 2534 State Street, Suite 410 San Diego, CA 92101


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photos by the fabulous valentino and jen s

photos from the membership mixer at

a special thanks to wells fargo hillcrest, barefoot wines, pita jungle,all our prize donors, and Valentino, fab stand-in photographer and stylist to the stars.

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special thanks to everyone at claire de lune and the sunset temple, artists Timothy Bruehl, Chad Elliott Hirata and Kyle Cardwell, John Keasler, our prize donors, and co-sponsor

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The Power of

FOCUS For such a short word, “focus” packs real power.

by Barbara Eldridge, President and Founder of Mind Masters


hat is it inside of some people that makes them willing to risk everything they have to be in business? Is it to join the league of greats like Ford, Carnegie, Hearst, Jobs, Gates or just to have the freedom being in a business of their own? Perhaps it is the spirit passed down by parents or grandparents who ran the butchers, bakeries and small service businesses from the beginning of time. Some say it is a burning desire that hits like a flash of lightning or an idea that begs to be developed. Personal Achievement in any area of life requires commitment and consistency, and perhaps, as a business owner, it requires it even more. At the height of it all, entrepreneurship screams freedom – freedom to direct one’s own life, freedom to earn as much as one can, freedom to set one’s own hours, freedom to be in control. In the thick of it entrepreneurship demands risk. And, it demands new skills. It demands financial liquidity and demands the effective use of time and life. Over the past 20 years, my experience with hundreds of business owners highlights the struggle to wear all of the “hats” of running a business and still maintain focus. Managing clients/customers, marketing, networking (both online and in person), budgeting and controlling finances, learning new shills, technology and time management – how does one cope? This is what I have learned and what I mentor my clients on to succeed in business.

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4. Take time to work on the business not just in it. One of the most talked about challenges small business owners complain about is time management. My experience is that it is a lack of “planning” (oh I’ve been told that I shouldn’t use the word “planning,” people don’t respond to it), DUH!! With a “Plan of Action” in hand, block 30 minutes each week to review your goals, results and your progress. You can then determine the actions you will need to take for the week to stay focused. No cell phone, no e-mail, no distractions...just planning. Part of time management comes from having a plan, but then you must prioritize those activities by recognizing what is most valuable and profitable. So block 10 minutes daily to prioritize the 5 most beneficial action items for the day. How can savvy business owners position themselves for future growth and prosperity? In a word, focus. Focus on eliminating time and energy wasters. A plan, used daily, helps you do that. 5. Use the power of the Master Mind - a driving force. Obviously, this is a key I subscribe to, but as we have seen in 12 Step Programs, Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig for instance, the power to achieve in a group, what is difficult to accomplish individually, is impossible to deny. This is the principle of a Mastermind Group and successful Entrepreneurs through the years know that they are essential to turbo charge business growth and profitability.

1. Have goals that excite you and results that will get you there. By setting measurable goals with timelines for yourself you’ll start seeing results right away. Be sure to include carefully thought-out action plans to help you hit those goals. Keep them clearly in front of you; you cannot hit the ball if the sun is blinding you. In business, as in life, you must define what the end game is – so you need goals and results that give you the motivation and enthusiasm to stay in the game. Focus only on two or three high priority, high pay off objectives that will grow the business during any one period. Learn to say no to the people or things that show up that can hinder your progress and impact your focus.

Mastermind Groups create a synergy of energy, commitment and excitement. The beauty of Mastermind Groups is that participants raise the bar by focusing each other on implementing goals, brainstorming ideas, creating solutions, and offering mutual support. The focus enhances business while creating personal, professional and financial growth.

2. Have THREE marketing tactics you do consistently. The word that comes closest to focus is “consistent.” A tactic that creates a connection between you and a prospective client, which moves them closer to doing business with you needs to show up consistently. Choose tactics to fit your strategy on a consistent basis so you keep on your game plan.

Barbara Eldridge is President and Founder of Mind Masters a membership organization for business owners. Her advisory experience includes leading businesses into growth, reengineering business systems and processes to accommodate the changing market place, and refocusing businesses that needed to change to survive. ©2013 Barbara Eldridge. All rights reserved.

3. Measure performance. One of the most valuable keys to better focus is measuring performance. Identify the two to five key measurements and key indicators that are essential for your business. Set up an active system to measure and track them. Put charts and graphs of these indicators on the wall. Make your interest in these metrics highly active and visible.


Chances are with that level of focus you’ll get what you’re looking for - improvements in these areas.

Ask the right questions – what needs improvement? What’s going well? This is your playback of what is working for you and what is working in the business. It allows you to look back to the extent required to give you a proper perspective on the present impact changes might have on the business, your results and your market.

You can have a lot more fun when you’re in focus. Your business and life take on a new clarity. Just as a camera lens focuses light to form a photographic image, so your mind focuses your thoughts, feelings and actions to form a clear picture of who you are and where you’re going. Use the Power of Focus to go far.

Barbara Eldridge, Founder/President


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or thousands of American athletes, competing in the Olympic and Paralympic games represents the ultimate goal. However, only a small handful will make it, and fewer still will make it big in the form of endorsement deals, sponsorships and professional sports contracts. For the rest of our nation’s elite athletes, the pursuit of an Olympic dream must contend with the unfortunate reality of low pay, long training hours and high stress.

But Adecco is changing all that. As the world’s leading provider of workforce solutions, we have proudly partnered with the United States Olympic Committee to develop the Athlete Career Program. The Athlete Career Program helps aspiring Olympic and Paralympic athletes find flexible job opportunities that give them the time and financial stability they need to train for their sport while giving them the experience they need to prepare for a long-term career. In addition to job placement assistance, the Athlete Career Program also offers resume development, interview preparation, professional seminars, job market research and career coaching. Chula Vista, home to the U.S. Olympic Training Center, is also home to many participants in the Athlete Career Program. These athletes are looking for opportunities to bring their unique skills – unwavering focus, intense drive, international experience, team play and a commitment to winning, among others – to the workforce – and you can help. You can hire one of these talented athletes today, and Adecco will make the process extremely simple – we take care of all background checks, screening activity, paperwork, pay checks and more! Through the Athlete Career Program, Adecco is helping businesses like yours connect with elite athletes – with elite skills – while helping these great individuals fulfill their Olympic dreams. It’s a true win-win situation, and we hope you can be a part of it. To hire one of these great athletes, or for more information about the Athlete Career Program, please contact the local Adecco office at (619) 849-2891!

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Dynamics To PowerPoint or Not to PowerPoint! by Milo Shapiro, Professional Speaker and Speaking Coach

Q: I was told my PowerPoint usage is worse than no PowerPoint at all because all I’m doing is reading to people. Should I just skip PowerPoint then? - R.G., San Diego This is a common problem. When we’re leading, we feel comforted that the written words back up our speaking. That’s great for you, but you are probably boring them because (1) they can read faster than you can talk and (2) after they’ve read ahead, your voice becomes superfluous. So, the real answer to your question is: PowerPoint done well is generally better than no PowerPoint at all. Having something visual helps those audience members who are visual learners (estimated at 60%!) stay with you. But think in terms of bullet points and let your PowerPoint be your guide through the program instead of an exact reflection of it. Let’s say your company imports candles and part of your curriculum is about issues of Cultural Diversity when dealing with the branch office in China. Have a map of China pop up when you first introduce that topic. If your three bullet points under that would be (1) the quality of the candles, (2) email etiquette and (3) telephone etiquette, that’s three more screens. The first subtopic page gets a

smaller picture of China (to remind us that we’re still discussing their imports) and some candles. But that’s all you get to put on that screen. If you have less than about three minutes of information about the Chinese candles, you just talk…and they will listen. Nothing else goes up there until the next slide. Here, show the same smaller map of China but the candles are replaced by a picture of email coming in. Slide three? The map and a Chinese employee on the phone. Notice how none of this fills your screen with words? Instead, it introduces a topic in an appealing way so that your audience wants to hear what you have to say about it. Are these kinds of PowerPoint displays time consuming to produce? Yes. So you have to decide how important this presentation is to you. Going back to my “complete answer,” you ARE better off with no PowerPoint than doing it poorly; at least with no PowerPoint at all, they aren’t reading ahead. A final tip on PowerPoint many people never consider: You can use it for only yourself instead of clunky paper notes. No one forces you as the speaker to project your material on the screen…so long as the PowerPoint is bullet points and key phrases to keep you on track and not just text that you are reading to them!


Public Speaking: Get A’s, Not Zzzzzz’s

Be Prepared, Polished, and Powerful when you speak. Featuring public speaking coach and trainer, Milo Shapiro. Co-Sponsored by GSDBA and California Men’s Gatherings

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Financial Strategies for Small Businesses Ensuring the Continuation of Your Business Compliments of Sacha Mackels, Financial Advisor Proud GSDBA Member

You hope your small business has become a reflection of yourself: it’s an efficient, dependable, and well-run operation that follows through on your customers’ wants and needs. But what would happen if a change in ownership was necessary, perhaps due to unmanageable costs or even the death of you or your business partner? Could the surviving partner pay for unforeseen expenses? Could the business retain its employment base?

disability is far greater than a premature death. Your business can provide you and your employees with personal disability insurance that continues a portion of your salary when you’re unable to earn it, and the premiums (in most cases) are tax deductible.

Whether your company is just emerging, flourishing, or maturing, your business and personal financial needs are unique. But sooner or later, most small business owners ask themselves three basic questions:

Can you keep your employee benefits competitive yet still affordable? One way to do this is with a salary continuation strategy. With a salary continuation strategy in place, you have the financial means to protect your key employees, your business, and yourself from the adverse financial consequences of disability. In many cases, if the program is funded with disability insurance policies, the premium payments may be tax deductible as a necessary business expense of your company.

1. How do I prepare for the problems that come with changes in ownership? 2. As the owner of my company, is there a way to use business dollars to pay for some personal expenses? 3. Am I getting the most I can out of my employee benefit dollars? Each of these situations can be dealt with through adequate business strategies.

Strategies for Changes in Ownership If you or a business partner died, it would be comforting to know now that your business would continue to run smoothly. There are several options to ensure its continuity. One method is a buy/sell agreement. This establishes the value of your business and assures a ready market for your share in the business after the death of an owner. With life insurance funding the agreement, the surviving partner(s) are assured of the means to buy out heirs and retain control over the business, and the deceased owner’s basis can be converted into cash for the heirs.

How to Use Employee Benefits to Increase Income and Improve Key Employees’ Retention

Finally, when trying to attract new employees (as well as retain existing ones) keep in mind that today’s employees look for and expect strong insurance programs, especially for medical, disability, and life insurance as a part of the entire compensation package. In return, you can receive tax deductions for the premiums you pay out. An effective business strategy will help you achieve the best of both worlds: overall reduced business costs to retain your competitive edge in the current marketplace, and the retention of effective, highly motivated employees who can provide the financial strength and stability to your business that will ensure its continuation long after you’re gone. Sacha Mackels works with business owners to identify and achieve their financial goals. For additional information or to get a complimentary Exit Planning Report of Closely Held Business Owners contact Sacha today at (619) 208-7646 or sacha.mackels@

If you should lose a key employee, you may lose considerable time and money trying to find and train a replacement. Key employee life insurance provides you with the funds you need to keep the business running smoothly during this difficult period. Another option is to carefully incorporate your business needs into a total estate plan. This way you may be able to avoid severe liquidity problems for the heirs of your estate after your death.

Using Business Dollars for Personal Expenses There are also ways to provide benefits for yourself by using your business’ checkbook. The fact is, you can actually pay some of your personal expenses using your business’ money, and receive favorable tax treatment at the same time. Your business can help you pay for your own life insurance by “advancing” you money to pay the annual premium. The cost is low and the advance is paid back from the insurance proceeds upon your death. This benefit can also be extended to your key employees. As with any tax strategy, you should consult with your tax advisor regarding your specific tax situation.


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Founding GSDBA Member Honored GSDBA salutes Robert Lynn, a founding member of the GSDBA, for his selection by his peers as one of the San Diego area’s top lawyers in Appellate law. To earn this honor announced in San Diego Magazine, one has to be rated by their peers as “preeminent” – the highest peer review rating available. The GSDBA congratulates Robert on this outstanding achievement!

Four Decades of EntertainingYou

Music As You Like It celebrated its 40th anniversary this April. Keith Danon started the company in 1973, and has produced over 26,000 events. They provide all types of entertainment and décor for any type of event. Keith has been a member of the GSDBA for many years (Since 1996!), and always looks forward to the mixers and educational seminars. Check out their new website at Congratulations to Keith and his staff for the great work over the past 40 years!

New GSDBA Group Focuses on Serving an Aging Population The Engaging Aging Professional Development Group (PDG) program is designed to provide professional development and education for members in professions that are aligned to serve our aging population. If interested in joining this group or for more information please contact: Co Facilitator: Danielle Barger OR Co Facilitator: Sacha Mackels Check online for future dates and meeting locations. The meetings are held from 12-1:30 pm. An RSVP is required to attend to this meeting. [24]

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Rep. Atkins hosts the Small Business Advisory Council Meeting with Community. Business Owners Share their Stories. Kaleb Scott Photographs represented the community as a GSDBA member at the Small Business Advisory Council meeting Feb. 22, 2013. Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins hosted the meeting in her office and gave an Update from Sacramento. Betty Jo Toccoli, CSBA Advocate & President talked about the Association’s 2012 Accomplishments. Four small business owners brought a variety of issues to the table including: that LGBT businesses are not recognized as a minority by the federal government; GOBIZ does not include small businesses; can the Dept. of Industrial Relations offer a CALOSHA workshop for small businesses, plus asking if there is better information on the Affordable Care Act, Workers Comp and Unemployment for small businesses. This event is an excellent opportunity for positive interaction between government and small businesses.

Photo (l-r) Betty Jo Toccoli (CSBA Advocate & President), Rebecca Llewellyn (Payco Specialities, Inc), Coco Tihanyi (Surf Diva), Kaleb Scott (Kaleb Scott Photographs), Toni Atkins (Assembly Majority Leader), Glenn Younger (Grah Safe and Lock)

The ABC’s of PDG’s Do you want to grow your business this year? For most people, the answer will be a resounding YES! But, how? The GSDBA’s Professional Development Groups (PDGs) offer a fantastic (and FREE) way to gain strategic partners, learn new skills, discuss advances in your industry, receive advice to resolve business challenges, and share successes that may help other businesses or the industry as a whole.

What is a Professional Development Group?

The PDGs meet monthly and consist of professionals who share a common target market or a common goal. The problemsolving synergy created in these groups is really what makes them an important part of any marketing plan. Having trouble choosing a database program? How are businesses like yours keeping in touch with past customers? The PDG is the perfect forum to raise these questions and learn from people who not only understand your industry, but often times have had similar challenges in their business as well.

How can joining a PDG help my business grow?

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people who share the same field in the meeting. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from one other, advance your industry, and discuss challenges that affect your businesses specifically. During the monthly hour and a half meetings, there will be member introductions, open discussions on issues affecting the industry, challenges that members are facing, and successes that will help inspire other members. Many groups will also feature a speaker for 15-20 minutes. The speaker may be a current member of the group or an outside speaker like a marketing professional, business coach, organizer, or other specialist.

The benefits of joining a PDG are four-fold. These partnerships allow you to reach a base of warm (and often qualified) leads, expand your offerings with complementary products/services, reach new markets, and increase customer loyalty.

How do I get involved?

What can I expect at the meetings? The PDGs are open to all GSDBA members and are not limited to one business per category. You may find that there are other

For a complete list of current meetings, go to and click on Networking/ Professional Groups.

To join an established group, please call or email the facilitator to be added to their list. If you would like to start a new group or learn more about an existing group, please email Jessy at

Make Public Speaking a Pleasure! Join GSDBA’s Toastmasters Group The GSDBA has its own Toastmasters club, the GSDBA Toastmasters Professional Development Group. A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing opportunity in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure. All of this in a positive, LGBT-friendly environment. Please join us as a guest at our next meeting to see what GSDBA Toastmasters is all about and how you can become involved.


The group will now meet every Thursday from 6 PM - 7 PM at the Inn at the Park Board Room at 525 Spruce Street, San Diego, CA 92103 . (Enter through restaurant on 5th Ave, go through hallway, Board Room on the right after restrooms) There will be no meetings on GSDBA mixer nights. Visit http://gsdba.toastmastersclubs. org/ for more information.

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What’s a “BNG”?

Monday Evening BNG La Mesa Downtown

The GSDBA Business Networking Groups (aka BNGs) are hard working business professionals coming together to support one another. The BNGs’ primary goal is to assist their members obtain business referrals known as “tips.” Some BNG members have been in business for many years while others are just starting out. What we all have in common is a desire to excel in what we do and the wisdom to know it is easier to achieve success with the kind of strong support system found in a BNG.

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Marcella Junes in La Mesa

Tuesday Morning BNG University Heights 8:30 am to 9:30 am Monica’s at the Park

Tuesday Lunch BNG Bankers Hill

*NEW GROUP* 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Inn at the Park 525 Spruce Street

Wednesday Morning BNG Mission Valley 8:00 am to 9:00 am Mimi’s in Mission Valley

Wednesday Lunch BNG Bankers Hill 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Inn at the Park 525 Spruce Street

Wednesday Lunch BNG Kensington 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Kensington Café 4141 Adams Avenue

Wednesday Evening BNG Hillcrest *NEW VENUE* 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm Wine Steals 1243 University Avenue

BNG’s offer a forum where GSDBA members can increase their business through networking with other members on a regular basis. They offer a supportive environment that allows each member to share products or services with others who want to help them succeed.

BNG Trimester Dues: $45 for new BNG members $40 each trimester thereafter $110 for a full year (3 trimesters)

Note to Prospective Members: If you are interested in visiting a BNG, please contact the Facilitator at least 24-hours in advance to arrange your visit. Sorry, we do not allow non-GSDBA members to present information to the group unless first approved by the Facilitator. All current BNG members must notify the Facilitator if they want to bring a guest to their BNG. Guests and prospective BNG members may visit each BNG one time prior to joining, and must become a GSDBA Member to attend after that. Thank you. Contact the BNG Facilitator for specific information about visiting a BNG for the first time or to see if there is a space available for your business category. Check online for Facilitator Information@ www.

(PDG) program is designed to provide professional enhancement for members in the same or related professions. The focus is to support one another within a specific field and to help participants bring their businesses to a new level. The groups meet once a month. Groups include guest speakers and/or group member presentations on topics of interest. PDG Groups are FREE to GSDBA members.

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Categories Include: Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Counselors, Dentists, Health & Fitness, Holistic Health, Hypnotherapists, Massage Therapists, Nutritionists, Optometrists, Personal Trainers and more!


Categories Include: Cleaning, Landscaping, Painters, Handy Persons, Contractors, Roofers, Organizing Services, Decorators/Designers,Architects, Plumbers, Electricians, Remodeling, Cabinet Makers, Lighting, and related trades.

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Categories Include: Ad Specialties, Graphic Designers, Photographers,Web Designers, Printers, Print Brokers, Marketing, Public Relations. More info @ facebook. com/GSDBAMAG


Professional Development Group The program is designed to provide professional development and education for members in professions that are aligned to serve our aging population.

Check online for facilitator contact information, meeting dates and times and locations at

Thursday Morning BNG University Heights 8:00 am to 9:00 am Lestat’s on Park Blvd

Thursday Morning BNG Bankers Hill 8:00 -9:00 a.m. St. Paul’s Villa 2340 Fourth Ave

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Thursday Lunch BNG Bankers Hill 12:00 pm to 1:00pm Inn at the Park 525 Spruce Street


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Its mission is to assist the efforts of Greater San Diego Gay Travel (GSDGT) and grow San Diego’s reputation as an LGBT friendly destination. Opportunities exist for direct involvement and free exposure opportunities. The group advises and provides support on advertising, promotion, and personal outreach both locally and throughout the West. This group is open to any member in good standing whose business caters to visitors

of San Diego, including but not limited to retail, hospitality, hotels, restaurants, bars, lounges, spas. Interested members should contact Tom Luhnow ( or 619-296-4543) for the next meeting information and to learn more. Meetings alternate between phone conferences and in-person get togethers.


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