Biz Buzz: SLO girl hoping to fall into Gap ads

A San Luis Obispo girl is among 20 finalists selected for Gap’s annual casting call. Seven-year-old Brooke Larson could appear in advertisements for the national clothing retailer.

This fall, parents uploaded photos of their children to Gap’s Web site. Judges then sifted through nearly one million entrants to select 20 finalists — 10 children ages four and under, and 10 children ages 5 to 10.

The male and female finalists range in age from 11 months to 9 years and hail from California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New York and Michigan.

Images of the four winners will be featured in the windows of babyGap and GapKids stores across the nation. They’ll also receive a $1,000 Gap gift card and a trip to see the Tony Award-winning musical “The Lion King” in New York City or Las Vegas.

According to her online bio, Brooke loves animals, swimming and playing soccer, and dreams of becoming a fashion designer.

“My favorite movie is ‘Nancy Drew’ ’cause she’s creative, fun and loves mysteries like I do,” Brooke says in a video.

Central Coast residents have from now through Dec. 21 to vote for their favorite finalists at

— Sarah Linn

TechXpress ends residential support

Technology support firm TechXpress recently turned over its residential services to Caltec Computers.

Under a limited partnership between the San Luis Obispo companies, Tech-Xpress will refer its residential technical support customers to Caltec, and that company in turn will refer enterprise IT clients to TechXpress.

TechXpress has been offering information-technology management help to Central Coast businesses, as well as Web site e-commerce development and marketing services.

Caltec has been doing in-shop and on-site computer repairs in San Luis Obispo County.

“We decided to end residential PC support services so we can focus all of our resources into our business and government clients, who make up the majority of our profit,” said TechXpress founder and CEO Bryan Sarlitt in a recent announcement.

Brent Sarkison, owner of Caltec Computers, said he expects the partnership will help grow Caltec’s customer base and reduce advertising costs.

— Julia Hickey

Psychiatrist Margaret K. Bauman has been named medical director for the Comprehensive Out-Patient Experience drug and alcohol treatment program at Cottage Outpatient Center of San Luis Obispo.

Bauman also maintains a private practice in San Luis Obispo. The Cottage Outpatient Center of San Luis Obispo, an affiliate of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, also offers mental health treatment for adults suffering from other serious and persistent forms of mental illness.

— Julia Hickey