Biz Buzz: David, Mavi Edwards named Nipomo’s citizens of the year

The Nipomo Chamber of Commerce named Edwards Barn owners David and Mavi Edwards as the 2009 Citizens of the Year at its 32nd annual installation and awards dinner, which was held at Blacklake Golf Resort.

Chamber President Cees Dobbe lauded the Edwardses at the Saturday night event for making the 3,000-square-foot, red-roof barn at Pomeroy and Willow roads available to community groups to hold fundraising events.

Mavi Edwards noted that for some organizations, their events at the barn are their largest sources of revenue. The first event held at the barn — which is constructed of wood gathered over the course of seven years from a number of barns as much as a century old around the Central Coast — was the chamber’s 2003 Casino Night.

The chamber presented its Youth of the Year honors to Nipomo High School students Eric Penningroth and Melani Teixeira.

Penningroth was praised for being a leading football player — he was named The Tribune’s Player of the Year for 2009 — and for maintaining a 4.2 grade-point average at the same time. Teixeira was lauded for being active in FFA and 4-H, while also participating in tennis, volleyball, basketball and track.

The chamber named Rabobank its 2009 Business of the Year, praising the company for continuing to support the chamber — a bank employee or officer has consistently served on the organization’s board, even through a difficult year for the banking industry.

Dobbe presented “Soaring Like an Eagle” awards — an eagle statuette with an American flag — to former chamber board President Cathy Cachu, the 2008 Citizen of the Year, for organizing the group’s annual Holiday Boutique at the Edwards Barn. Cachu noted she used a week of vacation time from her job at Rabobank to volunteer to lead the event.

He also awarded an eagle to Ingmar Lauringson of Broadway Bagel for leading what was described as the largest October Festival the chamber has held, with a record number of car show entries and Fun Run participants.

Steve Schumann of SLOCO Data and the Discovery Dining guide also received an eagle award for leading the chamber’s Casino Night fundraiser, one of its largest annual events.

Dobbe, owner of DoVer Enterprises, starts his second term as president of the chamber board. County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian presented him a gavel and proclamation honoring his first year leading the local business organization.

Schumann will serve as executive vice president, Diane Kuhnle of Nipomo Properties is vice president for membership, Angela Thompson of the Nipomo Dog and Cat Hospital is secretary, and Crystal Perez of Rabobank is treasurer.

Also installed on this year’s board as directors are Lauringson, Dennis Bryan of Water Savers, Kat Stowell of the Healing Touch Day Spa and Dave Upham of Coast Hills Federal Credit Union.

— Antonio A. Prado

CAPSLO hires new planning director

The Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County Inc. (CAPSLO) recently hired Dennis Bachelor as director of planning, program development and research for community action. Since January 1978, he has worked for the Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission. He also holds a degree in organizational behavior from National University. In his new role, Bachelor will oversee grant research, direct various community and needs assessments, and track compliance and reporting as required by grant organizations.

— Julia Hickey

Change of address for Candy Bouquet

Candy Bouquet, a candy shop that offers floral-like arrangements made from gourmet candies and chocolates, has relocated to the Adobe Plaza at 7375 El Camino Real, Suite A in Atascadero. The shop offers edible gifts for all occasions and carries a large selection of gourmet chocolates and candies, nostalgic sweets, salt water taffy, Jelly Bellys and M&Ms. Owner Mary Smith opened the Candy Bouquet in Atascadero in December 2006.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

Shoreline Workforce Development Services, with funding from the Workforce Investment Board of San Luis Obispo County, has opened a new career center at 1800 Grand Ave. in Grover Beach. The center will assist job seekers and employers, including training referrals, career counseling, job listings and similar employment-related programs. “We are excited to deliver services to the South County where the need is particularly acute, especially in these rough economic times,” said Michael Paul, Goodwill president. A new virtual system was also launched to allow job seekers and employers to connect online. Visit for more details.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded the Central Coast Vineyard Team with the agency’s Sustained Excellence in Integrated Pest Management award. Since joining the EPA’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program in 2002, the vineyard team has certified several vineyards with its Sustainability in Practice (SIP) program. SIP requires vineyards to provide documentation and whole-farm system management integration. SIP-certified vineyards along California’s Central Coast include Baileyana-Tangent, D’Anbino Vineyards and Cellars, Halter Ranch, Jackson Family Wine Estates, Pomar Junction Vineyard, Robert Hall Winery, Saucelito Canyon Vineyards & Winery, Paraiso Vineyards, Hahn Estates and Ampelos Cellars.

The EPA’s voluntary Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program partners with pesticide users to reduce the health and environmental risks associated with pesticide use and implement pollution prevention strategies.

— AnnMarie Cornejo