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Local Roofing Company Wins for Medium Family-Owned Business

Quaglino Roofing recognized for Family Business and Closely Held Company Awards

San Luis Obispo, CA— The Pacific Coast Business Times announced the winners of the Family Business and Closely Held Company Awards Friday, February 11, for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura County. Longtime San Luis Obispo Roofing Company, Quaglino Roofing, founded by James A. Quaglino in 1922, won the award for Medium Family-Owned Business for San Luis Obispo County.

Companies were chosen based on their exemplary ways of running a family business, have demonstrated success in their industry and strong community involvement. Run by the third and fourth generations, Quaglino Roofing has worked on countless roofs in the county and beyond.  Their projects have included Hearst Castle, Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, wineries throughout the area and the Cal Poly campus. The family also has a sister development and property management company, Quaglino Properties. With the combined businesses, the Quaglinos employ about 45 people including generations of Quaglinos, extended family, and staff who are treated like family.

“Operating a family business is a task much greater than just another job,” said Quaglino Roofing Managing Members, Stephen and Matt Quaglino, grandsons of the company founder. “It is more of a responsibility to act as the stewards to preserve and improve upon what prior generations worked so hard to establish for our generation so that we may pass it along to the next.”

The Pacific Coast Business Times awards ceremony will be held in Ventura, CA, March 1, 2011 at the Crown Plaza.

Quaglino Roofing works statewide on commercial, industrial and residential projects. Quaglino Properties, LLC, was created in 1987 and specializes in development, construction, leasing, maintenance and management of Quaglino-owned properties. Quaglino Roofing and Quaglino Properties are located at 815 Fiero Lane in San Luis Obispo, and online at www.Quaglino.com.


February 24, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

SLO County Community Foundation 2010 Grants Total $52,494

SAN LUIS OBISPO – The San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation (SLOCCF) announces their 2010 grants to local nonprofit organizations totaling $52,494. The list of recipients represent a diverse group of nonprofits in need of support. “As we continue to endure economic hardships, these grants are essential to maintain a level of support for these programs and the services they provide,” said SLOCCF Executive Director Barry VanderKelen.

The following lists the organizations and the grant amounts each received:

AIDS Support Network:  $3,000 – to support SLO Syringe Project.

Assistance League:  $4,000 – to support Operation School Bell.

Coast Caregiver Resource Center:  $5,000 – to leverage $15,000 from the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens for 550 hours of respite care for 12 family/friend caregivers.

Friends of Hapitok:  $4,500 – to support special needs children with speech disabilities to attend Camp Hapitok.

Habitat for Humanity:  $3,500 – to support core operating costs for a volunteer coordinator and the stability of the ReStore program.

Morro Bay Art Foundation:  $500 – to fund supplies for the transformation of an RTA bus stop into a public work of art.

Partnership for the Children:  $4,200 – to provide anesthesiology services for seven pediatric dental surgery cases of low-income children.

Peoples’ Self Help Housing:  $5,000 – to provide case management and supportive housing for those transitioning into permanent affordable housing and for those at risk of becoming homeless.

Senior Nutrition:  $5,000 – to address the increased demand and fund 2,000 meals for low-income seniors.

Sierra Club Foundation:  $5,000 – to support core operations of the Santa Lucia chapter office as they address environmental and ecological protection in SLO County.

SLO Child Development Center:  $4,180 – to support a new Family Resource Center in Los Osos.

The LINK:  $3,614 – to support establishment of “Grub Club.”

Transitions-MHA:  $5,000 – to support the provision of a 24 hour free and confidential call center for suicide prevention, mental health information and crisis management, and referral and stigma reduction.

Through the vision and guidance of the original founding members in 1998, SLOCCF has raised the impact of charitable giving to new heights in the local community. In only 13 years, SLOCCF has grown its endowment to $27 million, and granted over $16 million to the community through its 200 funds and scholarships. For more information on the SLOCCF or any of its individual funds, call (805) 543-2323 or log onto www.sloccf.org.

February 22, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Blue Rooster Announces 250th Customer as One-Year Anniversary Approaches

Local telecommunications company bases business on community involvement and personal service

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA― Blue Rooster Telecom announces they have hit the milestone of 250 customers as they near their one-year anniversary.

One of Blue Rooster’s newest customers is Farm Supply Company, which has locations in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande, and Santa Maria. They hold 2300 members in their Farm Supply Cooperative, making a reliable phone service a necessity.

“Communication is a critical component to the success of any business,” said James Brabeck, president and CEO of Farm Supply Company. “That’s why we went with Blue Rooster; their customer service is second to none and they are available to us 24 hours a day.”

Jeff Buckingham of Blue Rooster and Jim Brabeck of Farm Supply co. picture with "Blue Roo."

When Jeff Buckingham and Cheryl Lovell founded Blue Rooster in March of 2010, their mission was centered on the customer as the first priority, while solving their business needs and having some fun in the process. With their upcoming one-year anniversary, the mission statement remains, and b

usinesses have responded to it. “The community support

ed our local approach to telecommunications,” said Blue Rooster President Jeff Buckingham. “And we really do try to bring in an element of fun to every interaction. We spend too much time in our businesses not to enjoy what we’re doing.”

Blue Rooster Telecom is a San Luis Obispo-based telecommunications carrier offering cost-effective business solutions. Striving to a high standard for customer service, reliable products and custom solutions, Blue Rooster tries to bring fun into telecommunications. For a complete description of services and products, visit Blue Rooster at www.blueroostertelecom.com or call (805) 543-8700 where a live, local person answers calls and questions, every time.

February 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Get Ready For Blast Off! With the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum

A new rocket ship exhibit has launched at the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum (SLOCM). On special loan from the Habitot Children’s Museum in Berkeley, this wildly popular rocket ship exhibit will stay docked at SLOCM through April 28th. The exhibit will then take off down to Santa Maria, to be displayed at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum (SMVDM) beginning May 1st.

“By partnering with other children’s museums, like Habitot and the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, it’s possible to share exceptional exhibit experiences like this rocket ship with children and their families,” said SLOCM Executive Director, Michelle Jenkins.

Equipped with engines, control panels, a communication system, and space suits, a team of astronauts can imagine the possibilities of going on a mission to space. With earth not too far away, space cadets can sit at mission control, or command and pilot a space flight anywhere their imagination can take them.

The rocket ship will represent a central part of the exhibit, with themed space programs and activities happening at the Museum. View real moon rocks and learn about gravitational pull. Other programs will include comet making, astronaut food tasting, rocket launching, and moon sand creating.  February 17th’s Moonlight Hours program will offer free admission from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., with the option to search for constellations through a telescope. The Cal Poly Astronomy Club will be assisting constellation seekers, while stars of Cal Poly’s Science and Aerospace Engineering Departments, Professors John Keller and Dianne DeTurris will lead space related activities on the 19th.

Everyone is invited to this ongoing, three-month event.  The Children’s Museum is located at 1010 Nipomo Street in Downtown San Luis Obispo. For current exhibits, activities, programs and hours call (805) 545-5874 or visit www.slocm.org.

February 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

SLO Symphony Partners with Sunset Savor the Central Coast and Kompolt in ebay Auction

SAN LUIS OBISPO – CA  The San Luis Obispo Symphony has partnered with the San Luis Obispo County Visitors and Conference Bureau, local presenters of Sunset Savor the Central Coast, in an online ebay auction to benefit Music Education. Charity auction services have been donated by Kompolt and StudioGood with design services donated by iiiDesign.  Auction items donated to the cause include accommodations at Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo, dinner for two at Café Roma, private tour and tastings at local San Luis Obispo wineries and musical entertainment offered by Symphony musicians.The auction will run February 16-25, 2011.

The bidding is now open for this great Central Coast getaway package for September 29-October 2, 2011!  Please help us spread the word!

The auction package includes:

  • Two (2) weekend passes to Sunset Savor the Central Coast, September 29-October 2, 2011.
  • Private winery tours and barrel tastings with San Luis Obispo winemakers and a private performance by SLO Symphony musicians.
  • Luxurious accommodations for two on Friday and Saturday nights at Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo Hotel -Central Coast.
  • Dinner for two at Café Roma in San Luis Obispo’s historic Railroad District.
  • A gift basket featuring a collection of distinctive and delicious Central Coast products.

The online promotion can be found at, http://www.ebay.com/slosymphonyauction

For more information about the San Luis Obispo Symphony, please contact Patty Thayer, Communications Director, at (805) 543-3533 or visit http://www.slosymphony.com.

February 16, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Nominations Open for 10th Annual Accessibility Advocacy Awards

Community Foundation announces deadline to recognize outstanding contributions to a more accessible SLO County

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA ― The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2010 Paul Wolff Accessibility Advocacy Awards was announced by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation (SLOCCF).  Now in its 10th year, these awards recognize and reward an individual, an organization, and a business for their exemplary contributions toward the creation of a barrier-free community for people with disabilities in the community during the past year. The nomination form is available online at www.sloccf.org by clicking on “Apply for an Award” and must be completed and received at P.O. Box 1580, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406 or faxed to (805) 543-2346 by March 30, 2011.

“There are three separate awards,” explains SLOCCF Director of Grants and Programs Janice Fong Wolf. “We’ll be accepting nominations for individuals, organizations, and businesses who have made significant contributions toward breaking down physical, attitudinal, or informational barriers to those with disabilities.”

Last year’s event honored Parents Helping Parents, Trader Joe’s, and individuals Reverend Doug Carroll and Jill Heuer. The award is named after local architect Paul Wolff, who has been tireless in his dedication to serving the accessibility needs of others.

The 10th annual award ceremony will be held on April 30th, 2011 from 2:00– 4:00 p.m. at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts in Arroyo Grande.

In only 13 years, SLOCCF has grown its endowment to $27 million, and granted over $16 million to the community through its 200 funds and scholarships. For more information on the SLOCCF or PWAAA, log onto www.sloccf.org and click on “Paul Wolff Accessibility Advocacy Awards” under Field of Interest Funds, or contact Janice Fong Wolf at (805) 543-2323.

February 8, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Community Foundation Announces 2011 Board of Directors

The San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation Board diverse and accomplished

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA― The San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation’s (SLOCCF) 2011 Board of Directors and Officers were announced this month, with Dee Lacey taking on her new role as President, Ann Robinson as Vice President, and introducing Rabbi Norman Mendel as the newest board member. The following is the 2011 Board of Directors, representing a diverse group of professionals and geographic areas within the county:



Dee Lacey, President (Paso Robles)

Back row, LtoR: Norman Mendel, Mike Patrick, Mike Miner, Ann Robinson, Dee Lacey, Bill Raver, Barbara Bell, Wendy Brown, Nick Thille Front row, LtoR: Johnine Talley, Steve Jobst, Barbara Partridge, Lee Hollister, Nancy DePue

Ann Robinson, Vice President (SLO)

Bill Raver, Treasurer (Morro Bay)

Barbara Bell, Secretary (SLO)



Wendy Brown (SLO)

Nancy DePue (Arroyo Grande)

Lee Hollister (SLO)

Steve Jobst (Shell Beach)

Norman Mendel (SLO)

Mike Miner (Grover Beach)

Barbara Partridge (Paso Robles)

Mike Patrick (SLO)

Johnine Talley (Arroyo Grande)

Nick Thille (SLO)

Through the vision and guidance of the original founding members, SLOCCF has successfully impacted the local community with its philanthropic efforts. In only 13 years, the Foundation has grown its endowment to $26 million, and granted over $15 million through its 200 funds and scholarships. The organization continues its commitment to serve as an enduring source of charitable funding for the SLO County community. For more information on the SLOCCF, call 543-2323 or log onto www.sloccf.org

February 3, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Moment of Appreciation

Excitement was evident in San Luis Obispo County residents when the city of San Luis Obispo (SLO) was voted the happiest city in America.  And that excitement was taken to another level when SLO was broadcasted on Oprah last Thursday.

When a landmark (or entire city) close to someone gets acknowledged the way San Luis Obispo has, residents are reminded of how fortunate they are to be living in that area, it will entice tourists to return, and will spark curiosity in those who have never been.

San Luis Obispo, as well as the rest of the county, offers a place for every type of person.  Locals and tourists alike can choose tranquil or extreme recreation, explore diverse food, and take in a warm sunset in the dead of winter.  There is a long list of reasons why San Luis Obispo won the vote for happiest city in America. A list too long of for a blog post.

To navigate a list of reasons, the VMI team welcomes you to explore WineCoastCountry.  VMI created the branding strategy and logo for this website, and built over 1,000 pages of content all pertaining to San Luis Obispo County.  You can watch videos, read about the history of each city, explore the places to eat, play and stay, and start building an itinerary for your next adventure!

To explore San Luis Obispo County visit www.WineCoastCountry.com

Watch Oprah feature San Luis Obispo

February 3, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Action Hero: Transitions-Mental Health Association

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Get Ready for Entertainment as “It’s Happening…In SLO!”

Events Brochure and Website to Help Plan a Day or Evening in San Luis Obispo

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – “It’s Happening…In SLO!” The City of San Luis Obispo recently released an eight-page brochure featuring events occurring in the city of San Luis Obispo from February 1st through June 30th. The brochure was released on Saturday, January 29, 2011, in the San Luis Obispo Tribune. Copies are available at the San Luis Obispo Chamber Visitors’ Center, as well as hotels and businesses throughout San Luis Obispo. From arts and music, to sports and recreation, “It’s Happening…In SLO,” will help both residents and tourists plan out their day, evening, or weekend in the city.

Local organizations can add events by logging onto www.EventsSLO.org. This website includes a list of all the events featured in the brochure, and will be updated weekly with new events. Local restaurants and stores can also post coupons and specials. EventsSLO.org will link to both www.ShopSLO.org and www.DineSLO.org, allowing updates to stream to each website to plan a day or evening in San Luis Obispo.

ShopSLO and DineSLO were developed in an effort to support local retailers and restaurants, and to provide residents and visitors with a shopping and dining directory for San Luis Obispo. Within the San Luis Obispo city limits, merchants are encouraged to create a free account and provide as much information about their store as possible to promote themselves. With the addition of the brochure and EventsSLO.org, county locals and visitors alike will always be able to find a place to shop, somewhere to eat and something to do.

The City’s Promotional Coordinating Committee funds the EventsSLO, ShopSLO and DineSLO programs as a way to enhance visits to the city for county residents and tourists. For more information on the programs, contact Ashlee Akers at (805) 541-9005.

February 2, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment