Biz Briefs

Dec. 18, 2014 Business News and Announcements—Compiled by Camas Frank

The Vitamin D Council, based in SLO, has announced the release of vitamin D test kits that can be completed from the comfort of home. It is estimated that 40% to 75% of all Americans are deficient in vitamin D, which has been linked to an increased risk to Alzheimer’s, cancer, cardiovascular, autoimmune, and other diseases. Vitamin D is essential for calcium consumption, bone health and is used by most organs of the body. The Vitamin D Council’s mission is, “to educate the public and health care providers on the importance of vitamin D and to help reduce the global burden of vitamin D deficiency.” For more information or a sample of the test kits, contact Jeff Nicklas at 439-1075 or email to:
The Governing Board at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center recently donated $1,000 to Transitions Mental Health Association. Transitions Mental Health Executive Director, Jill Bolster-White, was presented a check by Dr. Gil Stork, board chair-elect at Sierra Vista and Sierra Vista CEO, Joe DeSchryver.

The County of San Luis Obispo has appointed Julie Paik as the new director of child support services. Paik currently works as the deputy county administrator for the County of Sonoma. As the new SLO County director of child support services, Paik will manage a department of nearly 40 full-time equivalent employees and a budget of nearly $4.6 million, “to ensure that children receive the support to which they are entitled.” The County of San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors appointed Paik on Tuesday, December 9. “I am honored for the opportunity to work with such an esteemed and successful team of child support professionals, who serve the San Luis Obispo County community with exceptional results,” Paik said. Paik takes the helm as the prior director of Child Support Services, Phil Lowe, retires this month after 28 years of service at the County.

J&D’s Foods, the makers of Bacon Salt and Baconnaise, have announced the launch of “Naked Bacon Cooking Armor,” billed as “the world’s first body armor specifically designed to protect your manhood from the well-known perils of cooking Bacon naked.” The company is marketing the Naked Bacon Cooking Armor as both lightweight and “somewhat stylish,” available online at: for $14.99, just in time for the holidays, along with  Bacon & Bourbon Candles and Bacon & Waffles candles. For more information on their wacky bacon related product line email

A new survey published by the journal Issues in Accounting Education ranks Cal Poly No. 32 overall for research in accounting education over the past six years. The same survey also ranked Steven Mintz, accounting professor in the Orfalea College of Business, No. 41 for scholars publishing in the field of accounting education since 2008. The publication surveyed top industry research journals to rank the universities and scholars with the greatest contributions to the discipline. Bentley University, Baylor University, San Diego State University, and The Ohio State University were ranked along with Cal Poly out of 1,600 universities nationwide. Mintz has been honored previously for his research in accounting. He also writes blogs on ethics issues in business and society ( and on workplace ethics (

Heritage Oaks Bank announced the opening of the bank’s relocated downtown San Luis Obispo branch at 1144 Morro St. The branch was previously located at, 1135 Santa Rosa St. “We are very excited to welcome our customers to this beautiful new office,” said Terry Detrick, vice president and SLO branch manager. “Our entire team is looking forward to being even more accessible and to increasing our relationships here in San Luis Obispo. We invite community members to come in and see our new branch.” For further information, see: or call the SLO branch at 544-7200.

United Staffing Associates, LLC donated $1,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters to support the local agencies youth mentoring programs. Anna Boyd-Bucy, the organization’s Executive Director said, “The generous donation from United Staffing Associates will support 10 children enrolled in our program for a month. We are so grateful United Staffing is ensuring child safety and sustaining successful, long-term relationships with positive outcomes.”

Winners for the SLO Downtown Association’s Christmas Parade, this year with the  theme — Hula Holiday — were announced this week. Entries passed by a panel of four judges stationed outside Banana Republic. Judges were Therese Cron, Diane Fleming, Rowan Gillan, and Holly Gillan. The winners were: Most Entertaining — SLO Juggling and Unicycle Club;  Most Creative — SLO County Library; Best in Theme — The Blade Runner Salon and Spa/Stephen Patrick Design; and Best Music — was Cayucos School Steel Pan Band. Photos courtesy SLO Downtown Assoc.