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Stan Whisenhunt, Nan Drake Featured in Business Times


Stan Whisenhunt, owner of Whisenhunt Communications, and Nan Drake, head of Public Relations for Harrison Industries, were featured in the Feb. 8-14 issue of the Pacific Coast Business Times.


Short biographies of Whisenhunt and Drake appeared in the special section on Who's Who in Advertising, Marketing and PR.


Whisenhunt and Drake have 

Nan Drake

worked together for more than 20 years, serving Harrison Industries and working on behalf of numerous charitable causes.


Whisenhunt was the managing editor of the Ventura County Star before forming his marketing company in 1990. Drake is a former Ventura City Council member and has been actively involved in numerous commissions and organizations. She has been recognized the last several years as one of the Top 50 Women in Business in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Don't Miss the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Ventura on March 16


Ventura St. Patricks Day Parade poster You don't have to be Irish to enjoy the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade that will march down Main Street in downtown Ventura for the 25th time on Saturday, March 16. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and the theme is, "Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day."


This year's Grand Marshals are the McGrath family, which has been a major organizer of previous entries and is delighted to be recognized as the 2013 Grand Marshals. They welcome other farming families to follow along with them. The McGrath family is well-known for their commitment to preserving Ventura County's farmlands and for their love of the St. Patrick's Day Parade.


Parade entries are being accepted until March 8. Parade organizers invite bands, dancers, acrobats, clowns, horses and organizations to participate in the county's greenest event. The parade is being organized by Elks Lodge 1430. 


Entry forms can be downloaded from the Parade's website, www.venturastpatricksdayparade.com or by calling Jim Monahan, Parade Chairman at 643-4275.

Gold Dust Gala Benefits CMHS's Healthy Women's Program


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The 23rd annual Gold Dust Gala benefitting the Community Memorial Health System's Healthy Women's Program - serving uninsured or under-insured breast and cervical cancer patients - is set for March 23 at the Serra Center in Camarillo.


Doors open at 6 p.m. for silent auction bidding, cocktails, a raffle and a tribute tree where you can honor a loved one. A dinner featuring classic California Cuisine will be followed by the dance-inspiring music of "Platinum Groove." 


The nonprofit Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation is sponsoring the gala. In 2012, the Healthy Women's Program assisted hundreds of women, offering them breast cancer education, screenings and treatment, as well as cervical cancer screenings and vaccinations.


The Serra Center is located at 5205 Upland Road. Tickets and sponsorship packages may be purchased on line at www.golddustgala.org or call 667-2881. 

Harrison's 'Trash Flash' Focuses on Growing Food Waste Program


Ventura Trash Flash Spring 2013"Trash Flash" is a quarterly newsletter Whisenhunt Communications crafts for Harrison Industries. The newsletter provides the company's residential and commercial customers with the latest in trash and recycling news and information.


The Spring 2013 edition for businesses Harrison serves in client cities Ventura, Camarillo, Carpinteria, Ojai and Fillmore showcases the company's innovative pilot food waste program that Harrison operates with strategic partner Agromin, an Oxnard-based organics recovery company.


Albertsons supermarkets in Ventura, Camarillo and Carpinteria were the first businesses to join the program in April 2012. Previously, food scraps from Albertsons' meat, produce, deli, dairy, bakery and floral departments ended up in the trash. Now, the food scraps are placed in special recycling barrels that Harrison trucks deliver to Agromin, which employs a Covered Aerated Static Pile System to mix them with yard waste to create an enriched compost and alternative fuel. 


The food waste program has grown to include more than 30 Harrison commercial customers. In all, Harrison trucks have collected more than 700 tons of food waste that has been diverted from local landfills.


Harrison seeks to include more businesses. For more information, call Donald Sealund, Harrison's food waste program coordinator, at 647-1414, ext. 4318.

Former Ventura Mayors to Lead
the Ventura Port District Board


Carson and Friedman
Greg Carson (left) will serve as the new board chair and Jim Friedman will serve as vice chair of the Ventura Port District Board of Commissioners.

Two former Ventura mayors have been selected to lead the Ventura Port District Board of Commissioners.


At its Jan. 23 meeting, the Ventura Port District board selected Commissioner Greg Carson to serve as the new board chair and Commissioner Jim Friedman to serve as vice chair. The Ventura City Council had previously appointed both men to the Port District Board. Commissioner Ev Ashworth will serve as the secretary.


Carson, who was first appointed to the Port District Board in June of 2008, is serving a term that expires June 1, 2016. Friedman, who was tabbed last August to fill the remaining term of the late Keith Turner, is serving a term that expires June 1 this year. Carson, 54, was a Ventura City Councilman from 1993-1995 and mayor of Ventura in 1991. He has held many volunteer board positions regionally, including serving on the Ventura County Fair Board from 2001-2004 and the Community memorial Hospital Foundation.


Friedman, 56, was also a Ventura City Council member, from 1995 to 2003, and Ventura's mayor from 1997 to 1999. He was the 1995 president of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce.


Carson said he looks forward to working with the board to revitalize Harbor Village and upgrade the harbor. 

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The survey also found that 69 percent of small business owners said they currently use social media (including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and blogs) at their companies. Of those that were not using social media at the time, 41 percent said they would in the next three months - so it's fair to assume most of these respondents are using it now.


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Harrison Industries
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