January 2014    
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Our Team at WC Wishes You
 A Happy, Prosperous New Year  

This year we resolve to keep striving to do better - to always find new and innovative ways to promote and market the companies, organizations and programs of our clients. We resolve to never lose sight of our role in the community as a vital purveyor of information that ideally helps everyone - from you, our clients, to the members of your communities and to us. As it always is, when the system works correctly, everyone wins.

And to those of you with whom we have not had the pleasure of working, we hope you'll strive to do better too, and let us give you a hand. Remember, no matter what you do, you probably are making news. Are you hiring new people, winning awards, attending conferences or marketing something new? Are you doing good work? These all are noteworthy events that deserve to be shared, and we can help.

Do you need assistance in social media? Is your company brochure outdated? Do you need a website created or improved? No matter what your communications needs, we are here to help, and we hope you'll be in touch - at www.whizcomm.biz or 805-659-1464.

Winter/Spring Ventura Harbor Newsletter Comes Out Jan. 22


The Winter/Spring 2014 issue of Harbor Views, the quarterly print and e-newsletter of the Ventura Port District, comes out this Wednesday, Jan. 22. You can pick up a free print copy in the Jan. 22 issue of the Ventura Breeze newspaper, grab a free copy on the Downtown-Harbor Trolley over the next several months, or read the newsletter online at www.venturaharbor.com.

Winter/Spring isuue of Harbor Views Whisenhunt Communications helps the Ventura Port District keep residents abreast of the latest happenings at the Harbor and Ventura Harbor Village, one of Ventura's best seaside venues for fun, food and entertainment. This newsletter issue features articles and color photos about restaurants, an update on renovation work being done to improve the commercial fishing pier and the public boat launch ramp, and a calendar of the fun events happening at the Harbor and Harbor Village through the spring. Also included is a schedule for the free trolley and other articles about dredging and how to hold a spectacular wedding at Harbor beaches.

The Ventura Port District remains dedicated to keeping the local community and the area's tourists informed of the many benefits, businesses and activities the Ventura Harbor brings to Ventura County.

Spend an 'Evening with the Stars' for Santa Clara Valley Kids

Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley's 10th annual auction
Ever dream of walking the red carpet at the Hollywood premier of a blockbuster movie or the Academy Awards? The microphones, the TV cameras, the paparazzi... Well, here's your chance to take that walk for a great cause.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley is holding its 10th annual auction and dinner at the Saticoy Country Club. This year's theme is, "An Evening with the Stars."

 Whisenhunt Communications client Harrison Industries is a sponsor of this event that begins at 5 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by a silent auction, dinner and a live auction. Live auction items include vacation packages, sporting events, dining and entertainment packages, artwork, jewelry, gift baskets and assorted wines. Tickets are $90 per person, with proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley.

Saticoy Country Club is located at 4450 North Clubhouse Drive in Somis. For tickets or to donate an auction item, call Pearl Galvan at 525-7910.

CMHS Seminar on Jan. 28
to Focus on Stress


CMHS Stressed graphic Feeling stressed? We can't eliminate stress entirely but we can manage it. Learn how by attending a free seminar Community Memorial Health System is holding about stress on Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Ventura. The seminar runs from 6 to 8 p.m. in Community Memorial Hospital's eighth-floor Nichols Auditorium. 


Local psychologist Dr. Ronald Bale will provide a model of stress that will help participants to understand the causes of stress as well as its adaptive and mal-adaptive components. Understanding this model will help participants identify their own unique reactions to stress and cope better with the things that stress them. 


To register, call 1-800-906-6093, or visit www.cmhshealth.org.

Harrison's Successful Food Waste Recycling Program Expands  

food waste decal When Whisenhunt Communications client Harrison Industries and strategic partner Agromin launched their pilot commercial food waste program in April 2012, the Albertsons supermarkets in Ventura, Camarillo and Carpinteria were their only customers. 


From its humble beginnings, the food waste-recycling program has grown to include 65 businesses - mostly restaurants and supermarkets but also hospitals and schools. Customers include the Ventura County Jail's Todd Road facility in the Santa Clara Valley and the Ventura County Juvenile Justice Center in El Rio. 


Almost two years into this successful program, more than 1,952 tons - that's over 3.9 million pounds - of fruit and vegetable skins, unused dairy products, bones, meat fat and other biodegradable food scraps have been diverted from our landfills.  


Harrison's goal is to expand the food waste program to include more businesses and, eventually, residential customers. We congratulate Harrison for this successful program and encourage more businesses to join. For more information, call Donald Sealund, food waste coordinator for Harrison Industries, at 647-1414, ext. 4318. 

Sign Up for Ventura's Green Business Certification Program

Green Business logo The City of Ventura's Green Business Certification Program continues to gain momentum as more local business owners realize the benefits of becoming certified. These businesses are making smart decisions to employ more environmentally beneficial business practices.  


Currently, the program is offered to office/retail and restaurant locations within the City of Ventura. Visit www.greenbusinessca.org for a full directory list or to certify your business. Contact Courtney Lindberg at clindberg@cityofventura.net or 805-667-6502 for more information.  

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Clean Up and Refresh Your Business Environment  

One of the best ways to re-energize your business and refresh your working environment for 2014 is to do some cleaning - business cleaning, that is. Here are some tips to get started: 
  1. Clean out your contacts from your computer. Check to make sure you merge double- and triple-listed contacts and that you even know the person on your list.
  2. Gather your papers and files that are relevant to last year only and box them up. Store them nearby in case you need to find something fast, but otherwise, get them off your desk.
  3. File receipts from last year. If you're working on a fiscal year instead of a calendar year, you can still start prepping the receipts for year-end numbers and get a jump-start on the paperwork.
  4. Clean out your desk drawers. Have a trash can nearby and don't be afraid to toss broken rubber bands, leaking pens, old granola bars and other junk that has collected. Also, invest in some new office supplies to spruce things up on your desk and stick a few new photos in your desktop picture frames.
  5. Check your voicemail's outgoing message and change it for the New Year. It's likely you recorded it five years ago and could use freshening up.
  6. What about your desk chair? Does it feel like you're sitting on a flat tire? Maybe it's time to get a new and more comfortable chair. If you work at a desk all day, your chair can be your best friend or your worst enemy. The same goes for other equipment like desk lamps. 
  7. Clean off your computer screen too. It's probably long overdue. 
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Client News In This Issue
Ventura Port District
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley
Community Memorial Health System (CMHS)
Harrison Industries & Agromin
City of Ventura
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