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Doing Well, Doing Good

So much to be thankful for... how about starting with living here… and pursuing our outdoor passions in what many people would consider paradise! Or for all of our amazing (and often eclectic) friends, associates, even competitors. Or those awesome sunrises that the dawn patrol surfers see, or 12 hours later, those amazing December sunsets we all see. Thankful, indeed, to work with the inspirational and selfless Bill and Lori Walton. Thankful to see new companies and jobs and a healthier economy in general. Or very thankful that organizations like the Kilkenny’s Lucky Duck Foundation have stood tall and tried to address the human catastrophe called “homelessness.” Doing Good for others counts the most and I think it's a timely point in the Calendar to remind ourselves that our successes are diminished by the sad experiences of the less fortunate in San Diego. I hope next year at this time I can report to you that I am thankful for trying harder to help those in need!

Top Ten From 2018 (in no particular order)
1. SDSI Accelerator rebrand (formerly known as SDSI Springboard)
2. Introduction of the Gateway Workshop for Entrepreneurs with pre-revenue companies/ideas
3. SDSI Accelerator Metrics: 82 graduates, $84M in capital raised, 87% still in business, creating 500 jobs and 46% of graduates are female lead
4. Release of updated SAL Economic Impact Report
5. Continued focus on supporting the rise of female founders & executives in our space through the SAL Women's Roundtable
6. Sport FWD Conference
7. Launch of SDSI CEO Peer Group
8. Renewed focus on targeting partnership building through SDSI Breakfast Collab's
9. Addition of Dana Rowley to the SDSI team (making items 1-4 possible)
10. Launch of SDSI Masters Program to provide specific and confidential mentoring for established companies facing a pivot, opportunity, or challenge

SDSI Sport and Active Lifestyle Economic Impact Report Released
Hopefully you saw the news about the Economic Impact of the Sport and Active Lifestyle Industry here in San Diego. Adding up to over $6.3B in total economic output, 57,000 jobs dependent on the industry and over $3.6B contributed to San Diego’s Gross Regional Product. Read the full report on our website.

Springboard Applications Open in 2019
New Year - New Accelerator Cohort. The application period for Class 13 of the SDSI Accelerator opens on January 7th. Start collecting information for your application and keep an eye out for growing companies that could benefit from the guidance our mentor teams provide. Your referrals are powerful! Stay tuned for more info…

SDSI is Closed Next Week
Our office will be closed next week for the holiday season and we will be back in action in 2019! Over the holidays, the SDSI staff will be spending time with family & friends as well as fine-tuning our 1990 music video remakes.

SDSI Welcomes New Member Lucidity Business Development
For 35 years the members of Lucidity Business Development have been helping companies in the active lifestyle space expand to meet their full global potential by integrating fund raising, sales, marketing, distribution, sourcing and product development functions. By filling the gaps in your organization, we create a clear path to success.

Powder Awards Recap at Dew Tour
The 19th annual Powder Awards took place in Breckenridge, Colorado earlier this month to kick off the Dew Tour. “In front of a captivated, standing-room-only audience at the Riverwalk Center, TGR won Movie of the Year with Far Out. Harlaut won Best Male Performance for his skiing in Regiment, by Stept Studios, his first time winning the award. Saugstad took home the trophy for Best Female for her performance in Matchstick Productions' All In, marking her second time winning the award.” Visit TEN’s for a recap of winners .

Santa Run Featured Over 4,000 Santa's
More than 4,000 Santa’s participated in this annual hoiday tradition produced by San Diego Running Co. This event was inclusive for 5k fun-runners, competitive runners, kids, and even featured a division for festive dogs. San Diego Running Co. Co-Founder, Eric Marenburg, was live with CBS 8 in advance of the run. View the event photos and don’t forget to sign up next year!

soccerloco Partners with San Diego Sockers
The San Diego Sockers have recently announced a partnership with SDSI Member, soccerloco, to be the Official Apparel and Merchandise supplier of the team. We can’t think of a more fitting way to outfit a San Diego Soccer team (regardless of level) than to leverage the well-oiled machine that is soccerloco! CEO John Lococo said, “The San Diego Sockers organization has brought much excitement to the game, to the fans, and to our young athletes, over the past years. It is my extreme pleasure to continue to help drive the inspiration, and to be associated with a first-class organization like the SD Sockers.” Read the full press release.

Global Action Sports Foundation Fundraiser to be held at CA Training Facility
On February 2nd at 5:00 PM, the CA Training Facility Skatepark in Vista will be the host of the Global Action Sports Foundation’s (GASF) first fundraiser: AmpFest! The GASF has established a scholarship fund to support deserving athletes make their Olympic Debut in 2020 and beyond. Help these young athletes pursue their dream and have some fun with it at this fundraising event. Sponsorship opportunities, tickets, and any other info you may need can be found online.

CaseXCase Secures Veteran Owned Business Grant
Congratulations to SDSI Accelerator company CaseXCase for landing second place in StreetShares contest, earning a $6,000 grant. The contest featured over 10,000 online votes and we appreciate you taking the time to vote for Ty and the team from our social media posts. For more information on the award visit the StreetShares website  or go watch the facebook live coverage of the announcement (skip to about 1 minute in for the crowd to settle down and listen.)

Banner Bank Highlighted as Premiere SBA Lender in SDBJ
Thanks to the more than $9M in lending over the course of 34 different SBA deals done here in San Diego, Banner Bank was featured in a special report by the San Diego Business Journal December 17-23rd edition. Banner Bank ranks in the top 10 in SBA 7(A) lending locally and ranked #6 in SBA 504 lending. Congrats to Banner Bank and thank you for supporting local small businesses allowing them to grow and flourish!

Graced By Grit: A Guide for Entrepreneurial Women on Amazon now
Cofounders Kimberly Caccavo and Kate Nowlan have finished their book targeted towards entrepreneurial women and it is live on Amazon now for the low price of 99 cents (limited time) or free with KindleUnlimited. Make sure to get this title downloaded while it is still available at the introductory price! Leaving positive reviews is always helpful for recent book launches!

Building Trust Through Transparency
Heather Molina of Red Door Interactive gives a great primer on the hyper-relevant issue of getting your consumers to trust your brand. In an electronic-world inundated with fake news, kickstarter purchases that never come to fruition, and fly-by-night social media advertisers promoting items too good to be true; it is important to make sure that brand messaging is focused on being trustworthy – especially new brands. “As we go full force into 2019, brand trust undoubtedly remains an ever-growing part of the conversation, as brands need to capture and (re)gain consumer trust” Read Heather’s full blog post here.

Surftech Introduces Fusion Injection Technology Surfboards
Surftech continues to live up to its name with this newly patented precision engineered torsion control system designed to optimize surfboard performance. I’ll stop pretending like I know what I’m talking about and quote their website, “Injection-Tech utilizes the pressures and forces from the surfer and the wave itself, called elastic energy. By strategically engineering the position of the reinforcing material on the bottom of the board, we create less resistance to torsional (twisting) flex, allowing the board to flow through turns with a more enhanced turning arch.” And if a picture is worth a thousand words, animated gif’s must be worth more so head on over to the product page for a visual explanation and to see what boards are available with this tech today.

Prime Hall Talks Under Water Torpedo League with Ozy
SDSI Accelerator company, Under Water Torpedo League, and its founder, Prime Hall, spoke with the editor of to give insight into this exciting sport. This article does a great job of breaking down the rules/objectives as well as gives a nice testimonial from MMA fighter Ilima-Lei Macfarlane... She says, “controlling your breathing underwater, whether it’s during a game or training by carrying dumbbells across the pool bottom, is a whole other level of fortitude. Plus it’s so quiet and well, it’s just … fun.” Read the full article.

ElliptiGO Unwraps $10k in Contest Prizes
Nominations are being accepted through January 6th for the “Put A Bow On A GO” contest giving entrants the opportunity to win the worlds most popular elliptical bike. All it takes from you is a brief essay and a photo/video explaining who you think deserves to win an ElliptiGO 8C bike and why. Read the full press release  then submit your nomination.

SIMA Awards Nominees Announced
The Surfboard Industry Manufacturing Association’s (SIMA) Awards Nominees have been announced. It is no surprise that Sun Diego is a nominee for West Coast Retailer of the Year along with TEN's Shed Sessions By SURFER for Consumer MediaFeature of the Year! Surftech also has nominations in a few categories: Performance Shortboard of the Year and Alternative Surfboard Model of the Year! Congratulations to all nominees and best of luck in being named a winner in February! See the full list of nominees at

Jared Koett Developing Sustainable Pill Bottle
Jared Koett of Bast Surf is taking his eco-friendly paper product expertise to a new market: Pill Bottles. Koett’s bottles are not only eco-friendly, but they save money in the form of storage due to his bottles nesting/stacking inside one another. “We’ve created an alternative to the traditional pill bottle using paper,” said Koett. “The Invert pill bottle is built to perform, yet can reduce single-use plastic and boost a company's bottom-line through warehousing efficiency and brand appeal.” Read the full article.

Cyclists, Encinitans!
As you may know, 12 days ago Roberta Walker, a very well-known Leucadian, was struck and critically injured while cycling on PCH in Leucadia. While praying for her recovery is step one, the event has actually proved to be the catalyst in urging the Encinitas Town Council to take action immediately to make cycling and walking in our town safe for all. The time for delay is over. You can do two things: 1) call the Sheriff’s substation and ask for speed enforcement on the Leucadia segment of PCH…and 2) attend the January 9 town Council meeting and join us in urging our leaders to streamline the bureaucracy and make the streetscape happen asap. For more info:

TurningPoint Exec How do the hirers get hired? For many entrepreneurs, the decision to transition from employee to boss/business owner was simple. During the years spent working for someone else, many executives discovered ways they could “do it better,” if only they were the ones in charge. They are willing to take the risk and leave the comfort and security of working for someone else to strike out on their own.
For some, though, the freedom to make decisions and implement ideas is liberating. But it’s the everyday tasks associated with running a business, from payroll to facilities, often casts a shadow over the entrepreneurial spirit that drove them to strike out on their own in the first place. Business owners find themselves spending little to no time doing what they enjoy most- developing and implementing innovative ideas. In some cases, the benefits of running a business outweigh the frustrations, allowing the entrepreneur to spend many years running her business with full engagement. For others, the negatives slowly but surely dilute the owner’s engagement, eventually leading to a sale. In either case, many entrepreneurs eventually find themselves facing a second transition, after selling their business: from entrepreneur back to executive.
Read 5 tips for entrepreneurs transitioning back to an executive role here.

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Jan. 7 - SDSI Accelerator Applications Open

Jan. 29  - Board of Directors Meeting

Feb. 27 - Advisory Board Meeting

Jan. 8-11 – Consumer Electronics Tradeshow, Las Vegas, NV click for info

Jan. 9 - Encinitas Town Hall Meeting, Encinitas, CA click for info

Jan. 12 - San Diego Seals Lacrosse Opening Night, San Diego, CA click for info

Jan. 16-17 – CABDA West Bicycle Show, Del Mar, CA click for info

Jan. 23 - Farmers Insurance Women's Day, La Jolla, CA click for info

Jan. 24-27 – Farmers Insurance Open, La Jolla, CA click for info

Jan. 30-Feb. 1 – Outdoor Retailer Snow Show, Denver, CO click for info

Feb. 22 – Global Actions Sports Foundation AmpFest, Vista, CA click for info

Feb. 5-7 – Agenda Trade Show, Las Vegas, NV click for info

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