Photos By Sandra Small Photographer.

You don’t have to be a horse race fan to know that if you attended the April 27th “Spring Fling” Business Expo that you were networking with our finest business jockeys. John Velazquez, winning jockey riding Always Dreaming in the Kentucky Derby last weekend, had nothing on our local businesses that night. All our vendors, “suited up” with their best as they decorated their tables, put their marketing information out and were ready for the “race” to begin at 5:00 p.m. 46 business vendors were ready and waiting and happy to meet the guests as they arrived, A total of 48 free door prizes were given away that night. As you entered the room, the chatter and laughter were an obvious factor in the high energy of the evening. The microphone was ‘hot” most of the time with business leaders constantly giving away their door prizes.

Talk about a sampling of great food selections for the full night, as this race went “wire to wire.” We are happy to have the following in our race that night:

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
Cali Comfort BBQ
Dream Dinners
El Torito
Los Pinos Taco Shop
Luna Grill
Marie Callender’s
Riviera Supper Club
Smart & Final Extra! Warehouse & Market
Sycuan Casino
The Hills Local Pub
The Regal Bar
Valley Farm Market

The added beverage sponsors to our “derby” – Cali Comfort BBQ, The Regal Bar, Sycuan Casino, The Riviera Supper Club, and Valley Farm Market made the race even that more enjoyable.

A special thank you to Sandra Small Photographer who joined in our race and took a huge gallery of photos that can be viewed on our website. Sandy – you are our winning jockey! The winner of our “daily double” was announcer, Chris Brogin. He was the ultimate Master of Ceremonies, guiding us throughout the night. Chris is a local music entertainer who performs with his trio, THE IDEAS Rock & Roll Trio and we thank him for his time and energy!

A LOUD round of applause to the following businesses who joined us and took a display table and shared in our evening: 
AAA Imaging
Berg Taxes
Block Advisors
Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler
Jeep RAM World
Center For Life
Children’s Nature Retreat
Cooking 4 Life
Dignity Memorial – El Camino Memorial Park
Eleanor Yvonne Mohammed State Farm Office
EmbroidMe-La Mesa
Erickson – Anderson Mortuary
Express Blinds, Draperies & Shutters
GEM Mortgage
Grossmont Escrow Co.
Healing Hands Skin Care Center
Heritage Inn La Mesa
Integrated Mac Solutions
Kristine Avram Insurance
La Mesa Courier
La Mesa Lion’s Club
La Mesa Modern Dental Group
La Mesa Sunrise Rotary
Lamplighters Community Theatre
Lantern Crest Senior Living
Lily’s Mobile Homes
Mission Federal Credit Union
North Island Credit Union
Rainbow Travel and Cruise
San Diego County Credit Union
– La Mesa
San Diego County Water Authority
San Diego Realty Services
Silvergate Development, LLC
Sungarden Terrace Retirement Community & Adult Daycare
St. Martin of Tours Academy
State Farm Insurance
– Kristie Facto Agency
Storage West
Studio M.I.F.
Teresa Johnson REALTOR
The Phair Company – La Mesa Summit
Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski
Town and Country Resort
& Convention Center
USE Credit Union
Wells Fargo Bank Grossmont
Westside Automotive
WorldGN’ Gil Lopez