October 2023

Business Spotlights

Dr. Pilates, LEAP Graduate, Holds Grand Opening

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Congratulations to Doug Riccio, proud owner of Dr. Pilates, for officially opening his doors on Friday, Oct. 20! Doug is a graduate of the La Mesa Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program (LEAP), a City program established to support entrepreneurs in establishing brick-and-mortar enterprises. Doug thanks our LEAP partners, the East County EDC and the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC), for guiding him in formulating a clear and manageable business strategy. His LEAP marketing advisor offered insights into effective social media practices, and for teaching him how to use business management programs. These resources were instrumental in helping Doug efficiently prioritize his tasks, especially during the time-sensitive studio opening phase. Join us in congratulating Doug!

Time Zone Serves Customers for More Than 30 Years

Time Zone owner, Michael Helmi is passionate about timepieces. 

“I have been working on timepieces for the past 30 years,” said Helmi. 

Time Zone's master craftsmen specialize in repairing, servicing, and selling watches and clocks. They work on various timepiece styles and sizes, from antique to modern, and offer a wide selection of watches from top makers, along with various clock types.

“It is a joy to help my customers receive excellent service if we do repairs for them and extremely gratifying when they return to make a purchase of a time piece we have in our store,” Helmi said, “we pride ourselves on offering the highest quality of service with a smile.”

Stop by at Grossmont Center and meet the dedicated local businessman with 30 years of investment in our community.


Happening in La Mesa

Community Development Department Open House

We hosted a Community Development Department Open House, offering our community the chance to meet the department's new leadership, Director of Community Development, Lynnette Santos, and our new Building Official, Robert Fisher. The event served as an excellent platform for residents and the community to gain insights into our ongoing efforts to promote the growth and well-being of our neighborhoods.

One of our key initiatives is the streamlined online permitting process, which offers greater convenience for our community. Our Community Development team was available to address any inquiries regarding our online portal, Maintstar, and our newly introduced feature, online instant residential solar permit applications. These efforts underscore the City’s dedication to improving the permitting system and providing the highest level of service to our community. This goal has consistently remained at the forefront of the City’s priorities. To get started with applying for a residential solar or energy storage system permit, click on the video below.



Collier Park Renovation Project Update

Progress for the Collier Park Renovation Project continues! The installation of the playground's rubber surface is complete. Additionally, a picnic shade structure complete with lights, has been added. Lastly, Pasadena Avenue was repaved and sealed, giving the road a smoother look. 


La Mesa Boulevard Complete Streets

Public Workshop

Join us a virtual public meeting on Oct. 30 to learn about Segment 2 of the La Mesa Boulevard Complete Streets Plan Project. 


Find Available Commercial Space using our Search Engine 

Looking for retail, office, or industrial space in La Mesa? Discover the City's commercial space availability search engine! This user-friendly resource allows you to tailor your search by building size, type, available space size, and lease or sale options. Moreover, you can generate customized reports, complete with maps and aerial imagery, to make informed decisions easily. Explore the possibilities and find your perfect commercial space in La Mesa today!


Get your Green Business Certification!


Join the La Mesa Green Business Network (GBN) and work towards Green Business Certification for free. Access valuable resources, attend educational events, and network with like-minded businesses. Certified businesses may be eligible for up to $500 in rebate incentives for approved green purchasing.


Are you on the lookout for a new career opportunity or a fresh start in your professional journey? Look no further! Our vibrant city has exciting job openings across various departments, offering you the chance to contribute your skills and talents to the heart of our community. 


Workshops, Webinars and Events

Save on your Businesses Energy Bills with SDG&E’s Emergency Load Reduction Program


San Diego Gas & Electric eligible business customers can get paid to voluntarily reduce energy load in the event of a grid energy. Through the Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP), business customers who qualify will choose their estimated target load reduction quantity to be achieved during an event. 

Instagram and TikTok Strategy 

Join the San Diego & Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on Oct. 26 for an online training session on leveraging social media to enhance your small business' revenue. Learn the difference between sales and marketing, discover three effective strategies to increase revenue, and explore the significant impact of social media on your business's growth.


Creating a Sales Plan that Produces Long-term Results


Join the San Diego & Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on Nov. 1 for an online training session on creating an effective sales plan. You’ll also learn about marketing, unique selling propositions (USP), and developing a sales budget. 

Small Business, Big Ideas:

A Coffee Networking Event

Join the SBDC for the Small Business, Big Ideas: A Coffee Networking Event! This networking event provides a unique opportunity for small business owners to come together in a relaxed and informal setting to share their experiences and insights.


5th Annual Halloween in La Mesa Village!

Join the La Mesa Village Association for their 5th Annual Halloween in the Village! The event is free and family-friendly. Trick-or-treat at local businesses along La Mesa Boulevard and surrounding streets, enter their Howl-o-Ween Pet Costume Contest and listen to “spooky” live music. 


Small Batch Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary 


Small Batch, local gift store in the La Mesa Village, is excited to celebrate its 5th anniversary! Since its inception, Small Batch has been a favorite of the neighborhood, offering unique gifts and fostering strong connections with its customers. To mark this special milestone, Small Batch is hosting a celebration on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., featuring a series of events that encapsulate the essence of this wonderful community.

Springboard Program Helps Local Entrepreneurs Thrive

Springboard, a San Diego County nonprofit aimed at advising startups, is looking to help serious tech and LifeSci innovation entrepreneurs along their journey, to help grow and scale their business, and accelerate their path forward.


The Inventor's Patent Academy (TIPA) Empowers Historically Underrepresented Inventors in Navigating the U.S. Patent System

Invent Together and Qualcomm have launched The Inventor's Patent Academy (TIPA), a free online course aimed at assisting historically underrepresented inventors in navigating the U.S. patent system. The course, designed to close diversity gaps in patenting, has already enrolled about 1,200 students, with 80% from historically underrepresented groups. TIPA features enhanced course content, mobile accessibility, new voice narration, and inspiring inventor stories, aiming to demystify the patent process and increase inventor diversity, ultimately fostering innovation and strengthening the U.S. as a global innovation leader.


Business Resources

Small Business Development Center Offers No Cost Business Consulting and Low-Cost Training

Discover the range of services provided by the San Diego & Imperial Valley SBDC, designed to assist you in starting, growing, and succeeding with your small business. They offer support in various areas, such as accounting, marketing, human resources, technology security, manufacturing, distribution, and finance. Take advantage of their expert training and personalized one-on-one assistance from experienced advisors and trainers. 


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