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Wednesday | February 8, 2023

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February's Business Mixer at Toasted Gastrobrunch + Dinner Tonight!

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM PST

Toasted Gastrobrunch + Dinner

339 N Cleveland St.


You're invited to join us for a Business Mixer at Toasted Gastrobrunch and Dinner. Join us on Wednesday, February 8th from 5 PM - 7 PM. This is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with other business owners and employees in and around North County. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served with a cash bar. The cost is $10 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. 

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Oceanside Young Professionals Networking Lunch Tomorrow!

Thursday, February 9, 2023

12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM

Ryes and Grind

236 S Coast Hwy

Oceanside, CA 92054

Join the OYP’s at Rye’s and Grind for networking and lunch from 12-1PM. Network with like-minded peers, engage in the community, and stay informed on local issues. Chamber members and non-members alike are encouraged to come. Be sure to bring your business cards!

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Make Great Business Connections at the Chamber's Second Tuesday Coffee

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM PST

Oceanside Chamber of Commerce

928 N Coast Hwy.

Oceanside, CA 92054

You're invited to the Oceanside Chamber's Second Tuesday Coffee! We invite you to our conference room on Tuesday, November 8th from 8 AM - 9 AM. Second Tuesday Coffee has been a great opportunity for Oceanside Chamber members to connect with other businesses in North County. Attendees will have a chance to give a 1-minute introduction and will have access to a participant list to stay connected after the event. Be sure to bring your business cards! This event is free to Oceanside Chamber members and $20 for prospective members. Online registration is required. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. 

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Celebrate Local Students at the Chamber Rising Star Student Recognition Luncheon

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM PST

William A. Wagner Aquatic Center

3306 Senior Center Dr.

Oceanside, CA 92056

The Oceanside Chamber's Rising Star Program aims to champion students that have overcome significant challenges in their lives while managing to keep on track with their education. The Chamber honors one high school senior each month from each of our area high schools at a breakfast event. These amazing students are each given the opportunity to share their stories of resilience and persistence. At the end of the school year, all students that have been recognized are invited to apply for scholarships through the Oceanside Chamber Foundation. Join us at this month's event to learn how these students became Rising Stars. Tickets are $25 for Chamber members and $40 for non-members.

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2023 North County African American Women's Association Women's Conference, Sisters Soaring

Saturday, March 11, 2023

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM PST

The Westin Carlsbad

5480 Grand Pacific Dr

Carlsbad, CA 92008

Come grow with us! North County African American Women’s Association, Sisters Soaring To New Heights Women’s Conference promises to equip you in becoming your best self! This multi-generational conference is designed to help participants center growth energy on self! It will create spaces for you to explore your mental, emotional, professional and financial health. You will experience with your community sisters how to increase your overall wellness, develop leadership skills, explore your entrepreneurial skills, and see you anew! The goal of this conference is to provide you with a space for community building, networking and creating ally relationships with women and teens. You will be inspired, empowered, and engaged in meaningful conversations and activities on your personal and professional journey to self care and self actualization.

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Read the Oceanside Chamber's 5-Year Strategic Plan/2023 Action Plan

In 2021, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce embarked on the development of an ambitious 5-Year Strategic Plan. The process involved extensive outreach to the business community, including phone surveys and focus group meetings with business and community leaders.Using the feedback received from its outreach efforts, the Chamber Board held sessions with a strategic facilitator to help update its Mission and Vision statements as well as identify key areas in which the Chamber will serve the business community in the next five years. The following is an overview of the Chamber’s 5-Year Strategic Imperatives along with action items for 2023.

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Best of Oceanside "Stay and Play Local" Feature - Kimy Gets Skinny

Dieting can be bland, boring, and downright depressing, a phenomena Kimy Aguirre, curator of the Doatnut, experienced firsthand when beginning her journey towards healthy living. Inspired to create healthy, delicious meals, Kimy began experimenting with foods and finding recipes she loved. Her journey included modifying her diet to incorporate healthy fats, lean protein, low carbs and less sugar. 

Kimy decided that in order for her weightloss to be sustainable, she needed to reinvent one of her favorite guilty pleasures, the donut. She invested in an inexpensive tiny coffee grinder and began hand grinding her own steel cut oats. After countless attempts, Kimy created the perfect, baked-to-perfection, guilt-free treat now known as “The Doatnut” (pronounced Doh - Oat - Nut). The tiny grinder and the tiny home kitchen have grown into industrial milling machines, restaurant equipment and ultimately, her very own pink shop.

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Celebrate Oceanside's First Annual Mardi Gras!

January 19, 2023 - February 21, 2023

Created by Downtown Oceanside businesses and sponsored by MainStreet Oceanside, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, Visit Oceanside and the Oceanside Cultural District, the first-ever O'side Mardi Gras celebration is under way! Oceanside businesses have created a Mardi Gras/Carnival experience within their decorated establishments with events, specials and live music, concluding with a Fat Tuesday celebration on Feb. 21. O'side Mardi Gras will also include a monthlong food drive for North County Food Bank. View the expanding O'side Mardi Gras event calendar below.

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Sand Nourishment & Retention Pilot Project

(Source: City of Oceanside) - The City Council approved Phase 2 of the Sand Nourishment and Retention Pilot Project on January 25. Phase 2 involves the development of a sand nourishment program, looking offshore for improved sand sources, and the design of a pilot sand retention project. The sand retention project seeks to invite innovation through a design competition, attracting new ideas and expertise to address our coastal erosion issue. The project kicks off this month, beginning with the development of a community outreach program and establishment of the design competition criteria.

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Economic Development News

(Source: City of Oceanside) - The City's Economic Development Division remains committed to helping businesses stay and grow here in Oceanside. Learn about new construction projects, the opening of Heritage Barbecue & Beer Co, the re-opening of Angry Chickz, and more in the February 2023 edition of the Economic Development Newsletter.

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Boots to Business Reboot - Entrepreneurship Training Program for Veterans and Military Spouses.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Oceanside Chamber of Commerce

928 N Coast Hwy

Oceanside, CA 92054

During Reboot, participants are introduced to the skills, knowledge, and resources they need to launch a business, including steps for developing business concepts, how to develop a business plan, and information on SBA resources available to help. The program is facilitated by subject matter experts from the SBA and their extensive network of skilled business advisors. Participants that complete an in-person or online B2B Reboot course can elect to further their study through one of many B2B online courses, offered at no cost to Service members, Veterans and military spouses.

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CSUSM's Senior Experience - Supporting Future Business Leaders

40% Off for All Oceanside Chamber Members

The CSUSM Senior Experience Program matches teams of five graduating business students with for-profit and non-profit organizations to complete projects. Students gain experience by working as consultants on rigorous, real-world projects that require teamwork and application of classroom knowledge. Businesses benefit by receiving concentrated attention from bright, energetic teams that provide a fresh, independent look at their business challenge. Each student team works under the supervision of a faculty member.

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Connecting with Contracts: Celebrating Black History Month

Thursday, February 23, 2023

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

MiraCosta College San Elijo Campus

3333 Manchester Ave

Cardiff, CA 92007

February's Connecting with Contracts event is celebrating Black History Month. The San Diego & Imperial Valley SBDC Network is pleased to bring government agencies, prime contractors, and resource partners to you in one place! Participants will learn what is expected of vendors; what are certifications and how they work, where to find the buyers and opportunities, and how to make an impact marketing their goods and services. These events help small businesses get contracts!

This NO COST event has been made possible with the generous support of The State of California Department of General Services, The County of San Diego, the North County Transit District (NCTD) The Small Business Administration (SBA), California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA), MiraCosta College, Southwestern College and many more!

Space is limited! Please contact the North San Diego SBDC at 760-795-8740 or centerinfo@miracosta.edu with any questions you may have about this event.

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California Competes Tax Credit

Next Application Window:

March 6, 2023 – March 20, 2023

The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in California. Businesses of any industry, size, or location compete for over $180 million available in tax credits by applying in one of the three application periods each year. Applicants will be analyzed based on twelve different factors of evaluation, including number of full-time jobs being created, amount of investment, and strategic importance to the state or region.

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501-C Scam Alert

(Source: Coast News Group) - "Last month, 43,090 new businesses were formed in California. I registered my own LLC early last year to protect me legally and financially. The paperwork was good for two years.

So imagine my surprise when I received an official-looking renewal form in the mail today. Form 501-LLC was my California Limited Liability company biennial order form, and it came a year early."

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San Diego Gives Kicks Off 2023 Campaign

San Diego Gives Kicks Off 2023 Campaign ** San Diego nonprofits are invited to register & participate in annual local day-of-giving ** (San Diego, Calif. – Jan. 31, 2023) – San Diego Gives is a nine-month capacity building program for San Diego-based nonprofits, which culminates in a 24-hour online fundraiser – Thursday, September 7, 2023. It connects the community to local issues and high-quality, vetted nonprofits with strong leadership, programming, fiscal oversight, and tangible impact. San Diego Gives offers donors a chance to leverage investments with other funders to magnify support. All funds raised remain in San Diego County

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Need Help With Your Energy Bill?

(Source: SDG&E) - SDG&E recognizes that this can be a challenging time for many customers and may be able to help if you are having trouble paying your bill. You may be eligible for programs and services that can provide immediate financial assistance and help you avoid interruptions in your service. Flexible payment arrangements are available to help you pay down past due balances. Learn more at sdge.com/Payment-Arrangements.

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