May 18, 2024


Grants available for facade, property improvement

The city of Escondido is offering business grants through two programs: a facade improvement program and a CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) program aimed at addressing the impacts of illegal homeless encampments and civic disorder. The grants are funded with federal money allocated through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to business and property owners who wish to renovate, enhance and improve highly visible buildings along core commercial corridors. To apply, visit


Chamber offers marketing seminar

“Social Media Marketing” is the topic for a Lunch and Learn seminar presented by the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The event takes place at the Fallbrook Regional Health District Community Health and Wellness Center, 1636 E. Mission Road. Communications director Aly Haneline is the presenter; Q&A session follows. The event is free for chamber members; $25 for nonmembers. Registration is required to (760) 728-5845 or email

Wine Down Wednesday at Toasted Oak

The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce hosts a “Wine Down Wednesday” mixer for members and nonmembers from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Toasted Oak Vineyards and Winery, 190 Red Mountain Lane. Bring an appetizer to share. Wine available for purchase. Reserve to


Lab offers session on rates, negotiation

The SCORE San Diego Women’s Success Lab hosts a virtual session, “Tips on Pricing and Negotiation” from 8:30-10:30 a.m. July 15. This lab will explore the simplest and most overlooked strategy to increase sales and cash flow — raise your rates! Lab Leader Liz Lem will guide attendees through examples of how to price their services and then negotiate for that price. Cost is $9.99. Register at by July 14. The Women’s Success Lab is an environment to learn and practice essential business skills. Each lab is two hours with a networking breakout room, two short presentations and two “practice what you learned” breakout rooms.


Pechanga offers ‘how to get hired’ sessions

Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula is hosting several one-hour sessions to help applicants in their job hunts. The casino’s in-person “How to Get Hired” sessions are from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 3. Job seekers can stay until noon to discuss job opportunities with a hiring recruiter or manager. The sessions focus on different specialties each week. The schedule: Wednesday, Hotel: Housekeeping and Environmental Services; July 6, Department of Public Safety: Officers; July 13, Finance: Analysts, Cage, Wardrobe; July 20, Slots and Table Games; July 27, Information Technology; and Aug. 3, Facilities: Landscapers, Aquatics Technicians, Cabinet Shop. Bring résumés and dress for a potential interview if you plan to talk with hiring staff after each session. Visit for a list of all available positions.


Golf, dinner/dance for anniversary

The Valley Center Chamber of Commerce is preparing to celebrate its 60th anniversary with a golf tournament and dinner/dance July 22. Sponsorships are available, including title sponsor and presenting sponsor. Golfing starts at noon at the Native Oaks Golf Course, 14616 Woods Valley Road, which will host dinner and dancing. Dinner-only tickets will be available. Contact Marian Walters at (760) 749-8472 or


Small Business Survival Tools workshop

The Vista Chamber of Commerce hosts a free Lunch & Learn session on “Small Business Survival Tools” from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at The Film Hub, 170 Eucalyptus Ave. The workshop will be presented by Paul Hagerty from Path Finance Group. Small business owners will learn about two tools that could save them thousands of dollars and increase employee retention. Open to members and potential members. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP at

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