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Moonlight Mixer Information
Next month our Moonlight Mixer will be held at the Westmont of Encinitas. Their senior living community is here to offer you the lifestyle and attention you desire in a luxurious setting designed for you. They offer Independent Living and Assisted Living options to help you or your loved ones make the right choice when it comes to finding the support you need.
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
5:30 – 7:30 pm 
Westmont of Encinitas
1920 S El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024
Thank you for attending the 2022 Encinitas Business & Community Expo
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Administrative Assistant
We are looking for a competent Administrative Assistant to provide personalized secretarial, administrative and events support in a well-organized and timely manner to the CEO and staff. This person will handle the bookkeeper duties as well. You will need to have strong working knowledge of Quickbooks Online, CRM programs, and office suite. For more details or to apply, click the button below!
Members News
Nature Unplugged: Hike
UPCOMING HIKE | Garnet Peak via PCT 
Saturday, March 26, 8:30 AM
Penny Pines Trailhead, 12032 Sunrise Highway, Julian, CA, 92036

HIKE DETAILS | Planning & Prep
Garnet Peak is a moderately challenging 4 miles out and back trail (with 688 ft elevation gain) located near Mount Laguna, California that features beautiful wildflowers (and awesome views!). They wanted to offer a few additional details upfront to make sure everyone is good to go. Get more information about this hike on AllTrails.

Please plan to arrive at 8:15 am. The hike will begin promptly at 8:30 am.

 $5 Adventure Pass -OR- National Park Annual Pass required. Carpool options available (please note interest when registering).

The weather outlook for Saturday is looking great but things can change quickly in the mountains. They'll send a list of items to bring (plenty of layers and sun protection) to all registered hikers ahead of Saturday.

Let them know you’re coming—Register here.

Can’t make this one? Check-out their full 2022 schedule and join them another time!
Thanks to our always supportive member Gilbert Gastelum at Casa De Bandini. We are lucky to have you (and your famous margaritas) in the neighborhood!
Community News
Encinitas Council Decides on Districting Map 
The City of Encinitas has created their new district lines while making sure to create "the least amount of displacement". Officials say they made this minor change to even out the districts, but residents should not feel a significant shift. 

This redistricting map was chosen among 40 other options. To learn more click the link below. 
CSUSM Extended Learning Open House
Tuesday, April 5
​​4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Join CSUSM Extended Learning for a spring semester open house. You are invited to tour their interactive learning spaces and talk to their ambassadors about the creative collaborations and teaching methods for students at all stages of life in the Extended Learning Building at Cal State San Marcos.

288 Campus Way, San Marcos, CA 92078
Exit Highway 78 at Twin Oaks Valley Road and head south. Turn left on North City Drive.
Complimentary guest parking will be available on the fifth floor of Parking Structure 2, adjacent to the Extended Learning Building.  
Small Business Event Hosted by Ting
Please join the local Ting Internet team and learn how they are bringing fiber internet to your business. Stop by the Netly Data Center for a tour and learn more about their network. Light food and refreshments will be available.

Address: Netly Data Center - 565 Westlake St. Encinitas, CA

Date & time: Thursday, March 31 - 4p-6p

RSVP link (RSVP by 3/24): Link
San Diego Botanical Gardens Launches Access Afternoons
SDNEDC-Investor the San Diego Botanical Garden in Encinitas has launched their new program "access afternoon". This program is to bring new visitors to the garden and was supported by a generous grant from the Institute of Museums and Libraries . 

To learn more about how to get involved, check out the link below. 
TOOTRiS and Urban Plates Partner to Serve Restaurant Workers with Child Care Services
SAN DIEGO, CA, March 16, 2022 – Child Care can be a constant struggle, especially for parents in the restaurant industry working flexible day, night, and weekend schedules. To support the needs of their employees, Urban Plates, the fast-casual restaurant chain, is excited to provide an innovative solution – on-demand Child Care powered by TOOTRiS.
Under the partnership with TOOTRiS, each of Urban Plates’ 650-plus employees across California can now easily find and connect with thousands of Child Care providers and enroll directly from their computer or mobile device.

“Finding quality and affordable Child Care is an ongoing challenge for our team members with young children as it is for all working parents,” said Alison Wagner, Head of Human Resources at Urban Plates. “The partnership with TOOTRiS allows them to arrange for reliable Child Care, whether planned or in an emergency. They no longer have to scramble to get shifts covered when a child gets sick, or their regular caregiver is unavailable. Most importantly, they have some peace of mind knowing their children are being looked after by vetted professionals while they are on the job.”

TOOTRiS is providing critical help to the hospitality industry at an opportune time as nearly 8 million employees – 2 out of 3 restaurant workers – lost their jobs during the pandemic. As business is returning to normal, TOOTRiS – with more than 180,000 providers in its nationwide network – offers unique advantages to the restaurant and retail industries with a Child Care benefit that increases their ability to increase recruitment, retention, and staff productivity.

“The stress of finding Child Care during the varying hours when restaurant employees need it can be a significant challenge to the well-being of their whole family,” said TOOTRiS CEO Alessandra Lezama. “Through TOOTRiS, Urban Plates is enabling its team members to find affordable, high-quality care so they can do their jobs effectively. I applaud Urban Plates taking this initiative. People are more productive and enjoy working when they feel their whole family unit is supported.”

About Urban Plates
Urban Plates began in 2011 with a single restaurant in Del Mar, California; there are currently 16 locations, with more to come in 2022. Headquartered in Solana Beach, Calif., the brand has locations throughout San Diego, Orange County, the greater Los Angeles area, and Northern California. Urban Plates’ expansive menu items are made fresh in-house, from scratch, every day using clean (organic whenever and as much as possible) ingredients. With menus that include gluten-free, plant-based, dairy-free, pescatarian, low-carb, or any combination of the above, Urban Plates is committed to bringing variety and honest value to its guests. Follow Urban Plates on Instagram or on Facebook, or visit the brand online at urbanplates.com.
For more information about TOOTRiS fully managed Child Care benefits, please visit tootris.com/employers.
City of Encinitas Recreational Programs
Encinitas Spring Program & Summer Camp Guide out now! Registration begins March 7. The City of Encinitas Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department is pleased to present the Spring Programs and Summer Camps Guide. Guides will be mailed beginning this weekend to Encinitas residents. The online guide is available at www.EncinitasParksandRec.com.

Spring Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 16,10am-12pm
Encinitas Community Park 425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas

Adding to the fun of 20,000 eggs, this year's event will feature Kathryn the Grape live in concert. No sign-up is required for this event, just bring your basket and enjoy the fun! For additional event information, visit www.EncinitasParksandRec.com.
Need Help with Your Energy Bill?
SDG&E recognizes that this is still a challenging time for many customers and wants to help. Check out these energy assistance programs.

1. California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program: Save 30% or more every month on your bill. Find out if you qualify at sdge.com/CARE.

2. Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program: If you don’t qualify for CARE and your household has 3 or more people, you may qualify for FERA. You could receive an 18% discount on your electric bill. Visit sdge.com/FERA to learn more.

3. Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program: You may qualify to receive free energy-saving improvements for your home, such as new appliances, lighting, insulation and more. Find details at sdge.com/ESAP.

4. Arrearage Management Plan (AMP): If you have outstanding bills and you are a CARE or FERA customer, you may be eligible for debt forgiveness. See if you qualify at sdge.com/AMP.

5. Business customers: Set up a flexible payment plan, so you can rest easy knowing you’re covered. Visit sdge.com/recovery to learn more.

Online assistance program applications are easy, fast and convenient. For more information, visit sdge.com/assistance.
New AT&T Plan Offers Free Internet to Eligible Households
Access to affordable, reliable high-speed internet is critical, especially during these unprecedented times. That’s why we want to alert you of a new plan from AT&T that provides free broadband internet for eligible households. As part of their commitment to connecting more Californians to reliable, high-speed broadband internet, AT&T has recently announced a new discount internet program for low-income customers called Access from AT&T.
Business News
4th Of July Parade Survey
ATTENTION ALL BUSINESSES ALONG EL CAMINO REAL. The city is thinking of having a 4th of July Parade along that corridor and want to make sure all of the businesses affected are on board with it. Please take a few minutes to let us know your thoughts, there are only 5 questions.
SBDC Microbusiness Grant Program
The County of San Diego is providing Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grants
This program provides grants of $2,500 to microbusiness owners who were in operation in 2019, still in operation today, and were impacted by the Covid-19 public health restrictions.
To be eligible you need to have:
  • Been in business on or before December 1, 2019 and still in business in 2022.
  • Have gross revenue under $50,000 (as reported for 2019). 
  • Demonstrated decline in revenue or service demand due to COVID-19 in 2020 or 2021 as compared to 2019.
  • Operating within the County of San Diego.
  • The business was the primary source of revenue for the business owner.
  • Not have received other sources of COVID relief such as a grant from a city, the state, or a forgiven PPP loan.
Many sole proprietors in industries such as hair styling, auto repair, consulting or similar service-based businesses may meet these criteria. 
To learn more about this program and apply visit https://www.sdivsbdc.org/county-of-san-diego-micro-business-grant-program/. Should you need assistance in filling out the application the San Diego North Economic Development Council will be holding office hours to assist business owners. Call Erik Bruvold at 760-510-5919 to arrange an appointment.
Free Internships Available to Businesses at MiraCosta College Technology Career Institute
TCI offers accelerated, hands-on courses that give students the technical skills, human development, and work-based experience needed to secure living wage employment in their chosen field. We believe that a skilled, educated workforce requires the collaboration of the primary stakeholders in the ecosystem: the students; the colleges who train them; and the employers, with their multitude of workforce needs. This internship model plays a central role in that collaboration, starting with you, our industry partner.
California Competes Tax Credit Program
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. 

For fiscal year 2021-2022, GO-Biz will accept applications for the California Competes Tax Credit during the following periods:
  • March 7, 2022 – March 28, 2022

Prior to each application period, GO-Biz hosts online webinars about the California Competes Tax Credit program. All businesses are encouraged to participate and view the GoBiz webinars to receive instructions on how to apply. SDNEDC can also assist with applications and connecting North County businesses with the right resources so as to increase their potential to win one of the awards.
2022 Lunch and Learn with Lathem & Watkins at the Green Dragon. 
March 30th, 2022
Registration starts @ 11:30 am
Event Starts @ 12:00 pm
Join SDNEDC for an annual update on CEQA changes and what changes have occurred through statute and case law. The year ahead is going to see significant shifts in respect to how local jurisdictions will measure traffic impacts, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and analyze the environmental impacts of projects proposed close to transit lines. Environmental justice has become even more important in environmental law. If your company is undertaking an expansion or considering new construction, it is important to understand the legal landscape so as to avoid delays and ensure timely completion. Join us to hear from Daniel Brunton and Clif Williams from Latham and Watkins LLP , to learn more about the year ahead in CEQA and how to best prepare and think about CEQA issues to develop a defensible analysis and better position projects to weather challenges.

Registration starts at 11:30 am Event will start at 12:00 pm Event will end at 1:00 pm
The Green Dragon Tavern
6115 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA, 92011, United States
Commercial Food Waste Prevention Webinar
California Rebuilding Fund
Lendistry is excited to spread the word about a low-cost state-sponsored loan program available for businesses throughout California. California Rebuilding Fund loans can be used for working capital or growing your existing business – anything you need to help you succeed. They are coupled with non-profit business advising so you can confidently pay the loan back. Complete a pre-application to get matched with a non-profit lender in CA.
Small Business Stimulus Grant
If you are a small business or nonprofit entity (20 employees or less) that suffered economic losses due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for a small business grant from the San Diego County.

If you have already applied and didn't receive the full amount you asked for you may ask for the additional funds you didn't receive. For this, email Joana.Santiago@sdcounty.ca.gov
Small Business Training Events
Both San Diego and Imperial County Small Business Development Center have many great resources such as educational webinars and programs for small businesses. There are many upcoming resources and they encourage small businesses to check out and try out upcoming classes and future offerings.
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