Escondido Chamber of Commerce
720 N Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025

January 4, 2017
Plates For Eight
Wednesday, Jan 18
Cocina Del Charro
890 W Valley Pkwy

996 Don Lee Pl, Escondido, CA
January 18th 10:00 am
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Which Wich Target Shopping Center Escondido
January 20th 10:30am
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Good Morning Escondido
Meeting Time: January 27th 7:15-9:00am Marie Callender's Escondido

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Rorie Johnston
Greetings in the New Year!

We are off to a good start with the addition of a new team member, Philip Guevarra. Philip is a student at CSUSM studying Mass Media. His first assignments are the Escondido Chamber weekly e-newsletter and the Chamber Social Media. Be sure to connect with the chamber through our social media links, which are at the top of this newsletter. You can reach Philip at

Philip is also taking charge of a new program that we are introducing with the new school year this fall called "Rising Star", honoring high school seniors who are serving others. There a number of opportunities where you can be involved in this program from "swag bag" gifts to scholarship funding. Stay tuned for more information... 

We are excited to have a strong team to kick off the new year, a team that will be working with our members to make 2017 the best year possible!  


Rorie Johnston
Escondido Sales Tax down to 7.75%
January 1st

piggy_bank_100.jpg Did all of you know that starting January 1st of the New Year the Escondido sales tax went down .25%.

Be sure to adjust your point of sale system to match the new rate and confirm the correct sales tax for any returns. 

Enjoy your savings going into the New Year and read the rest of the great news here.
Escondido Magazine Winter 2016 
hits the streets. 

With the new year approaching, a healthy lifestyle is top of the mind. The Escondido Magazine explores health from what is in your wine to the Pegasus Rising Project. Plus, a perspective on nutrition from the San Diego Food Bank, and how fats can be good for you from Palomar Hospital.

Enjoy reading the EM online, or pick up a copy at your favorite business in town.
Join the Escondido Chamber Ambassadors
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The Ambassadors are the feet in the street for the Chamber, welcoming new members and inviting businesses to join and get involved. 

If you have been thinking about being an Ambassador, here is where you start. Submit an  online application  and save February 2nd for the Ambassador Breakfast and introduction. An Ambassador will contact you in January to share their experience  and answer your questions. 


Members & guests, you are invited to our bi-a nnual 
Open House celebration. 
Tuesday, January 17, 5:00pm
at the Chamber office.
Meet staff, Board of Directors and Ambassadors and
and learn how the Chamber can help your business. 
(Members be sure to bring extra business cards for our wall, they go quick)

Thank you to our sponsors:

If you would like to sponsor this event
by donating appetizers, dessert or beverages
contact Claudine at (760)-745-2125

Registration required:

Economic Development Committee
January 12th, NOON 
Escondido Chamber of Commerce

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Committee works to assist, retain and grow existing businesses in Escondido, while striving to attract new businesses and ventures with the focus on positive economic impacts and job creation for our citizens. 

San Diego County Water Authority will be providing a Water Issues Update for 2017.

The EDC is chaired by Ernie Cowan, NSDCAR. EDC is a member benefit. 
Breakfast with the Mayor
January 24th

The opportunity to speak with elected officials is important to our chamber businesses. That is why we host a monthly breakfast with council members. This month, join us for Breakfast with the Escondido Mayor Sam Abed. Get up to date information on our city and share your perspective with the mayor in a casual setting with other business leaders. 


Thank You to AT&T for sponsoring this event. 
Nominations sought for E scondido City Council awards. 
January 18th

Each year at the State of the City meeting Address, the Escondido City Council recognizes individuals who made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in Escondido through volunteer service. The general public is encouraged to submit nominations of qualified members of the community for consideration. Award nomination forms can be obtained by calling the City Manager's Office (760-839-4631) or by downloading a copy from the City's website:  escondido.orgAwardNominationForm2017 .

The deadline for nomination is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. A sub-committee of the City Council will review all nominations and make its final selection in January. The awards will be presented at the Annual State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 22, your target audience. 

Escondido Arts Partnership: WOOD
January 14th

The Escondido Arts Partnership is pleased to announce the eighth Presentation of WOOD, A Furniture Show VIII, hosted by Brian Murphy of Murphy's Fine Woodworking. This exhibition will feature a gathering of some of the very best furniture makers in Southern California showing their work at the Escondido Municipal Gallery.

The opening reception on Saturday, January 14th provides an opportunity for the public to meet the featured woodworking artists from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. For more information about this event go to
Restaurant Week is happening January 22 - 28,  2017 at 30 fantastic restaurants in historic downtown and all around town!

Savor the diverse culinary flavors of Escondido by taking advantage of this opportunity to visit your favorites and create new experiences!
Our  Dine Out Escondido! restaurant participants are donating $1 to the FOOD 4 KIDS Backpack Program for every DOE special they sell during Restaurant Week. 
And don't worry about driving to and from your  Dine out Escondido!  restaurants... Lyft has you covered! Receive 30% off of your rides by using code  DOE2017 . Available to all new and existing Lyft users.
Clothing Drive To Help Homeless Vets
January 7th

            ESCONDIDO - There will be a used clothing drive on SATURDAY January 7, 2017 from 8AM to 11AM in front of Escondido City Hall at the corner of Broadway and Valley Parkway.  The drive is being organized by five Rotary Clubs in Escondido, and San Marcos, to support North County Operation Stand Down.  Rotary is seeking used clothing donations for homeless adults Veterans. All clothing donations are welcome.

Items of Greatest Need 
  • Jackets
  • Sweatshirts
  • Shoes
  • Towels
  • Plus sized clothing
  • NEW Underwear & Socks
Items collected will be available to Veterans attending the 1st Annual North County Operation Stand Down being held JAN 27 - 29,, 2017 at Green Oak Ranch in Vista.  North County Operation Stand Down is a weekend effort to help provide homeless Veterans opportunities to improve their lives.To learn more, volunteer, or make a monetary donation Visit:

Rotary is a leadership organization of local business, professional, civic leaders, and community minded individuals. To find out more about Rotary or a Club near you visit:
Questions on the clothing drive can be directed to Doug Clark 619-548-2825 or Bonnie Maloney 760-613-6889.  

Escondido Public Library: New Year's Finance Workshop
January 24th

financial_accounting.jpg Public Library, in collaboration with Operation Hope in Escondido, will host a credit and money management workshop on Tuesday, January 24, 2016 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the Library's Turrentine Room.

Learn the basics of creating a budget, how to understand your credit report and what you can do to correct errors that may negatively affect your credit rating, and establish or rebuild your credit profile. The workshop also covers your rights as a consumer and helps you understand how to make the most of them. Operation Hope in Escondido is an organization committed to expanding economic opportunity through education and empowerment. Registration required by January 23, 2017 at

Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this and other Library events, visit the Library's website at or call Adult
Services Librarian, Oscar Lujan at 760-839-4214 or at Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.