February 08.17 
Business After 5

 February 9
Business After 5 is a social/networking event. Visit a host business and network.
Sponsor table available
Lunch & Learn
February 16
Come to H&R Block's Tax Workshop
light lunch included
registration required 
Coffee Club
February 24
Come to the Chamber and meet other local business owners. 

State of the District Address

California Center for the Arts
Center Theater 340 
Escondido Blvd.
February 27

Coffee with the Captain

February 28
Join us for a conversation with Escondido Police Captain Gregory Kogler. 

Escondido Chamber
Chamber building
Rorie Johnston  

Cal State University San Marcos is gearing up to address the demand for engineers in our region. 

In a report from Mark Cafferty, S an Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, Mark notes that "W e are continuing to see a troubling trend: Our high-tech employers are struggling to fill open positions in engineering - specifically software engineering.  Many believe that the challenge in finding qualified engineers is not due to a lack of interested students, but more a lack of available and appropriate programs."

The good news is that CSUSM is one step closer to offering degree programs in software and electrical engineering with the recent award of a nearly $6 million grant under the Hispanic-Serving Institutions STEM program.  CSUSM is engaging private partnerships who will invest in the engineering degree program, thus fulfilling the need for a qualified work force in the region. To read more from Mark Cafferty, go  here.   

Engineering is just one of the growing workforce demands. The San Diego Workforce Partnership listed 154 in demand jobs in their 2016 report, many of which may not require a four year degree. As the workforce is becoming more specialized, education has followed suit, particularly at the high school level where students can earn a certificate, giving them an opportunity to go directly into their field of choice. 

Rorie Johnston
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Chamber building

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce is always looking for better ways to improve it's service. We wouldn't be able to operate with your businesses, so please let us know how we can serve you better. Fill out this survey so you can help us find ways to improve your membership experience. 

Economic Development Committee
February 9
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. Also focuses on the local and regional economy including projects and policies that impact the city's ability to thrive, grow and prosper. 

"Meet the Buyers Tour"
February 10
"Meet the Buyers" Tour is coming to Escondido bringing buyers and small business advocates from agencies, large corporations and prime contractors together to help small businesses work with their organizations successfully. 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! 
Plates for 8
February 15

You'll be eating lunch anyway, so why not make it a networking lunch? Connect with fellow Chamber members for engaging networking and conversations while you enjoy lunch! It's a great way to network face-to-face and build relationships with business professionals.  

Alzheimer's Volunteer Kickoff Party!
February 16

Join us to learn how you can get involved in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's Volunteer Committee. Enjoy tasty food and beverage while speaking with each committee chair to find the best fit for you! Together we can advance the fight against Alzheimer's.

Welcome New Members
January New Members 

Be sure to welcome some our newest members from last month.

Jeannie Nutter

Claudia Caywood

Steve Gallant

Blake Starnes

Eileen Schwartz

Sean McHenry

SCORE Presentation: Customer Service
February 22
All the business savvy in the world won't make you
successful. Your customers
do that! Without customers, there is no business. In this
 workshop, you will learn how to make great impressions in any situation so customers keep coming back. In addition we will focus on building existing customer relationships to bring more business. You will walk away with new skills and plans to succeed in wowing your customers. 

Escondido State of the City Address
February 22

Mayor Sam Abed and the City Council, in partners hip  with the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, invite you to
Escondido's Annual State of the City Address.  The event will be held in the Conference Center of the California Center for the Arts on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, beginning with an optional breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the free program at 8 a.m.
Sponsors receive a reserved table for ten, breakfast included, and recognition at the event. 

Event Sponsors


Sponsor information
Federal/State Basic Payroll Tax Seminar
March 30
Learn California payroll report requirements: forms, employer, obligations, reporting, payment requirements. There is so much to learn, take advantage of this opportunity  to get your year off to the right start. 


Limited Space available, reserve your spot today!
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