720 N Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025

March 11 , 2020
March Economic Development Meeting

Escondido Chamber of Commerce
720 N. Broadway Escondido, CA 92025

Thursday, March 10th
12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Super STEM Saturday
Saturday, March 14th
10am - 4pm 

Holiday Wine Cellar celebrates
55 years!
Friday, March 13th - Tuesday, March 17th

Star Repertory Theater presents
March 20th - 29th

Senator Brian Jones' San Marcos Town Hall
Thursday, March 26th

The Ramona
Barn Owls
Live Streaming NOW!

SD Fair Seeks Community Heroes

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What a week it's been since I last wrote this column in our newsletter. I'm not telling you anything new,
I'm sure. Elections, Covid-19, stock market jitters, and now here come the rains. Maybe we could all use a cleanse.
So just when you think things can't get any crazier, they do. The Democratic debates we're quite the show, and although I'm not a huge reality TV fan, these had me watching. And as a balance I watched the complete Town Hall broadcast of our President. I'm just as confused as ever. Then the results of the  elections were enough to drive me to pull the plug. Smart TV? I don't think so.
To set a juxtaposition to this all, I was privileged to attend our 4th Rising Stars awards breakfast of the year this morning. And to say it gives me hope for our future is not strong enough. The stories told so beautifully not only by awardees but the administrators, counselors, and teachers will make you stop and say thank you for the work these individuals take on daily with our most prized resource, our children. Yes, the stories of these students and their parents are fantastic and inspirational but to hear the small and large acts of kindness, encouragement, and motivation these individuals give is lasting.  Teachers and the whole education system we have here in Escondido should not be measured simply by numbers but impact. And the effect is apparent and lasting just attend one of these breakfasts, and you'll see. Congratulations to all who participate and support our Rising Stars Scholarship program!
The Chamber is monitoring all resources available on the Covid-19 health threat, and a communique was sent out last week to our members sharing resources for all to follow. This is an apparent evolving situation. It also presents a unique opportunity to evaluate and either be ready to implement your disaster plans if necessary or now actually set up one. This small business recovery plan may be helpful if you fall into this latter category.
Now for some sobering news. Today we were given the announcement of the passing of one of Escondido's most excellent citizens. John Masson passed away early this morning after a courageous battle with cancer. John leaves behind his wife Tricia and his two children, Nick & Taryn and many, many friends whom he made and touched wherever he went. John was an advocate and supporter of the Chamber and served as past Board Chair. John will be sorely missed, but his legacy carries on in his family, friends, and through all the work he did to make Escondido the City of Choice. God bless John.
Last but not least, our poll question from last week had 60% of responders stating that their personal car was their preferred method of transportation ---walking came in second.

And this week's poll question  (click on the question to vote) Have You Stocked Up On Supplies Due To The COVID-19 Virus?

Cheers ,

James Rowten (JR)
March Business After 5 Mixer
5:00pm - 7:00pm

For March, we have something special as the Chamber partners with the Escondido Community Foundation and Bellamy's Restaurant in conjunction with The Grand Arch Experience community celebration!

We will be meeting at Bellamy's at 5:00pm for an hour mixer/happy hour, then joining officials from the City of Escondido, the Escondido History Center and the Escondido Community Foundation along with the entire community to celebrate the free festivities beginning at 6:00pm. Local high school bands, mariachis, ballet folklorico and other entertainment will delight the crowds before The Giving Arch lighting at dusk. Local restaurants will also have special offerings in their nearby locations!

Ambassador of the Month
~~ Marie Schwab ~~

As everyone knows, membership organizations like the Escondido Chamber of Commerce depend a lot on volunteers. Our group of amazing and dedicated volunteers are the Chamber Ambassadors, and we couldn't do what we do without them!

This month we'd like to recognize one of our Ambassadors who always goes above and beyond the call of duty --- Marie Schwab. Along with her husband John, another incredible Ambassador, they run All Brand Toner Refill and are valued members of the Chamber of Commerce. Marie is a staple at nearly all of our events, and on top of that never hesitates to setup, cleanup, or take on anything else that needs to be done! Thanks again to Marie and all of our Chamber Ambassadors.
        Chris Cochran, Marketing & Development Director

        Tina Inscoe, Membership Executive

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