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Young Professionals
Are you a Young Professional or know one? Whether you are young in age or at heart, if you're a Chamber Member we would love to feature you in the newsletter. Please email 
Ribbon Cutting

Join the Chamber Friday March 24 in welcoming our new member Coastal Pavement Products to the community! More Info
Chamber Workshops

SCORE Presentation: Digital Business Automation 
Constant Contact: Power of the Inbox
SCORE Presentation: Master the Sales Process
Rorie Johnston  

Today, I had the privilege of attending the Escondido Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant celebration. The grant funds were given to Palomar College for the EMT training program, which allowed them to purchase a SIMBaby Manikin. The manikin comes with a hefty price tag of $28,708.00. If you see this hiDEF manikin in action, you will understand why. These life-like "dolls" simulate over 1000 responses, which allow the EMTs to practice caring for infants before they are called into action in the field, which increases the odds of an infant surviving a medical emergency.
Firehouse Subs is just one example of a business that understands community engagement and the importance of supporting a cause. If you are considering incorporating community engagement into your business model, here are some tips for you:
The Benefits of Community Engagement for Your Business  
  • To retain the talent pool. There needs to be a deeper sense of purpose. Having a sense of self-worth while performing a job is a much stronger motivator for many in today's workforce.
  • A happy and healthy workforce will produce a higher quality of performance. One way to motivate, inspire, and validate the workforce is by developing a community engagement program.
  • Employee involvement with such programs allows companies to develop important staff skills such as teamwork, problem solving, and communication.


The Power of Giving Back: How Community Involvement Can Boost Your Bottom Line
According to a May 2013 study by Cone Communications and Echo Research, 82 percent of U.S. consumers consider corporate social responsibility (CSR) when deciding which products or services to buy and where to shop.
Here are a few things to consider when incorporating community service into your business plan:
  • Build relationships within your community. Look at your community to see what's important. Are the schools struggling? Does the animal shelter need donations?
  • Get your employees on board. Giving employees an avenue to give back is important to morale and builds a collaborative and inspired team. Volunteering also provides leadership opportunities for employees, which leads to increased staff performance and fulfillment. 
  • Create a custom volunteer plan. Select volunteer activities that draw upon your employees' strengths. For example, if you own an accounting firm, you could volunteer to help a nonprofit set up their accounting practices or do their taxes.
By the way, the funds raised by Firehouse Subs is due to the generosity of its patrons. It is amazing to see how the nickels and dimes add up to thousands of dollars, which will have a direct impact on public safety in our community. 

Rorie Johnston
Business of the Month
Interested in highlighting your business?

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce is launching a new social media program for our Chamber Members to get more visibility called "Business of the Month". We will come to your location and Facebook Live stream your business! We will take an in-depth look at your business so people can better know what your company is about and some interesting details they might not know. When the live stream is over, the video will make its way to our YouTube channel. 

Please email if you would like your business to participate. 
Coffee with the Captain
March 28

How does public safety impact local businesses? Join us for a conversation at Coffee with the Captain with our guest, Escondido Police Captain Gregory Kogler. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Escondido Chamber of Commerce

Members - Free 
Guests -  $5.00
Reservation required by Friday March 24 RSVP
760 745-2125

This event is sponsored by ATT
Business News
Los Angeles Times
Nina Agrawal

Your credit scores might go up this summer - and not because you've gotten better at paying bills on time. It's because of a change in the information used to calculate the scores.
The nation's three major credit reporting companies - Equifax, Experian and TransUnion - use information from public records about tax liens, civil judgments and bankruptcies when computing people's credit scores. But sometimes there are mix-ups, and the wrong person's credit gets dinged.

Local News
Times - Advocate
News Desk

The city council voted 5-0 March 1 to spend $398,802 to contract with Mission Pools of Escondido to renovate Jim Stone Pool. Work is expected to begin by the end of March or the beginning of April.
This project will renovate both existing pools and update pool equipment required to meet current County Health standards.  On February 16, the City received five bids to re-plaster the pool and replace failing equipment. The pool's mechanical building will also be replaced. Mission came within the city engineer's estimate.

Council moves to renovate Jim Stone Pool
Annual Dinner Sponsorship
June 9

Our 107th Annual Installation and Awards Dinner is right around the corner! Complete your nominations by May 1st. For registration, sponsorship, and nomination information click here

Grand Ave Festival
May 21

Only two months away from the bi-annual Grand Ave Festival. If you're interested in the Grand Ave Festival or Banner sponsorship click  here!
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