News & Updates
Wednesday, April 29th 2020
The Escondido Chamber of Commerce
is working remotely, holding virtual events,
and here for YOU!
Chamber News and Updates
What Business Are You Wanting To Go To First When They Open Back Up?
Movie Theater
JR's Weekly Column
Escondido is doing its part to get us through this epidemic. Reported cases in Escondido of COVID-19 stand at 95 total cases through 4/27. Please do continue the stay-at-home orders unless you’re exempt, practicing social distancing rules, and following the County’s guidelines to help bring this to an end. We all want to begin the process of opening back up our world. We’re getting there.

And, as we get there keep up with the Chamber’s activities as we’re monitoring the effects on our
business community, sharing important updates, and providing insightful virtual calls with selected
elected officials and professionals to help guide you through this. It’s not easy with so many programs all
seeming to blend together and none seeming to be as simple as first presented. But whenever are

The Chamber is teaming up with the City and pushing out a program to highlight one of the most visible and impacted industries specifically here in Escondido --- our local restaurants. Be sure to look for the press release and links to this new program on our site as well as the City’s in coming days. We need your support of this plan as well as your help in spreading the word on this program. That’s one way we’re helping and there are many others.

We’re 6 weeks into managing our way through this disruption but we’re at the tip-of-the-spear feeling its full impact. Lives have been lost, confidence shaken and businesses are going to close. Not all businesses are going to close, and already some have found creative ways to pivot and survive, to hang on hoping to come out on the other end of this threat and feel good again. Be patient and be supportive. Remember that we are stronger together than we are alone. Each of us will play a pivotal role in our recovery and I mean specifically here in Escondido. Please keep this in mind the next time you order something, anything and consider buying local whenever you can.

I do want to congratulate and draw attention to several businesses that are essential and are doing really good things to help us all during this challenge. Sculpt Nouveau, Glennie’s Office Products, Grangetto’s Farm & Garden Supply, and all of the local restaurants who are creatively filling needs we never had before.

The strength of Escondido lies in its most valuable asset and that’s our people. It’s time to shine
Escondido, time to show our real character. It’s time to reach out and support local businesses. That’s
the best we can do now, and right now, we need your help.


James Rowten (JR)
Last week's Poll Results: Leading the results from the question "During stay-at-home orders, which delivery service do you use":

  1. Self Pickup @ 56%
  2. HUNGR @ 25%
Chamber Events & Business Resources
Virtual Education in Escondido Meeting w/ Superintendent Dr. Luis Rankins-Ibarra & Superintendent Dr. Anne Staffieri

Topic: Distance Learning & COVID-19 Challenges

Monday, May 11th
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Get Ready For May's Virtual Business After 5 Mixer... We're Going Patriotic for Memorial Day & Celebrating the Red , White & Blue !

Thursday, May 14th
5:00pm - 7:00pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Small Business Guide & Checklist
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn.

Known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.

Escondido News & Happenings
City News & Updates
The health and safety of our community remains our top priority. The City of Escondido is actively taking measures to keep our community safe and to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We are committed to following the Governor’s and the County Public Health Officer’s orders in a combined effort to keep our population healthy and safe while providing essential services to our residents.
Member News & More
Support Our Local Farmers...NOW And More In The Future!
Supporting our local farmers and ranchers continues to be critical. Below is a directory of San Diego County Farmers and Ranchers that are selling their products directly to consumers. To purchase products, please coordinate directly with the farm via the information provided below, as inventory may change on a daily basis.
Escondido Sunrise Rotary & Cocina del Charro Partner To Help
Escondido Sunrise Rotary is working with Cocina del Charro restaurant in Escondido to provide meals to first responders and hospital workers. Meals will be delivered to hospital workers, firefighters, and police to support our local heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Let's Get California Moving Again
Governor Newsom recently created the California Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery to get the economy growing again as quickly and safely as possible. As Assembly Minority Leader and a small business owner, I was honored to be selected as a member of this critical team. The Coronavirus response has devastated California’s economy, including thousands of small businesses that employ millions. We slammed the brakes on the world’s fifth largest economy, and the most vulnerable have been hit the hardest. While health and safety will come first...
COVID-19 Interactive Map
With data collected by federal, state and local agencies, this dashboard aggregates and tracks confirmed COVID19 cases by U.S. county.