La Mesa Chamber News | March 31, 2022
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Deano’s Pub First Mixer is a Hit!
One of our newest members and newest businesses in La Mesa, Deano’s Pub did not want to waste any time after their grand opening and ribbon cutting on February 5th to host an evening mixer. We wanted to make Dean and Erika Velasco happy so we held the mixer on Wednesday, March 9th and had a crowd enjoy themselves. Dean is a natural showman and is a perfect owner of his pub. The Chamber held a raffle and the fun and fellowship flowed that night! We were there on Karaoke night and several Chamber members took to the stage and performed!

Be sure and stop by and say hello to this newest La Mesa business located at 5286 Baltimore Drive. Deano’s Pub offers drink specials, has big screen TV’s, Karaoke on Wednesday's beginning at 7 p.m. and more! Meet your friends at Deano’s Pub and unwind after a busy day!

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Welcome Urbn Leaf - Grossmont to La Mesa - Join the Ribbon Cutting on April 1st at 12 Noon
On Friday, April 1st the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them at the ribbon cutting for Urbn Leaf - Grossmont dispensary and celebrate this addition to our business community. The official ribbon cutting will take place at 1:00 p.m. The redevelopment of the property at 8939 La Mesa Boulevard is now a reality. Urbn Leaf - Grossmont prides itself on offering high quality cannabis products and a wide variety of edibles, topicals, concentrates and more, as well as offers curbside pick-up and in-store shopping. Health and safety measures are followed to keep customers and employees safe.
La Mesa Chamber Evening Mixer Hosted by Grossmont Center and BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse
Join us and mix and mingle, while enjoying great food prepared by the BJ's staff and see why this restaurant is so popular! Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and a “no host” bar will be offered where you may purchase a great variety of BJ’s award-winning brews on tap.

Bring your business cards and join us for great food, beer, raffles and more!

Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa

Don’t be left out – RSVP now so we know you will be joining us and prepare enough refreshments.
Join Us and Welcome New Member, Oakwood Escrow!
The La Mesa Chamber invites you to join them in welcoming Oakwood Escrow to our business community on Wednesday, April 27th. The open house begins at 5 p.m., with the “official” ribbon cutting scheduled for 6 p.m. Join us and meet owner, Haley Kremensky and her team. Refreshments and delicious beverages will be served. Haley and looks forward to meeting you.
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Time: 5 p.m., Ribbon Cutting: 6 p.m.
Location: 8697 La Mesa Blvd., Ste. D, La Mesa

RSVP online or to: so Haley can prepare enough refreshments for you.
Welcome to Our New Chamber Members!
Focuscom, Inc.
Public Affairs & Public Relations
San Diego boutique public affairs & public relations agency- We target your unique needs and deliver true value to your organization.
101 West Broadway, Suite 1450, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 233-7778 |
Cabrillo Credit Union
Since 1955, Cabrillo CU has been serving as the primary financial institution for the employees of the US Border Patrol, other Federal Agencies, Sharp HealthCare and residents of SD.
7900 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa
(858) 547-7400 |
Arbor Hills Nursing Center
Skilled Nursing and Senior Care
We are Caring for a Lifetime: a Lifetime of Memories, a Lifetime of Care, a Lifetime of Love.
7800 Parkway Drive, La Mesa | (619) 460-2330 |
California Bank & Trust
California Bank & Trust has been helping Californians and their businesses grow and prosper for nearly 70 years. Today, we’re among California’s leading banks with more than $11 billion in assets and over 80 branch offices located throughout the state.
5500 Grossmont Center Drive Ste 408, La Mesa
1-619-667-2837 |
Torrey Pines Bank
Torrey Pines Bank is a division of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC. Founded in 2003, we offer a full spectrum of deposit, lending, treasury management, international and online banking products & services, plus superior customer service.
4350 Executive Drive, Suite 130, San Diego, CA 92121
(858) 792-4862 |
Easter Specials From Our Members!
Workout With Kirk TM.
Health - Fitness - Rehab

La Mesa’s Number One Personal Trainer. One on One or Semi Private Personal Training Session. Including a Mini Functioning Movement Screen. One hour initial encounter meeting including comprehensive health history review. Special Populations Encouraged. Over 30 years of experience in health field. Must be a member of the La Mesa Chamber or live in La Mesa. Subject to availability. Only Five (5) spots available. Please call for price & availability and more information 619.851.6980. | 24/7 By Appointment Only. | Ages 10 to 105 welcomed.
La Mesa Flooring Company

Spring is in the Air! It is the perfect time to refresh your space, and we're excited to help you upgrade your flooring. During our Refresh Your Space Sale from April 12th through May 31st, save up to $1,000 on select Shaw Flooring styles. | M-F 9am - 5pm, Sat. 9am - 3pm Sun - Closed
City of La Mesa Celebrates Earth Day with Free Fair
Activities, resources & educational materials focus on ways to invest in our planet
The City of La Mesa, in partnership with the La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation and other sponsors, is ramping up efforts for the annual celebration of Earth Day at MacArthur Park on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will showcase fun, educational, and sustainable activities, products, and services.

“We are thrilled to offer hands-on, fun Earth Day activities for our residents,” said Misty Thompson, Executive Director of the La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation. “This annual event is a way to bring families together and share resources and tools to invest in our planet.”

These activities include a tree planting demo, garden tour, bike rodeo and interactive vendors. The Kid’s Zone will have fun hands-on earth day activities with take home projects, arts and crafts, bean bag toss, and jumper obstacle course. Children will also have an opportunity to participate in a bicycle skills course (bring a bike and helmet) and win a bicycle (with helmet). Helmets will be provided while supplies last.
In addition, event goers will receive resources and educational materials on recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation, mobility and transportation. There will also be an electric car display, along with a Fix It Clinic for repair of broken, nonfunctioning items.

Families can enjoy delicious food from Simply Fresh Gourmet food truck while watching performances by Flavor Company Dance Entertainment.

These are just a few of the activities and topics that will be featured at La Mesa’s Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 9, 2022 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at MacArthur Park, 4900 Memorial Dr. in La Mesa. This FREE event is made possible by the La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation, City of La Mesa, Laurie MacDonald of Coldwell Banker and the La Mesa Village Association.

For more information, please visit
13th Annual “Taste of San Diego – East” – Monday, July 18th, 2022
The Chamber’s 13th annual popular “foodie” event is set for Monday, July 18, 2022. This special evening where guests can “eat their hearts out” will happen between 5-8 p.m. at the newly renovated Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley. The popularity and crowd of this annual event has outgrown the La Mesa Community Center, where it was held for the first 10 years. So, make plans to join us and “Taste, Savor and Mingle” in one ballroom, with plenty of room to stroll throughout the food and business vendor tables. Enjoy great food samplings, free prizes from business sponsors/vendors, a silent auction and raffles during this fun-filled evening. Visit
SDCCU Invites the Community to Attend a Free Webinar on
Cyber Security
 Expert Jim Stickley provides valuable insight into current cyber attacks, including coronavirus scams and threats as part of SDCCU’s Financial Wellness Wednesdays
San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), one of California’s largest locally-owned financial institutions, is going one-on-one with cyber security expert Jim Stickley with an interactive interview on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (PT). This free webinar is open to the public, but virtual seating is limited and reservations are required. To register and for details, please visit

Stickley will offer an inside look into various methods of cyber attacks that criminals use and detail how to reduce your risk by showing examples of real cases and more. Given the current environment, he will specifically focus on threats that have emerged from COVID-19, including scam emails and phone calls from the IRS, phishing attempts, malicious mobile apps and more.
Stickley has stolen credit cards and Social Security numbers, robbed banks, created fake ATMs, broken into armed government facilities and stolen from teenagers. Fortunately for all victims involved, Jim is a cyber security expert with over 20 years in the industry who was hired to perform these attacks by corporations testing their security, and agencies interested in knowing just how easy it is to commit identity theft. His job is to find security flaws before the real criminals find them, and help educate people as well as organizations about what they can do to protect themselves.

Today, Stickley is the CEO of Stickley on Security and can be seen throughout the United States speaking on topics that range from basic identity theft to national cyber terrorism. In addition, Stickley can be seen on numerous TV news programs, is a frequent guest on NBC's Today Show and is the security expert featured in Life Lock® infomercials.
The webinar is part of Financial Wellness Wednesdays, an ongoing program hosted by SDCCU to help provide the community access to free financial wellness information. For a complete list of upcoming Financial Wellness Wednesdays presentations, visit
From SDG&E: 10 Tips to Save On Energy Costs At Your Business
Did you know that by implementing a few tips your business can save on its energy use and costs? From regulating your building’s temperature to cleaning air filters regularly, there are smart ways to lower your energy bills. Here are ten tips that can help reduce your costs without having to sacrifice the comfort of your staff or customers: 

  1. Lower the temperature. Your business can keep comfortable without cranking up the heat. Adjust your thermostat by a few degrees to help reduce your energy bill. Don’t completely turn off your heat overnight though – you’ll use more energy to heat up the building again in the morning. 
  2. One of the easiest ways to save money is by controlling your thermostat. Smart thermostats can be adjusted remotely to run energy-efficient schedules. If you join SDG&E’s Smart Thermostat program, you’ll receive $50 per registered thermostat with a max of four thermostats for business and two for your home. Get details on
  3. Did you know ceiling fans help in the colder months too? Change the rotation of your fan blades to clockwise, which will pull warm air down and spread it throughout the room. 
  4. Open blinds and sunshades to allow sunlight to heat up the room, especially on south- or west-facing windows. Natural light can warm the space and reduce the need for lighting. When you need to turn on lights, save energy by using energy-efficient LED bulbs.
  5. In work areas that get little use, like storage and conference rooms, install sensors so lights will automatically go off when employees are working elsewhere.
  6. Make sure cold air isn’t drifting into your building by checking weather stripping on your doors and caulking on your windows and other areas that outside air can seep inside. This is especially important in older buildings. You can also put clear, inexpensive plastic sheeting on your windows to add more insulation and reduce cold drafts.
  7. Get a tune-up on your heater to ensure your system is operating efficiently. New, clean air filters can improve airflow and heating. 
  8. Make sure your heating air intake and outlet grilles are not blocked by furniture or other bulky items. Obstructed grilles put more of a burden on the system’s fans to move heated air through an office. Also, check your ductwork for air leaks or any damage to insulation.
  9. Check your HVAC filters monthly and clean or replace when dirty. Keeping your HVAC system properly maintained can help save on heating costs. 
  10. Check if a door provides good insulation by placing your hand against it from the inside. If it feels cooler than the inside walls, it might be time to install a door that's better insulated. 

Visit for more helpful energy-saving tips. 
A Grant Program for Small Businesses Available
The California Office of the Small Business Advocate has awarded $4,175,000 in funding to the County of San Diego for the Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. This program will provide grants of $2,500 to County of San Diego microbusiness owners who were in operation in 2019, still in operation, and were impacted by the COVID-19 public health restrictions.

Who Can Apply?

Some of the highlights are below:
  • Self-employed workers, independent contractors, sole proprietors and corporations with no more than 5 employees in 2019.
  • Currently have no more than 5 employees
  • Gross revenue under $50,000 (as reported for 2019)
  • In operation before December 1, 2019 and still in operation in 2022
  • Demonstrated decline in revenue or service demand due to COVID-19 in 2020 or 2021 as compared to 2019
  • Operating within the County of San Diego

We suggest that you go to the website to review ALL of the particulars of this funding.
Don't Forget to Apply for the Small Business Stimulus Grant
Small Business Stimulus Grant Funding is Available from the County of San Diego – We Are District 4

The County of San Diego has received funds from the federal government’s American Recovery Plan Act. This grant is to provide economic assistance to help businesses and non-profit entities impacted by COVID-19. This financial assistance will be allocated to eligible, qualified small businesses and nonprofit entities based on the availability of funds, program guideline, and the submission of all required information and supporting documentation.

Chambers have been asked to assist with the paperwork for small businesses to complete the submission application. The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is happy to help. The La Mesa Chamber has decided to take an extra step in this grant funding process and the recovery of our businesses in La Mesa and announce immediately:

All Businesses in La Mesa - Whether a La Mesa Chamber Member Or Not - Can Contact Mary England for Assistance in Applying for This Grant

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce believes that assisting ALL businesses in their recovery from the pandemic and ability to obtain funds from the American Recovery Plan Act should be a priority. We are ALL in this together! Chamber Members and Non-Chamber members, effective immediately, may receive help from Mary England, President & CEO of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce in filling out all paperwork and answering any questions you may have. Mary may be reached 7 days a week – or 619-251-7730 to assist you.

If you are NOT sure of how to answer questions on the application or need assistance on clarifying what documents you need to submit – contact Mary England at or (619) 251-7730, we are happy to help!

NOTE: If you applied for and received county funds under the other Small Business Stimulus Grant, allocated from the CARES Act funding – YES you may apply for these funds, you just need to list the amount you received from the county on the application.
La Mesa Chamber Calendar
April 1 - Ribbon Cutting for Urbn Leaf - Grossmont : 12 noon at 8939 La Mesa Blvd.

April 6 - Evening Mixer Hosted by Grossmont Center and BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse : 5:30-7pm at 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa | Details/RSVP

April 27 - Oakwood Escrow Ribbon Cutting - 5pm at 8697 La Mesa Blvd., Ste. D in La Mesa | Details/RSVP

FEATURED EVENT! July 18 - "Taste of San Diego - East" : 5-8pm at Town and Country San Diego | 500 Hotel Circle North in Mission Valley | Details/Buy Tickets

FEATURED EVENT! August 18 - "Summer Bash" Business Expo : 5-8pm at Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon | 141 N Magnolia Ave, El Cajon | Details/Buy Tickets

September 15 - Joint Mixer with La Mesa and Santee Chambers : 5-7pm at Lantern Crest Senior Living | 300 Lantern Crest Way, Santee, CA 92071 | Details/RSVP

October 19 - Salute to Local Heroes & Installation Dinner : 5:30-8:45pm at Sycuan Casino Resort | 5485 Casino Way, El Cajon | Details

NOTE: We recommend those that are feeling ill, or who have been exposed to someone who is ill – please stay home.

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Show Off Your Membership With Pride!
"Most consumers (59%) think that being active in the local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy overall. It is 29% more effective, however, for communicating to consumers that a
company uses good business practices and 26% more effective for communicating that a business is reputable." Quoted from "The Real Value of Joining a Local Chamber of Commerce"

Not only do we provide members a physical plaque to display at their place of business, we also provide a way to further brand your business by providing a Virtual Plaque to display right on your website. Membership in a chamber of commerce has come to signify corporate citizenship and excellence, and your website is your storefront to the consumer and the world. Just place it on your website with a link back to or to your personal business page in our directory.
Special Thank You to Our Premium Members
Diamond Member:
Cush Plaza La Mesa
Cush Plaza La Mesa
Commercial Real Estate
5565 Grossmont Center Dr.
La Mesa, CA 91942
Platinum Members
Gold Members
A.L. Sound
American Medical Response
Barnes & Noble -
Grossmont Center
Benchmark Financial
Cabrillo Credit Union
Community Spectrum
EDCO Waste & Recycling Corp.
Focuscom Inc.
Frazier Farms
Kostedt Design & Marketing
Magnaglobe Enterprises
Major Security Services
McGee Mechanical
Park Station
PenChecks, Inc.
Productivity Plus Office Support
Sanctuary Cruises
Sensi Media
Studio M.I.F.
The East County Californian
Ultimate Catering Concepts
Thank you for being a member and for your support!

Mary England
President & CEO
Cell: 619-251-7730
La Mesa Chamber of Commerce ∙ P.O. Box 94 ∙ La Mesa, California 91944