La Mesa Chamber News | September 16, 2021
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Your Weekly La Mesa Chamber News
In case you missed last week's e-blast: September 10 Eblast
Welcome to Our New Member,
Thoughtful Creations!
Thoughtful Creations

La Mesa's newest shopping experience, Thoughtful Creations Local Art & Handmade Gifts. We have something for everyone from furniture, baby & wedding gifts, wall art, jewelry to food and sweet treats! Find a gift for someone or something special for you. Come find the unexpected.
8270 La Mesa Blvd. #101, La Mesa
Join Us and Welcome Thoughtful Creations to Our Chamber Family and Celebrate Their One Year Anniversary With a Ribbon Cutting and Mixer
On Tuesday, October 5th you are invited to welcome Shawndie Smith and her unique business, Thoughtful Creations. Shawndie has taken her location at 8270 La Mesa Boulevard in La Mesa and developed a collective group of local crafters, designers and artisans to showcase their items. Visiting this location is truly one-stop shopping and all under one roof! When visiting this location you can shop for jewelry, resin art, personalized shirts and other clothing items, as well as food items, beverages and more! You will be able to enjoy samplings of delicious foods and beverages throughout the evening. Take the time to do some pre-holiday shopping.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
“Official” Ribbon Cutting at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Thoughtful Creations
8270 La Mesa Blvd. #101
(Park in the Union Bank trailer parking lot, right behind the store.)

Sip, snack and shop!

Don’t miss out on the festivities!
Evening Mixer at The Hills Local Pub
We are happy to announce that we are finally going to get together at The Hills Local Pub!. Each year we have a mixer at his popular local “gathering spot” and we are thrilled to have set the date for this year. Enjoy great hors d’ oeuvres and Happy Hour pricing on beverages and specialty drinks, beer and soft drinks. Join us and meet the staff of The Hills and get reacquainted with this great team. The owners Ben, Marco, Joe, and Jason have created this hip, casual watering hole that has become a favorite of locals and people throughout the region. These dynamic men have the drive and determination to support the local economy, as well as hold charitable events, birthday parties and other celebrations.
Tuesday, September 21st

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Location: 8758 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa

Cost: Chamber Members $10 | Guests $15 | At Door $20

Be sure to make plans to join us and bring your business cards while you mix and mingle! The Chamber will hold a raffle throughout the evening! Don’t miss out on the fun!
Rogue Salon Ribbon Cutting & Evening Mixer
Join us and welcome New Member Rogue Salon and enjoy delicious food & beverages!

Wednesday, September 22nd
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Official Ribbon Cutting at 6 p.m.

Location: Rogue Salon
7520 El Cajon Blvd., #300, La Mesa
Meet Tami and her staff and find out why they are a group of dedicated professionals that want to make you “Look Great and Feel Amazing.”
Blo Blow Dry Bar Ribbon Cutting & Evening Mixer
The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them at the ribbon cutting and evening mixer to welcome Blo Blow Dry Bar to our business community. This is a great opportunity to meet this new Chamber member, Angela Brown and her team. Blo Blow Dry Bar believes everyone deserves to feel beautiful, inside, and out. Blow outs have the power to uplift everyone and enhance everyone’s day. The philosophy of Blo Blow Dry Bar is to treat yourself to a good hair day! Sample great food, good conversation and beverages. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with the “official” ribbon cutting taking place at 6:00 p.m. The evening celebration will end at 7 p.m.

Make plans to join us at this ribbon cutting celebration, evening mixer and open house. Be sure to bring your business cards while you mix and mingle! RSVP now to join the fun!
Tuesday, September 28
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Official Ribbon Cutting at 6 p.m.

Location: Blo Blow Dry Bar
8806 Grossmont Boulevard in La Mesa

Cost: Free
Join Us and Welcome West Coast Smoke & Tap House to Our Business Community at Our Ribbon Cutting
Join us on Thursday, October 21st and welcome West Coast Smoke and Tap House to our business community. West Coast Smoke and Tap House is your neighborhood pub serving great food, with meal specials in addition to regular items on he menu. They pride themselves on having a rotating draft beer selection featuring some of the finest brews around. Some of the delicious menu items include: rib plates, pork plates, smoked brisket, a half chicken plate, salad, house-made soups and more!

Meet Kristina Blake and the staff to see why they are a popular addition to the La Mesa business community. They will be serving happy hour food and beverage specials for this special night.

Thursday, October 21, 2021
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
“Official” Ribbon Cutting at 6:00 p.m.

Location: West Coast Smoke & Tap House - 6126 Lake Murray Blvd., La Mesa

Don’t miss this opportunity to say hello and sample some green food and brew at Happy Hour prices!
County Updates for the Business Community for 9.13.21
Ventilation Tips for Reducing COVID Risk Indoors

CDPH has created a NEW toolkit explaining how good indoor ventilation helps reduce the spread of COVID-19. The toolkit includes a one page fact sheet as well as social media messages. (In English, Spanish coming soon).

Weekly COVID-19–associated hospitalization rates among children and adolescents rose nearly five-fold during late June–mid-August 2021, coinciding with increased circulation of the highly transmissible SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant. The proportions of hospitalized children and adolescents with severe disease were similar before and during the period of Delta predominance. Hospitalization rates were 10 times higher among unvaccinated than among fully vaccinated adolescents.
Climate Action Plan Update Virtual Public Workshop: Measure Development Agriculture/Conservation Emissions Reduction Sector (Planning & Development Services)
We are reaching out to you today to: 

  1. Inform you of an upcoming CAP Update Virtual Public Workshop: Measure Development Agriculture/Conservation Emissions Reduction Sector on September 29th;  
  2. Describe our public engagement approach so that you can continue to stay involved in the CAP Update project; and  
  3. Make sure you have had the opportunity to sign up for our mailing list to receive project updates, including invitations to workshops and focus groups, in the future.
Webinar Workshop (Zoom)

The County invites you to participate in our online CAP Update measure development workshop. This meeting will provide an overview of CAP project components and will act as a foundation for developing vision statements of an equitable, net-zero carbon emissions future as it relates to the agriculture/conservation emissions reduction sector. Input will be solicited through a series of interactive poll questions and a discussion forum. Feedback will be used to inform the preparation of the vision statements.

The objective of the CAP Update is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated from activities within the unincorporated county and GHG emissions generated by County facilities and operational activities. Equity will be centered throughout the project, and will shape outreach and engagement, GHG emission reduction measures, and the development of programs and policies.

The virtual workshop will take place on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at 6:00 PM. Please use this link to register for the workshop and add the event to your calendar. You will receive a confirmation e-mail and a numeric passcode to participate in the meeting. Help us spread the word and share the CAP Update Virtual Public Workshop: Measure Development Agriculture/Conservation Emissions Reduction Sector flyer with your friends and colleagues!   
CAP Update Public Engagement Approach

The County will be holding a series of public workshops throughout the year to present project updates and solicit feedback on the CAP Update project. In addition to these workshops, the County will be soliciting feedback in smaller group settings that provide an opportunity for focused discussion around topics that include transportation/built environment, agriculture, conservation, energy/water/waste, equity and environmental justice, and other important topics. If you are interested in being notified of our upcoming opportunities to participate, please sign up for our mailing list.

All information convened from focused discussions will be integrated into future public workshops.

Follow Us and Stay Up to Date  

You can stay involved in the CAP Update project by visiting our project website to follow important news, notices, reports, presentations, workshop recordings, and upcoming outreach and meeting dates. Make sure to subscribe for emails at the link on the webpage, to receive important project notices and other information tailored for the CAP Update project.

For additional information, or to submit comments, please email: or call (619)323-6462. Thank you and we look forward to your comments.
Our Partnership With LISC San Diego Offers a Latino Small Business Relief Grant
We are happy to announce that through our partnership with LISC we can offer to our Latino small business owners an opportunity to apply for this grant. Review the grant and apply here.
From the San Diego County Water Authority:
Will the state impose water-use mandates?
Given the increasingly dire drought news, we are focused every day on combatting the impacts of drought on the San Diego region. The good news is that we have safe and reliable water supplies thanks to your investments over the past three decades.

We continue to actively support the governor’s call for a 15% voluntary reduction in water use, even though the San Diego region has already reduced per capita water use by nearly 50 percent over the past three decades.

But there are challenges ahead. We hear that Sacramento is now considering statewide water-use mandates regardless of how much regions have invested or saved. While we understand efforts to find solutions, that approach would negatively impact our county since we’ve already made the investments in water supply development and water-use efficiency to create drought resiliency.

If state policies undermine the value of our local investments for the second consecutive drought, it will create a powerful disincentive to continue developing resilient supplies since they would be of no use when they are needed most. On a practical level, mandatory water-use reductions here in San Diego County would not provide a meaningful benefit to drought-stricken areas of Central and Northern California because we use very little water that could be diverted to those parts of the state.

So, if California officials impose mandatory water-use reductions, we are asking them to do so only in combination with a stress test or similar approach that would account for actual water supplies and actual shortages in each region. We are confident that our diversified supply portfolio coupled with your continued conservation efforts will prove that we are prepared for multiple dry years.

At the same time, we are offering solutions. For instance, we have groundwater stored in the Central Valley that is available to transfer to other agencies experiencing real water shortages – if the state can facilitate transfers to get the water to where it is most needed. Also, we could store more water in Lake Mead via partnerships with Metropolitan Water District and others, a strategy that could mitigate drought impacts elsewhere.

Thank you for your support as we enter uncharted waters. Visit Our Website
The Front Porch - Brought to You by Lamplighters Community Theatre
September 3 - September 26
During the fall of 1967, Clara, a white widow, stubbornly refuses her daughter's insistence she move from her home due to increasing racial tensions throughout the country and because her new neighbors are African-American. Although both Clara and Janelle Johnson's family are a bit apprehensive about each other at first, they develop a friendly relationship. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated in the spring of 1968, tensions explode throughout the city and both families are caught in the middle of a race riot. Through their shared experiences, they come to appreciate and value their neighborhood, community, and each other by confronting their fears and prejudices. They become true friends.
5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
Box office: 619-303-5092
DIRECTOR: George Bailey, Producer: Patty Fay
CAST: Michelle Burkhart, JaVon Clarke, Jo-Darlene Reardon & Januari Simpson
SHOW DATES: September 3, 2021, through September 26, 2021
CURTAIN TIMES: Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM & Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM
TICKETS/RESERVATIONS: Purchase tickets online at or reserve through the Box Office by phone (619) 303-5092 or email
Photo credit: Daren Scott
Introducing Verizon Small Business Digital Ready
Running a small business has never been more complex, and this is especially true in the historically under-resourced communities where LISC works. The good news is our partner, Verizon, has a new program that can help: Verizon Small Business Digital Ready.

It's a free program designed to give small businesses like yours more tools to succeed and includes personalized content, coaching, networking and more, with all the online tools in one place.
How It Works

You’ll answer a series of questions about your business, and your specific needs and interests. Based on your answers, Verizon and its partners will personalize a learning dashboard with content to match those needs.

You’ll have access to short online “learning modules,” created by actual small business owners that are targeted to the topics most important to your business right now.

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in coaching and online networking with other small businesses. And the more you participate in the program, the more resources are unlocked, including access to apply for an exclusive pool of grants.*
The Verizon Small Business Digital Ready program is part of Verizon’s commitment to provide support for 1 million small businesses over the next decade. LISC shares this commitment because small businesses like yours are the heart of our communities. Sign up today to give your small business a big-time boost!

*Participants who register for Verizon Small Business Digital Ready and complete two courses or mentoring events will be eligible to apply for a $10,000 grant.
From SDG&E: No-Cost and Low-Cost Energy Tips for the Office
When you run a business, controlling your costs is a priority. Here are some easy tips to help reduce your energy use and bills.

  1. Power down your office equipment (monitors, printers, lights) when not in use to reduce unnecessary power drain. 
  2. Close curtains, shades and blinds, particularly during unoccupied times. Too much sun exposure inside can put a strain on your HVAC equipment – making it work harder than necessary.
  3. Keep your HVAC equipment running efficiently. Clean condenser coils, replace air filters and check ducts and pipe insulation for damage. 
  4. Clean diffusers and lamps once or twice a year. Did you know dust can add to your energy bills? It can build up on lighting diffusers and lamps which reduces the lumen output of your business’s lighting. Don’t forget to replace incandescent lighting with CFLs or, better yet, LED bulbs.
  5. Add weatherstripping around doors and windows to reduce drafts. Use caulking to seal ducts, plumbing openings, recessed lighting or any other openings that allow air leaks in walls, floors and ceilings. 
  6. Keep your vents clear of furniture and equipment. Blocked vents require up to 25% more energy to distribute air.
  7. Check your central heating and cooling duct systems for leaks. They can be big energy wasters if they aren’t sealed properly or insulated well. 

Visit for more ways to save energy.
Save the Date - October 13th
13th Annual Salute to Local Heroes
The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announces their thirteenth annual Salute to Local Heroes, which will incorporate the theme, “Hooray for Our Heroes.” This festive night celebrates our local heroes, installs the Board of Directors, includes a silent auction, raffle and more. We believe that throughout this past year we have all witnessed extraordinary acts of bravery and want to commend those that do so much for our community. This year we are adding two honorees from Sharp Grossmont Hospital increasing the number of heroes to be recognized. We will now be honoring men and women from the La Mesa Police Department, Paramedics, Heartland Fire, the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol and Sharp Grossmont Hospital. They are chosen by their individual departments for selfless acts of courage, dedication, bravery, compassion, and service to our community. This event is open to the public.

Wednesday, October 13 | 5:30-8:45pm

Sycuan Casino Resort (Wachena Ballroom)
5469 Casino Way in El Cajon
Complimentary valet parking

1 for $95 | 2 for $170 | Table of 8 for $640

Tickets may be purchased at: or by calling Mary England directly - 619-251-7730
Sponsorships are available for this celebration. Contact Mary England, 619-251-7730 to be a sponsor and spotlight your business or organization at this special event.
Attention All Small Business Owners -
Funding Opportunities
There is funding available and thanks to the San Diego East County Economic Development Council, we have the information categorized. Take a look!
From CalChamber: Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant: New Funding Round to Open in September
New applicants for California’s Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program will be able to apply in the funding round opening on September 9 and continuing through September 30. The program provides grants of $5,000 to $25,000 to small businesses hurt by the pandemic. Businesses are eligible based on annual revenue as documented in their most recent tax return. More details.
Don't Forget to Apply for the Small Business Stimulus Grant
Small Business Stimulus Grant Funding is Available NOW From the County of San Diego – We Are District 2

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.

Supervisor Joel Anderson District 2 Supervisor has asked chambers 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
September 21 - Evening Mixer at The Hills Local Pub : 5:30-7pm at The Hills Local Pub | 8758 La Mesa Boulevard, La Mesa | Details/RSVP

September 22 - Rogue Salon Ribbon Cutting & Evening Mixer : 5:30-7pm at Rogue Salon | 7520 El Cajon Blvd., Suite 300 | Details/RSVP

September 28 - Blo Blow Dry Bar Ribbon Cutting & Evening Mixer : 5:30-7pm at Blo Blow Dry Bar | 8806 Grossmont Boulevard | Details/ RSVP

October 5 - Thoughtful Creations Ribbon Cutting & Evening Mixer : 5:30-7pm at Thoughtful Creations | 8270 La Mesa Blvd. | Details/RSVP

October 13 - Salute to Local Heroes & Installation Dinner : 5:30-8:45pm at Sycuan Casino Resort | 5485 Casino Way, El Cajon, CA 92019 | Details/RSVP

October 21 - West Coast Smoke & Tap House Ribbon Cutting & Evening Mixer : 5:30-7pm at West Coast Smoke & Tap House | 6126 Lake Murray Blvd. | Details/RSVP

November 10 - Evening Mixer at Hooleys Public House : 5:30-7pm at Hooleys Public House | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa | 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
Grossmont Center
At Grossmont Center, you’ll be reminded why our center has thrived since 1961 because it’s where friendships are made, family bonds are strengthened and memories are created.
5500 Grossmont Center Dr. #213 in La Mesa
(619) 465-2900 |
Platinum Members
SMIB Management, Inc.
Gold Members
AAA Imaging
A.L. Sound
American Medical Response
Barnes & Noble -
Grossmont Center
Benchmark Financial
Community Spectrum
EDCO Waste & Recycling Corp.
Frazier Farms
Kostedt Design & Marketing
Magnaglobe Enterprises
Major Security Services
Park Station
PenChecks, Inc.
Productivity Plus Office Support
San Pasqual Winery
Sanctuary Cruises
Sears Mechanical
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