La Mesa Chamber News | December 2, 2021
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In case you missed last week's e-blast: November 23 Eblast See more past email blasts here.
San Pasqual Winery:
Holiday in the Village is Saturday, December 4! Select Gift Items 25% Off!
Holiday in the Village returns with cozy fires, live music, carolers, craft and food vendors, and holiday photo stations! Stop by San Pasqual Winery to warm up with a glass of our famous Hot Spiced Wine! Start your holiday shopping early for that special someone with gifts, including our Hot Spiced Wine Kits!
The Upper Hand Spa
Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 4th between 10-2. Beverages and Goodies, Free gifts with purchase, Free mini services, Lots of Gift ideas, Free Gift for Chamber Members!
Location: 9461 Grossmont Summit Dr., Ste D, La Mesa
Hours: Tues-Thursday 9-7 Friday 9-5 Saturday 9-3
From the East County Economic Development Council:
East County Is Being Broken Apart!
East County Action Alert!!!

Background:

Every 10 years, after the federal census, district boundaries for federal, state, and local districts are redrawn to reflect local population data. This process is called redistricting. How and where district lines are drawn can affect a region's ability to elect local officials that best represent the community and its interests. EAST COUNTY is being broken apart!

Highlights for East County:
  1. El Cajon – Not included in an East County Map
  2. Rancho San Diego – Not included in an East County Map
  3. Spring Valley – Not Included in an East County Map
  4. Santee, Lakeside, Ramona, Alpine – Placed in a map with Mira Mesa, Serra Mesa, and Kearny Mesa

How Can You Help?

STEP 1: Sign up to speak at the THURSDAY DECEMBER 2ND Commission meeting.
STEP 2: Submit your comment in opposition to the Committee’s current maps and in favor of a unified East County. It is also helpful to include a reason why you support these maps. Personal touches are always helpful.
Commission Email & Phone for Public Input
(619) 409-3003
PROPOSED MAPS BY THE IRC THAT DIVIDE EAST COUNTY
MAP THAT MAINTAINS THE COMMUNITY OF EAST COUNTY
County Updates for the Business Community for 11.30.2021
COVID-19 Vaccines Myths Toolkit

The FDA has created a new COVID-19 Vaccines Myths Toolkit with messages and images to help address common myths about the COVID-19 vaccines and share the facts with community members. Messages are available in English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.
Interactive Ventilation Tool

The CDC has a new Interactive Ventilation Tool that shows how particle levels change with different ventilation options. If guests visit your home, improving ventilation can help prevent you from getting and spreading COVID-19.

Learn how U.S. travel requirements apply to you.
CDC Statement on the
Omicron Variant

​What do we know about the Omicron variant?

We are still learning about the new variant, including how it spreads and infects individuals as well as how it responds to vaccines. Here is what we know:

  • New variants will continue to evolve as long as there are large proportions of unvaccinated people.
  • This new variant has many mutations in important areas of the virus that impact infectiousness and the ability for immune systems to protect from infection. Some of the mutations are concerning to scientists because they are very different from other variants previously detected, and some are similar.
  • We do not know at this time if this new variant causes more severe COVID-19 illness than other variants or how it might impact response to treatment.
Building Communities on Social Media

Join the next RISE Nonprofit and Small Business Training course on December 8th to learn more on how to use social media as a strategic tool! Register for the free training here.
Discover & Go Program 

Visit San Diego attractions for free with the San Diego Public Library's Discover & Go program. The program offers family day passes to several of San Diego's biggest attractions, including the New Children's Museum, Museum of Us, The San Diego Museum of Art, Children's Discovery Museum and Skateworld. Passes can be reserved online, in-person, or over the phone with a valid library card. 
Book Drive for People in County Jail

The NAACP San Diego Branch is hosting a book drive to benefit people held in County Jail. Donate paperback or audio books to help encourage and support reading among incarcerated people. View the flyer for more information
National Influenza Vaccination Week 

National Influenza Vaccination Week is next week, from December 5-11, 2021. The goal of this week is to encourage everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine if they haven’t already. Check out the National Influenza Vaccination Week Toolkit for social media content, messages, flyers, and resources to share with your networks. 
Trauma-Informed Care During COVID-19 

During the December 6th workshop, participants will learn about being trauma-informed during COVID-19, understand adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), develop the ability to recognize signs of trauma in your community, and more. Click here to register!
La Mesa Military Families Holiday Project
Join us and assist military families and children living in
La Mesa Military Housing
Each year the La Mesa Chamber partners with Lincoln Military Housing, an organization that manages over 2,000 military locations throughout the country. They are thrilled to collect toys, diapers, gift cards and other items for children between 2-13 years old living in the two military housing locations in La Mesa.

The Chamber encourages anyone that wants to be a part of this project to bring new, unwrapped toys to:
8080 La Mesa Blvd., Suite 214
Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

We look forward to putting a smile on the faces of these military children and their families.

The deadline to collect these toys is Monday, December 5th.

If you need help, call Mary England (619) 251-7730 to coordinate item pickup!
Make Your Reservation Now to Join Us for Our Annual Military Families Toy Drive - Party is on Tuesday December 7th at BJ's
The clock ticks and we are making our final plans to make this holiday GREAT for our military families that live in La Mesa military housing. Each year we collect toys and gift cards to make sure that these military families know that we appreciate their sacrifices and are remembered during the holidays. Many may have parents that are deployed so let’s make this the best holiday ever for them. This is also our LAST mixer of the year, so join us and celebrate!

Tuesday, December 7
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
At: BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
5500 Grossmont Center Dr.

Cost*: Chamber Members: Complimentary | Non-Members/Guests: $10 | All guests at Door fee: $20
*MUST bring a new, unwrapped toy.
Thank You to Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:
SAVE THE DATE!
"Spring Fling" Business Expo Will Be on Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Mark your calendar NOW to join us at the 5th annual "Spring Fling" Business Expo - Wednesday, March 23rd! It will be held 5-8pm at the Courtyard by Marriot San Diego El Cajon, 141 N Magnolia Ave in El Cajon. We are excited to be using the 4,500 square-foot ballroom for our vendors and raffles, the foyer for our registration activities and the beautiful courtyard to serve our food and offer beverages to our guests.
From SDG&E: Energy-Saving Tips for Small Businesses
According to the EPA's ENERGY STAR® program, U.S. small businesses together spend a whopping $60 billion on energy each year. A survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) found that energy costs are a top three business expense for more than one-third of the nation's small businesses.

But small businesses also have significant energy savings potential. Depending on the building and business type, small businesses can reduce their energy without sacrificing service or comfort. Here are some ideas:
  • Conduct an energy audit. SDG&E’s Business Energy Solutions program provides an on-site no-cost energy audit. Learn more at sdge.com/BES.  
  • Get employees invested. Saving energy is a team sport, not the sole responsibility of the business owner. Encourage staff to share innovative ideas on how to cut down energy costs – creating an energy efficient work culture. 
  • Plant trees. Plant shady trees outside of your business to keep your building cool and help clean the air. Depending on your location, vegetation can help weather the summer heat and chilly winter winds. 
  • Plug leaks with weather stripping and caulking. It's important to locate any leaks in your business to prevent costly heating and cooling loss. You can easily plug leaks with weather stripping and caulking to efficiently manage your ventilation. 
  • Install occupancy sensors. Install dimmers and occupancy sensors in proper locations to automatically turn off lighting. It's important to ensure that the sensors are properly installed. Even good equipment can be installed incorrectly, like being installed in an obstructed location (e.g., behind a coat rack, door, bookcase or other furniture).  
  • Turn off unused equipment. Office computer monitors are an easy way to save on your business's energy bill as they use a lot of energy. Ensure that monitors are set on automatic sleep mode during non-working hours or are manually turned off when not in use. Screen savers do not reduce energy use by monitors.  
  • Reduce paper usage. Paper and printing can be costly for your business. Print only when necessary and double-sided when you do. This will reduce paper waste and help cut the energy required to run your printer, which reduces your energy costs and may extend the life of your printer.  
  • Install hand dryers. Use hand dryers instead of paper towels. As paper towel dispensers need to be refilled, they are a constant, recurring cost and more expensive than automatic hand dryers in the long run. It’s also less mess and reduces waste. 
  • Insulate your water heater. If your business's water heater is older than seven years, be sure to wrap it in insulation to retain water heat. 
  • Examine your energy use online. You can track and monitor your business’s energy usage by signing up for My Account at sdge.com/MyAccount
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 –Maryengland@lamesachamber.com 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 Maryengland@lamesachamber.com 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
December 5 - Deadline to donate to the La Mesa Military Families Toy Drive 2021 | Details

December 7 - Toy Drive for La Mesa Military Families & Party at BJ's : 5:30-7pm at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse | 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa | Details/RSVP

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

For local La Mesa news, visit lamesacourier.com

For East County news, visit ww.eccalifornian.com
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 www.lamesachamber.com 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
858-549-2874
Platinum Members
Gold Members
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
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