In August, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsements for the 2020 City of Oceanside elections. The Chamber Board of Directors voted to support Ryan Keim for District 3 and Peter Weiss for District 4. Both candidates won their respective district races within crowded candidate fields.
Recent months have been a painful time for much of our business community. But with that pain, has come the opportunity for leaders to emerge and for businesses to learn flexibility and adaptation.
By District Attorney Summer Stephan
With COVID-19 keeping many families at home, streaming services have become a popular way to pass the time. Services such Netflix, Hulu, and Disney-plus allow folks to quarantine at home without breaking the bank. Unfortunately, scammers have taken note of the rise in streaming service users and have sought to exploit the growing market.
By District Attorney Summer Stephan
If you are one of the many Americans who has filed for unemployment benefits or is considering doing so, you should know of a scam targeting those seeking benefits. Scammers are always looking for new ways to swindle money and with a large increase in people requesting unemployment benefits, bad actors see a situation ripe for exploitation.
Updated 3/30 10:40pm PST - While our Oceanside restaurants are providing takeout, other businesses around the county are open and offering their services as well! Shopping local is especially important during this time and will help to our keep our businesses alive! Below shows a comprehensive list of Chamber members open and offering their services, whether that be virtual or in-person.
Updated 4/27 12pm PST - As we all know, in an effort to hinder the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all restaurants in San Diego County have been forced to close their dine-in services until further notice. While this comes as an economic shock to all restaurant owners and employees, this doesn't mean its the end! Community members can support their favorite local businesses by taking advantage of takeout and delivery options including Grubhub, Postmates, Door Dash and Uber Eats! Below shows an updated list of our Oceanside restaurant Chamber members open and offering these services:
By District Attorney Summer Stephan
As your District Attorney, I’m committed to increasing communication and accessibility between the DA’s Office and you, the community. One way I have been doing that is through this monthly column, where I provide consumer tips on public safety matters.
The Small Business Development Center hosted by MiraCosta College Celebrating 20 Years of Making the American Dream Come True for Thousands of Small Business Owners
Over the past twenty years thousands of local entrepreneurs and business owners have visited The North San Diego Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to help them start, manage and grow their businesses. I was one of those entrepreneurs and the information and support I received was priceless. I am now celebrating a decade in business. The SBDC consultants have been with me and thousands of small business owners every step of the way. There is no cost to entrepreneurs and small business owners for private one-on-one business advising and most of the training and resources available to them.
By Scott Ashton, CEO, Oceanside Chamber of Commerce
The City of Oceanside has taken a positive step toward improving housing affordability in the downtown Oceanside district. In August, the Oceanside City Council adopted recommendations from City staff and the Downtown Advisory Committee to remove density caps on residential projects that are part of mixed-used developments in the Downtown District. The previous zoning ordinance allowed for a maximum of 43 dwelling units per acre. The removal of the density cap will allow for smaller, more affordable units, while maintaining all other development requirements including height, setbacks and parking.
Food for the Body-Comfort for the Soul-How Bread of Life is Satisfying the Mouths and Morale of Low-Income San Diegans
Hidden, just off I-5 in Oceanside, is an innocuous cluster of white brick business units, the area is a hive of activity; a neon vested man with a baton waves and directs me into my parking spot, as cars to and fro from this seemingly ordinary strip. A thrift shop, cafe, kitchen and several office units sit neatly side by side. Boxes are wielded out of the doors brimming with ripened fruit, canned goods and food packets, while a line of eager people - seniors and children wraps around the facade.
In recent months, the Oceanside Chamber has had the honor of partnering with numerous community organizations in support of the Oceanside Promise’s Latino Young Men Success Initiative Pilot Program.
In recent months, the Chamber’s Public Policy Task Force has worked to develop strong housing creation policy statements to address one Oceanside’s most critical issues… workforce housing. These policy statements, adopted by the Chamber Board in May, will provide direction in how the Chamber will interact with the City and State on housing related policy.
San Diego may be known nationwide for its beautiful beaches and unbeatable year - round weather, but what many people don’t realize is that many of the avocados in their tacos, the lettuce and tomatoes in their salad, and the potted plants for their yard are all grown right here in San Diego County.
On Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 18, 2019, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce will host Operation Appreciation. This event is a day of recognition and appreciation to all active-duty military stationed on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and nearby military bases.
(Source: Josh Jenkins – Fox 5 San Diego)
In 2009, the City of Oceanside adopted the Coast Highway Vision and Strategic Plan. This plan serves as a blueprint for the revitalization and enhancement of the Coast Highway corridor between Harbor Drive in the north and Buena Vista Lagoon in the south. The Vision and Strategic Plan includes several recommendations to transform Coast Highway from an auto-oriented thoroughfare into a "complete street" that serves all modes of transportation from automobiles to pedestrians to bicyclists and transit vehicles.
The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce is committed to playing a vital role in the well-being of our community. In February, the chamber voted to support the proposed North River Farms development in eastern Oceanside, in part because of the positive opportunities it will create to meet our housing and employment objectives. Chamber CEO, Scott Ashton says, “As we look to our future it is imperative that we implement lifestyle supportive housing to attract and retain our workforce.”
San Diego Beer Week
Beer Week is here! Starting November 2nd through the 11th, enjoy events with over 130 independent craft breweries in San Diego County. Events are held throughout San Diego County at participating breweries, bars, restaurants, and more. For more information and a full events schedule, please visit sdbeer.com. The celebration kicks off Friday, November 22nd. Below you'll find a list of our members inviting you to grab a glass, and CHEERS TO BEERS!
On Saturday October 27th, Breakwater Community Church celebrated the grand opening of their location at 506 S Nevada St. in Oceanside. Many of the church’s members were in attendance along with Chamber staff, ambassadors and Council member Jack Feller. The celebration included a bounce house, barbeque, and many raffle prizes for all ages.
When local residents, businesses, consumers, tourists, military audiences (active duty, dependents, retirees, veterans) look for:
Will your business be found?
Make sure diners, shoppers and travelers seeking fabulous food, fun, finds, and friendly establishments will find your business listed in the Best of OCEANSIDE Dining, Entertainment & Retail Guide.
Published and distributed in both print and online, the Chamber's guide showcases Oceanside’s exploding culinary, cocktail and craft beer venues, live entertainment, shopping and retail centers, community events, eclectic neighborhood venues and things to do.
It’s the ultimate North County San Diego one-of-a-kind pocket-size authority on fabulous food and fun for all ages in Oceanside.
Get listed. Get visible!
Leverage the power of Oceanside Chamber multi-media print and digital audiences to heighten awareness, visibility, and ROI for your business. The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce powerful print and digital publications enjoy wide distribution to extended audiences via the Chamber’s expansive distribution agreements, programs, partnerships, highly ranked website, widely followed and engaged social media profiles and the Chamber’s international digital publishing channels.
Please schedule your appointment for painless information by contacting me and congratulations in advance for helping to ensure your business will be found in print and online when Chamber audiences are searching for “where to” do most anything in Oceanside, CA.
Finally, thank you in advance for your time, the opportunity to meet you, learn about your business and build advertising that works for audiences seeking information about our local business community including you and your business.
The Oceanside Chamber held a reception Monday, August 13, 2018 to unveil its newest publication: Celebrating 75 Years, Women Marines on Camp Pendleton. The release of the magazine came exactly 75 years ago when the first woman Marine arrived at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
The reception was attended by Col. Philip G. Antekeier, Col. Jeffrey Holt and Oceanside Mayor Peter Weiss. Women Marines, both retired and active duty, who were featured in the magazine, were also in attendance, along with dozens of others, including Sgt. Maj. Grace A. Carle (Ret). She was the last to serve as Sergeant Major of Women Marines from 1974-1976. At the age of 95, she proudly stood to be acknowledged with the other Women Marines.
Christopher Rodriguez from Maximum Real Estate Services recently became the first Oceanside Chamber member to graduate from the Public Leadership Institute (PLI) training program chartered by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The course met once a month for five months starting this past February in San Diego and on June 21, 25 members from various local Chambers received their letter of achievement for completing the program.
“Even though it was pretty intense and right to the point from the very beginning, I thought it was great and just what I needed as my foundation to get involved in local government,” Rodriguez said.
By: Pam Rumer
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Women empowering women is on the rise not only in our country but right here in North County San Diego. With over 11.6 million women-owned businesses in the United States, it is no
surprise we have groups of women business owners, in Oceanside, helping each other grow.
Since launching their businesses in the Oceanside community, this group of 6 female
entrepreneurs credits at least a portion of their success to the support and inspiration provided
by fellow female business owners.
These 6 women, Rita Lavasanipour, owner, Yummie Fountains; Kim DeGiulio, owner, Team
Souther - NRL Mortgage; Anastasia Kabitskaya, owner, Slight Edge Salon; Amanda Gerard,
owner, Kylie's Closet; Jyoie (pronounced Joey) Houston, owner, MedRev; and Marcy Browe,
owner, Marcy Browe Photography each own a different type of business with one thing in
common; they have inspired one another to take their businesses to the next level.
On May 2nd, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Business and Community Political Action Committee (BACPAC) hosted a candidate forum for the 76th Assembly District, the seat currently held by Assemblymember Rocky Chavez.
The event was co-hosted by the MiraCosta College Associated Student Government (ASG), Vista Chamber of Commerce, Carlsbad Chamber, Encinitas Chamber and the Fallbrook Chamber and was sponsored by Genentech.
Six of the eight candidates were in attendance to answer a dozen questions posed from the business community, audience members and ASG members. The event video was produced by MiraCosta College and includes the complete forum.