While the challenges of 2020 still linger, our focus for 2021 is economic recovery. Our business community is characterized by resiliency, determination and optimism. Here’s a quick look at why some of our business leaders are optimistic about the coming year.
“The early social changes that happened because of the COVID19 pandemic restrictions reintroduced so many people and families to the pleasures, beauty and fun of the outdoors as well as the benefits of exercising. I continue to see so many people walking in neighborhoods and at local trails (there were always people at the beach so that goes without saying). I believe this will have a lasting positive impact through strengthening our connection with the community and creating a more positive mindset about how we interact with others.” - Brian Long, Realtor, Moov Real Estate Sales
“Optimism is a key word in the world of education. 2020 has taught us all that the unexpected should be expected, what was normal has been replaced with new opportunities, and our attitude has the biggest impact on how we choose to deal with it all. 2021 is a great moment to take what we have learned, pursue new ways of thinking, and embrace the power and potential of today.”- Cameron Curry, Chief Executive Officer, The Classical Academies
“2020 was all about the pivot, how we keep our business going while at the same time maneuvering with the new COVID guidelines, keeping our passengers and employees safe and happy. Delivering exemplary customer service while also making sure everyone follows the guidelines has been a challenge but now that people have accepted the new normal, we are looking ahead and focused on an amazing 2021. We at Oceanside Adventures are the perfect place to celebrate Oceanside and highlight the whales and dolphins we see! In 2021 we are focusing on the leisure and small group market.” - Donna Kalez, Oceanside Adventures
“This year has been a wakeup call to all Americans as to how fragile we really are. Many of our worlds were turned upside down. By keeping a positive outlook, working with family, friends and business associates in our community we can make 2021 a great year. There are many less fortunate than we are, having serious medical and financial problems. Reaching out together to help whenever we can, will make us all stronger.” - Joel Marcus, Joel Marcus Insurance
“Our team at O’side Turkey Trot and Move Your Feet Before You Eat! Foundation are looking forward to having a live event in Downtown Oceanside filled with many local families and out of town visitors spending the holiday week. We are also looking forward to having thousands of students in our Miles of Smiles Program.” - Kathy Kinane, Kinane Events
“In 2020 I have learned the value of relationships and being able to help each other. I wanted to find a way - either through my podcast, through my design business, or personally - to help other local businesses make it through the year. Helping and supporting others was then reciprocated in new client work, podcast and interview opportunities. Going into 2021, I am optimistic, that the city of Oceanside will rebuild as a whole and come out of this turbulent year. In 2021, I know that by creating new relationships, bringing more value through my knowledge and skillsets, and offering platforms to promote others will make 2021 a great year not only for me, but for everyone else.” - Quantal Langford, Langfordesign
“As the pandemic hit, there was fear and anxiety. And yet, there was still goodness, grace and human kindness in every corner of our community. People stepped up to help their employees stay afloat, to make sure the elderly had groceries, to ensure that youth had meals every day. I believe in that spirit of community and am optimistic that in 2021 we will continue to look out for one another with kindness and compassion.” - Rhonda Guaderrama, Director of Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside
“We opened for business in May 2020 and quickly learned that creativity and working with our community was essential. We engaged with the community and made many pivots to support what was needed like custom tea blends and fun activities like poetic sanctuary and the mad hatter tea party. We will continue to partner with our community and offer products and services that meet the needs of our guests. We look forward to spreading happiness in 2021.” - Rushell Gordon, Owner Bliss Tea & Treats
“After 50 years plus of being in the floral business, and closing for almost 3 months due to our nation’s pandemic, it has definitely been a challenge. We appreciate all of our returning customers, as well as the pleasure of meeting new ones. We are looking forward to a positive new year. It has made all of us appreciate the most important things in life: our family, friends and customers.”- Sue Powroznik, Oceanside Florist Inc.
"Focus on the opportunities in the coming years. The pandemic has expanded our thinking in business and education, while also hastening the demise, and the need to rethink many outdated business models. Sometimes we sense that an END is coming, and we FAIL to identify that this may be the START of something far better. I believe we're on the cusp of something Great." - Bob Waite, AFLAC