New COVID-19 Guidance in 2022 (Source: CalChamber)
Though many workplaces slowed down during the holidays, neither COVID-19’s Omicron variant nor the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) took a moment’s rest. Importantly for California employers, on December 30 2021, CDPH issued their guidance interpreting CDC’s December 27th update to their Isolation and Quarantine guidelines. These changes generally shorten quarantine and isolation periods due to scientific findings that COVID-19 tends to spread mainly early on after infection and when symptoms are present. As a result, they generally shorten quarantine and isolation periods for asymptomatic cases. More details.
Oceanside Chamber of Commerce
928 North Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054
Join us at the Chamber's January 6th Emerging Issues Forum for an update on the proposed Ocean KAMP Project, slated for the old drive-in site on Highway 76. Michael Grehl, Vice President - Real Estate for N4FL Worldwide will give the latest update on the status of the project and how it will support Oceanside's economy. We will also have updates from our various legislative representatives. The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Emerging Issues Forum provides an avenue for Oceanside Chamber members to learn about key community issues, interact with legislative representatives and receive updates on legislative items impacting business. More details and registration.
Pacific Coast Spirits
404 S Coast Hwy.
Oceanside, CA 92054
The Oceanside Young Professional Network (OYPN) will meet Thursday, January 6th from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM at Pacific Coast Spirits. OYPN is vital to planning and executing events throughout Oceanside for young professionals to network with like-minded peers, engage in the community, and stay informed on local issues. Chamber members and non-members alike in this age group are encouraged to come to committee meetings and contribute to the program's development. Please register for the event prior to attending. The event is free to attend with the only cost being the price of your meal! More details and registration.
Oceanside Chamber of Commerce
928 N Coast Hwy.
Oceanside, CA 92054
We invite you to our conference room on Tuesday, January 11th from 8 AM - 9 AM. Second Tuesday Coffee has been a great opportunity for Oceanside Chamber members to connect with other businesses in North County. Attendees will have a chance to give a 1-minute introduction and will have access to a participant list to stay connected after the event. Be sure to bring your business cards! This event is free to Oceanside Chamber members and $20 for prospective members. Space is limited to 24 attendees and online registration is required. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. More details and registration.
Upcoming Oceanside Chamber Member Survey The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing our members with the best possible experience. In line with our commitment to continuous improvement, we are looking to examine our current performance across a broad range of issues critical to our success. The best way to do this is by asking our valued members to participate in our Customer Feedback Research and to provide us with your experience on how we are currently serving your business needs. This important customer survey is being conducted by The Loyalty Zone, an independent research organization on behalf of the Oceanside Chamber. They will be reaching out to a sampling of our members after the holidays, so you may receive a call. If you do receive a phone call, we are only seeking your candid feedback. Thank you for your support!
Coalition of North County Leaders Launch Initiative to Strengthen Regional Workforce Pipeline A coalition of North County business organizations has announced the launch of the Student Opportunities for Career Awareness and Learning (SOCAL) initiative, a long-term workforce development effort designed to provide students and career explorers with direct access to information and first-hand experiences regarding potential occupations and career opportunities in North County. The direct access and transparency fostered through this initiative are intended to help cultivate the workforce for middle-wage jobs that require less than a four-year college degree.
The coalition supporting SOCAL represent many of the region’s premier business and educational institutions, including Tri-City Medical Center, the Oceanside, Carlsbad and Vista Chambers of Commerce, the San Diego North Economic Development Council; MiraCosta College, Palomar College and others. Supervisor Jim Desmond, who represents much of North County, supported the partners’ efforts to secure a $128,000 Neighborhood Reinvestment Grant from the County of San Diego, which was instrumental to the development and launch of SOCAL. More details.Visit SOCAL website.
Join the City of Oceanside in the 2022 Redistricting Process (Source: City of Oceanside)
The City of Oceanside is beginning the process of adjusting City Council District lines to reflect local population changes shown in the 2020 Census. To participate and provide feedback, please see the schedule of a series of Public Hearings and Community Outreach Meetings from January through March, or contact the City Clerk’s Office. Watch a video about the redistricting process here, and learn more on the City website.
Winter Edition of the Best of Oceanside Magazine Available Now The winter edition of the Oceanside Chamber's Best of Oceanside Magazine is here! This edition highlights local Oceanside business and community news and updates on economic development, workforce development, education and much more! Find stories on Oceanside's local businesses including Olli Salumeria, Children's Paradise and Angels and Gurus. Take an inside look at Oceanside's Cultural Arts District, and check out Visit Oceanside's article on how tourism is helping to build community. As always, the magazine highlights some of our spots to shop and play local in our new "Shop and Play Local" spotlight. Read full publication.
Women’s Incubator Program Hatches Bright Ideas in Cohort 2 Military spouses and women were disproportionately impacted by the Pandemic, with many forced out of the workplace. Many women desire to make a career pivot. The National Veterans Chamber of Commerce, SCORE Mentors, and the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce have responded to this call to action by hosting the second cohort of its free business incubator program. More details.
San Diego County Accepting Applications for Small Business Stimulus Grant Local small businesses and nonprofit entities that suffered economic losses due to COVID-19 may be eligible for grant funding from the County. The Small Business Stimulus Grant Program is funded by Board of Supervisors allocated federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA),CARES Act funding and County General Fund. The grant funding provides economic assistance to help businesses and nonprofit entities impacted by COVID-19. More details and application.
Grant Funding for Oceanside Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19 Launched As part of its ARPA spending plan, the Oceanside City Council approved $1 million to be used for grants to local nonprofit organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19. To qualify for grant funds, an applicant must be an Oceanside-based, tax-exempt, charitable organization in good standing, as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Grants will be awarded in two categories:
Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to offset revenue losses to the organization due to COVID-19
Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 for specific programs or activities (either new or existing) to help to address negative impacts in Oceanside caused by COVID-19
Grant amounts will be determined based on several factors, including financial impacts to the organization related to COVID-19, applicants’ positive impact on community economic recovery and applicants’ capacity to assist underserved populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. More details and application.
California Competes Tax Credit Program Now Accepting Applications The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in California. Businesses of any industry, size, or location compete for over $180 million available in tax credits by applying in one of the three application periods each year.
For fiscal year 2021-2022, GO-Biz will accept applications for the California Competes Tax Credit during the following periods:
Free N95 Masks Available for Businesses Part of the latest Cal/OSHA update requires employers to provide respirators / N95 masks for unvaccinated workers upon request. The Chamber is partnering with CA Office of Emergency Services and has signed on as a distribution center for businesses that would like to pick up a supply of the masks. The masks are free to local businesses on a first-come first-served basis. If you are interested in picking up a supply for your business please email Gwen Bryson at Gwen@OceansideChamber.com or call 760-722-1534.
California Coast Credit Union's Special Offer for Chamber Members At Cal Coast, their mission is to simplify the lives of their members, provide the highest level of service and ultimately help you achieve financial prosperity. Happening now, Cal Coast is excited to offer Oceanside Chamber members $100 when you open an account, plus an additional $25 when you finance an auto loan. And when you finance a home loan, get an additional $25! Contact Andres De La Mora at 858-790-9298 for details. Learn more about Cal Coast Credit Union.
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