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Virtual Military Affairs Forum

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Joint Young Professionals Resume Workshop

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Chamber Innovators - Evan Sitler, CEO, XpertVR

9:00 AM - 10:o0 AM
Virtual Social Media Workshop: Intro to Content Creation

11:00 AM - 12:o0 PM
CalTMS Grand Opening Celebration

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Virtual Thirsty Thursday with the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Heroes of Oceanside and Camp Pendleton

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Cox Communications Participating in Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program

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Senate Approves “Brandon’s Law” to Ban Deceptive Marketing in Rehab Industry

NCTD Receives $4 Million Grant to SupportTransition to Zero-Emissions Bus Operations

Summer Reading Program Kicks Off at Oceanside Public Library

Better Sleep for Better Health Webinar

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frd.jpegVirtual Emerging Issues Forum: Update from New Oceanside Police Chief Fred Armijo
Thursday, June 3, 2021
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Online Event via Zoom

This month's Forum will feature an update from new Oceanside Police Chief Fred Armijo. Armijo, a lifelong resident of Oceanside, has headed its police force in an interim capacity since December. Initially hired by the city as a lifeguard in 1989, Armijo joined the OPD as a sworn officer in 1994 and was promoted through the ranks as sergeant, lieutenant and, ultimately, captain, a role in which he directed each of the department’s three divisions – support operations, investigations and patrol. We will also have updates from our various legislative offices. *Please note: Upon registering, you will receive an email with Zoom login details. This event is for Oceanside Chamber Members and Invited Guests. More details and registration.

Impact-California.pngAction Needed to Oppose Costly Business Mandates
The Oceanside Chamber is actively participating in a coalition to defeat two bills that would have a serious impact on small businesses as we work toward economic recovery.AB 995 and AB 1119 would impose more new mandates on small businesses including:

  • Increasing the minimum number of paid sick leave days employers must
  • Expanding reasonable accommodation requirements under FEHA, which could include an obligation to provide additional time off

We are meeting with Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath this afternoon to discuss our concerns about these bills. We need your action as well. Please take a couple of minutes to go to the Cal Chamber action center and send your note to the Assemblymember. Take action now.

Chamber Demographics Survey.pngOceanside Chamber's 1-Minute Demographics Survey
The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce strives to keep our business community informed on relevant issues, events and opportunities. Frequently, there are special programs available for veteran owned, minority owned and women owned businesses. As we become aware of these programs, we would like to be able to share them with you. Please take a minute to fill out this survey to receive valuable information and resources specific to your demographics. Take survey.

0520-YP OS CBAD.jpgTomorrow! Joint Young Professionals Resume Workshop
Thursday, May 20, 2021
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Online Event via Zoom

Concerned that your resumes and cover letters are getting overlooked? Join the Oceanside and Carlsbad Young Professionals for a Joint Resume Workshop on Thursday, May 20th from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. Karin Iwasaka from Cal State University San Marcos's Career Center will be giving expert tips on revamping your resume and writing effective cover letters. During the workshop, you'll learn strategies to create documents that are screened through applicant tracking system (ATS) software and stand out to recruiters. Whether you're currently searching for employment or just looking to keep your resume updated, this workshop is for you! This workshop is free and open to everyone. It will be conducted via Zoom, and login credentials will be sent following registration. More details and registration.

Social Media Workshop 5.21- Post 1.pngThis Friday! Virtual Social Media Workshop: An Introduction to Content Creation
Friday, May 21, 2021
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Online Event

Jacqueline Farkas, owner of Social Marketing Boutique, is hosting an Introduction to Social Media Content Creation Workshop on Friday, May 21st from 9 AM - 10 AM. During this workshop, you'll learn the new trends, tips and strategies to help improve your social media presence. This event is free and open to everyone. You must register prior to event. Zoom login instructions will be sent following registration. More details and registration.

CalTMS Oceanside Ribbon Cutting Event Flyer.pngThis Friday! CalTMS Grand Opening - New Depression Treatment Center Calls Oceanside Home
Friday, May 21, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
520 N. Coast Hwy., Ste. 103
Oceanside, CA 92054

Join CalTMS on Friday, May 21st at 11 a.m. as they kickoff the opening of their brand new office located in the heart of Oceanside at 520 North Coast Highway. As one of the Chamber’s newest members, CalTMS is thrilled to call Oceanside home as they help meet the behavioral health needs of the community by providing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy. TMS Therapy uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate the under-active area of the brain thought to be involved with mood regulation. This innovative treatment has helped countless patients worldwide overcome depression when other treatment methods proved unsuccessful. More details and registration.

oceanside-heroes-reception-logo-19-01_1.pngSave the Date! Annual Heroes of Oceanside and Camp Pendleton Limited Tickets Now Available
Thursday, June 24, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Arrowood Golf Course
5201A Village Dr.
Oceanside, CA 92057

The Annual Heroes of Oceanside and Camp Pendleton Dinner will be held Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 5 PM - 7 PM at the Arrowood Golf Course. The event served to recognize representatives from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Oceanside Police Department, Oceanside Fire Department, Oceanside Lifeguards, Healthcare Workers and Teachers from the local school district(s) for their outstanding contributions to the well-being and advancement of our City. The event will also feature awards recognizing the work of our business community.

Due to limited capacity, this event is only open to Chamber members. We will only be selling 20 tickets. Admission cost is $65. There are also sponsorship opportunities. View sponsorships. More details and registration. 

29968884503_35e6c0f03d_w.jpgBooth Space Available for the 14th Annual North County Health & Wellness Fair
Thursday, August 12, 2021
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
City of Oceanside
300 N. Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

On August 12, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Oceanside Chamber will hold its 14th Annual North County Health & Wellness Fair in-person. This event provides an opportunity for local health & wellness related businesses to promote their products and services. The event also features a variety of health-related free screenings and demonstrations for community members. Please contact Kristi Hawthorne if you're interested in booth space. More details. Booth registration form.

Screen Shot 2021-05-03 at 12.45.25 PM.pngOceanside Economic Development News
Oceanside has a dynamic business climate with new restaurants, retail shops and manufacturing businesses moving into the City. The City's Economic Development Division assists businesses with expansion and relocation to Oceanside by offering site searches, business visits, demographic and statistical information, and assistance with permit processing and business license issuance. Check out the latest new and coming business news. More details.

Vishnu Podcast Cover Art (1).png27. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Special - Vishnu Sneller on Taking Lessons from her Indian Upbringing into the Business World 
It is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and we are joined by Vishnu Sneller, Owner of Minuteman Press Oceanside, Vishnu is an incredibly intelligent woman who for decades studied the epidemiology of infectious diseases and health services for displaced populations. After a personal tragedy took her son away from managing Minuteman, Vishnu stepped in to run the shops daily operations. Driven by positivity and perseverance, Vishnu shares how her Indian upbringing has taught her to overcome any obstacle. Our interview shares an open and honest recollection of what it means to be Asian American, and how Vishnu hopes to continue to recognize and honor other Asians and Pacific Islanders within our community. Her love for Oceanside and our local small businesses is evident, and I’m excited for you to hear her story. Watch full interview. Listen on Apple Podcasts! Listen on Spotify!

North County Empowerment Network.pngNorth County Young Women's Empowerment Network
The office of Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath is launching the North County Young Women’s Empowerment Network! This will be a professional development community for our emerging women leaders to learn, grow, seek out opportunities, and improve their leadership skills together. The network will also help these young women expand their knowledge of state and local government and offer volunteer internships and training workshops for those who are interested in gaining skills in public and community service.  All applicants must be 18-25 years old, identify as female and live in the 76th Assembly District: Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, or Camp Pendleton. Applicants need to fill out a form and give a brief one-page personal statement. If you know of a young female leader, we would welcome your nomination.  The deadline to submit is May 31, 2021 by 5pm. More details and application.

ICIC-logo.pngInner City Capital Connections
ICCC is excited to return to San Diego for the 4th time in 2021, thanks to our lead sponsor, Kaiser Permanente! San Diego is home to 162 ICCC alumni, and since their participation they have averaged 82% growth in revenue, and raised $5.35M in capital. The ICCC San Diego program will be offered virtually in 2021, with the Opening Seminar Series taking place the mornings of Tuesday, June 29th and Thursday, July 1st. Are you a business owner from San Diego and surrounding communities looking to pivot your business and to gain insights to help your business survive, recover and grow? If so, apply to participate in ICCC today! The application deadline is Friday, May 28th. Once you submit your application, you will be prompted to schedule a phone interview with ICCC. For questions about the application process, contact Indhira Taveras at itaveras@icic.org or 617-238-3030. More details. 2021 ICCC Application Form.

Optimally_LandingPage_OptimallyLogo.pngNew Program Leverages Data to Cut Business Costs
The Oceanside Chamber has teamed up with Optimally who brings their proprietary big data technology to the forefront of how companies can reduce operating expenses. Optimally owns one of the largest data lakes in North America, housing $6 Trillion worth of vendor specific invoice data from more than 10 million businesses. The Optimally Data Science team has normalized and categorized this data, allowing Optimally the unique ability to benchmark pricing inequities between your current vendor pricing vs. the same vendors best-in-class pricing. This benchmarking technology is the most innovative tool available for businesses to ensure that their vendor pricing does not leave them at a competitive disadvantage. Optimally will provide our members a “free analysis.” This analysis is the first step in leveraging big data to set your savings benchmarks. More details.

1 AdobeStock_212031150 fb.jpgCalSavers Deadline Approaching
Eligible employers with more than 50 employees must register by June 30, 2021
State law now requires all businesses with five or more employees to participate in CalSavers if they do not offer a retirement savings plan from the private market. Eligible employers must register for CalSavers by their state required deadline, which vary by employer size. The deadline for employers with more than 50 employees is June 30, 2021 and June 30, 2022 for employers with five or more employees. The registration deadline for employers with more than 100 employees passed on September 30, 2020 (extended from June 30, 2020). Eligible employers who have not yet registered should do so as soon as possible to avoid penalties. Eligible employers can register any time before their deadline. More details.

CEQA WEBINAR- FB IG (1).pngThe SDNEDC Presents the 2021 North County CEQA Update: Changes, Shifts, & the New Normal
Thursday, May 20, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Online Event via Zoom

Join SDNEDC for a presentation from Latham and Watkins' Daniel Brunton, Partner & Clifton Williams, Land Use Analyst to learn about the critical changes and trends in litigation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The legislature and courts are making significant alternations to how project applicants and cities need to act in order to navigate the shifting landscape.

Changes Include:

  • Focus on GHG reductions
  • New ways of calculating traffic impacts
  • Addressing environmental justice concerns

Attendees will gain insight into these evolving policies and learn what to do to ensure their North County project develops a defensible CEQA document that informs stakeholders about project impacts and best-in-class mitigation measures. More details and registration.

Slide1 (1).JPGChamber Innovators - Evan Sitler, CEO, XpertVR
Thursday, May 20, 2021
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Online Event via Zoom

In the near future, VR and research will be like cookies and milk, a perfect combination. Today the technology is already being used in business to research shopper behavior and employee training processes. In academia, it is used to research topics ranging from climate change to the future of the technology itself. With the constant innovations happening in the space we're not far from it taking over every aspect of research.


  • New Possibilities of VR and Research
  • Two Case Studies to Review

More details and registration.

avoiding hr landmines.pngAvoiding HR Landmines
Thursday, May 26, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Online Event via Zoom

Soup to Nuts guide of what it will take to run a successful business in 2021. This session will include:

  • New policies for your handbooks
  • Updates on training requirements and
  • Find out about the most common pitfalls for small businesses, particularly in southern California
  • Get real-life solutions to the most pressing HR issues facing your business today

More details and registration.

Screen Shot 2021-05-18 at 5.26.38 PM.pngAre You the Next Veteran Entrepreneur? Vet-to-Vet Advice About Business Ownership
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Online Event 

Veterans are ideal candidates to start a business. They have extensive training and skills and understand the virtues of hard work and persistence.This webinar – for veterans by veterans – will help you find out if you’re ready to transition your skills to main street entrepreneurship and have what it takes to launch a business.

You’ll learn from an expert panel of veteran entrepreneurs:

  • Characteristics and traits that make veterans great entrepreneurs
  • Opportunities and challenges when starting a business, and how to be successful
  • Key insights and real-life experiences of business ownership

More details and registration.

Workforce.pngUS Chamber's Workforce: A Call to Action Summit
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
12:00 PM
Online Event 

As the nation rebuilds and makes strides toward recovery, we need an approach to putting Americans back to work that is simple, fast, and employer-led. It must address immediate employment needs while also laying the foundation for a modernized, adaptive, and resilient workforce development system. Such a system must work for both workers and employers, and it must be a driver of economic growth and long-term competitiveness. Please join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Chamber Foundation on June 2, 2021 at 12:00 PM, for Workforce: A Call to Action. This event will bring together stakeholders in government and industry in conversation around workforce training as an important investment for both recovery and long-term economic needs. More details and registration.

SD Bus Week - Instagram.pngThe Encinitas Chamber to Host San Diego Business Week 2021
Tuesday - Thursday
June 15, 16 & 17 

Virtual Event
The San Diego Business Week 2021 has brought together eight leaders in marketing, business growth and finance to help local businesses bring business back in 2021.

$20 Admission includes:

  • Eight inspiring live sessions addressing impactful initiatives for all business sizes
  • Q&A discussion with a Fortune 500 renowned national speaker and author on transforming leaders, teams, and organizations
  • Learn processes or best practices to increase productivity and efficiency from a southern California energy supplier
  • All sessions recorded with 30 day access
  • 1-on-1 networking possibilities with like-minded people
  • Tools and techniques to improve your current marketing, financial and leadership skill set
  • Swag bag with promotions and gifts from community businesses, as well as cocktail mixers for happy hour

More details and registration.


Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Available for Discounted Price through the Oceanside Chamber
California law requires all employers with five or more employees to provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees by January 1, 2021, and then every two years. This mandatory training for supervisors (two hours) and nonsupervisory employees (one hour) must also take place within six months of hire or promotion and again every two years. (Taking these individual-learner courses in a group setting will not satisfy the state requirements.) The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce has partnered with CalChamber to offer a 20% discount for online Employee Harassment Prevention Training, and online Manager/Supervisor Harassment Prevention Training. CalChamber makes it easy to train all your employees and managers to meet your California compliance obligations. More details.

hardest hit.jpegSBA Launches Supplemental Targeted Advance for Small Businesses Hardest Hit by COVID-19
The U.S. Small Business Administration launched a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance – called Supplemental Targeted Advances – on April 22, 2021 that will provide $5 billion in additional assistance to 1 million small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been most severely affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Supplemental Targeted Advance program is the latest SBA relief program to launch as part of the American Rescue Plan Act on March 11, 2021. More details.

shuttered venue.jpegSBA Reopens Shuttered Venue Operators Grants for Applications
The U.S. Small Business Administration has reopened the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theatres, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives to apply for critical economic relief. More details.

ECMO-1.jpegMiracle Machine for Tri-City First in North County 
(Source: The Coast News Group)
Tri-City Hospital Foundation has purchased and donated an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine to Tri-City Medical Center to allow its expert staff to save patients on the brink of death from pulmonary or cardiovascular failure. The ECMO machine is the first “miracle machine” in San Diego’s North County and provides state of the art technology to treat patients experiencing respiratory and cardiac failure. More details.

logoImage.jpegNAMI Walks - Support Tri-City Trotters
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Tri-City Medical Center invites you to team up for NAMIWalks Your Way 2021! Join their team or support them with a donation. Together, we can do something powerful about achieving Mental Health for All. NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMIWalks promotes awareness of mental health, raises funds for NAMI’s free, top-rated programs, and builds community by letting people know they are not alone. Please help build awareness and funds, by joining their team or making a donation! More details.

Instagram - DOH.pngSave the Date! North County Food Bank Drive Out Hunger Golf Tournament
Monday, July 26, 2021
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Shadowridge Golf Club
1980 Gateway Dr.
Vista, CA 92081

The North County Food Bank's Drive Out Hunger Golf Classic on July 26th, has officially sold out of all golf spots! But, they have a few remaining golf hole sponsorships. All proceeds from the event benefit the NC Food Bank and their various COVID-19 response, emergency, senior, military and kid programs. For just $500, a company/organization can display their logo/branding at the hole of their choice, showing their commitment to our community with North County companies, organizations and community leaders. For $750, they can display their logo/branding at the hole of their choice. They also receive a canopy, table and chairs, to share information on their company or cause to our golfers as they’re going through the course. More details.

BGOC .jpgBoys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside Seeking Sponsorships, Auction Items for 33rd Annual Boys and Girls Night Out 
Friday, October 15, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Crossings at Carlsbad
5800 The Crossings Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside is thrilled to announce their upcoming Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside’s 33rd Annual Boys and Girls Night Out “Mad Men” Gala. They will be hosting this amazing GALA on Friday, October 15th at 6:00 pm at The Crossings in Carlsbad. With over 200 attendees (all following CDC guidelines), including sponsors, elected officials and community supporters, their Gala has proven to be an extraordinary, inspiring and entertaining evening for everyone. BGCO is reaching out to community leaders and businesses for Event Sponsorships and Live or Silent Auction Items. Not only is this a wonderful marketing opportunity for businesses, auction donations will help to raise much needed funds that will impact the lives of over 1,200 Club members each day. Proceeds earned from the gala will provide enriching after school programming and much needed scholarship funds so that children in need are able to attend camp during the critical out of school hours. More details.

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