North County Business Briefs, Feb. 27 – The San Diego Union-Tribune


Chamber holds open house

The Greater Escondido Chamber of Commerce holds an Open House from 5-7 p.m. March 10 at 720 N. Broadway. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages and learn how your business will benefit from membership. Meet members of the board of directors, ambassadors and staff, and find new ways to market your business. Free, but registration required at


Events celebrate women in business

The annual San Diego Women’s Week Leadership Conference takes place virtually and in person from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 11, presented by the North San Diego Business Chamber. The event at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego includes exhibitors, seven speakers, two panel discussions and networking. Tickets start at $219 in person or $99 for a virtual pass. Visit for tickets and information. The chamber’s monthly Regional Connect networking is part of the event and will be at 4 p.m. March 9 at the Bernardo Winery, 3330 Paseo del Verano Norte, San Diego. Brief program at 4:30 p.m. This event is open to everyone and will celebrate women in business. Chamber members free; nonmembers $35. Registration closes at 3 p.m. March 8. Visit

Free financial classes offered

San Diego County Credit Union and the San Diego County Library System are hosting Financial Wellness Wednesdays presentations on a variety of topics aimed at improving financial health. Everyone is encouraged to attend the virtual webinars. SDCCU offers nearly two dozen different Financial Wellness Wednesdays webinars, including 6 Steps to Create a Personal Budget, Understanding Your Spending & Financial Behaviors, Simple Ways to Slash Spending, Teaching Your Teen About Money, The Keys to Homeownership, Dealing With a Furlough or Layoff, Current Scams and How to Protect Your Finances, Millennial’s Guide to Savings, Elder Financial Abuse Prevention and SDCCU’s Biz Kid$ to help teach kids about money and business. Financial Wellness Wednesdays webinar topics rotate weekly. Find the schedule at For access to other financial wellness resources, visit

Tax credit window opens soon

The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in California. More than $180 million is available in tax credits for businesses of any industry, size, or location. For fiscal year 2021-2022, GO-Biz will accept applications for the California Competes Tax Credit from March 7-March 28. Before each application period, GO-Biz hosts online webinars about the California Competes Tax Credit program. All businesses are encouraged to participate and view the GoBiz webinars on how to apply. The San Diego North Economic Development Council can also help with applications and connecting North County businesses with the right resources to help them win one of the awards. Learn more at

Low-cost Internet for qualifying households

Cox Communications is offering ConnectAssist, a low-cost broadband option available to qualifying low-income households with no school-age children in the home and who don’t qualify for Cox’s Connect2Compete, a program for families with children in grades K-12. ConnectAssist is for households that participate in government-subsidy programs such as SNAP, TANF, Head Start, WIC, LIHEAP, Public Housing, Pell Grant, Veterans Pension & Survivors Benefits, Tribal Programs, Supplemental Security Income, or Medicaid. ConnectAssist provides broadband Internet speeds up to 50Mbps download/3Mbps upload and a modem rental for $30 per month plus tax. Eligible customers can sign up at and are not required to go through credit checks, commit to long agreements, or pay deposits. Customers qualifying for ConnectAssist are also likely to be eligible for the federal Emergency Broadband Benefit program, which offers $50 per month Internet credit. The Connect2Compete program offers Internet service for $9.95 per month to K-12 families receiving free or reduced school lunch or other government assistance. Learn more at

New execs at American Council on Exercise

The nonprofit American Council on Exercise announces two new executive team members. Chris Goudeseune has been promoted to vice president of operations, and Lauren Shroyer has been promoted to vice president of product and innovation. Goudeseune is responsible for cultivating operational alignment for strategic initiatives and key projects within ACE. He will work with department leaders to ensure that projects and strategic initiatives are executed efficiently and according to plan. Goudeseune was promoted from senior director of operations and has worked at ACE for more than a decade. Shroyer will drive ACE’s product creation and development and will guide a team in designing and managing ACE products and programs live and online. Shroyer was promoted from senior director of product development. Call (800) 825-3636 or visit


Chamber presents Medicare webinar

The Poway Chamber of Commerce Education Webinar Series presents a free webinar, “Medicare and Employer Benefits,” at 4:30 p.m. March 10. Esther Sulistio, a local Medicare insurance broker, will discuss Medicare and employer benefits, employers’ obligations and options for eligible employees. The presentation will include a Q&A segment. Register to


Food and wine festival at hotel

Lakehouse Hotel & Resort is partnering with local restaurants, wineries and breweries for their Lakehouse Food & Wine Festival from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12 at 1025 La Bonita Drive at Lake San Marcos. The festival will take place on the Lakehouse lawn, featuring bites from local restaurants including The Grill, Belmont Park, Ranch 45, Handels Ice Cream, Pacific Coast and Obriens Bakery. Local breweries and wineries will be serving samples of their best pints and glasses, including Spindrift Spiked, Burgeon Beer, Grey Goose, Califino Tequila, Twin Oaks Valley Co, Martini Rossi and more. Guests can also enjoy live music and the Happy Camper Photo Bus. No pets. Tickets are $60 for ages 21-plus only, and include all you can eat and drink. Find them at Call (877) 526-2671.


State of the Community luncheon is Monday

The Vista Chamber of Commerce presents the annual State of the Community Luncheon starting at 11 a.m. Monday 2/28 at the Vista Civic Center. Mayor Judy Ritter will be the keynote speaker on her last year as Vista mayor. Also scheduled to speak: Aaron Byzak, Tri-City Medical Center; Dr. Matt Doyle, Vista Unified School District; Adam Brooks, Vista Chamber of Commerce; and Lev Gershman, Tideline Partners. Tickets are $75 and available at

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