North County Business Briefs, Nov. 14 – The San Diego Union-Tribune

CARLSBAD

Grants available for organizations

Grant funding is now available from the Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, for projects that enhance the quality of life in Carlsbad. Local organizations are invited to submit a letter of intent that provides opportunities to invest, celebrate and enhance the community. Project areas of impact include: health and human services, arts and culture, youth and educational programs, and environmental sustainability. Projects should be practical and achievable within a 12-month time frame, and have prospects for long-term use. The funding will range from $5,000 to $50,000. Letters must be submitted by 5 p.m. Dec. 1. Find the grant application at bit.ly/3F5mmbt.

NORTH COUNTY

Career exploration day set for Thursday

The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation hosts Advancing San Diego: Career Exploration Day & Virtual Career Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. This virtual event will include professional development, company information sessions, networking and hiring. It’s open to students enrolled in local academic and training programs. Make connections to San Diego companies and learn more about careers in growing industries. The first 100 students who register at sandiegocareers.vfairs.com/en/registration and attend will win a $25 Amazon gift card. Visit sandiegobusiness.org.

Arc of San Diego earns accreditation

The nonprofit Arc of San Diego, which serves people with disabilities, recently earned a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, valid through May 31, 2024. The review evaluated the agency’s Community Employment Services: Job Development, Employment Supports, and Organizational Employment Services. Among the areas commended by the commission are The Arc of San Diego’s use of technology, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nonprofit, which has a training center in San Marcos among other sites, reacted quickly and set up essential remote supports for clients. It also provided necessary training and education in using the remote supports. The staff was also cited for its dedication, respect and professionalism. Visit arc-sd.com.

Company recognizes two as ambassadors

Miami-based Monat Gratitude, the philanthropic arm of Monat Global, recently recognized Kereen-Hapuc Rodriguez of Fallbrook and Connie Sanchez of Escondido as 2021-22 Gratitude Ambassadors for giving back to their communities. Monat Global partners sell hair care, skin care and wellness products through social marketing. Rodriguez and her family have created gift baskets for health care workers, provided snacks to local law enforcement and collected toys to bring to hospitals during Christmas. Through her personal business, KR Desighns, Rodriguez sponsored 90 families in Mexico to provide food during the pandemic. Sanchez volunteers with several local organizations, including a local women’s rescue center and a recovery program for victims of sexual abuse or trafficking. Gratitude Ambassadors encourage other partners to give back to the community. Visit monatgratitude.com.

Federal disaster loan assistance available

Small businesses that were affected by the pipeline oil spill that began Oct. 2 may be eligible for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. A virtual business recovery center recently opened for help in determining eligibility. The SBA declared the spill a disaster, making assistance available in counties including San Diego. Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses in aquaculture and most private nonprofits may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million. Eligibility is based on the disaster’s financial impact, not on actual property damage. Apply, get disaster assistance information and download applications at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov. Applicants may also call (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Application deadline is July 27, 2022.

OCEANSIDE

Mission Fed opens new branch, gives donation

Mission Fed Credit Union recently opened its 33rd branch site, at 2267 S. El Camino Real, Suite A. To celebrate the opening, Mission Fed leadership presented YMCA Youth & Family Services with a $1,000 donation. YMCA YFS is a branch of the YMCA of San Diego County devoted to social services. In the Oceanside community, it helps homeless youths/young people with transitional housing, skill development, behavioral and mental health services, and more.

RANCHO BERNARDO

Resident named to Mission Fed board

Malliga Tholandi, an experienced educator and administrator, has been named to the volunteer board of directors of Mission Fed Credit Union. A Rancho Bernardo resident, Tholandi spent the last six years as a member of the credit union’s supervisory committee, including two years as chair. Before retiring in June 2016, she worked for more than 30 years in school business, including five years as associate superintendent of business for the Poway Unified School District, where she was also the district’s chief financial officer. Tholandi also served in four other school districts and at the San Diego County Office of Education as the head of the financial accounting department. She is a member of the School Business Executives of Southern California and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.

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