North County Business Briefs, Nov. 21 – The San Diego Union-Tribune


‘Christmas in the Village’ contest open

The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce opens its annual “Christmas in the Village” window decorating contest, open to all businesses. This year’s theme is “Miracle on Main.” Categories are Best Expression of Theme and Best Use of Lights, and there will also be a Kids’ Choice winner. Registration deadline is Friday, and deadline to decorate is Dec. 1. Register at 111 S. Main Ave. Call (760) 728-5845 or email


Jersey Mike’s offers matching campaign

Jersey Mike’s Subs has made a $300,000 donation to support a matching campaign for national nonprofit Wreaths Across America. The goal is to sponsor 40,000 veterans’ wreaths for placement on Dec. 18, National Wreaths Across America Day. The campaign runs through Nov. 30 and every $15 wreath sponsorship made at will be matched by the company up to $300,000. Since 2012, Jersey Mike’s has raised more than $2.5 million to support WAA’s mission. In 2020, 1.7 million wreaths were placed in honor of veterans nationally and abroad, including on all the markers at Arlington National Cemetery. All year round, through various programs, Jersey Mike’s franchisees support the military and their families. To find a cemetery near you to support or volunteer at, visit

Grants for diverse small businesses

Founders First CDC, a nonprofit business accelerator for diverse-led businesses, is awarding $100,000 in grants for 30 such businesses in Southern California. Apply by Nov. 30 for a grant that you can use to grow your business. Eligible applicants will be company founders who are people of color, women, veterans and LGBTQ leaders whose businesses have more than two employees. The grants are funded with help from the Rockefeller Foundation, Surdna Foundation, and Kaufmann Foundation. Each grant comes with a scholarship to one of Founders First’s management accelerator programs. Apply at Email

Stater Bros. markets help food banks

Throughout November and December, all Stater Bros. markets are participating in the annual “Harvesting Hope in Our Community” campaign. The campaign raises funds at checkout stands to help fill food bank supplies. Customers and employees can donate loose change in the coin canisters, add a $5 donation card during checkout, or scan the QR code. Donations are also being accepted at or by simply texting STATER to 41444. Funds raised will benefit regional food banks, including the San Diego County Food Bank, and advance hunger relief efforts at local food pantries, community kitchens, emergency shelters and more. A $5 donation will provide up to 45 meals.


‘Sip & Shop’ spotlights small businesses

Downtown Oceanside hosts ’Tis the Season to Shop Local from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. This annual campaign supports local businesses and artisans during the holiday season and is sponsored by MainStreet Oceanside, the Oceanside Economic Development and the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy tastings from breweries, wineries and craft beverage makers while visiting downtown shops and listening to live holiday music. Participate in the Oceanside Holiday Challenge for a chance to win local prizes. For $25 in advance or $30 on event day, you’ll receive 1- to 3-ounce tastes of local beer, wine, coffee, tea, craft cocktails or spirits. Ticket sales at end at midnight Friday, or when tickets sell out. Starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, people can buy any remaining tickets at check-in at the north side of Artists’ Alley (511 Pier View Way). Ticket sales and check-in end by 2 p.m.


Chamber offers membership special

The Poway Chamber of Commerce is holding a “mini-membership drive” from Friday through Nov. 30. The chamber is waiving its $50 membership application fee for new members, especially small businesses. Learn more and sign up at


Consulting firm hosts HR seminar

SDHR Consulting invites the community to “90 Minutes With an HR Expert,” a seminar outlining recent changes to California HR laws in 2021 and 2022. The seminar, offered in partnership with the Vista Chamber of Commerce, will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Dec. 6 at 170 Eucalyptus Ave. There will also be a discussion on the labor market shortage and tips on how to keep employees engaged. This is open to chamber members and nonmembers. Reserve at

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