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The San Marcos Chamber’s spirited mixers bring together a packed house of professionals from a variety of industries and company sizes to network, build relationships and have fun – all while checking out an exciting new location every month. 

Join us for the Installation of our 2023 Board of Directors, hosted by the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott.

Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, opportunity drawings, no-host bar, and an evening of cheer! REGISTER

Upcoming Chamber Events


Meetings held the second Thursday of each month at 8:00am. 

Receive reports and updates each month from federal, state, and county legislative representatives and city government. Additional reports to include utilities, and Sheriff’s Department updates. 

Free public meeting. Open to the community! REGISTER


Get Connected!

Coffee Connections is held on the third Wednesday morning of every month at 8:00 AM, and is hosted by a member business. 

It’s not just a cup of coffee, but an opportunity to meet with other business professionals and community leaders, build new partnerships, make new friends, and exchange ideas in a comfortable and intimate environment.

Coffee Connections is FREE to all members and $20 for prospective members. REGISTER


Ring in Spring and Celebrate the Season! 

Hosted by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce,

the San Marcos Spring Fling offers guests the chance to celebrate the spring season with a street festival of 200+ local crafters, retailers, and nationwide vendors. This premier family festival has something for everyone! REGISTER

  • ► Over 200+ Artisans & Crafters, Retailers & Nationwide Vendors
  • ► Kids Festival with inflatables & carnival rides
  • ► Delicious Culinary Creations
  • ► Beer & Wine Garden
  • ► Two Stages with Live Music & Local Bands

Farmers Market


Beautiful open-air market which features fresh, local produce, baked goods, cheese, eggs, yogurt, fresh flowers, prepackaged foods, delicious hot foods, artisans and crafters, live music! Parking Map

Community News

California State University San Marcos – College of Business Administration

The CSUSM Senior Experience Program matches teams of four to five graduating business students with for-profit and non-profit organizations to complete projects. Students gain experience by working as consultants on rigorous, real-world projects that require teamwork and the application of classroom knowledge. Businesses benefit by receiving concentrated attention from bright, energetic teams that provide a fresh, independent look at their business challenges.

Services: 4-5 students on a consulting team, 750 project hours provided, fresh ideas from graduating students

Example Projects: Business/Marketing Plan, Social Media Plan, Market & Competitive Analysis, Website Design/Refresh, Operational Efficiencies Plan, HR On-Boarding Plan, Employee Handbooks40% off for all San Marcos Chamber Members! Offer Expires 1/25/2023 Interested? Contact: Miguel de Jesus, Director of Business Development PH: 760.750.4266 Email: mdejesus@csusm.edu

More Info

WEDNESDAY, JAN 25 9:00AM-11:00AM

Make a Difference in the Community

Philanthropy is the act of a corporation or business promoting the welfare of others, generally through charitable donations of funds or time. Learn how your business can include charitable giving and make a difference in the community. Join Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 9-11 a.m. Register here!

Thursday JAN 26 9:00AM-11:00AM

Learn tips and tricks to improve your customer service skills so that you can retain customers and grow your business. Join Thursday, Jan. 26 from 9-11 a.m. Register here! Don’t miss this opportunity! REGISTER

TUESDAY, JAN 31 10:00 AM

A virtual MCLE course hosted by the California Chamber of Commerce, in coordination with the Stop Small Business Shakedowns committee and Fisher Phillips LLP, will look at businesses’ Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) liability landscape in 2023 and beyond.

This course will specifically focus on the impact PAGA has had on California businesses and the landscape for the next year. PAGA, which has provided a litigation tool for attorneys to file costly lawsuits against California employers to recover significant penalties for alleged Labor Code violations, has forced businesses to settle more than $8 billion collectively in just the last seven years — and that number likely will double over the next five. These settlements primarily benefit attorneys, leaving little financial recovery for employees.

Although the U.S. Supreme Court’s Viking River Cruises case gave some temporary reprieve for companies with valid arbitration agreements in place, the California Legislature and courts may change that, potentially increasing liability exposure for all California employers.

In this one-hour virtual course, CalChamber President and CEO Jennifer Barrera, along with four partners from Fisher Phillips LLP — Benjamin Ebbink, Anet Drapalski, Tyler T. Rasmussen, and Hannah Sweiss — will cover the following:

  • The current litigation landscape and how cases currently are playing out in the courts.
  • How Viking River Cruises has affected PAGA cases with arbitration agreements in place.
  • What is on the horizon for PAGA and how that will affect businesses (court rulings, legislation, and a relevant 2024 ballot measure).

CalChamber members, California employers, and attorneys representing businesses in California are encouraged to register for this important free webinar. REGISTER

The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) received a one-time appropriation of $20 million to fund strategic initiatives to increase the employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The DOR has allocated $10 million for its Demand Side Employment Initiative (DSEI), an employer incentive program for businesses to expand or begin hiring people with disabilities. DSEI staff will provide helpful resources, technical support, and assistance with implementing equitable recruitment, training, and retention practices. The DSEI funding will be distributed to small and medium-sized businesses through grants beginning in 2022 through June 30, 2024.


EmployABILITY Business Grant

  • DOR has earmarked over $5 million to incentivize California small to medium-sized businesses to set goals and commitments towards hiring and training individuals with disabilities.
  • Small and medium-sized businesses can apply for a grant ranging from $20,000 to $200,000, with the possibility of additional funding in the future.
  • This grant will allow businesses to introduce and expand disability inclusive hiring practices.
  • Funding is available for, but not limited to equipment, new hire cost reimbursement, training, consulting services, and physical location improvements.
  • Free technical assistance is available to businesses for implementation and support of employing individuals with disabilities.
  • DOR is looking for a diverse group of businesses. Have not worked with DOR before? No problem! We encourage all small and medium-sized businesses to apply. Campaign to Highlight Participating Businesses
  • DOR has earmarked $2 million for a targeted media and marketing campaign to support the recruitment and employment of individuals with disabilities.
  • This strategic multi-media marketing campaign will spotlight the DSEI grant recipient businesses who are champions for disability inclusive hiring in California.

Who can apply for the EmployABILITY Business Grant?

Owners of small- or medium-sized businesses based in California can apply.

How can I apply?

Visit EmployABILITYCA.com to download and review the EmployABILITY Business Grant application and learn more. Apply before the deadline of Dec. 31, 2023.

If you have questions, contact DSEI@dor.ca.gov or visit EmployABILITYCA.com MORE INFO

San Marcos Chamber of Commerce | 251 North City Drive #128, San Marcos, CA 92078


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  1. Delia M Wolfe says:

    As a tax payer and resident of San Marcos for 23years I am concerned us as residents are not fairly represented in decisions regarding SANDAG please relay my concerns to the San Marcos City Coucil. Thank you, Mrs. Wolfe

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