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San Marcos Chamber Of Commerce News

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TUESDAY, NOV 112:00 PM-1:00PM

Join the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce for an informative and informal conversation with Superintendent of San Marcos Unified School District Dr. Andy Johnsen.

Community Connect is a FREE, public series bringing voices to the table with the latest community dialogue to keep you informed. 

This series spotlights conversation with individuals and organizations in San Marcos. What’s on people’s minds about public safety, health, infrastructure, community, and current events? What strategies are individuals and organizations using to strive and thrive, and how can we work together toward a common purpose, place, past or perspective. Please feel free to bring a sack lunch.

Connecting residents with a wealth of resources for a better tomorrow! REGISTER

Upcoming Chamber Events

THURSDAY, NOV 10 8:00 AM-9:00 AM
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.  Open to the community!
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WEDNESDAY, NOV 16 8:00 AM-9:00 AM
San Marcos Chamber Coffee Connections Strengthen the Voice of Local Business Get Connected!

Enjoy coffee, great conversation, build relationships, share business tips and leads. San Marcos Chamber Coffee Connections gives businesses the chance to expand, strengthen and build stronger business relationships in the City of San Marcos.
Members FREE Future Members $20
Hosted By Civic Communities
WEDNESDAY, NOV 16 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
San Marcos Total Wine & More’s Preview Party and Ribbon Cutting!
Creekside Market Place
561 Grand Avenue San Marcos, CA 92078

Join the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, public officials, their new store team and Total Wine & More leadership in welcoming and celebrating the grand opening & ribbon cutting celebration for Total Wine & More’s newest store. 

We are excited to have them in our community and hope you will join us for the celebration! Stay for the VIP preview party including samples of fine wines, spirits, and beers, live music and fine food.In keeping with their commitment to the San Marcos community, they will donate a portion of their sales Wednesday, November 16th through Sunday, November 20th to support Interfaith Community Services.
Join us at the San Marcos Preview Party and receive a wine tote with two stemless wine glasses.
For more information about the new store, visit www.Totalwine.com/SanMarcos
10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Get ready to eat, drink and be merry at the annual San Marcos Holiday Market at North City! The beloved open-air market returns to North City on Sunday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shop for holiday gifts, decorations, pre-packaged food, and treats, and indulge in a variety of delicious hot food from over 100 local artisans and crafters. This event is for everyone to enjoy and even Santa Claus will be paying a special visit.
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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
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Community News

In case you missed it…As the voice of business in San Marcos, the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce was pleased to host a candidate forum for the 2022 Election for San Marcos Mayor and the San Marcos City Council.  

This forum allowed Chamber members, business organizations, and community members the opportunity to engage and hear from candidates in a moderated conversation regarding issues important to the San Marcos business community.  

Go to the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce YouTube Channel to watch the replay!
In case you missed it…The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce is hosted a Virtual Candidate Forum for San Marcos Unified School Board Candidates on Wednesday, October 12th This free event provided a forum that gives voters the opportunity to meet each of the attending candidates running for School Board, and learn about their positions on various school-related topics.

Voters in San Marcos Unified School District will vote for one trustee for each of the two areas.
Area C – Stephanie Carroll, Andres Ramos Martin
Area E – Stacy Carlson, Sharyl Cavellier
Go to the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce YouTube Channel to watch the replay!
In case you missed it…The San Marcos Chamber hosted a Candidate Forum for candidates of District 3 for the Palomar Health Board of Directors. 
Candidates Include: ·    
Laurie Edwards-Tate·    
Rod Jones 

Go to the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce YouTube Channel to watch the replay!
The City of San Marcos was recently recognized as one of the safest college towns in America by SafeWise!

After ranking #50 in 2021, San Marcos made an impressive jump to #35 in the 2022 report. As the education hub of North County, we are committed to collaborating with the eight higher education institutions within our city to enhance educational assets and opportunities for our community.  

SafeWise analyzed city data on crime and population to determine the top 50 safest college towns. To be considered for the ranking, only cities with over 15,000 residents and an accredited college that offered four-year degrees qualified. For-profit institutions, technical and vocational schools, schools that offer only two-year degrees and those with fewer than 2,000 students enrolled annually were excluded.  

The City of San Marcos is proud to boast one of the lowest crime rates in San Diego County, and we are honored to be ranked once again in SafeWise’s Safest College Towns report. Thank you to our community for making San Marcos a premier destination for education and safety. 

“Public safety is a top priority in all City operations and programs” said San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones. “We are dedicated to maintaining a safe and welcoming environment so our community can continue to thrive.” 

We appreciate California State University San Marcos for partnering with us on campus and community services to support an optimal learning environment. “It is wonderful to see the City of San Marcos acknowledged as one of the Safest College Towns in the United States.

I appreciate the partnership across the city and our region that supports a thriving and welcoming community for all,” said California State University San Marcos President Ellen Neufeldt.

 Visit SafeWise’s website to learn more about the Safest College Towns in America award. 
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Job-Readiness Program Launched In North County

This pilot program is designed to connect entry-level, excluded, and/or vulnerable workers with basic skills training and connections to key North County employers who are hiring for office administration, manufacturing, hospitality & food service jobs. It is free for candidates and businesses to participate. We only ask that employers who participate in this program guarantee a job interview for candidates.

How it WorksThe cities of Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos, and Vista have partnered with several amazing organizations to bring this program forward.

– Lightcast – a labor market analytics firm – identifies key North County industries that are hiring and the skillset needed to work in those industries.

– Bendable – an online course curator from the Drucker Institute – provides customized training pathways for those key industries and tracks progress.North County Libraries provide access to those training pathways at Library locations across North County and online.

– North County Business Organizations – The Carlsbad, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos, and Vista Chambers of Commerce and the San Diego North EDC are engaging

– North County employers in this program and help connect candidates with businesses and interviews.

Candidates commit to utilizing these services to take 15-20 hours of self-paced online skills training in office administration, manufacturing, hospitality & food service. Upon completion, they receive a micro-credential and are flagged for our business organizations to make introductions to North County employers.

Value to North County Employers
Employers have told us how difficult it is to find entry level workers, especially in this tight labor market. The Job-Readiness Room provides candidates, who for whatever reason may have had difficulty finding work, with 15-20 hours of basic skills training and connectivity to employers who are struggling to find workers. This gives North County employers in key industries access to workers they may not have previously considered, at no cost.

There is no obligation to hire a candidate through the Job-Readiness Room. But we do ask that employers who participate have entry-level jobs available and guarantee to provide interviews for a limited number of candidates. Employers can also opt-in to providing feedback and tracking the success of candidates that come to them via the Job-Readiness Room. Sign Up Here To Participate

Localized Trainings Being Offered! 
Join our California-wide event with Larry Stubblefield, associate administrator for the Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) at the SBA as he launches National Veterans Small Business Week on Oct. 31! 
Register at the links below! ·    
-10/31 @ 11 a.m. – Veteran Entrepreneur Training·    
-11/01 @ 11 a.m. – Veterans & Government Contracting 101·    
-11/02 @ 8:30 a.m. – Boots to Business Reboot·    
-11/03 @ 11 a.m. – Veteran Small Business Disaster Preparedness·    
-11/04 @ 11 a.m. – Veteran Small Business Access to Capital 
(Trainings provided by state Veteran Business Outreach Centers, or VBOCs, and the SBA).
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THURSDAY, NOV 3 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Social Media Know-How

This session with our partners including MasterCard is designed to give a full picture view of how core, best practice marketing principles not only show up in your social media marketing but can also make social much easier and more effective. We’ll cover defining your audience and where they are to maximize your social marketing channels, understanding how to use your brand tone and voice to maintain a relationship with your audience, developing a strategy that makes managing your social repeatable and effective, planning, creating, and managing content, as well as understanding how to measure your success. 

Save your spot for free and we’ll see you this Thursday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m!
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THURSDAY, NOV 3 5:00 PM-8:00 PM
Help us provide Exposure, Inspiration & Direction!

Every student deserves to dream big about their future, but how do they dream big if they don’t know what exists? In an effort to provide students exposure to the myriad of opportunities within today’s workforce, the San Marcos Promise is looking for industry professionals to participate in our Annual Future Fair. This amazing event draws 1000+ students and families each year! 

Showcase Your Career As a representative from business and industry, your participation would involve providing information and talking with students about the various careers that exist within your respective field, as well as the training, education & skills needed to get there. You will have the ability to showcase your career/industry/organization In person this year! We would love to add you to this year’s list of exhibitors! 
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4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Join Dogs on Deployment for a charity fundraiser benefiting Dogs on Deployment, to help local military families and their pets!

  • 10% of in-store and to-go beer will be donated to Dogs on Deployment by Wild Barrel Brewing
  • 10% of food sales will be donated to Dogs on Deployment by Copper Kings Burgers
  • Veteran-inspired photobooth with special guest, Nala the 2022 Military Pet of the Year & DoD Mascot
  • Live band, Steal Dawn, playing from 4 – 8pm
  • Raffle tickets for prizes

This is a family and dog-friendly event.

DoD accepts online donations at www.bit.ly/dod-donate if you want to support, but cannot attend!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! If interested in volunteering, please sign up HERE
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San Marcos Chamber of Commerce | 251 North City Drive #128, San Marcos, CA 92078


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