Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update- 3-22-21:

CA Relief Grant Program: What it is? and How To Apply

Presented by California's Manufacturing Technology Consulting®

Thursday, March 25 at 11 a.m- 12 p.m
The California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program (the "Program") provides micro grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to eligible small manufacturers impacted by COVID-19. The Program is being administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).
Register Here

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update- 3-9-21:

Start Your Business in a Day- Module 1

Free On Demand Workshop| Presented by North County Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Module ONE will provide an overview of the steps to starting a business and what it takes to succeed, including structure and entity creation. 
After completing module ONE, you will be provided with a follow up phone appointment with a highly skilled advisor who will guide you in the right direction for the next steps to success!
Sign Up Here

Coronavirus (COVID-19) workforce update- 3-1-21:

Workshop for County of San Diego Emergency Rental Assistance Program

San Diego County residents financially impacted by COVID-19 who need help paying their rent and utilities may qualify for assistance.

Applications for the County of San Diego’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) 2021 can be submitted starting March 2, 2021.The County’s ERAP 2021 serves all areas of the San Diego region except for the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista.

Please join the Office of Supervisor Lawson-Remer on Tuesday March 2nd for a Community Workshop on Emergency Rental Assistance. We will review the process on how to apply, what is the criteria for this program and answer questions you may have. We will be joined by staff from Housing and Community Development Services from the County.

When: Tuesday, March 2 via Zoom
Time: 6 p.m.
Register Here (Must register to receive Zoom Link)

Taller sobre Asistencia de Renta de Emergencia del Condado de San Diego.
Los residentes del Condado de San Diego afectados financieramente por COVID-19 que necesitan ayuda para pagar la renta pueden calificar para recibir ayuda.

Las solicitudes para el Programa de Asistencia de Renta del Condado de San Diego (ERAP) 2021 se pueden enviar a partir del 2 de Marzo de 2021. El programa ERAP 2021 del condado atiende todas las áreas de la región de San Diego, excepto las ciudades de San Diego y Chula Vista.

La Oficina de la Supervisora Lawson-Remer pondrá un taller comunitario sobre asistencia de emergencia para el alquiler el Martes 2 de Marzo. Revisaremos el proceso de solicitud, cuáles son los criterios para este programa y responderemos las preguntas que pueda tener. Nos acompañará el personal de Servicios de Vivienda y Desarrollo Comunitario del Condado de San Diego.

Cuando: 2 de Marzo a las 6pm via zoom
Hora: 6 p.m.
Registracion: haga clic aquí **Necesita registrarse para recibir el enlace de Zoom

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update- 2-19-21:

Quality 502: Planning Operations Excellence on Your Shop Floor

Presented by California's Manufacturing Technology Consulting®
Tuesday, February 23 at 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Discover how Operations Excellence on your shop floor can set you apart from your competitors. 
Register Here

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update- 2-18-21:

COVID-19 Virtual Townhall

Presented by Terra Lawson-Remer, San Diego District Supervisor, District 3
Thursday, February 25 at 5 p.m. Via Zoom
Learn about the vaccine rollout, the expansion of vaccine PODs/superstations, and the next steps for San Diego County.
Click to Join this Townhall 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update- 2-16-21:

Pivoting to New Products

Presented by California's Manufacturing Technology Consulting®
Thursday, February 18 at 10 to 11 a.m.
Learn how to develop an adjacent product from a company's existing product line to appeal to the changing demands of COVID-impacted market.
Register Here

Connecting With Capital
Friday, February 19 at 9 to 10 a.m.

Learn from the Small Business Development Center® and a panel of lenders about what disaster capital is available, and what other debt capital markets have in store for 2021. Congressman Scott Peters joins the conversation. 
Register Here

The Paycheck Protection Program

The Small Business Development Center® can provide assistance if you're a first time borrower, applying for a second loan or if you're a nonprofit organization.
For details and on-demand webinars, click Here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update- 2-10-21:

Shifting Gears Podcast| California's Manufacturing Technology Consulting® 
Shifting Gears highlight manufacturers, consultants, and industry experts from the modern world of manufacturing. Each quarter, experts give their insights to help manufacturers thrive in today’s economy. Below are episodes on various topics that pertain to operating a manufacturing firm, and the industry as a whole.

Episode 1: A Whole New World: How Manufacturers are Navigating the Challenges of the Pandemic
Episode 2: Developing a Comprehensive Workplace Safety Plan in 2021
Episode 3: Virtual Selling is Virtually Here to Stay
Episode 4: Seeing Red? How to Maintain Cash Flow During Uncertain Times
Episode 5: Upskilling Your Manufacturing Workforce with Apprenticeships
Episode 6: Supply Chain Opportunities: Reshoring, Restructuring, and Nearshoring

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update- 2-8-21:

Strategies for Infectious Disease Prevention

Presented by California's Manufacturing Technology Consulting®
Tuesday, February 16 at 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Discover how employers can protect their manufacturing workforce during a health crisis.
Register Here

Coronavirus (COVID-19) workforce update- 2-8-21:

Friendly Reminder: Unidos In Finance- Career Training Program

March 1- April 15| 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Limited Spots Available| Apply Here
Deadline: Friday, February 12, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update- 2-1-21:

Estimulo Federal- PPP y PPP2
San Diego County Hispanic Chambers of Commerce| Free Live Online Meeting

Este taller va a explicar quien esta eligible, como aplicar, y otros. Va a haber preguntas y respuestas.
Date: 2-4-21 4 p.m.
Register Here|
Deadline 2-4-21 4 p.m.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update- 1-26-21:

Federal Stimulus Update
SBDC Free Live Webinar and Q/A

The SBA is reopening the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for first time borrowers and will also be allowing for a second loan (PPP2). This webinar will review how the PPP works, what a business or nonprofit needs to do to apply, and how the PPP2 works.
Date: 1-28-2021 2:30 p.m.
Register Here| Deadline 1-28-21 1 p.m.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) workforce update- 1-20-21:

Live Well Youth Sector is RECRUITING!
The Live Well San Diego Youth Sector is excited to recruit youth and young adults throughout San Diego County, with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences to the Youth Leadership Team! The recruitment packet attached provides detailed information on the position. Youth and young adults who are 16-24 and will live in San Diego County for the program period (March 2021-February 2022) are encouraged to apply. Please forward to youth and young adults that may be interested in this program! 
Apply HERE| DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, January 29, 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) workforce update- 1-19-21:

Unidos In Finance- Career Training Program
March 1- April 15| 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Limited Spots Available| Apply Here
Deadline: Friday, February 12, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update- 1-11-21:

Innovate78 blog with all of the latest COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update- 1/4/21:

***Breaking News*** Deadline extended to January 13th to apply for the CA COVID-19 small business and nonprofit relief grant!

The San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center is available to support businesses to complete their application for the California Relief Grant. There are recorded webinars and live webinars available in English, Spanish, and other languages.

Visit to learn more and to sign up for a live or recorded webinar!

Upcoming webinars:

Recorded webinars (on-demand):

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 1/2/21:

Federal stimulus information from the SBDC:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 12/31/20:

The Escondido Chamber of Commerce is organizing a COVID-19 Relief webinar for Wednesday, January 6. There will be two presenters that have been working with businesses during the first CARES Act round. We will be adding more details to the website for the event.

Register online at

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 12/28/20:

SBDC workshops: California Relief Grant - How to apply

The State of California announced a $500 million grant program to help small businesses. The program is being administered by Lendistry, a nonprofit financial institution. To help, we have this on-demand webinar you can watch on your own time. On-demand

There are also live webinars each day at 11 am, with offerings in languages other than English. Daily at 11 am

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 12/26/20:

Small Business Grant Website is Live

The State of California has opened the website for the CA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. The first round of applications will be accepted from Dec. 30th 2020 - Jan. 13th 2021. - check it out now to prepare to apply when the application is live on Dec 30th.  The FAQ page is being updated regularly, so please check there with questions.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 12/15/20:

Reminder: Join Vikita Poindexter, National Association of Women Business Owners California (NAWBO-CA) president and CA Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara for a virtual town hall on insurance issues for Women Business Owners during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. With many businesses experiencing tremendous economic loss, it is imperative for you to have up to date information on services and resources.  Wednesday, December 16th 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Register in advance for this Zoom webinar:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 12/14/20:

Check out the upcoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC) webinars with topics from social media to adapting your workspace.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 12/7/20:

Join Vikita Poindexter, National Association of Women Business Owners California (NAWBO-CA) president and CA Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara for a virtual town hall on insurance issues for Women Business Owners during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. With many businesses experiencing tremendous economic loss, it is imperative for you to have up to date information on services and resources. Wednesday, December 16th 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Register in advance for this Zoom webinar:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 12/4/20:

The rising cases and growing pressure on the healthcare system have prompted a new statewide shut down for the final weeks of 2020.

What does this mean:

  • Residents of areas in which hospital Intensive Care Unit availability has fallen below 15% will be required to stay at home, and most businesses will have to close or operate at severely limited capacity for at a minimum of three weeks.
  • The regional stay-at-home rules take effect today in 23 counties, mostly in the Central Valley and Southern California.
  • Hotels can remain open, although the order bans non-essential travel statewide.
  • Restaurants will be limited to takeout and delivery only.
  • Campgrounds, wineries, breweries, museums, zoos, family entertainment centers, and aquariums must close.
  • Retail operations will be limited to 20% of capacity.
  • Schools currently open are allowed to remain open.

Governor Newsome's new mandate can be found here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 12/1/20:

Small business owners, file for the state Small Business Hiring Tax Credit - you have from December 1 to January 15, so file now before the credits are gone! More info here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 11/30/20:

New state relief programs announced, more info here.

California Rebuilding Fund​ - $37.5M (will be leveraged to raise an additional $125M) to help small businesses rebuild via low-interest loans​ and Tax Deferrals:

  • Automatic 3-month extension for business taxpayers with up to $1M in sales tax ​
  • Expand interest-free payment agreements to larger companies with up to $5M in sales tax ​
  • Expand eligibility to industries heavily impacted by operations restrictions including bars & restaurants, hair salons, hospitality industry, etc. ​
  • Emergency relief package ​
  • $500M in COVID-19 relief funds ​
  • Grants up to $25k for small business, non-profits, and cultural institutions ​
  • Program will act as a bridge until legislature can take further action in January ​

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 11/28/20:

Celebrate Small Business Saturday this week on 11/28 with our downtown holiday passport. So many fun places to visit and enjoy, more info here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 11/25/20:

The County Board of Supervisors held a special meeting today and allocated additional funds for small business grants. 
In particular, restaurants, fitness centers, movie theaters, museums, zoos/aquariums, and businesses in the event industry with fewer than 100 employees are encouraged to apply for the County of San Diego Small Business Stimulus Grant, which will not need to be repaid. The County plans to focus on helping businesses that don't have the resources to facilitate expanding outdoors.

Business owners who have previously applied for funding through the County Grant Program will not need to reapply.

You may determine eligibility here and apply here.  If you have any questions on how to apply, you may contact Corinne Busta directly at 619-531-5533 or

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 11/24/20:

The following COVID-19 Industry Guidance documents for Restaurants, Wineries and Tasting Rooms, and Bars, Breweries and Distilleries were updated on November 24, 2020. The updates include, but are not limited to, allowing live performers at a minimum of 12 feet of distance from spectators, a clarification on the use of face coverings, measuring six feet of physical distance from the back of dining chairs, additional examples of proper cleaning and disinfection during COVID-19, and a reminder that physical distancing alone is not sufficient to prevent COVID-19.

Please continue to take all the following necessary precautions to slow the spread of COVID‐19:

  • Wear face coverings.
  • Physically distance six feet when possible.
  • Frequently wash your hands.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Follow industry specific guidelines for COVID‐19.
  • Review your onsite Safe Re‐opening Plan or Food Facility Protocols, and if necessary, update it to be consistent with the new requirements.

We appreciate your continued commitment to protecting public health. If you have questions regarding this information or your operation, please contact the County at (858) 505‐6900 or email at

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 11/20/20:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 11/19/20:

  • The California State Treasurer and the San Diego and Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center are hosting a seminar on November 23 to provide information on available resources for small businesses.  Additional information can be found here.  Small business owners are invited to RSVP.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 11/17/20:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 11/13/20:

  • The County is hosting a workshop on November 18 for breweries, wineries and distilleries to discuss hazardous material disposal - business owners in these industries are invited to pre-register here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business update - 11/12/20:

With the county moving into the Purple Tier’s updated COVID-19 restrictions effective on Saturday, November 14, 2020, the City continues to support our local businesses with resources and tools during this difficult time. Please share this with any of our businesses CityWide!

City Resources
Safety Tips to Winterize Outdoor Dining and Retail Spaces
Safety first during the winter season! Find safety tips for winterizing your outdoor dining and retail spaces and Fire Department contact info here. We are happy to review your outdoor winter plans for free.

Want to operate your business outdoors? The City is here to help!
The City recognizes the impact of COVID-19 restrictions limiting indoor operations, and we are here to help. The City’s Business Recovery Strategy encourages outdoor dining and retail operations, more information can be found here.

Moving your business outdoors and need temporary fencing? The City can help with that too!
Submit your fencing request with your business information, your contact information, and the number of feet of fencing you need to Fencing will be made available for businesses to pick up at the City’s Public Works yard, while supplies last. Quantities limited! More info here.

Purple Tier - What does this mean for businesses and the community?

  • Restaurants (including bars, breweries, and distilleries where a meal is provided), wineries, places of worship, museums, gyms, and zoos can operate outdoors only.
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries where no meal is provided are closed.
  • Retail establishments and shopping centers can operate at 25% indoors.
  • Personal care services, salons, and barbershops may operate indoors with modifications.
  • K-12 schools must use distance learning if they’re not already open for in-person instruction.
  • Parks, playgrounds, and outdoor recreational facilities remain open.
  • A maximum of 3 households may gather.
  • Indoor recreational programs must operate outside or be canceled.
  • The East Valley Community Center will close to the public.
  • The Escondido Public library will operate at 25% capacity.
  • City staff stand ready to assist local businesses with moving their operations outdoors if they haven’t already done so. If you hear of a local business that needs temporary fencing for outdoor operations or has other needs, please direct questions to Amber Tarrac at or 760-839-4587.

The California Department of Public Health created this chart to help explain the differences in the tiers. We all have choices to make when considering engaging in low or high risk activities. Continue to enjoy the low risk activities like working out in one of our parks or supporting a local restaurant. Do your part to minimize the risk as much as possible, and we will get through this – Stronger, Together!

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Escondido Insight Newsletter Archive

  • February '19: Henry Avocado, Jacked Up Brewery, and more
  • March '19: San Diego Code School, Council City Awards, and more
  • April '19: Sustainable companies, Vesper Vineyards, and more
  • May '19: Trademark Venues, Grand Avenue Festival, and more
  • June '19: Java & Jazz, AgHub, and more
  • July '19: Tacos in Escondido, Elintrix, Community Advisory Groups, and more
  • August '19: Modern Maker Market, SmartCover Systems, and more
  • September '19: Forgotten Barrel, The Broken Token, and more
  • October '19: Women-Owned Businesses, Manufacturing, and more
  • November '19: Left Coast Engineering, A Taste of Life Skills, and more
  • December '19: Holiday Cheer, Small Businesses, and more
  • January '20: Grand Comedy Club, SlimGym, and more
  • February '20: 2nd Saturdays, Street Life, and more
  • March '20: COVID-19 resources for businesses and the workforce
  • April '20: Little Miss Brewing, Highland Valley Vineyards, and more
  • May '20: Glennie's Office Products pivots to make hand sanitizer, The Local Hub, and more
  • June '20: How Local Companies are Handling Reopening
  • July '20: Apply for City Business Grant Program
  • August '20: Stone and Glass, Jumpstart Your Business in a Day, and City Business Grant Program success stories
  • September '20: Old World Meat Company, Classical Academy, Dine Diego, and ICIC Small Business Program
  • October '20: Daydream, Mirrored Memories, Halloween Safety Tips, and New Open Businesses in town
  • November '20: Escondido Eats - Fill Your Plate, Fill Your Heart, Burgeon Beer Company, and Tips for Wintering Your Business
  • December '20: Escondido Business Insight: Escondido Eats 25 Days To-Go, Kismet Distillery, News, and Events
  • January '21: Escondido Business Insight: The Barking Dog Deli, What's Brewing at Manzanita Roasting, News, and Events
  • February '21: Escondido Business Insight: Escondido Creek Trail Improvement Have Been Granted! Action Sports Lifestyle Company Encouraging Customers to go 'Off the Grid', and CA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Programs
  • March '21: Escondido Business Insight: Escondido Scientist is Helping Mankind and Saving the Planet, County's Emergency Rent Assistance Program, Cal Competes Tax Credit Program Application, and Upcoming Events.
  • April '21: Coming Soon - Escondido Business Insight: CA Small Business COVID-19 Relief Programs, Digital Marketing Training for all Businesses, From Backyards to Dream Abodes, Escondido is Buying, Building & Booming, 'Autojoyment' Drives Enhanced Car Experience at the Centre, and Upcoming Events.
  • May '21: Coming Soon...