Coronavirus (COVID-19) Work Force 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) Work Force update - 1/19/21:

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

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: Coming Soon....