A couple of weeks ago, my message focused on new businesses establishing in Escondido. We are thrilled to have new restaurants, new innovative startups and a new microbrewery locate in the City. But while business attraction is important, retention of established businesses continues to be among our top priorities. Since last fall, I have had the pleasure of conducting almost a dozen personal visits to Escondido businesses. From large retail stores to small manufacturing firms, the visits have been both educational and rewarding for me. And based on the feedback I’ve received, they’ve been valuable to the businesses as well. Nothing compares to speaking face to face with the passionate owner of a company. As a long-time business owner myself, I know entrepreneurship is challenging. Connecting with our businesses community on a personal level tells our companies that the City is invested in their success, and assures them that they have the support they need to thrive.

If you would like to learn more about the business retention program in Escondido, go to http://www.escondido.org/business.aspx . There you’ll find resources including business licensing information, fee deferrals and incentives for businesses and how to schedule a visit with city officials. I’m looking forward to meeting with many more businesses in the coming months.