The City of Carlsbad, Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, and Carlsbad Village Association work in partnership to share periodic “Joint Communications” with information pertinent to Carlsbad businesses. Below you will find several resources that are available to help with businesses relief, recovery, and resiliency.
Biennial Business Survey
On September 21, the City of Carlsbad went live with its biennial business survey. This survey provides valuable information on the city’s economic makeup, industry clusters, business sentiment, and economic forecast. The city uses this data to strategize future programs and services that support economic growth and helps the city prioritize economic development resources.
Businesses may receive outreach in the form of a call or email from BW Research, a market and economic research firm used by the city to conduct comprehensive surveying and analysis for this process. However, businesses can also proactively provide their responses via the link below. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Reponses are confidential unless otherwise indicated.
Carlsbad Cybersecurity-Awareness Program – Cohort 2 Enrollment
The City of Carlsbad is accepting applications for the second cohort of the Cybersecurity Awareness program, which will launch at the end of October. For this cohort, larger Carlsbad businesses can also share the program with their suppliers, even if they aren’t located in the city.
Business resiliency is imperative. In the past few years, many companies pivoted more of their operations online, from remote work and telecommuting to eCommerce and online marketing. Businesses – especially small businesses – are in vulnerable positions and cannot afford another major impact on their operations. Even businesses that only house employee data can be a target.
The City of Carlsbad is proud to continue its partnership with the Cyber Center of Excellence (CCOE) to assist Carlsbad small businesses in becoming more cybersecurity-aware. At no cost to them, eligible Carlsbad businesses will receive
- A risk assessment that includes areas of vulnerability – provided by Mastercard’s RiskRecon
- Basic cybersecurity-awareness training for up to 100 employees from ESET North America
- A threat landscape analysis from the San Diego FBI Cyber Task Force
Apply here, today!
Life in Action Recruiter
The City of Carlsbad has a new tool, called Life in Action Recruiter – read about it here – to support talent attraction for our innovation economy employers. We are very excited to offer this tool at no cost to Carlsbad employers that are interested in accessing a new talent pool. So far, more than 100 individuals have submitted their information.
Until now, Carlsbad “Life in Action” has been an effective marketing tool showcasing everything the city has to offer in terms of careers, quality of life, and the balance between them. Now we are using the same proven platform to capture talent “leads” that have interest in a new career in Carlsbad. We are collecting resume information, industries of interest, and timeline they are looking to begin a new career, or even relocate to Carlsbad.
No matter where they may be in the country, talented individuals are finding Carlsbad and submitting information to take the next step in their career.
At the end of this month, Carlsbad employers will be able to access this pool of talent, sort & filter by the information they provide, and connect directly with those that might be a fit.
Sign up to receive these talent leads, by emailing us, here!
Carlsbad Small Business Loan Program
With some businesses still recovering, the City of Carlsbad understands that many are still feeling the economic impact of the pandemic, and that financial assistance may still be necessary for recovery or to maintain operations.
The Carlsbad Small Business Loan Program provides low-interest loans for small businesses recovering from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program includes:
- Micro-loans ($5,000 – $10,000) with a repayment term of up to 30 months
- Small business recovery loans ($10,000 – $50,000) with a repayment term of up to 60 months
- All loans are low-interest and have scaled rates depending on loan repayment schedule
Thank you for being a Carlsbad business!
Contact us at [email protected] if you would like to be involved with any of the programs above, or if you have ideas of other ways the city can support economic recovery.