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2021 Legal Update for California Businesses – January, 2021
2020 has been a year filled with unprecedented challenges for the entire country. California in particular has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing wildfires, and more. The California Legislature has remained busy by enacting new legislation that greatly impacts employers of all sizes. This webinar conducted by Fisher Phillips attorney Patrice Nagle will analyze significant new legislation and case law updates that will affect California employers in the new year. You’ll learn how to protect your operations, plan in advance, and be ahead of the game.
Cryptocurrency in 2021 – January 21, 2021
The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Technology Advisory Committee advises Chamber Members on useful technologies that can help serve their business. On January 21, 2021 we hosted a robust discussion on the origins, nature and value of Crypto & Digital Curriencies, Bitcoin, and Why they are the Future of Money.
Your Marketing & Sales System – January 5, 2021
The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Business Resource Committee builds genuine business relationships, teaches sound business skills, increases member business visibility, and shares referrals. In January, 2021 Don Sando led a presentation on Best Practices for Marketing and Sales Systems.
Restore (workshop #7) Marketing – December 15, 2020
Marketing – why we do this last in our business approach, putting focus on fewer and more powerful marketing tactics and how networking can be the key to the long-term game in your business.
RESURGE Your Business (Like You MEAN Business) Session #6 – December 8, 2020
The workshop series is designed to help small business owners focus on the KEY business areas that will allow them to RESURGE and bring back the VIGOR and VITALITY they likely started with from the very beginning. This session is on “Retool”. Delivery and Sales – development of pipeline, processes, procedures to ensure commitment of the “agreement” to our clients, improving confidence and consistency in sales.
2020 Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Recognition – December 9, 2020
We love our volunteers at the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. Join us as we celebrate Committee Members of the Year, Rookies of the Year, Go Givers and Chamber Champions.
Carlsbad’s Non-Profit Organizations Making an Impact – December 4, 2020
“Marketing for a Cause – Giving Back” is a topic that should interest and be on the radar of every business. Many businesses do not know what cause-related marketing means and, yet, it is a more than $2 billion industry! It benefits both the giver and the receiver. This Years featured Non-Profit Organizations: Carlsbad Fire Department Foundation; Ecolife Conservation; Environmental Innovations, Inc; Milestone House; Mitchell Thorp Foundation; Museum of Making Music; San Diego Botanic Garden; USO Camp Pendleton.
2020 Election Results – December 2, 2020
At our December Government Affairs Committee, we had two guest speakers to share the results of the 2020 election from a national, state and local perspective: Jennings Imel from the United States Chamber of Commerce and John Dadian from Dadian & Associates.
RESURGE Your Business (Like You MEAN Business) Session #5 – December 1, 2020
The workshop series is designed to help small business owners focus on the KEY business areas that will allow them to RESURGE and bring back the VIGOR and VITALITY they likely started with from the very beginning. This session is on “Retool”. People – functional chart development, understanding how to work “on” the business versus “in” the businesses, and assignment of roles/responsibilities for the people/resources needed to reduce overwhelm and improve efficiency.
Adapt & Rebuild Your Small Business during COVID-19 – November 18, 2020
Learn how to adapt and rebuild your small business during COVID-19 – Presented by Victor Behnke from Wells Fargo. Victor Behnke is a Retail and Small Business Consumer Credit Consultant for Wells Fargo Bank. His territory consists of sixty retail locations in Riverside & San Diego County, supporting seven districts and over 950 team members.
RESURGE Your Business (Like You MEAN Business) Session #4 – November 17, 2020
The workshop series is designed to help small business owners focus on the KEY business areas that will allow them to RESURGE and bring back the VIGOR and VITALITY they likely started with from the very beginning. This session is on “Retool”. Brand – (re)development of the ideal client, powerful messaging and Why statements, how this differs from marketing and typical resources for asset development to bring this to life.
RESURGE Your Business (Rethink Workshop #3) – November 10, 2020
Workshop Number 3 Rethink: In order to develop new and innovative tactics, sometimes we need to RETHINK or lay the foundation of the business. This starts with assessing gaps and identifying strengths in 8 key areas of their business. Session 3 focuses on your Financial Roadmap: understand risk mitigation, look at the financial landscape and mindset, and align with fresh strategic direction
2020 Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Eco Tour – November 10, 2020
Have you ever wondered how exposure to daylight can impact your productivity in your office and/or at home? Do you know what happens to the things you put in the recycling bins? Find the answers to these and more questions at the Chamber’s Green Business Committee the 2020 Virtual ECO Tour. Our amazing committee members, Solatube and Waste Management, will take you behind the scenes of their facilities as you learn about sustainability practices and how being green truly pays off!
Worried about PPP Loan Forgiveness? – November 5, 2020
Rachel Ivanovich from Easy Life Management, Inc. gave a presentation on PPP Loan Forgiveness and talked about these main points:
– Gain insight of current guidelines surrounding the different relief programs
– How to begin the process of submitting for loan forgiveness
– How does PPP discharge affect tax returns?
Chick-fil-A Coming to Carlsbad! – November 4, 2020
Jennifer Daw, Development Manager, speaks about the possibility of bringing Chick-fil-A to Carlsbad!
The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee hots the presentation.
RESURGE Your Business (Rethink Workshop #2) – October 27, 2020
Workshop Number 2 Rethink:
In order to develop new and innovative tactics, sometimes we need to RETHINK or lay the foundation of the business. This starts with assessing gaps and identifying strengths in 8 key areas of their business. Once this is more clear, we can move into creating their Strategic Direction with a 10-year vision, 3 year plan and 1 year goals for their business. In addition, participants will work on the second most important aspect of their business foundation, their financials. By connecting financial strategy to strategic direction, we will ensure they have the alignment needed to look closely at how their business can go beyond surviving into a thriving model of success.
Retirement Planning Panel – October 6, 2020
The Business Resource Committee was joined by Scott McClatchey, John O’Reilly and Jackie Mazur to discuss retirement planning.
RESURGE Your Business (Reset Workshop #1) – October 20, 2020
This workshop series is designed to help small business owners focus on the KEY business areas that will allow them to RESURGE and bring back the VIGOR and VITALITY they likely started with from the very beginning. Each workshop in the series will help them move forward in creating (or recreating) a thriving, more profitable business, with a predictable and sustainable income stream so they can get back to enjoying time with the people they love, doing the things they love, and grow BEYOND their business.
Current Fire Situation in California – October 9, 2020
Nick Ordille joined our Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance Committee to talk to us about the current fire situation in California, emergency preparedness, wildfire prevention and even discussed what a day in the life of a firefighter looks like.
Electric Cars and Clean Energy – October 13, 2020
On October 13th the Green Business Committee was joined by Simon Freedman to discuss improving the environment through use of electric cars.
49th Congressional District Candidate Forum – October 7, 2020
October 7 the Carlsbad, Vista and Oceanside Chambers of Commerce hosted a Candidate Forum for the 49th Congressional District. Mike Levin and Brian Maryott joined us for a lively discussion that was moderated by the League of Women Voters. Learn all about these candidates for Congress.
Election Process and Votes – October 7, 2020
Our Government Affairs Committee met for a special presentation by San Diego County Registrar of Voters, Michael Vu.
Do you have questions about the election process and how the votes will be counted. This is your opportunity to get all the information you need to vote safely!
The Government Affairs Committee (GAC) monitors and acts on local, state and federal legislation. It also develops relationships with public officials to ensure business input and representation at all levels of government.
Story Telling is Your Superpower – October 2, 2020
At our October First Friday Breakfast Dawn Herscher came and spoke with us. Dawn Herscher is an award-winning speechwriter, speaker, and storyteller. She lives in Carlsbad, CA with her husband and three little boys. Her career as a professional storyteller commenced as a Corporate Sales Manager in the hospitality industry, and then evolved over the next ten years as an executive in the nonprofit industry, and then onto speechwriting in the private sector.
Tri-City Hospital District Candidate Forum – September 30, 2020
The Carlsbad, Oceanside and Vista Chambers of Commerce held an informative forum with the Candidates for the Tri-City Healthcare District Board of Directors. There are four divisions holding elections in 2020. Meet the candidates and get to know their views.
Carlsbad’s Emergency Response and Adaptation – September 15, 2020
The Technology Advisory Committee had David Harrison who is the Assistant Director of Emergency Services, come to speak about technologies used in the City of Carlsbad’s emergency operations center to coordinate response support operations during large-scale incidents.
Wildfire Prevention, Crime Prevention and COVID-19 – September 11, 2020
The Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance (RCBA) was joined by the City of Carlsbad assistant director of emergency services, David Harrison, Carlsbad PD, Sgt. Bryan Hargett, and Carlsbad PD, Sgt. Alonso DeVelasco to discuss wildfire prevention, crime prevention, and COVID-19.
Coming Back Strong in 2020 – September 11, 2020
At our September First Friday Breakfast Brian Koehn came and spoke with us. Brian has extensive experience in helping companies and individuals “crack the authenticity code” and unlock their revenue potential. He specializes in helping companies and individuals rapidly become more influential and profitable in their chosen arenas. Brian currently works as a “secret weapon style” content marketing / PR strategist, sales & communications trainer, negotiation coach, and media producer for personal brands and companies.
Embracing the Challenge – September 10, 2020
On Thursday, September 10 Jason Freeman joined us to discuss learning how to overcome obstacles. He discussed out-of-the-box ways to innovate and expand your business during challenging times, turning challenges into opportunities and learning how to apply simple tools to help navigate through tough times.
Wellness Panel – September 1, 2020
A panel of experts joined our Business Resource Committee to discuss health and wellness.
Propositions for November Ballot – September 2, 2020
November Ballot Initiatives – September 2, 2020 – The Government Affairs Committee (GAC) monitors and acts on local, state and federal legislation. It also develops relationships with public officials to ensure business input and representation at all levels of government. On September 2, Kristen Huyck, Director of Public Relations with MiraCosta College, will be our guest speaker. Kristen will explain all the Ballot Measures on the November general election.
Chamber 101 New Member Orientation – August 28, 2020
On August 28th we welcomed our new members to the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and had them join us for a virtual New Member Orientation discussing how their membership with us can benefit them.
How to Triple Your Leads and Double Your Sales – September 1, 2020
How to triple your leads and double your sales and increase your overall profits. On September 1st Juan Velasco from Scale My Profits, discussed how you can grow your profits without spending even one extra dollar in advertising or marketing.
Digital is the New Word of Mouth – August 27, 2020
Aaron Gobidas from GoBeRewarded Marketing Agency spoke at this virtual workshop about how to build credibility and create listings that will help your business be recognized easier.
Digital Divide and Equitable Distance Learning – August 18, 2020
The Technology Advisory Committee invited Wade Aschbrenner from Altus Schools-Audeo 2 Charter School to discuss the digital divide and equitable distance learning.
Proposition 15, the Split Tax Roll – August 5, 2020
Our Government Affairs Committee hosted two presentations on August 5, 2020. The first was on the progress of decommissioning SONGS. The second was on Proposition 15, the new proposed amendments to Prop 13 for commercial properties. We had guest speakers from the “Yes on 15” side and Haney Hong from the San Diego Taxpayers Association who spoke against Prop 15.
How to Go from Empowered to SUPERpowered, Using your Gifts? – August 7, 2020
At our August First Friday Breakfast, a discussion about what happens when you take one of your talents, skills or gifts and add the concept of SUPER to it. In this entertaining yet inspired talk, Robyn thoughtfully shares her insights on the difference between feeling empowered and being SuperPowered as a way to transform your life.
Effective Networking Techniques – August 5, 2020
Lively small group discussion on best tips and tricks for effective networking.
6 Indicators for Business & Life – July 30, 2020
Kelly Cardenas has been a National educator for John Paul Mitchell Systems for 20* years. 10 years working alongside, opening and direction salons for the Global Artistic Director of Paul Mitchell, and has given a unique perspective of the elite service in professional beauty industry.
How to Get Better with Your Digital Engagement – July 30, 2020
The North County Nonprofit Forum was pleased to host Maureen Wallbeoff, the Owner of Practical Wisdom for Nonprofit Accidental Techies to discuss How to get better with your digital engagement. Great practical tips and ideas for nonprofit organizations in today’s challenging environment.
Rising Stars of the Year Scholarship Winners – July 9, 2020
In 2019 the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce launched its first Rising Star of the Month program. Nearly 40 high school seniors from six different high schools were recognized for demonstrating character, integrity, love of learning, involvement in school and community activities and/or the ability to overcome challenging life circumstances without compromising their education. Six Rising Star of the Year $1,000 scholarships were awarded. The winners of the 2019-20 Rising Star of the Year scholarships are Luis Jofre, Carlsbad High School; Edward Gardner, Carlsbad High School; Aaliyah Rivas, La Costa Canyon High School; Samantha Low, Sage Creek High School; Sofia Hart, Pacific Ridge School; and Mary Fangman, Pacific Ridge School.
CCPA is Here – Is Your Organization Ready? – July 23, 2020
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into effect January 1, 2020. The law and its regulations will be enforced starting July 1, 2020. Is your company prepared and in compliance? This webinar will provide an overview of the key components of the CCPA and will address processes companies need to follow to comply.
How to Create a Successful Internship Program – July 21, 2020
Technology Advisory Committee invited Ram Seshan of Chatstasy to share his best practices to creating a successful internship program. Ram used over 30 interns in the summer of 2019 to launch his new app.
Business Response, Recovery, & Resource Program – July 2, 2020
Cal State San Marcos is offering professional consulting services to local businesses trying to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Watch this informative session to see the experience and areas of focus for their consultants.
Carlsbad Housing Element – July 1, 2020
Jeff Murphy from the City of Carlsbad presented at our July Government Affairs Committee about updating our housing element. We had additional presentations from Visit Carlsbad on bringing tourism back and from MiraCosta College on the plan for the fall.
Capturing Attention in 2 Seconds or Less – June 23, 2020
Does your Instagram Grid Reflect Your Business? Kacy Bluhm and Lisa Callaghan, Co-Founders from The Sweet Kindred, lead a discussion about how to maximize Instagram, the fastest growing social media platform. Come learn some great tips and tricks for your business.
Wellness Webinar – June 23, 2020
Sandi Star, from Sandi Star Wellness provides great information addressing inflammation, your immune system and gut health as well as a holistic approach to health.
The Black Experience in Business – Virtual Panel Discussion
This virtual panel discussion explores the obstacles and biases that African – Americans experience during their journey towards entrepreneurship. Moderated by Sr. Director of Engineering at Walmart Labs, Claude Jones, this event highlights the struggles that black entrepreneurs face, while seeking to find ways to change this reality. Panelists include Kevin Clemons, Owner & CEO of Au Technology Solutions, Stephanie Barneburg, CEO of Sparkle Freshness and Alex Renée, CEO of ALL Maven.
California Green Business Network – June 9, 2020
our Green Business Committee hosted Mike Grim, Senior Program Manager for the City of Carlsbad, who discussed the California Green Business Network.
Tech Trends and Survival Tips During Covid-19 – Tuesday, May 19 2020
Reese Harris for Reese Harris of Ree-Source, Inc. shared Tech Trends and Survival Tips During Covid-19.
8 Actions You Can Take Now for the Post COVID-19 Economy – Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Technology Advisory Committee hosted Chuck Beretz, from Cloudforia to discuss 8 Actions you can Take Now for the Post COVID-19 Economy.
101 Marketing Tips In Under 50 Minutes – Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Want to boost your business exposure, leads, and online or in-store traffic. Join in on this fast paced presentation by Brian Epperson, CEO of Target River and creator of The Great American Buy Local, to learn great tips to implement for your business or non profit.
Activate Your Personal Breakthroughs Tips for Creative Transformation – Friday, June 5, 2020
Our guest speaker, Dr. Lisa Longworth is an award-winning author who works with individuals and business leaders internationally. Her unique Cocoon to Butterfly® program, has helped thousands through creative metamorphosis since 1986.
Carlsbad Station Development & I5 Construction Update – June 3, 2020
Our Government Affairs Committee hosted two presentations on June 3, 2020. The first was from Caltrans on the construction of a car pool lane on the I-5 Freeway in south Carlsbad. The second was on a new mixed-use development in Carlsbad Village called Carlsbad Station.
The Buyer Seller Dance – Tuesday June 2, 2020
Rob Swette, Sandler Sales
Interview with Qualcomm Founder, Irvin Jacobs – Wednesday May 20, 2020
Qualcomm was created on July 1, 1985 by seven former Linkabit employees led by Irwin Jacobs. The company was named Qualcomm for “QUALity COMMunications.” It started as a contract research and development center largely for government and defense projects. See this engaging interview between Adam Jacobs, Owner of Fortis Fitness and Strength Training & YOGALUX here in Carlsbad, and his grandfather, the Co-Founder of Qualcomm, Dr. Irwin Jacobs.
Interview with John Van Cleef, CEO of Community Resource Center – Thursday May 21, 2020
Our guest speaker during DAY 3 of our Virtual CBAD Awards Week was Community Resource Center (CRC) CEO John Van Cleef . Last year, Community Resource Center won the #CBADAward in the Community Impact – Nonprofit category. We were excited to hear from this outstanding community leader about how nonprofits are currently adapting and the challenges social services are facing.
Interview with Devin Vodicka, CIO of Altitude Learning – Tuesday May 19, 2020
Great discussion about the needs/ability of schools to adopt and pivot. Note: due to technical difficulties, the interview is not available in full.
Getting Visitors to your Website – Tuesday May 5, 2020
Great resources to bring visitors to your website. Covered topics such as Social Media, Facebook & Google Ads.
Creating Success Virtually with Jesse Ibañez, Chris Chase, and John Biethan
See how Jesse Ibañez, the Co-Founder of the GreenHouse Group stays creative in these ever-changing times, during the Coronavirus. This is such an inspiring story of customer service and customer experience all tied in together, the way it’s supposed to be.
Post COVID Business Reopening Plan – Friday, May 8, 2020
Our Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance Committee hosted three guest speakers: David Harrison, David Graham and Fiona Raymond-Cox. Fiona is a business consultant and has put together a thorough plan for companies to use as they prepare to reopen for business after COVID-19. What do you need to do to preapare for employees and staff coming back to work at your facility? What do you need to give your customers and clients confidence when they return? Watch this insightful discussion.
Government Affairs Committee – May 6, 2020 – Carlsbad’s $5M Economic Recovery & Revitalization Initiative:
The Government Affairs Committee (GAC) monitors and acts on local, state and federal legislation. It also develops relationships with public officials to ensure business input and representation at all levels of government. David Graham, City of Carlsbad’s Chief Innovation Officer, will be speaking on Carlsbad’s new $5M Economic Recovery and Revitalization Initiative.
First Friday Breakfast – May 1, 2020 – IT’S TIME TO PIVOT:
Today’s top leaders are self-aware of their strengths, communication style and decision-making style. These top leaders also know how to adapt their styles to those around them in order to effectively influence others and achieve desired results. The Predictive Index Behavioral assessment measures behavioral drives and motivating needs in the workplace, allowing individuals to gain the insights needed to become a top leader.
CYP Steering Committee – Tuesday April 28, 2020
The Carlsbad Young Professionals Steering Committee hosted City Councilmember Priya Bhat-Patel to discuss the Ad Hoc Committee formed by the Carlsbad City Council regarding Carlsbad’s $5M Economic Recovery and Revitalization Initiative
$10,000 in Free Google Ads for Nonprofits – April 29, 2020
Our North County Nonprofit Forum hosted Reese Harris of Ree-Source, Inc. Your Marketing Resource. Reese presented on Google Ad Grant program for nonprofit organizations. He share his experience on how you can get up to $10,000/month of free Ad Word advertising. You can download Reese’s presentation here.
#CovidCoping | Employment Law & Tax Code | April 20
This will be a two-part workshop: Ryan Nell from Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz will speak on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the second half will be tax code updates and tips from Rachel Ivanovich of Easy Life Management, Inc.
Speaking Online for Free: A Surprisingly Profitable Way to Attract New Clients – April 15
Our presenter Mary Cravets built her multi-six-figure business primarily through no-fee speaking, and in this engaging talk she’ll show participants how to: Design a plan of exactly what to do before, during and after a speaking gig (live or online!) to make your audience hungry to work with you (even before you walk through the door)
April 2020 – From Chaos & Confusion to Complete Collaboration
A great two part presentation on the best collaboration tools and practices. Guest presenters: Kevin Clemons, Au Technology Solutions; Alexandra Rene, ALL MAVEN.
Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance (RCBA) Meeting| Friday, April 10
“Behind the Scenes of the City of Carlsbad’s Emergency Operations Center”
Speakers: David Harrison, Assistant Director Emergency Services for the City of Carlsbad, David Graham, Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Carlsbad, Dr. Thomas Coleman, Medical Director, Maternal, Child, and Family Health Services, County of San Diego, Bob Mielish, Protective Security Advisor for Region IX
Government Affairs Committee Meeting | Wednesday, April 1
“Elected Official Update on COVID-19”
Speakers: County Supervisor Jim Desmond, State Senator Patricia Bates, State Assembly Member Tasha Boehner Horvath, Congressman Mike Levin, Mayor Matt Hall, US Chamber’s Lead COVID-19 Lobbyist, Allison Dembeck
#COVIDCoping: New Tax Code Overload – March 31
The March Tax Code Overload, covering the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the People First Initiative and the CARES Act (Payroll Protection Act).
SBA Loan Application Webinar – March 31
Join us with Ken Luis, Lender Relations Specialist, US Small Business Administration, as he walks you through the complete loan application process.
Best Practices for Businesses – March 30
Families First Coronarvirus Response Act | Best practices for how to navigate the emergency paid sick leave, emergency FMLA, as well as all the current California leaves that are still in place. Presented by: Miranda Watkins & Patrice Nagle – Fisher & Phillips LLP
COVID-19 & Business Webinar – March 25
Join us as we hear from three experts in their fields on the top three issues facing businesses today.
Presented by: Ken Luis – U.S. Small Business Administration, Laura Henderson – North County HR, Jeromy White – KingBenefits Insurance Solutions, Inc.