City offering cybersecurity program
Carlsbad invites local small businesses to participate in a Cybersecurity-Awareness Program. The city is working with the San Diego Cyber Center of Excellence to offer several free benefits. Carlsbad-based small-business owners (with fewer than 100 employees) can learn more about their online exposure and get a risk assessment from RiskRecon, a MasterCard company; and get training resources to help employees become more cyber-aware. This educational program is free for businesses in Carlsbad or that are suppliers to Carlsbad businesses. Apply at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8H7G6G7.
Company achieves green certification
Calsense, a smart-irrigation company, is now officially a green business. After working with Carlsbad’s Green Business Program, the company has earned the California Green Business Network certification. The process involved Calsense’s staff by implementing several operational changes through the company’s Green Team. Among the changes Calsense established are: displaying signs at its Carlsbad centers to encourage energy and water conservation in the building; switching to sustainable shipping alternatives to bubble wrap (and using a carbon-neutral shipping company); and training staff on proper recycling and switching to green-certified janitorial products. Calsense helps customers conserve water, manage labor and ultimately save money through smart irrigation. Visit www.calsense.com.
SCORE holds business workshops
Learn from the experts with SCORE’s small-business training workshops. For $ 25, clients receive a two- to three-hour workshop, in person at SCORE San Diego, 8825 Aero Drive, Suite 102, San Diego, or on Zoom; a PDF of the presentation; and a link to the final workshop video. Visit sandiego.score.org and click on “Take a Workshop.” Registration deadline is midnight the day before all events. Coming soon:
1-4 pm Thursday: SEO – How to Get More Traffic to Your Website Using Search Engines. Live event and via Zoom. The process of ranking higher in Google search results is called “Search Engine Optimization.” SEO is time-consuming, resource-intensive and complicated. But with the right strategy, you can achieve high Google rankings for your small business. Register at https://bit.ly/3KEr6a9.
8:30 am May 20: Women’s Success Lab: You Need Customers! Felena Hanson has been an entrepreneur for almost 20 years. In this live virtual presentation, she will show how to leverage your contacts to get you in front of the right customers. If you find the “new client hurdle” daunting, come to this Success Lab to learn and practice. Register at https://bit.ly/3ye3Hd3.
SCORE can provide these and other workshops in full or short form privately for your organization by request. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regional Connect networking Wednesday
The North San Diego Business Chamber hosts its Regional Connect networking event from 4-5: 30 pm Wednesday at InnoVision Marketing Group, 5961 Kearny Villa Road, San Diego. InnoVision will provide appetizers and a full hosted bar. Free for members; $ 35 for guests. Registration closes at 3 pm Tuesday. Register at https://bit.ly/3w7UUqm.
Economic summit set for Wednesday
The ninth annual North County Economic Summit will be held from 7-10 am Wednesday at the California State University San Marcos Student Union Ballroom. Hosted by the San Diego North Economic Development Council, this event highlights national and local trends presented by Wells Fargo and BW Research. Keynote speaker is Mark Vitner, managing director and senior economist from Wells Fargo, who will give a national and state forecast. To purchase a table, contact Ally Harano at email@example.com or call (949) 335-2884. Member tickets start at $ 100 and nonmember tickets start at $ 140. Breakfast is included. Register at bit.ly/3wNXF2q.
Planet Fitness opens new location
Planet Fitness has opened a new club at 641 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road. The new 25,000-square-foot club is fully equipped with COVID safety protocols in place. It features state-of-the-art cardio machines and strength equipment, 30-Minute Express Circuit, Black Card Spa, locker rooms with day lockers and showers, and more. The club hours are 5 am-10 pm Monday through Friday and 7 am-7 pm Saturday and Sunday. The fitness provider now has locations throughout the Highway 78 corridor. A recent grand opening celebration featured San Marcos Chamber of Commerce CEO Rick Rungaitis, San Marcos High School leadership and members of the Cheer Team, and One World Fitness CEO Bill Fidler. One World Fitness donated $ 1,500 to San Marcos High School’s Athletic Department.
Chamber hosts sundowner at event venue
Come and meet local business owners at the Valley Center Chamber Sundowner from 5: 30-7 pm Tuesday at the Otter Valley Event and Nature Center, 15175 Highway 76, Pauma Valley. Enjoy an old-fashioned picnic and networking. Dinner is $ 10. Visit bit.ly/3wNXF2q.
Free summer intern service offered
The Vista Chamber of Commerce offers the Velocity Summer Student Internship program, which allows businesses to host summer interns at no cost. Student compensation for 100 hours is provided by the Vista Chamber. Open to all incoming high school seniors, class of 2023. Application deadline for businesses is 11:59 pm Friday. Find the interest form at https://bit.ly/3kfVCMN.
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