North County Business Briefs, March 19: Oceanside’s top shopper; pet fun at Carlsbad Outlets; San Marcos Wellness on the Lake


The Chamber is preparing for the Green Business Expo

The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber’s Green Business Committee and the City of Carlsbad are hosting Green Business Expo 2023, marking the 53rd anniversary of Earth Day in North County. The expo runs from 8 a.m. to noon April 8 in the chamber office parking lot, 5934 Priestly Drive. The event will feature local businesses and learn about green practices to use at home and in business and how it pays to be green. Free to the public. Green businesses can register to have a stand at the event. The cost is $149 for Carlsbad Chamber members and $199 for non-members. Sponsorships are also available. Contact Kathy Steffen at [email protected] for details. Register at

Carlsbad Premium Outlets hosts pet-friendly events

Carlsbad Premium Outlets is participating in the “All Paws Lead to Carlsbad” initiative with Visit Carlsbad and more than 20 other local businesses. This program encourages visitors to enjoy their vacation with their four-legged friends. At Carlsbad Premium Outlets, owners and their pets can shop while keeping pets comfortable with water bowls and pet waste containers. Take a photo of your pet at any of the mall’s photo stations until April 2nd. Tag @carlsbad_po to post on social media for a chance to win a $200 spring shopping spree. Contest rules at The center also hosts a pet fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Meet and adopt a pet from San Diego County Animal Control, Carlsbad, and get your new or other pets microchipped. The Rancho Coastal Humane Society Pet Food Bank will be collecting dry and canned dog and cat food, dog and cat treats, 6-foot leashes and zip-top bags for snacks and sandwiches. Carlsbad Premium Outlets is located at 5620 Paseo Del Norte.


Aged care service opens up shop

Senior Helpers, a provider of personalized home care for seniors, has opened a new franchise that will be managed and operated by Cort Peters. The business will serve seniors and their families in Escondido, Oceanside, Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, La Costa and San Diego and aims to create more than 75 new jobs in the region. Senior Helpers’ professionally trained caregivers will help local seniors continue to enjoy their own homes despite age-related ailments and mobility challenges. Senior Helpers offers the Senior Gems Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program and the Parkinson’s Care Program, a specialized training program for caregivers. The Senior Helpers franchise office is at 111 North Broadway. Visit or contact Peters at (442) 777-7437 or [email protected]


The Chamber is hosting a Leadership Academy workshop

The North San Diego Chamber of Commerce is hosting another in its Leadership Academy series, Manager vs. Leader, at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Learn the differences and how to lead, not just manage. The virtual workshop will discuss how to have the heart of a leader. The speaker is Lauren Sweeney, Vice President of Rise Up For You, a global education and motivational company that focuses on company culture and personal development. Free for chamber members; $25 for non-members. Zoom link sent before the event. Information and registration at


Shopper wins the top title for bargain hunting

Diana Cruz Ortiz won Mission Marketplace’s Oceanside Best Shopper contest recently, taking home $1,000. Cruz Ortiz works at the Armed Forces YMCA at Camp Pendleton. She and her husband, a retired Marine, have two sons, ages 8 and 13. Cruz Ortiz and four other finalists — Kimberly Aguilar, Stacey Anderson, Abby Glauch and Michelle Reyes — were selected from essays to enter the contest on the topic of Why I’m Oceanside’s Best Buyer. Everyone won $500 to shop Mission Marketplace in the three-hour competition and make the smartest purchases for the money. The judges reviewed the purchases and named Cruz Ortiz as Oceanside’s top buyer. Mission Marketplace is at 471 College Blvd.


Chamber plans hiring event, expo

The Poway Chamber of Commerce is seeking sponsors and vendors for its 2023 Business Expo & Hiring Event, which will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on April 4 at the Mickey Cafagna Community Center Oak Hall, 13094 Civic Center Drive. Free and open to the public. Local businesses will introduce themselves and what they offer. A recruitment event has been added to this year’s programme, so anyone looking for work is invited to attend. The expo will feature vendors from a variety of industries, including small businesses and non-profit organizations. For sponsorship contact [email protected] Attendees and vendors are encouraged to register soon. Visit the events calendar at to learn more and register, or contact [email protected] or 858-748-0016.


The Lakehouse Hotel offers a wellness suite

Lakehouse Hotel & Resort kicks off its 2023 Wellness at the Lake series at 11am on March 26. Begin on the lake lawn with a 45-minute workout and meditation class led by MÜV Meditations, followed by poolside mimosas and a 20 percent discount at The Grill, the hotel’s elevated pub-style restaurant. Tickets are $35 for full access and include a fitness class, cocktails, a discount at The Grill and a day pool pass. Excluding pool access, tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort is located at 1105 La Bonita Drive.


New city program helps local businesses

The City of Vista invites everyone to the SizeUpVista presentation on the City’s website at 9 a.m. Friday. The online service helps local businesses succeed by providing free market research insights. Local businesses now have access to industry-specific and hyperlocal information customized for each company. Using SizeUpVista, local businesses can find potential customers and suppliers; better understand the competitive environment; and optimize ads to target ideal customer segments. Register for the live demo at

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