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North County Business Briefs, Jan. 1: Panera Opens in Vista; Lunch Escondido CofC; Rental store San Marcos



The Chamber Hosts a Leadership Luncheon

The Greater Escondido Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free educational presentation and leadership conversation from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 24 at the chamber office, 720 N. Broadway. The sponsor is Fix Auto Escondido, and lunch will be provided. Join leaders from entry-level, middle management, and senior leadership positions to provide all guests with a wealth of resources. The guest speaker is Richard D. Marks, author of “Expect Great Things to Happen” and CEO of RDM Management Group. Marks specializes in professional development, sales, public and private sector leadership training and team building. Sign up at Visit


Morning networking at the bedroom office

The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce is hosting a dinner at 9 a.m. Jan. 12 at its office, 111 S. Main Ave. Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Senior Advantage. Bring your business cards and enjoy some early morning treats and networking. Book at


MCC employee, program honored at event

A MiraCosta College employee and one of the college’s programs were recently recognized at the San Diego North Economic Development Council’s annual awards luncheon. The event honors economic development achievements throughout North County. Sudarshan Shaunak, a MiraCosta College employee who helps entrepreneurs grow their businesses or start new ones, was honored at the event. Shaunak directs the North San Diego Small Business Development Center, a college-hosted program supported by federal and state funding. The center has helped people start more than 650 new businesses, create or retain more than 3,700 jobs, secure $168 million in funding, and win more than $616 million in government contracts. Shaunak’s team hosts over 120 workshops and provides free one-on-one mentorship to over 1,000 business owners each year. He also sits on the board of the MiraCosta College Foundation. The second prize, awarded to the Technology Career Institute of MiraCosta, honored its cooperative education retraining and training pilot program, which received $3.5 million in funding for a vocational training program focused on disadvantaged adults and unemployed. The program offers non-credit training that can be completed in three to six months and paid internships. Visit


Sponsors, registration open for the annual golf event

The 10th Annual Mickey Cafagna Memorial Golf Classic will be held March 17 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. Registration is open at and sponsorships are available. The tournament was created to honor former Mayor Cafagna and includes 18 holes of golf, an awards luncheon, games and drawing prizes, an online auction and more. In keeping with the charitable spirit of Cafagna, part of the profits are donated to a beneficiary determined by the members of the chamber. The Rancho Bernardo Inn is located at 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive. Contact Mike Leland at or (858) 748-0016.


Harbor Freight invites applicants to new store

Harbor Freight Tools has announced the opening of a new store at 170 Knoll Road this winter. An official opening date will be announced closer to opening. Construction has already started on the site, using local workers and businesses. The store is expected to create 25-30 new jobs in the community, including sales and logistics supervisors, senior associates, sales associates and seasonal opportunities. Harbor Freight Tools offers a competitive starting rate along with a retail benefits package that includes strong health coverage, plus Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Interested candidates can visit and search for “San Marcos, CA”.


Panera Bread opens with drive-thru

Panera Bread has opened an outlet at 455 Hacienda Drive near Vista Village Drive. The chain’s bakery offers fresh bagels, breads and pastries, coffee drinks, sandwiches, soups and salads. Drive-thru is available, as well as pickup and delivery. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Sunday, when the restaurant opens at 7 a.m. Call (760) 726-5100.

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