By Phil Blair, Executive Officer at Manpower and Laurie Britton, Owner of Café Virtuoso
It’s no surprise that our daily routines as a café owner and an executive for one of San Diego’s largest employers are pretty different. However, the two of us – Laurie Britton of Café Virtuoso and Phil Blair of Manpower Staffing – stand together in our belief that great local leaders strive to do right by business owners and their customers. By limiting harmful single-use food containers in our restaurants, it is possible for San Diego’s City Council to support healthy business and a healthy community all at once. Continue reading “Upgrade Our Take-Out Containers or Protect Business? San Diego Can Do Both”
by Juan Pablo Sanchez, Owner of Super Cocina
Creating “an inclusive economy in San Diego” has been a regional buzzword for the last couple of years. But what does that really mean for those of us who don’t spend their time in economic development think-tanks, government hallways or philanthropic board rooms?
Continue reading “San Diego, the Welcoming City”
Have your business’ energy bills gotten out of control? Have you been one of the lucky ones to experience that oh-so-special “surge pricing”? Are you, your employees or your customers hit hard by these bills at home too?
Then speak up: it’s easy and YOUR STORY MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE. Continue reading “We almost have a choice”
by Mike Torti of C&M Motors, Inc.
Something amazing is brewing in San Diego, and not a new craft beer this time: our city officials are proposing a ban on certain single-use plastics that include expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers.
Which means that we’re all likely to hear confusing thoughts about this topic in the weeks to come, especially from groups who’ll make it sound like a death sentence for businesses and consumers. Seeing as I’m both in business and spend the bulk of my free time chairing the San Diego chapter of Surfrider Foundation, I feel well positioned to provide this primer on why banning styrofoam plates and single-use plastic utensils is good for all of us in San Diego. Continue reading “The business case for a ban on (certain) single-use plastics”
By: Vilavanh Sanginthirath, CEO of Innovations City
After 17 years, small business owners are working directly with the City to create the right kinds of supports to help us grow. Spoiler alert: it’s how the City can invest $57,000 in small businesses instead of a large grocery chain, so keep reading…
Engaged. Excited. Empowered.
Those were some of my emotions as I was listening to each speaker and waiting for my turn to make public comments at the last City Council meeting on this topic. Or, for the fact-checkers out there, the city council’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations committee – ED&IR, for those in the know.
Continue reading “Figuring out Council Policy 900-12”
By Beth Gutierrez, Owner, Joy Culture Events
I’m a crier. Always have been. I’m a serious empathizer, easily moved. So, it should not have surprised me in the least that the March for Our Lives was a rollercoaster of emotions considering the matter at hand. And yet.
Continue reading “We Marched for Our Lives – What Now?”
Wondering what we’ve been working on during the last month? Follow each committee’s efforts to move its issues and priorities forward in San Diego:
Continue reading “February Policy Updates”
It’s no secret that we shamelessly believe all our members are the best at their craft. Call that sort of bias an occupational hazard if you want. But when our immigration committee wanted to refresh a poster campaign that lets businesses send a simple message loud and clear – We Welcome You – we turned to the team at Four Fin Creative for help, guidance and inspiration. We are not only thrilled at the result and the sheer brilliance of every concept they presented, but also proud to showcase the people with the skill and talent: Jen Derks, Jess Winet and Kendall Lord!
Continue reading “Making #WeWelcomeYou happen: Meet Four Fin Creative”
The mood was instantly productive when a group of Business For Good members sat down with new California Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins on January 19. It helps when these small business owners have been part of the Senator’s in-district life for a few years now: her 2017 small business of the year winner Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant; The Rose Wine Bar; Diamond & Branch; and The Moore Firm have all regularly crossed paths with Sen. Atkins in the community for a while now.
Continue reading “About single payer healthcare”
Why San Diego should support energy choice
The UT published our Board President Mikey Knab’s Op-Ed on Community Choice Energy. Please share it in your feeds with some comments showing support if you’re so inclined. Continue reading “Why San Diego should support energy choice – The San Diego Union-Tribune”