North County Business Notes, April 24


Tickets on sale for Taste of Cardiff

The annual Taste of Cardiff, presented by Cardiff 101 Main Street, will take place from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on May 5 in Cardiff city center-by-the-Sea and Restaurant Row along the South Coast Highway. Enjoy local flavors, drinks and live music, plus photos with friends in the Vintage Camera Camper. Customers can vote for the winner of the Morgan Mallory Golden Fork Award. Local Sip Stops, hosted by local businesses, will offer samples of North County beer, wine, hard kombucha and spirits. Biking for the event is encouraged, and there will be a free bike valet courtesy of Electra Bicycle Company, in front of Harbaugh Parkway on Chesterfield Drive and San Elijo Avenue. Taste & Sip tickets are $40; Tasting tickets are $30. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit:


Women in Networking Hosts Factory Event

The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Networking group is planning a spring planting event at 10 a.m. May 6 at the Green Air Botanicals Nursery, 155 N. Old Hill Road. Create a vegetable masterpiece to take home and make connections to grow your business. The cost is determined by what guests choose to plant. Book Jackie Toppin at [email protected] or call (760) 728-5845.


The lunchtime program focuses on the “last mile”

The San Diego North Economic Development Council is offering a “Lunch and Learn” program on “Amazon and the Last Mile” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Green Dragon Tavern, 6115 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. The COVID-19 pandemic may have accelerated our adoption of e-commerce and delivery services and permanently changed the way we obtain goods and services over the “last mile”. Find out how global e-commerce leader Amazon sees the future, what it means for development in North County, and what it takes to deliver goods after ordering from a website. The speaker is Stephen Maduli-Williams, Head of Economic Development Policy at Amazon. Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Sign up by Tuesday at

One Paseo welcomes a symphonic quartet

One Paseo invites guests to join them for their second Sounds & Sips event, taking place from 5-7 p.m. Saturday on the One Paseo lawn. This year, the San Diego Symphony String Quartet will perform a free live performance, featuring Jing Yan Bowcott and Julia Pautz on violin, Hanah Stuart on viola, and Nathan Walhout on cello. Besides music, sips will be available for $4 from One Paseo’s resident brewery, Harland Brewing, and local wines for $6, plus free non-alcoholic options. One Paseo is located at 3725 Paseo Place, San Diego. Dial (858) 523-2298.

Cox presents $100,000 grant to Junior Achievement

Cox Communications employees recently presented a surprise $100,000 Cox Charities Impact grant to Junior Achievement of San Diego County for its JA Fellows program, which brings financial literacy and paid internships to local high school students. The grant will allow Junior Achievement to expand its JA Fellows program, which began in January at Lincoln High School in San Diego. With the $100,000 grant from Cox Charities, Junior Achievement will be able to bring the program to teens in North County and South Bay. The JA Fellows program connects high school juniors and seniors with the San Diego business community through a two-semester leadership experience. The program equips students with basic knowledge about the local economy, personal finance, career paths, and workforce development. About 25% of mentors in the program come from Cox Communications and raise awareness for careers in STEM fields.


Book soon for the annual economic summit

The ninth annual North County Economic Summit will be held May 11 in the Student Union Ballroom at California State University San Marcos. Organized by the San Diego North Economic Development Council, this event highlights national and local trends presented by Wells Fargo and BW Research. To purchase a table, contact Ally Harano at [email protected] or call (949) 335-2884. Tickets for members start at $100 and tickets for non-members start at $140. Breakfast is included. Sign up at


Larry Vaupel

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The City hires a new head of economic development

Larry Vaupel has been named director of economic development for the town of Vista. He takes the position vacated by Kevin Ham, who recently retired. As Director of Economic Development, Vaupel will focus on attracting, retaining and expanding businesses, strengthening the city’s financial base and creating quality jobs for residents. He has over 25 years of local government experience, most recently serving as Director of Tourism Management for the Town of Big Bear Lake. He has also worked for the towns of Redding and Riverside, as well as San Bernardino County, overseeing economic development and community development programs. He holds a doctorate. in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University.

The chamber hosts networking luncheons

The Vista Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Lunch Mob at noon Wednesday at Lamppost Pizza, 15 Main St., Suite 414. Keep your networking skills sharp and meet new members and guests. This is a hostless event and guests buy their own food and drinks. Bring your business cards. Book at Call (760) 726-1122.

Opening of new Chick-fil-A branches

Chick-fil-A recently opened a restaurant at 475 Hacienda Drive, owned and operated by Luis Gomez, who started with the business 10 years ago. Hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday for restaurant, drive-thru, and take-out orders. The company also recently opened a branch at 804 Dennery Road, San Diego. Customers at all Chick-fil-A restaurants can order and pay through the free Chick-fil-A mobile app or online. Together, the two openings will create jobs for 350 people.

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