North County Business Briefs, Nov. 28


The Return of Gift Carlsbad

The GiftCarlsbad program is back with improvements to encourage people to shop locally this holiday season. As with last year’s program, people can buy gift cards from local businesses and get rewarded with rewards cards. But unlike last year, gift cards can now be used at any participating restaurant or merchant, not just at a specific company. The program is based on the MasterCard platform, to make it easier for consumers and merchants. Rewards improve the deal: If you buy a $40 gift card, you’ll receive a $10 reward card. Buy a $75 gift card, get an additional $25 gift card, and a $100 gift card get an additional $40 gift card. Some fees apply. Visit to learn about the companies that are part of the programme. Check back regularly as merchants are added.


Grants available to assist with employment

Grant funding is available from the Escondido Community Foundation to support organizations that provide workforce development resources needed for economic growth in Escondido. In the 2022-23 grant cycle, the Foundation, a subsidiary of the San Diego Foundation, invites local organizations to submit a letter of intent specifically for projects in Escondido. ECF is committed to programs that provide resources for job readiness, job shadowing, internships, vocational education, advancement opportunities, and technology education. These projects must be achievable in a 12-month time frame, and have potential for long-term sustainability. Find information and applications at (scroll down to Scholarships). Applications must be received by 5 PM on January 24. To join the foundation, contact Trudy Armstrong at


Donate for admission to open house

The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce is hosting an open house 4-5:30 p.m. December 8 at 111 S. Main Ave. Admission is a donation to Fallbrook Arts Inc. or Fallbrook Garden Club, Fallbrook Music Society, or Fallbrook Trails Council. Cash or checks owed to the charity will be accepted. Donations will also be accepted daily in the room until December 20th. Call (760) 728-5845; Email

Rancho Santa Fe

Rancho Valencia has opened an improved salon

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa recently completed the renovation of the five-star Forbes Spa. Notable additions include: the salon, which offers finishing touches with shampoo and blowout options, as well as the L’OrĂ©al Beauty Clean bar for makeup and nail services; Expanded retail store; A fitness center enhanced with the latest equipment from Precor, Cybex and Woodway, as well as Peloton bikes; relaxation areas for men and women; Expanded locker rooms and additional spa treatment areas, including three modern facial rooms. Current offerings include a hydrotherapy circuit, yoga suite, fitness center, adults-only spa pool, whirlpool, and private sunny gardens. Couples rooms include fireplaces, private patios, and outdoor showers and bathtubs for two. Rancho Valencia is located at 5921 Valencia Circle. Visit or call (858) 756-1123.


VHS held a holiday job fair for young people

Vista High School hosts a holiday job fair from 12:30 p.m. Friday. More than 1,000 students are 16 years of age or older, and 300 students are 18 years of age or older. Many are actively looking for entry-level jobs, especially as an extra help for the holiday season. Registration is free for employers at The event will take place outdoors, and the business will have a table 3 feet by 6 feet and the number of chairs they need. They will be asked to wear a mask. Front desk check-in at 11:45 AM All students will attend during lunch period. Contact Stephen Soderback, Professional Technician at Vista High, at or at (760) 726-5611 ext. 71055.

City opens grant program for businessess

The City of Vista has started the COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program administered by the Vista Chamber of Commerce. The city has set aside $2.7 million in funding for the program, which will provide grants to small businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be awarded to for-profit companies that qualify for financing based on certain criteria that can show a financial loss through a profit and loss statement, or that can document how their potential activities will help them recover. Learn more and apply at Visit

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