North County Business Briefs, April 24


Tickets on sale for Taste of Cardiff

The annual Taste of Cardiff, presented by Cardiff 101 Main Street, will be from 5:30-8:30 pm May 5 in downtown Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Restaurant Row along South Coast Highway. Enjoy local flavors, beverages and live music, plus photos with friends in the vintage Camera Camper. Guests can vote on the Morgan Mallory Golden Fork Award winner. Local Sip Stops, hosted by local businesses, will offer samples of North County beer, wine, hard kombucha and spirits. Riding bikes to the event is encouraging, 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; Taste tickets are $30. For details and to buy tickets, visit:


Women in Networking host plant event

The Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Networking group plans a spring planting event at 10 am May 6 at Green Air Botanicals nursery, 155 N. Old Hill Road. Create a plant masterpiece to take home, and create connections to grow your business. Cost is determined by what guests choose to plant. Reserve to Jackie Toppin at or call (760) 728-5845.


Lunchtime program focuses on ‘Last Mile’

The San Diego North Economic Development Council offers a “Lunch and Learn” program on “Amazon and the Last Mile” from 11:30 am-1 pm 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 has permanently shifted how we obtain goods and services over the “last mile.” Learn how the leading global e-commerce company, Amazon, is thinking about the future, what it means for development in North County and what it takes to deliver goods after ordering on a website. Speaker is Stephen Maduli-Williams, manager of Economic Development Policy at Amazon. Tickets are $35 members, $45 nonmembers. Register by Tuesday at

One Paseo hosts symphony quartet

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

Cox presents $100K grant to Junior Achievement

Cox Communications employees recently delivered 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 enable Junior Achievement to expand its JA Fellows Program, which started in January at Lincoln High School in San Diego. With the $100,000 grant from Cox Charities, Junior Achievement will be able to offer the program to teens in North County and the South Bay. The JA Fellows Program connects high school juniors and seniors to San Diego’s business community through a two-semester leadership experience. The program gives students foundational knowledge of the local economy, personal finances, career pathways, and workforce development. About 25 percent of mentors in the program are from Cox Communications, and provide awareness of careers in STEM fields.


Reserve soon for annual economic summit

The ninth annual North County Economic Summit will be held May 11 at the California State University San Marcos Student Union Ballroom. Hosted 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 or call (949) 335-2884. Member tickets start at $100 and nonmember tickets start at $140. Breakfast is included. Register at


Larry Vaupel

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City hires new economic development head

Larry Vaupel has been appointed as the city of Vista’s economic development director. He takes the position vacated by Kevin Ham, who retired recently. As economic development director, Vaupel will focus on attracting, retaining and expanding businesses, strengthening the city’s financial base and providing quality jobs for residents. He has more than 25 years of local government experience in the field, most recently as the tourism management director for the city of Big Bear Lake. He also worked for the cities of Redding and Riverside, and for San Bernardino County, overseeing economic development and community development programs. He holds a Ph.D. in political science and a Master’s of Public Administration degree from Northern Illinois University.

Chamber hosts lunch networking

The Vista Chamber of Commerce hosts 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 no-host event, and guests buy their own food and beverages. Bring your business cards. Reserve to Call (760) 726-1122.

New Chick-fil-A branches open

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

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