Chamber Digest

Catch up on what’s happening at the Chamber with this monthly roundup of policy work, events, Jerry’s activities, and member news. Chamber Digest is sent the first business day of the month.


January 2, 2018
Happy New Year! 2018 promises to be an exciting year and I look forward to working with all of you – our members and community partners – on the projects and initiatives that will grow San Diego and make our region the best place to do business.November 6, 2017

December 4, 2017
November was a packed month of panels, workshops, and events. As part of our ongoing efforts to identify opportunities in our workforce needs, we hosted a veteran hiring panel and released two new studies on veterans in the workforce. You can watch that panel discussion here. We also honored and celebrated San Diego’s elected officials and their staff at our annual Legislative Lounge.

November 6, 2017
Last month we unveiled our 2017 update to the Regional Jobs Strategy Dashboard, sponsored by Bank of America. At our annual International Tribute Dinner, we honored Ambassador Marcela Celorio, San Diego Padres, and the University of California, San Diego for their binational leadership.

October 2, 2017
We’re fresh off the return of our annual Mission to Washington D.C. delegation trip with our largest group of binational delegates ever. September was also full of member, education, and leadership focused events. We hosted our Circles of Influence Reception at THE LOT, concluded ourStormwater Workshop Series, and welcomed LEAD San Diego’s 2018 IMPACT class.

September 9, 2017
Summer is officially over, the kids are back in school, and we’re looking forward to the many great Chamber events and programs coming up this fall. We’ve kept busy this summer. Just last month we brought San Diego and Baja leaders together for our quarterly Cross-Border Business Forum, Congressman Darrell Issa stopped by to discuss NAFTA, we held a Business After Five Mixer at Horton Grand Hotel, and hosted two workshops on Community Choice Aggregation.

August 7, 2017
Summer is in full swing, but that hasn’t slowed things down at the Chamber. This past month we hosted our Business After Five Mixer at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery, released our Housing Scorecard in partnership with the Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS®, welcomed California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for a Good Government Speaker Series program, and we honored the military community at our 71st Flag, General, and Senior Officers Ball.

July 03, 2017
June was an exciting month for the Chamber, we announced the combination of the Chamber and LEAD San Diego, kicked off our Advance program with Mount Everest climber Alison Levine, held our Business After Five Mixer at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, and presented our final Stormwater workshop.

June 05. 2017
May was an extraordinary month celebrating the community that makes up the Chamber with the Small Business Awards, Expo & Mixer. In addition, we held a Career Fair for 8th grade students, presented our second workshop in theStormwater series, and finished the month with our Circles of Influence Reception hosted by the New Children’s Museum.

May 1, 2017
Our Chamber team is continually looking for new ideas and ways we can add new benefits for our members. Our Business Alliance Groups have been meeting for well over a decade, and are the Chamber’s popular lead generation and referral networks. These groups have helped hundreds of professionals gain a competitive advantage in the San Diego marketplace.

April 3, 2017
We have hosted over 15 networking events and professional development programs, two signature events, and two delegation trips to Sacramento and Mexico City.

March 6, 2017
February was an excellent month for advancing the Chamber’s mission. In addition to attending a joint press conference with San Diego Mayor Faulconer & Tijuana Mayor Gastélum to reaffirm our commitment to binational collaboration, we launched Advance – a women’s professional development program designed to elevate women in the workforce through training and mentoring – and brought our largest policy delegation to Sacramento.

February 2, 2017
Last month The Chamber kicked off the Get Fit challenge with Kaiser Permanente, challenging teams, and individuals to a 30-day fitness challenge. Public Leadership Institute became a part of the Chamber and applications are now open.

January 3, 2017 
San Diego Public Leadership Institute, a program for business-minded leaders wishing to explore public service, is officially part of the Chamber. The Chamber’s Get Fit program will challenge teams and individuals to a 30-day fitness program.

December 6, 2016 – Chamber Digest
Have you started thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions yet? If you’re hoping to tackle some health or wellness related goals in 2017 we have just the program to help you get started: our annual Get Fit San Diego 30-Day Challenge, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.

November 7, 2016 – Chamber Digest
Last month the Chamber kept busy keeping the voters informed and prepared as election day approached. Throughout November the Chamber worked hard to bring San Diego business together with legislative, holiday mixer, and international tribute events.

October 3, 2016 – Chamber Digest
The Chamber team, together with 130 business and community leaders from San Diego and Baja, were in our nation’s capital to advocate for jobs, commerce, and the regional economy as part of our annual “Mission to Washington, D.C.” trip. From education to energy, healthcare and veterans, each delegate played an important role in ensuring our nation’s decision makers understand the issues facing our binational region.

September 6, 2016 – Chamber Digest
Last month, the Chamber honored six members at our Small Business Awards Mixer and partnered with Wells Fargo to launch the Small Business Resource Center. As part of the Regional Jobs Strategy initiative, we released the Affordability Dashboard last week. By closely examining the region’s business climate, we hope to identify opportunities for collaboration and best practices for job creation.

May 2, 2016 – Chamber Digest
Last month, the Chamber team was hard at work driving business and job growth for the Cali-Baja region. In addition to sending our largest delegation to Mexico City in order to increase foreign investment opportunities and strengthen business and political relationships, we gathered over 40 organizations across the San Diego region for the Regional Jobs Strategy initiative. Through this campaign, we hope to spur economic growth and attract quality, high-paying jobs for the entire region.

April 4, 2016 – Chamber Digest
March was an excellent month for advancing the Chamber’s international policy work. In addition to helping Chamber member Uber announce its new Passport service, the Chamber co-hosted the first private sector led meeting of economic development organizations along the southern border, met with the business organization leadership of Tijuana, and participated in the Baseball on the Border Summit to promote cross-border relations between the United States and Mexico.

March 1, 2016 – Chamber Digest
The Chamber’s annual delegation to Mexico City is coming up April 17-20, and – following that – our annual Chamber Leadership Delegation to Sacramento is May 24-25. Our annual delegations are an excellent opportunity to share San Diego’s specific business needs with elected officials and high-level executives.

February 1, 2016 – Chamber Digest
The Chamber team is looking forward to making considerable progress as we continue our work to make San Diego a great place to do business. Some of our goals for the year include initiating a Regional Jobs Strategy for all chambers, affordable housing for veterans, completion of the preclearance/joint inspection facility at Otay Mesa, and supporting business-friendly policies and candidates.

January 7, 2016 – Chamber Digest
The Chamber team is working hard to bring you the events and programs to make 2016 one of the best years yet, including the Get Fit San Diego 30-Day Challenge, which begins this Monday, January 11. The Challenge is free, online, and open to all participants so grab your friends, coworkers, and family and get ready to get fit.

December 1, 2015 – Chamber Digest
In the last month, the Chamber’s Board of Directors voted to endorse two additional candidates and we also launched the Chamber Young Leaders program for emerging business leaders. For more on what’s been happening at the Chamber, please read last month’s President’s Update.

November 2, 2015 – Chamber Digest
We have a lot of great events coming up, starting with our Coffee & Connections morning mixer this Wednesday. Remember, this is our last morning mixer of the year and space is limited to only 150 participants, so be sure to register now to reserve a spot.

September 1, 2015 – Chamber Digest
August was another great month for the Chamber. We had nearly 100 members attend an engaging morning mixer with the Challenged Athletes Foundation; received some media attention for the Chamber Board’s unanimous decision to endorse Congressman Scott Peters for re-election; and participated in San Ysidro’s inauguration ceremony for their new pedestrian facility.

August 3, 2015 – Chamber Digest
July was a fantastic month – we were recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation as a 3-star Chamber of Valor for our commitment to assisting new veterans with employment; raised over $100,000 to elect business-friendly candidates in the upcoming 2016 elections; began a new partnership with a Tijuana-based business development organization; and hosted our 69th Annual Flag, General and Senior Officers Ball.