News & Updates

Member Spotlight: Think Asia, Think Hong Kong Conference

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will lead a 100+ business delegation, comprising CEOs; investors; innovators; designers; start-ups together with trade and investment institutions, to Los Angeles this fall.  In celebration of the visiting delegation, HKTDC will host a full-day symposium themed “Think Asia, Think Hong Kong” at the JW Marriott at LA LIVE on September 20th.

Chamber members are invited to register now for your complimentary admission.  Come learn about new business opportunities in Asia through Hong Kong and gain insights into practical tips of doing business in Asia, amid the ever-changing global trade dynamics.  Set to be this year’s largest conference on Asia in Los Angeles, the event is expected to draw over 2,000 attendees and the full-day program will examine the trends of Asia’s new economy, innovation and creativity, consumption and digital entertainment, healthcare opportunities and IP protection. Complimentary networking luncheon as well as free consultation on cross-border professional services will be available.  HKTDC will arrange customized business matching for US companies interested in fundraising, fintech, food and foodtech export partnership, Asia expansion, start-up collaboration, design and innovation, and many others.

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Member Spotlight: Paella Lifestyle

Paella Lifestyle – Olores, colores y sabores

Planning your next corporate event? Paella Lifestyle is all about creating a healthy cultural experience and making people happy with irresistible food. ¡Salud!

Paella Lifestyle is a private catering company created in 2014 by Noelia Murias, a Basque Country native living in San Diego. Its centerpiece is Spain’s iconic dish called Paella, with the healthy building blocks of the Mediterranean diet and imaginative cuisine of the Basque Country.

Spanish tapas called pintxos of the Basque country

Our menu is a kaleidoscope of tastes and textures for any occasion, featuring: Paella, the savory traditional Mediterranean rice dish with an abundance of subtle flavors; Pintxos, decadent food art designed with perfect pairings in small portions. These unique, handcrafted Paellas and Pintxos come in all varieties: seafood, meat, vegan and vegetarian. An eye-opening combination of alluring aromas and palate pleasers.

We offer catering service tailored for the particular needs of each type of social events: reunions, meetings, corporate events, company lunches, celebrations, parties… We serve in San Diego and beyond, and work with a group of expert chefs and professional team whose mission is to make people happy with irresistible food.

Paella Lifestyle’s inspiration is the Basque gastronomy, considered one of the most prestigious, based on the quality of its products and in the good makings of its cooks. Paella Lifestyle is a part of Farmer´s  Markets, Breweries, Wineries and now, with future projects in process with San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

We invite you to indulge in this savory experience and explore our website, featuring a wide variety of Paellas and Pintxos for you to enjoy.

Noelia Murias – CEO & Founder
Tel. (619)940-8560



Advance Session: “Leading Teams”

On July 11, our 2019 Advance program participants convened for a session dedicated to exploring the roles we play on teams and leading teams. Alessandra Lezama (19) of RGHP Holdings LLC made a presentation which included “Ten Tips to Help You Be the Best You.” She emphasized the importance of owning your vision and doing the “mental gymnastics” required to make your goals a reality. LEAD Board member Dr. Steven Jones of JONES & Associates Consulting and Dr. Shanna Teel of Dr. Shanna Teel & Company led a discussion on “Executive Success: Men and Women Working Together.” The conversation covered a range of inclusivity and bias topics.  The cohort continued work on their strengths with Erin Passons of Passons Consulting who spoke on “Building a Strong Team,” and helped the group determine how to leverage team strengths for the best outcomes and productivity. And LEAD Board member Laura Georgantos (19) of SDG&E gave an inspiring talk about “Living Bravely with Confidence and Courage.” Many thanks to Alessandra for hosting the Advance cohort at The University Club!

A taste of Cali-Baja’s craft beer industry

Recognized as the Craft Beer Capital of America, San Diego County is home to 130 craft breweries which produced over 1 million barrels of beer in 2017. San Diego’s beer selection is as diverse as each of the neighborhood breweries that put their spin on classic and truly distinctive styles. The county’s breweries have brought back 45 medals from the Great American Beer Festival since 2014. The craft beer industry supports 6,275 jobs in San Diego County and produced an economic impact of $1.1 billion in 2017.

South of the border, Baja California’s brewing scene continues to grow, strategically positioning as a complement of the BajaMed culinary experience. In fact, Baja breweries brought back 42 medals from Mexico’s national beer competition “Copa Cerveza MX” in 2018. Now home to 80 breweries, Baja produces 18 percent of Mexico’s artisanal beer. This has opened the door to a new kind of partnership for Cali-Baja, allowing San Diego breweries to open the first independent American brewery with a tasting room and full-time brewing operations in Mexico.

Our upcoming Cross-Border Business Forum on August 28 will give a taste of our binational region’s unique craft beer industry with a panel discussion featuring representatives from the tourism and craft beer industries that will answer key questions such as:

  • How are San Diego and Baja California working together to grow the craft beer industry on both sides of the border?
  • What are the biggest challenges for local breweries?
  • How can breweries stay relevant in today’s market?
  • Are brewery-to-brewery partnerships the best opportunity for craft beer entrepreneurs to expand across the border?

Date: August 28, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
402 W Broadway, Suite 1000, San Diego, CA, 92101


UnidosUS Conference In San Diego Aug. 3 – 6

This year’s UnidosUS  Annual Conference (formerly known as NCLR) will take place at San Diego’s Convention Center from Saturday, August 3 to Tuesday, August 6, 2019. For event details, or to register, please visit the UnidosUS website.

The Chamber is proud to partner with UnidosUS Annual Conference, site of innovative workshops, thought-provoking plenary sessions, that will give the attendees the opportunity to hear from leaders across industries. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of topics of interest that intersect across communities, such as civil rights, education, health, financial empowerment, workforce, immigration, and civic engagement.

The agenda includes over 25 interactive workshops, five inspirational general sessions, and three engaging plenary sessions (full agenda available here).

Border Energy Forum

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to collaborate with the North American Development Bank, NADB, on their upcoming XXIV Border Energy Forum. This forum brings together local and state officials, private sector developers, academics, large commercial users, and energy experts from the U.S. and Mexico.

NADB is an organization committed to providing financing, as well as technical and other assistance, to support the development and implementation of infrastructure projects that help preserve, protect, and enhance the environment of the border region to advance the well-being of the people of the United States and Mexico.

The Border Energy Forum was created and hosted by the Texas General Land Office beginning in 1994. Its mission is to bring people together from both sides of the U.S.- Mexico Border to exchange information about energy, economic development, and environmental issues. Throughout its history, NADB has partnered with the Texas GLO and other organizations to grow and promote this event.

We hope to see you at the conference on August 20-21, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. For details and registration, click here.

Congress Allocates Funds to Address Transboundary Pollution

The Chamber applauds our San Diego Congressional delegation for their ongoing efforts to address transboundary pollution along the U.S.-Mexico border. The House-passed appropriations package for 2020 includes $30 million in funds for the Border Water Infrastructure Program – twice the amount approved in 2018. Congressmembers Vargas, Davis, Peters, and Levin’s amendments to the appropriations package will direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allocate funds prioritizing projects that address the environmental crisis along the southern border, including the Tijuana River Valley transboundary pollution.

The EPA and NADBank recently released the Tijuana River Diversion Study based on their contribution to reduce beach closures and transboundary flows per year, which for the last few years have averaged a total of 138 days.

Alternatives include projects on both sides of the border, such as:

  • optimizing existing facilities with improvements in Mexico
  • a new lift station in the U.S. to discharge at the south bay international wastewater treatment plant for primary treatment

NADBank’s conclusions highlighted a nearly 30 percent reduction of transboundary flows as a result of improving operation and maintenance on the existing system (down to 98 days per year). Meanwhile, solutions on the southern side of the border are the most cost-effective, and continued investment in infrastructure outside the diversion system is necessary.

The Chamber will continue to work closely with public and private stakeholders on both sides of the border as we focus on evaluating priorities and determine a joint cross-border plan of action that our binational region can advance together.

Chart outlining solutions to address transboundary pollution. A Tijuana River Diversion Study, by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and North American Development Bank

Chart outlining solutions to address transboundary pollution. A Tijuana River Diversion Study, by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and North American Development Bank (click for larger image)

Update: “Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border”

The Sixth Annual “Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border” conference featured Ambassador Martha Bárcena, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Governor Doug Ducey, Governor of Arizona, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Representatives Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Will Hurd (R-TX) and focused on the USMCA, strengthening efficiency at the border, and growing cross-border cooperation for regional economic development.

Chamber VP Paola Avila, serving as Border Trade Alliance Board Chair, moderated a panel on border management, discussing the relationship between CBP and SAT; efficiency, cost, capacity, and competitiveness.

The conference’s webcast recap is available here.

Mexico Ratifies USMCA

Mexico is the first country to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement – or USMCA – by a vote of 114 in favor and four against in the Senate. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated that the agreement means foreign investment and new jobs in Mexico, facilitating and guaranteeing trade within North America. Mexico’s ratification of USMCA included six parallel agreements between the United States and Mexico.

Canada and the U.S. have yet to ratify the agreement. The Chamber continues to lead advocacy efforts to secure support from Congress which is expected to take up the agreement around the time of our annual Delegation trip to Washington D.C. in September.

Chamber VP Paola Avila coauthored an op-ed on the importance of ratifying the agreement with Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The piece appeared in The Daily Transcript in San Diego and The Record Reporter in Arizona.

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Early Bird Registration Deadline for DC Trip: July 26

Join the largest binational delegation to Washington, D.C. to voice your business needs and collaborate with San Diego’s business leaders while meeting with the nation’s top legislators and policy officials. Be sure to register now as the registration price will increase after July 26. Read the event details here.