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Leadership Action Teams

Each year’s Impact Program cohort includes a large group of skilled professionals across a wide range of vocations and job sectors. The following list include some of the work Leadership Action Teams have done for community organizations. Interested in a helping hand or two for an upcoming project? Visit our LAT webpage for details.

A Reason To Survive (ARTS) (2019) – The Leadership Action Team created a marketing plan framework and fundraising plan. In addition, they explored a potential membership model and also created a video highlighting the ARTS mission.

OG Yoga (2019) – The Leadership Action Team provided a comprehensive strategy and guide for OG Yoga to establish a foundation for future sustainable growth. The plan is separated into five main focus areas: Nonprofit Board of Directors, Budget and Sustainability, Communications and Partnerships, Fundraising Opportunities, and the Teacher Training School Program. To accompany the strategic plan, the LAT group has also provided several practical appendices that will be highly useful to OG Yoga.

I Love A Clean San Diego (2018) – The Leadership Action Team created a plan to improve volunteer development, donor cultivation, and retention of both. The plan includes a volunteer development marketing campaign, recognition program, and communication plan. It also includes a donor conversion plan that links dollars to tangibles. The created plan relates back to the organizations purchase of a new CRM system in which each piece is outlined in a workflow diagram for optimal volunteer/donor communication and involvement.

Promises2Kids (2014) – The team developed and implemented a marketing strategy for social media which will increase awareness of foster youth challenges in San Diego amongst 30 to 45-year-old professionals in an effort to create and sustain a pipeline of next generation time, talent, and treasure support for Promises2Kids and its initiatives.

Outside the Lens (2017) – The Leadership Action Team  worked to build a network of corporate and community partners interested in supporting the CC Three-Year Initiative to expand the innovative youth development program into more San Diego Unified Title One Schools.

Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center (2019) – The Leadership Action Team developed a marketing strategy to enable Olivewood Gardens to increase awareness of their programs, support donor development, and more effectively tell their impact story.

Somali Bantu Association of America (2019) – The team helped SBAOA focus their goals and operations to increase their impact in supporting the Somali Bantu and refugee community in San Diego. This was accomplished through an evaluation of daily workflows and tasks and the design of an operational process to guide for the staff and target community to more easily navigate the organization’s programs and services. In addition, the team helped SBAOA’s CEO enhance his presentation skills while developing an elevator pitch to efficiently communicate to stakeholders and staff. The staff has already seen noticeable change in the CEO’s mindset and now feel empowered to achieve their goals and work as a team, allowing the CEO to focus on moving the organization in a strategic direction.

zero8hundred (2020) – The Leadership Action Team focused on enhancing their objective to ease veterans’ transition to civilian life. The majority of the project was based on obtaining feedback from on an online survey of zero8hundred’s video presentation shown during military Transition Assistance Program (TAP) class. The feedback was presented to zero8hundred, along with other recommendations derived from research.


Member Spotlight: Business Group Resources

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, one of the biggest challenges facing management is how to fund on-going operations, and retain employees on the payroll, and quickly resume normal operations after the crisis subsides. In addition to several programs now available at the federal, state, and local levels, it is important to consider the role R&D Tax Credits could play in your funding strategy. Business Group Resources can assist you in doing so.

The Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit was first enacted in 1981 and is now permanent, yet it continues to be one of the most misunderstood areas of tax law. In 2003, IRS regulations replaced a “discovery test” with much more broader requirements in order to qualify for the credits. Year after year, small and mid-size businesses continue to miss out on the opportunity for huge tax savings because they either don’t realize they are eligible for the credit or are unsure how to apply for these credits. Business Group Resources is offering a free initial analysis on your business in order to see analyze any available credits that may be entitled to by law.  Their company boasts an average tax rebate from these credits up to $120,000.

Who can qualify?

  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Textiles
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Financial Services
  • Software
  • Consumer Products
  • Entertainment & Media
  • Food Processing
  • Doctors
  • Dentists
  • Chiropractors
  • Medical Devices
  • Fashion Designer
  • Oil & Gas
  • Consulting
  • Chemical & Plastics
  • Telecommunications
  • Website Development
  • Paper & Forest Products

And many more!

Contact Steve Wright with Business Group Resources to see if your business qualifies.

Phone: 858 525 2833

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IBA Forum: Integration of San Diego’s Immigrant Population

In partnership with the City of San Diego and the New American Economy (NAE), this month’s International Business Affairs Forum hosted a virtual discussion on the economic impact of the immigrant population in San Diego and efforts to advance their civic, social, and economic integration. We heard from Mo Kantner, Director of State and Local Initiatives at the NAE, who shared key data on the demographic and economic contributions immigrants make in our community (available here by state and municipality). NAE’s research and reports have been critical in our region’s focus on the integration of immigrants in San Diego and led to the City of San Diego’s “Welcoming San Diego” initiative which launched in 2018. The Chamber was proud to support the initiative and partnered with local nonprofits, educational institutions and businesses to facilitate local immigrant integration and inclusion. As a result, the City of San Diego welcomed its first Immigrant Affairs Manager, Rita Fernandez, our second speaker at the Forum. Rita  shared an overview of San Diego’s foreign-born population and the City of San Diego’s Strategic Plan for Immigrant and Refugee Integration.

The roundtable conversation prompted comments from participants such as Ambassador Carlos Gonzalez, Consul General of México in San Diego, who shared information about the recently launched Colibri MX Scholarship Program. The Consulate and MAAC created the program in December of 2019 to promote access to higher education for  students whose families have immigrated or are of Latino descent residing in San Diego County. 84 scholarships were awarded this year to students providing them with resources needed to fulfill their academic goals. Colibri MX strives to become a catalyst for social networks to support future Latino leaders and build healthier and vibrant communities here in San Diego and across the US.

For more information on the Chamber’s upcoming International Business Affairs Forum, or to register, please visit our website.

Update on Mexico’s COVID-19 Response

The Mexican federal government announced a remote learning mandate until further notice to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure, with educational institutions resuming classes on Monday, August 24. The instruction excluded higher education, allowing universities to determine when and how to resume studies based on local circumstances. The Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) signed a collaboration agreement with multiple television networks and radio stations which began broadcasting educational programs nationwide. In addition, SEP will continue to provide free textbooks to students enrolled in public schools (grades K-9) and is developing a strategic plan to support working single parents.

In Baja, the Secretariat of Sustainable Economy and Tourism (SEST) signed a memorandum of understanding with Baja Health Cluster in an effort to reactivate medical tourism in the region. The agreement will facilitate data sharing; joint research to further understand the demand of health services across the state; specialized training for health professionals; and increased collaboration to promote medical tourism.

In Tijuana, a private sector-led initiative has been launched to support the city and state’s ability to test and track COVID-19 cases. The effort also helps to identify vulnerable neighborhoods and areas across the region which will support their strategy to combat the virus. This initiative comprises a system of 17 laboratories with the ability to conduct up to 500 COVID-19 tests onsite at a discounted rate and, in some cases, businesses are covering the cost for their employees. Results are available within 24 hours and submitted into a database which maps positive results. For more information, please contact

A new COVID-19 testing site has opened outside of the San Ysidro East Pedestrian Port of Entry (PedEast) processing area, located next to the trolley station. The site operates from 6:30a-10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and offers about 200 free tests daily for interested individuals. Although the initiative is primarily to serve essential workers and American citizens living in Tijuana, local residents are also welcome, and no appointments are necessary.

Health and safety checkpoints have been set up at the Ensenada and Mexicali city access points to ensure adherence to stay at home orders. This includes the Calexico West, Calexico East, and Andrade/Algodones land ports of entry, where checkpoints have been operating each Friday through Sunday. Authorities will verify the use of face masks, confirm that the trip’s purpose is essential, and conduct temperature checks for each passenger. There is also a limit of two passengers per vehicle crossing southbound through Mexicali’s land ports of entry.

New Protocols Implemented at the U.S.-Mexico Border

We advise those crossing for non-essential purposes to reconsider their plans.

On Aug. 21, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection implemented protocols at various ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexican border with the intent to discourage non-essential travel. Local ports affected are the San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, and Calexico West land ports of entry. The new protocols call for the closure of multiple vehicle and pedestrian lanes during “peak non-essential travel times” and non-essential travelers may be sent to secondary inspection for further inquiry.

The Chamber is greatly concerned about these new protocols which increase border wait times and affect more than non-essential travelers . Our essential workforce including those in healthcare, the food industry, and other service sectors are also subject to these extended wait times. The Chamber has dedicated its work to advocating for reduced border wait times which cost our region an estimated $7.2 billion annually in lost economic output. The impacts of  wait times extend beyond the economy.  They pose a risk to public health through increased air pollution and increased risk of exposure to COVID-19.  As we continue advocating for the reopening of businesses under proper health precautions, we will be equally vigilant for safe border reopening . An effective way to mitigate the spread of this disease across our border is a coordinated binational effort around social distancing and regularly wearing a mask.

Rideshare Companies Receive Relief from Judge

Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft were successful last week in seeking a reprieve from a court decision to immediately reclassify drivers as employees rather than contractors. On Aug. 20, a judge gave the companies additional time to file arguments provided that certain other conditions are met.  However, on November 3, Proposition 22 will go before voters which would preserve these companies’ ability to treat drivers as contractors, while also giving some benefits and income certainty to address broader concerns in the ongoing discussion about how the “gig-economy” can and should operate in California.

Mayor Allows Gyms and Religious Organizations to Operate in Parks

As part of a continued effort to help San Diegans move activities outdoors, Mayor Faulconer signed an executive order last week allowing gyms and religious institutions to operate in city parks. The order went into effect on Monday and defers park permit fees for 60 days. Mayor Faulconer will bring an ordinance to City Council that would permanently waive associated fees. For further details and to apply for a permit, click here.

San Diego County Off the State Watchlist

Last week, San Diego was the first large city to be removed from the state’s watch list, as it met benchmarks related to the containment of COVID. While this is certainly positive news for the county’s ability to reopen businesses and possibly begin in-person school, the county must maintain its numbers over the next 14 days before major changes can occur. The Governor announced today that additional guidance from the State will be available Friday, August 28 regarding framework for continued reopening efforts.

Forbes Top Employers

Forbes recently surveyed 75,000 Americans, including 45,000 women, across 31 industries to find America’s Best Employers for Women. The Chamber Members listed below have been named on that list.

Having diverse and balanced leadership is a key is a key focus of the Chamber’s All Our Talent: Women on Boards and Commissions initiative, an effort of the San Diego Regional Chamber Foundation with support from Mine The Gap. To learn more and get involved, click here.


University of California, San Diego

Deloitte Consulting


Verizon Wireless

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Intuit, Inc.

AMN Healthcare

YMCA San Diego Armed Services YMCA, YMCA of San Diego County

Marriott San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Diego Airport | Liberty Station

Kaiser Permanente


Edward JonesDave Parker, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, Citadel Penn – representing Edward Jones, Chrissy Chase representing Edward Jones, Aleksandar Raskovic for Edward Jones

Microsoft – Microsoft Store Fashion Valley

Merrill Lynch

Accountemps, A Robert Half Company


US Bank

Pfizer Worldwide Research & Development


Hilton –  Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, Hilton San Diego Airport/Harbor Island, Hilton San Diego – Gaslamp Quarter, Hilton – Mission Valley

Southwest Airlines

Hyatt HotelsManchester Grand Hyatt, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck


Macy’s Fashion Valley


Chevron Corporation

Bank of America

Toyota North America

InterContinental Hotel San Diego

Hard Rock International Hard Rock Hotel San Diego


Republic Services, Inc.


Chick-fil-A Mission Center

iHeartMedia, Inc.

Live Nation

Expedia Group