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Alpine Chamber Partners with SBA, IRS, & More to Host Backcountry Business Expo & Conference- August 8, 2019

Join us on August 8th from 11am-3pm for targeted learning, networking, building valuable new business relationships & finding top vendors that help Business Owners take strategic action to immediately improve their Small Business or Organization. “We’re bringing a lot of heavy hitters to the same place at the same time,” says Executive Director Alex Ward. “All small businesses and organizations are encouraged to attend these invaluable presentations by leading government agencies and industry professionals.”

Attendees to the 2019 Expo & Conference will learn about:

Federal Programs that assist Small Businesses

The multitude of capital and financing options available right here in the Backcountry

Writing and/or updating your business plan (with one-on-one counseling)

How to develop an emergency and disaster plan for your business

What to look for on the Small Business Tax Scene presented by the IRS

Small Business Resources through the East County Economic Development Council

The ins-and-outs of business licenses, tax certificates, and State/Local compliance

A Woman-Owned Small Business Success Story presented by Linda Cioffi, Alpine’s 2019 Honorary Mayor

How to hire hardworking employees through area workforce programs

Find new clients during the post-event networking happy hour

To register for the event please contact Lori at lori@alpinechamber.com or call (619) 445-2722.

Alex Ward, Executive Director, Alpine Chamber of Commerce
1620 Alpine Blvd, Suite 208
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-2722
www.alpinechamber.com

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Alpine 4th of JULY PARADE & FESTIVAL: Food, Fun & Live Music Too! – July 4, 2019

The Alpine Kiwanis Club, the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce and the Alpine Community Center are once again joining forces to bring a 4th of July Parade and family friendly Festival to our town. We invite you and your organization to join us in this cooperative effort to bring this exciting 4th of July celebration to Alpine and its surrounding areas.

The parade will be stepping off from West Victoria at 10am and proceed down Alpine Boulevard to Tavern Road. The festival will be held right after the parade in the Alpine Community Center Park. It will include game booths, a jumpy house, dunk tank, a live band, food and more. There will also be room for vendors to help support this celebration. This is an old fashioned hometown festival. Local organizations are encouraged to have game and refreshment booths for their profit. Our goal is to have an event that involves and is supported by the local clubs, organizations and merchants. Alpine is a unique community, let us unite and make this a special event that benefits everyone.

Parade Entry Rules: Everyone is invited to participate in the Alpine 4th of July parade. The only requirement is that your entry be decorated with red, white and blue. Staging and check in will start at 9am. Line up for the parade entries is on West Victoria Drive. The Parade will step off at the Alpine Woman’s Club at 10am and march west down Alpine Boulevard to Tavern Road. Following the parade everyone is invited to join in the festival at the Alpine Community Center Park. Please note: For safety reasons there will be no tossing of candy or other items from
the parade entries.

Download forms here: to be a sponsor, for a parade entry form, or to have a game or vendor booth at the Festival. Please note we will have a Veterans Float again this year. Contact Ray Meanor if you would like to walk or ride with us. To see what our Parade & Festival were like last year, take a look at this video.

 

Alpine Chamber of Commerce Hot Topics Breakfast – June 11, 2019

Alpine Chamber of Commerce Hot Topics Breakfast! Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7:15am at The Alpine Woman’s Club (Town Hall), 2156 Alpine Blvd. Alpine Ca 91901. Join us for a presentation by Sal Fillippone on business software and streamlining administrative duties. Cost: $20. For reservations please call Lori at 619-44-2772 or email Lori@AlpineChamber.com or RSVP HERE

Chamber to Launch Government Affairs Committee in Response to SANDAG Plan that Shelves Long-Planned Freeway Expansions

The Alpine Chamber has been a voice for small business since 1961, but the time has come to formally organize ourselves and express our concerns to the powers-that-be. The Chamber is assembling a “Government Affairs Committee” to address a paradigm shift at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) concerning voter-approved highway funding. We believe these new policies will stifle economic and job growth in Alpine.

To quote a recent letter from Supervisor Diane Jacobs to the Board of Supervisors:
“On April 26, 2019 SANDAG Staff unveiled a new vision for the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) that identifies numerus new public transit projects while removing the unfunded highway projects promised to voters in 2004. If adopted, this reallocation of TransNet funding will degrade the confidence of San Diego’s voters and contribute to worsening traffic conditions throughout the region.”

Of particular concern to the Alpine Chamber is the potential loss of a long-promised plan to expand Interstate-8 to three lanes between 2nd Ave in El Cajon to Los Coches. Alpine businesses and residents agree that the expansion will provide much needed relief from traffic congestion. Indeed, the average commute time for Alpine residents in 2017 was half an hour with nearly 1 in 4 residents having a commute time exceeding 45 minutes. Simply put, time spent in traffic is time wasted. It has a negative impact on business and quality-of-life.

Again, to quote Supervisor Diane Jacobs:
“Businesses throughout San Diego rely on the region’s road network on a daily basis for a multitude of reasons. Residents in rural communities do have reliable access to public transit and they need cars to get to jobs, schools, and other communities. Also, a functioning road network is crucial to public safety. The fires that have occurred in our region are a testament to the need for improvements to congested roads and highways.”

The Alpine Chamber is calling on community leaders in Alpine to come together to fight for our interests and stand up to policy-makers who ignore the will of the voter. Our new committee will act as a unified voice and as an essential part of the decision-making process.

If you are interested in serving on the Government Affairs Committee, please contact Executive Director, Alex Ward, at alex@alpinechamber.com or (619) 445-2722 soon.

Alpine Chamber Hot Topics Breakfast: Senator Brian Jones Office Presentation – May 14, 2019

Alpine Chamber of Commerce Hot Topics Breakfast! Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 7:15am at Janet’s Montana Cafe, 2506 Alpine Blvd. Alpine Ca 91901. Join us for a presentation by Andrew Hayes, Office of State Senator Brian W. Jones. Cost: $20. For reservations please call Lori at 619-44-2772 or email Lori@AlpineChamber.com or RSVP HERE

Alpine Celebrates 21 Years as America’s FIRST Community Wildlife Habitat

How did Alpine, California become the nation’s first certified Community Wildlife Habitat? It all started in the late 1990s with Maureen Austin, an avid gardener and the founder of C.H.I.R.P. (Center to Help Instill Respect for Garden Wildlife, Inc.). She encouraged the Alpine community to create wildlife habitats in their home gardens and places of business. One by one, residents began sending in their applications to have their gardens certified by the National Wildlife Federation, and in no time at all, Alpine had more Certified Wildlife Habitat® gardens than any other city in the country.

The wildlife garden in front of the John Dewitt Historic Museum and Library. Photo by Alpine CWH program

On May 1, 1998, the National Wildlife Federation designated Alpine as “America’s First Community Wildlife Habitat.” Thanks to Ms. Austin’s efforts, there are nearly 200 Certified Wildlife Habitats® throughout Alpine, and this number continues to grow as each property owner does their small part to benefit the community and wildlife. All one needs to do to create a Certified Wildlife Habitat® is to supply water, food, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young.

Tom and Judy Myers took over for Ms. Austin. Photo by Alpine CWH program

The Alpine Historical and Conservation Society received its wildlife habitat certification in March 1998, and this year members have created a wildlife habitat garden exhibit at their museum, the John Dewitt Historic Museum and Library. Tom and Judy Myers created the habitat garden plan, focused on drought-tolerant native species, and volunteers Helen Porter, Babs Rosenberg, Baltazar Marquez and Carlette Anderson helped with the planting.

River rocks sit in the middle of the garden, and planted around the rocks are coral bells, monkey flower, ceanothus, baja fairy duster, John Dourley manzanitas, Margarita BOP penstemon, purple sage and native sunflowers. The existing aloes were retained, and they installed a toad adobe, birdhouse, solitary bee hotel, and fountain.

One of the volunteers, Babs, helping plant. Photo by Alpine CWH program

Alpine’s Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) is working to restore and enhance the two known populations of San Diego thornmint (Acanthomintha ilicifolia) found at Wright’s Field Preserve, located across the street from the museum. This delicate member of the mint family is the “most endangered” plant in San Diego County.

Many native thornmint populations in San Diego County have already been lost to urban development, competition from non-native species, and other disturbances. At one point there were approximately 450 thornmint plants growing in Wright’s Field, but by 2012, that number was down to less than 50 plants. In 2013, BCLT received funding from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) through their Environmental Mitigation Program grants to begin restoration and enhancement of the thornmint populations back to mid-1990s levels.

The area’s popular Sage & Songbirds festival, previously organized by C.H.I.R.P., has been reinvented in a new format by the Alpine Garden Club and renamed “Waterwise and Butterflies.” This annual event is held the first Saturday in May and features sales of plants selected to promote drought-tolerant habitat gardening. A wide array of vendors offer items to enhance wildlife habitat gardens.

No matter how large or small your property is, you can create a wildlife habitat in your garden. Even an apartment patio can provide enough space for a small bird bath, a few native plants, a bird house and a bird feeder. Birds and other wildlife will be able to find the resources provided for them.

Click HERE to find out how to certify YOUR GARDEN!

Carlette Anderson, an Alpine Historical and Conservation Society board member and Director of the Community Wildlife Habitat Program in Alpine, CA, contributed to this post

FREE Workshop: Powering Your Small Business with SDG&E at the Alpine Library – May 7, 2019

FREE Workshop: The Alpine Chamber of Commerce Presents “Powering Your Small Business with SDG&E”. Join us at at the Alpine Library on Tuesday May 7, 2019 at 1:30pm. Curious about your energy bill? Attend this great workshop and receive assistance from on-hand SDG&E representatives. SDG&E representatives will be on hand to help change energy rate plans on the spot, so be sure to bring account information and a device that connects to the internet. RSVP for this event at www.alpinechamber.com or call 619-445-2722

The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd Alpine, CA 91901. For more info please call us at (619) 445-4221 or email albranch1752@gmail.com Visit our website at www.sdcl.org

SDG&E Begins Transitioning Customers to Time-Of-Use Plans

As part of a California Public Utilities Commission initiative to support the state’s continuing shift to clean energy, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will begin to transition their residential customers to new Time-of-Use (TOU) pricing plans starting in March. Approximately 750,000 customers – roughly 75,000-100,000 per month – will be moved to TOU plans by mid-2020. These plans are designed to give customers more choices and control over their energy bills. TOU plans offer customers two ways to save: by shifting electricity use to lower cost hours of the day, before 4 p.m. or after 9 p.m., and/or by reducing overall usage. TOU plans are designed to encourage a cleaner power grid by using energy when renewable resources, like solar power, are readily available. SDG&E began communicating with the first ~100,000 customers three months prior to them transitioning to their new plan. Direct mail and emails were distributed to the customers notifying them of the transition and included tips and other information about their new plan. Throughout the year, as more customers are transitioned, SDG&E will continue to distribute direct mail and email notifications, and information via multiple communications channels, including social media, TV, radio, and print.

“The transition to Time-of-Use plans marks a big milestone in California’s journey toward a clean energy future,” said SDG&E vice president of customer services Scott Crider. “We are committed to helping our customers through this transition.”  Small shifts in electricity use can make a big difference. By running the dishwasher or doing laundry during off-peak hours, customers can benefit from lower prices when enrolled in a TOU plan. Customers who use high amounts of energy due to air conditioners, pool pumps and other devices can lower their monthly bills if they are able to shift the operation of those devices outside of 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. More tips can be found at sdge.com/whenmatters. Existing customers who are transitioning can try a new TOU plan risk-free for up to one year. If they end up spending more on energy than when they were on their original plan, they will receive a bill credit for the difference. They can track their progress during the year with a price comparison chart that will appear on their monthly bill. The risk-free period does not apply to new customers or customers who have recently connected a solar system.  While SDG&E will begin transitioning customers in March, the company has offered TOU plans to its residential customers for more than a decade. Currently, approximately 150,000 residential and 80,000 business customers are enrolled in a TOU plan, including TOU plans designed for electric vehicle owners. Customers who transition to a TOU plan can switch back to their original plan at any time. Customers are encouraged to log in to the MyAccount portal on sdge.com to compare their pricing plan options.

 

New Spring ART & MUSIC FESTIVAL Event Comes to Alpine! – April 13, 2019

Alpine Chamber of Commerce brings together artists, musicians, craftspeople, and vendors from across San Diego’s Backcountry for a fun-filled exhibition and festival.

The first-ever Spring Art & Music Festival presented by Viejas Casino & Resort, Saturday, April 13, 2019, will feature a diverse line-up of artistic offerings including performances by local musicians, a judged art competition, and children’s art activities. “Alpine is bursting with creative people,” said Chamber Executive Director, Alex Ward. “But until now there has not been a good outlet for these folks to showcase their talents. The Spring Art & Music Festival is our solution to that problem.” This event will be free and open to everyone starting at 10:00 a.m. and going until 7:00 p.m.

The Spring Art & Music Festival is a new kind of experience designed to captivate, stimulate, and inspire visitors with intimate performances by local musicians and culturally relevant fine art. Conveniently located at the Alpine Community Center (1830 Alpine Blvd.) the Festival is set to completely takeover the grounds. Inside the community center will be three art galleries. Two galleries will house fine art entered into judged contests with cash prizes; one for adult artists and one for youth artists. The third gallery will house fine art and crafts for sale to the public. Join us at the main stage at 2:00pm when we announce the winners of this year’s art show!

Adjacent to the community center, musicians will perform on the outdoor stage in the park. We’re excited to welcome, among others, Miles Moynier, a local Guitarist who performs a variety of solo instrumental guitar music including Nuevo Flamenco, Jazz, Classical and Popular music. He currently has six CDs on iTunes and Amazon.com. Timeless Tunes with Patee and Gary Spurlock will be performing Cabaret style music and great selections from the legendary Frank Sinatra. Brendan Prout will also be performing with his band. Prout is a local minister at Quest Church San Diego. Prout says, “This is going to be a great event! Nothing is better at bringing people together than music, art and great food!”

Flanking the park will be food and craft vendors. Local favorites, La Birrieria, Quick Stop Grill, Just Smother It, Fat Side Up BBQ, and Kali Foods will be serving up delicious food in a variety of cuisines. After a good meal, visitors can browse the assortment of handcrafted jewelry, soaps, and Boho clothing vendors. There’s sure to be something special for everyone!

The centerpiece of the outdoor festival experience will be the beer and wine garden sponsored by Alpine Beer Company and Granite Lion Cellars. Visitors to the beverage garden will have their pick of four unique Alpine Beer Co. brews: Duet, HFS, Irish Red, or Emerson and a selection of red and white wine varieties grown right here in the Backcountry! Join us April 13 to sip, shop, and savor the arts!

The Alpine Chamber of Commerce would like to acknowledge the following partners for their support of this event: Viejas Casino & Resort, Alpine Community Center, Alpine Kiwanis Club, Quest Church, Alpine Beer Company, Granite Lion Cellars, PostalAnnex of Alpine, Alpine Library, and Alpine Union School District.

For more information on the Spring Art & Music Festival, please visit alpinechamber.com or call (619) 445-2722. Alpine Chamber of Commerce staff will be available for comment, interview, or on-site tours of the Festival.

Alpine Chamber of Commerce HOT TOPIC Monthly Networking Brunch – April 9, 2019

Alpine Chamber of Commerce HOT TOPIC Monthly Brunch – Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 7:14am at the Alpine Community Center. Cost is $20. Come and join us for a great breakfast and local networking event. Chris Wiley will be presenting at our monthly meeting.  He is introducing the East County Transitional Living Center, a worthy outreach organization that offers chances to those who want to make a better life! To RSVP, Prepay or more info please visit www.alpinechamber.com

Calling All Artisans, Artists, Crafters & Musicians! New Spring Festival Event Comes to Alpine! – April 13, 2019

The Alpine Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in our exciting new Spring Festival event!

Alpine is celebrating Spring with arts, Crafts and Music on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Alpine Community Center ( 1830 Alpine Blvd.)! Let your individuality shine as a vendor, musician or display artist at this first ever event.  We are planning an indoor display of local artists’ work, as well a park full of vendors and music for everyone to enjoy, while having the choice of local food fare and a hopping beer garden!  This will be Alpine’s cultural jubilation! Vendor spots are $40.

For more information please call The Alpine Chamber of Commerce at 619-445-2722 or email info@alpinechamber.com or visit our webpage, www.alpinechamber.com.