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VILLAGE CHILDREN’S CENTER – BIG, HOT, ‘N JUICY FUNDRAISER

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Village Children’s Center and Sylvester’s are teaming up to bring you delicious combo meals and to raise money for the preschool. These cards make great gifts for any occasion: Father’s Day, graduations, and birthdays. Give them to your child’s teacher as a thank you at the end of the school year; give one to your postman, a fireman, or a policeman; use them as stocking stuffers when you celebrate Christmas in July! Or keep them for yourself to enjoy a delicious burger now and then.

Here’s how it works: Purchase a Sylvester’s gift card for $10.00 before July 15, 2018. Tickets are available by contacting the Village Children’s Center at 805-528-1671 or villagelososos@gmail.com. Each Fundraiser Combo meal includes one 1/3-pound burger, small fries, and a medium drink. Dine in or take out before the expiration date. 30% of all proceeds are returned to Village Children’s Center. Gift cards are good through November 4, 2018.

May 22, 2018 |

What’s New at the County Assessor’s Office

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The Assessor, in collaboration with County IT, initiated the “Open Text Upgrade and Assessor Records Transformation” project. The project will continue throughout FY 2018-19. The project includes the scanning of over 2,200,000 paper documents in over 168,000 parcel files, the creation of a digital parcel file library within the OpenText document management environment, and developing many workflows combined with business process re-engineering to handle most of the Department’s work activities. Packing files in preparation for Shipment HAS BEGUN!!!

Packing files in preparation for Shipment HAS BEGUN!!!

How might this affect you?

  • May be a short delay in retrieving your file if it is off site being digitized.

How will it benefit you?

  • Access to all files for staff and property owners from either office location.
  • Better efficiencies for Staff.
  • Better service for you!
Note: Digital parcel file documents will not be available to property owners or the general public on the website.
When will the project be complete? June – July 2019
County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St., Ste. D360, SLO, CA 93408 (805) 781-5643 Fax: (805) 781-5641 Web Site: slocounty.ca.gov/assessor
April 13, 2018 |

Tips for Cash-Strapped Small Businesses on How to Grow

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As a small business owner, you may find yourself in a bit of a pickle in today’s competitive market: you feel like you need to grow in order to increase profits, but you don’t feel like you currently have the funds to do so. The good news is that there are ways to grow your business even if you are working on a limited budget. Here are some tips.

Look for alternative sources of funding

There’s no rule that says the only way to increase your cash reserves is through your business’ profits. If you’re looking for capital to grow, you should consider other options. Forbes suggests looking to friends and family, small business loans, and angel investors. The former must be treated with caution. There’s always a risk to personal relationships when you throw business and money into the mix. You might also consider approaching your local Small Business Development Center or similar organizations to help you plan and pay for growth. Another option to consider is crowdfunding. Sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe present a new funding opportunity for small businesses. If you have a good business idea, people will want to support it.

Be smart about hiring

If you’re going to hire employees, make sure you hire ones to manage your current workload and tasks first, before hiring employees for tasks and strategies you want to implement in the future. Employees are a major drain on your bottom line, so be shrewd. For example, you wouldn’t want to hire a marketing specialist if you’re already drowning in active projects.

Look to lower-cost labor. Interns are a great option for some growing businesses. You don’t have to pay interns as much (either in salary or in benefits) and by using interns you’re building your employee pool for when you do want to hire full-time.

Of course, there’s always the concept of sweat equity. You can take on much of the work yourself, boosting the value of your company by the sheer effort you put into it, saving money on employee costs.

Let your existing customers do the heavy lifting

Leveraging your loyal clientele is a low-cost way to help your business grow. Many business owners only focus on new customer acquisition when they think about growth, but this is a mistake. Your current customers are the best marketing resource that you have. Ask your customers to refer your business to others. If you go above and beyond for them, they will gladly do this for you. The more you impress your customers, the more likely they are to sing your praises on social media. Keep them engaged through email newsletters, Facebook, digital blog content, and more. Offer special offers, services, or financial incentives for drumming up business for you.

Try low-cost marketing techniques

Social media is only one low-cost marketing technique – and there are plenty more to consider. Try teaming up with other local businesses for cross-promotional events. Join local business advocacy groups. Sponsor a local event. Hold contests to give away excess inventory. Offer your services to a local charity group. When it comes to getting your business name out there, you have to think outside the box.

It’s tempting to go the traditional route when it comes to growing your business – high-cost TV and print advertising, inventory expansion, hiring a bigger team, etc. – even if it puts you into debt. But if you’re truly cash-strapped, you should first consider these low-cost ways to promote and grow your business: look for alternative funding, be conservative in your hiring practices, explore all sorts of marketing pathways, and lean on your loyal customers for promotion, partnerships, and referrals.

April 10, 2018 |

County Reports Good Financial Status in Second Quarter

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – The County of San Luis Obispo was in good financial shape at the end of the second quarter of this fiscal year, according to a recent report.

The County Administrative Office presented the Fiscal Year 2017-18 Second Quarter Financial Report to the Board of Supervisors at yesterday’s public meeting. The report provides an overview of the County’s financial position in the second quarter of the current fiscal year, which took place between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017.

According to the report, the County’s spending levels and revenue streams were on par, for the most part, with last year. By the end of the second quarter, the County had received
$226.4 million or 37 percent of estimated revenue, which includes property and sales tax, collected license and permit fees, fines, forfeitures, penalties, and other financing sources. The County had only spent about 40 percent of the amount budgeted for expenses for the year at the end of the second quarter.

The County also received more than $75,000 in donations, which were designated to appropriate programs and services. Most County departments reported that their budgets were on track at the end of the second quarter. However, there were some areas of concern reported.

Some items of note for the second quarter included:

  • The County Behavioral Health Department expects a revenue shortfall at year-end.
  • The County’s actions to implement the State’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) has had a minimal impact on this year’s finances.
  • Airports reported a 30 percent increase in passenger boarding numbers.
  • Dairy Creek Golf Course’s lack of sufficient revenue will require a large subsidy from the General Fund, as authorized by the Board of Supervisors.
  • The County’s Department of Social Services reported more than $285,000 in unbudgeted expenses related to In-Home Support Services, due to shifts at the State level. But these will be offset by unexpected growth in various revenue sources.

The County is continuing to closely monitor expenses of the current fiscal year, as it expects a budget deficit next fiscal year. For more information, visit www.slocounty.ca.gov.

March 7, 2018 |

January 2018 Business of the Month – Los Osos Fitness

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Los Osos Fitness has been providing the community with exercise opportunities since 1994. Originally located at the old 10th Street Gym location, owner Terry Brown remodeled the old Miner’s Ace Hardware space and moved the gym to it’s current location in 2000.
Los Osos Fitness employs 36 fitness experts including manager Laura Watson, has almost 10% of the population as members, and over the years has provided the space, equipment and instruction for over 1.4 million workouts.

 

January 30, 2018 |

December 2017 Business of the Month – Jingle Bell Shoppe

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Jingle Bell Shoppe (owner Dee Corcoran) celebrates ALL the holidays – from the ones you would normally consider to all the others such as birthdays, anniversaries, new births, special events and accomplishments, or just plain having a good day.

Looking for a Los Osos Bear? Jingle Bell Shoppe is where you will find a unique teddy bear that provides special memories associated with Los Osos. Stop by for a visit Tuesday through Saturday at 1230-C Los Osos Valley Road!

January 15, 2018 |

New Hires: How Employers Can Find The Right Person For The Job

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The hiring process can be a long, tedious one for both employers and potential hires, and for many, it can be a frustrating one as well. Finding the right person for the job who also has a great work ethic and availability sometimes seems impossible, but for most companies, it’s imperative in order to keep standards high and turnover low.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do during the onboarding process to help things go smoothly and narrow down the field a bit. You’ll want to place an emphasis on the long-term goals of the job rather than focusing on the day-to-day tasks, in part so you can ascertain which applicants are willing to go the extra mile, but also to see what sort of ideas they have in regards to the future of the company and their role in it.

Whether you work with a large corporation or own a small business, here are some of the best tips on how to do just that.

Find out their long-term goals

Talk to your applicant about their long-term goals; where do they see themselves in five or ten years? Opening up the conversation about where they want to be in the foreseeable future will allow you to suss out whether they’re right for the job.

It’s also important to talk about the long-term goals of the position itself. While you’ll want to take into consideration which specific skills the applicant has, you need to also look into the future a bit to see the big picture. Don’t focus solely on the day-to-day tasks; rather, take into consideration whether the individual has what it takes to lead the position to success.

“Achieving goals is often about making tradeoffs when things don’t go as planned. Employees need to understand the bigger picture to make those tradeoffs when things go wrong,” says Professor Linda Hill of Harvard Business School.

A great example would be if you were to hire a contractor; of course you want assurance that he or she can do all the individual tasks the job requires, but the long-term goals are of concern, as well. What sort of milestones can he or she set within the job, and what is the timeline for those? How will any problems be handled should they arise? Will they be able and willing to work with others to achieve their goal? There are many questions involved during the hiring process; you can find out more in regards to finding the right contractor for the job here.

In short, you can train just about anyone to perform most tasks, but it takes a special person to fit all the requirements of a position with long-term goals.

Be specific

One of the best ways you can make the hiring process go smoothly is to ensure you’re as specific as possible when it’s time to write out the job description, especially if you’re posting it online for candidates to read before applying. Studies have shown that when companies give a specific job listing and include what they can do for the employee–rather than the other way around–they attract a higher number of positively-rated applicants than the companies that list their needs and demands.

Consider the applicant’s other skills

While it’s certainly attractive to potential employers when an applicant has all the necessary skills for the job at hand, it’s important not to forget about the other skillsets: social, emotional, and the ability to communicate. After all, a person with experience in the field may be terrible with clients because he can’t put them at ease, while an individual without much training but great interpersonal skills can be taught how to perform day-to-day tasks easily.

Remember that the hiring process can be overwhelming at times and can lead to stress, so try not to take too much onto yourself. Ask for help when you need it to avoid becoming burnt out, and when all else fails, try a new tactic during the hiring process.

 

January 10, 2018 |

Chamber Trip to Pompeii and Amalfi Coast

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CI Destinations along with Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce will be offering a fully escorted tour of the beautiful Amalfi Coast, October 24, 2018.

$3099 based on double occupancy

BROCHURE

The Amalfi Coast is a captivating combination of great beauty and gripping drama: coastal mountains dotted with picturesque towns and lush forests plunge into the sea. UNESCO had the entire area declared a World Heritage Site in 1997 for its unarguable beauty and uniqueness of its natural landscape. Mountains erupt from the waters of the Mediterranean and pastel-painted buildings cascade down cliffs. This is the Amalfi Coast – a handful of villages that will be the backdrop for your journey. Travel the amazing Amafli coast, taking in the view that inspired countless artists and gain historical perspectives. From your home hotel in Maioriare, visit Positano and Ravello, cross the Gulf of Naples to visit the enchanting Isle of Capri. Take in the archaeological sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii, and the Greek ruins of Paestum. End this amazing experience in Rome as all roads in Italy lead to Rome.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Maiori/Amalfi Coast
  • Ravello
  • Naples
  • Capri (optional)
  • Solerno & Pasteum
  • Pompeii
  • Rome

INCLUSIONS:

  • Round Trip Airfare and Airport Transportation
  • Airline Fuel Surcharges, Taxes and Fees
  • 7 Nights First Class Hotel
  • 10 Meals (7B, 3D)
  • Sightseeing Per Itinerary
  • Admissions Per Itinerary
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Baggage Handling
  • Hotel Transfers

$599 – Optional 2 night Rome Post Tour Extension – Includes deluxe motor coach, 2 breakfasts, Rome city tour, and professional tour director.

December 14, 2017 |

November 2017 Business of the Month – Los Osos Rexall

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L. to R.: Cheri Grimm, Cheri Grimm Bookkeeping; Debra Garcia, Golden Anchor Financial Services; Jim Stanfill; Megan and Jason Tewell, Los Osos Rexall; Richard Joseph; Chad Carroll, Baywood Ale House; Gabe Quiroz, Farmers Insurance.

Los Osos Rexall has proudly served the community of Los Osos for over 35 years. Working side by side, Gary and Judi Tewell turned Rexall into an independent pharmacy and top rated gift shop focused on bringing the best customer service possible to their customers. Their son, Jason, began working as pharmacist in charge in 2010 and took over operations when Gary and Judi retired in 2015. Jason has continued his parents’ legacy by providing quality pharmacy care to patients and gifts for every recipient and occasion. Rexall has a friendly and knowledgeable staff, offers complimentary gift wrapping, delivers prescriptions to Los Osos, Morro Bay, and SLO, hosts fun seasonal events like the Holiday Open House and Pajama Party, and constantly brings in new gift merchandise for your shopping pleasure.

 

 

November 27, 2017 |

October 2017 Business of the Month – SLO Roasted Coffee

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SLO Roasted Coffee was started in 1984 by founder, Norman Galloway, and his wife, Gail. Thirty one years later the company is owned by the second generation of coffee entrepreneurs, daughter, Julie, and son, Chris. With the foundation of service and quality they have held true to the values their father created. With the third generation in training they continue to providing quality coffee at an affordable price. That is why at SLO Roasted Coffee they say “Don’t Just Drink Coffee Enjoy it!”

October 21, 2017 |
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