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Amid the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, there have also been moments of brightness. Citizens making music together from their balconies in Italy. People braving the supermarket to buy staples for elderly neighbors. Athletes donating money to hourly workers and staff whose jobs are in limbo.
Among the bright spots are the inspiring ways small businesses are getting creative to keep offering their goods and services. Notable examples include restaurants offering curbside pickup, fitness centers hosting virtual workout classes, and local retailers delivering purchases. Here are a few more ideas for small businesses looking for alternative sales avenues.
Food is the ingredient that binds us together. Support these local restaurants during these trying times –
Click here for – Info on restaurants in Los Osos and SLO County.
- The Blue Heron Restaurant
- Jimmy Bump’s Pasta House
- Back Bay Cafe
- Nardonne’s Pizzeria Baywood Park – Closed on Tuesdays
- Nichols Pizza N Grill – CLOSED
- Domino’s Pizza
- La Palapa-Baywood
- Martin’s Restaurant – temporary closed
- SLO Roasted Coffee
- The Clubhouse Grill at Sea Pines
- La Casita Mexican Food
- Sylvester’s Burgers-Los Osos
- The Greasy Weiner
- Yogurt Paradise
- Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant – temporary closed
- Noi’s and Doi’s 2nd Street Cafe – temporary closed
- Pagnol Bakery
- La Casita
- Sylvester’s Burgers
- Celia’s Garden Cafe – opening soon for take out
- San Miguel Market
If your business needs prep or have questions about the SBA loan, this video from Wednesday’s Central Coast Coalition of Chambers webinar is very helpful.
Soak up the sun and spot the stars in the French Riviera. Strung along 71 miles of azure coastline, this is the glamour capital of France, where grand hotels line fashionable seaside promenades, mega-yachts dock next to fishermen unloading the day’s catch, and the gently lapping waters of the Mediterranean sparkle invitingly. For a chance to walk the red carpet, visit Cannes. This formerly sleepy fishing village transforms into a playground for the ultra-rich each year during the Cannes Film Festival. Take in a film, amble along La Croisette—Cannes’s glitzy promenade and keep a lookout for celebrity sightings. As the French Riviera’s largest city and unofficial capital, Nice is sure to delight with its world-class art museums, stellar dining, and old-world decadence. Explore the lively markets or wander through the narrow alleys and cobblestone lanes of the historic Old Town, perhaps stopping for a warm bowl of bouillabaisse, the region’s famous fish stew, along the way. $2999 Early Deposit by March 31st/$3099* – DEPARTURE DATE, OCTOBER 16, 2020
*per person double occupancy
7 Nights at a 4 star hotel in Cannes – home of the World Famous Film Festival
St. Paul De Vence
INCLUSIONS: Round trip airfare, Airline fuel surcharges, 7 nights first class hotel, 12 meals (7B, 1L, 4D), sightseeing per itinerary, professional tour manager, baggage handling and hotel transfers.
We want to thank Sage ecological Landscapes for sponsoring this summer’s Water Conservation Fair and for their continued efforts in supporting water conservation in the Los Osos/Baywood Park community.
Lyrics and Melodies Studio came from humble beginnings. In 2010, Lacey and Danielle McNamara began teaching private voice and piano lessons in the living room of a tiny San Luis apartment while parents waited at the kitchen table. In 2017, they moved into their beautiful studio home in Los Osos, right next to the Asian Market.
In 2014, they began Mini Melodies, offering parent participation-based music classes using the international Music Together® curriculum. Working with students from birth is an amazing experience. It has allowed attendees to help make the world a more musical place and encourages families to become music makers rather than simply music consumers. As their venue and programs grow, so do their dreams. They hope that Lyrics and Melodies Studio will be a place where you can come to effectively learn your instrument (voice, piano, ukulele, or guitar) and be a place with a sense of community, a second home, and a musical family.
“When we were literally inviting people into our home for lessons, the sense of family came with the nature of the location. Now that we have a dedicated studio space, we want to continue that feeling by offering opportunities to create that bond outside of your lesson time. We now have group classes, camps, workshops, and events where our students of all ages and their families can continue their musical education and continue to grow the musical connection we foster.”
We are excited that our local neighbors are blissfully enjoying the variety, the values and the fun we have been providing you since November 2016. We love to meet our neighbors, share the WOW experience and help our community. The whole month of July is our Independence from Hunger campaign. If you give $5, your get $5 off….ask for details! Thank you again Los Osos and Baywood Park. We appreciate the recognition and strive to make it a wonderful visit, when you come to see what we have in store for you today.
Nardonne’s Pizzeria opened up in 1976, right here in the heart of Baywood Park. We have enjoyed being a part of the community for over 40 years and we are very happy to be able to serve our local patrons and visitors alike! We serve hand-rolled, homemade Sicilian style pizza, calzones, and sandwiches. We also have fresh salads with all homemade dressing options, a great list of craft beer and wine, a patio for large parties, and an arcade for the kids! Thank you to all of our supporters, we couldn’t do it without you!
Rabobank, N.A. (National Association) is an award-winning, nationally chartered bank serving California communities grounded in agriculture. Headquartered in Roseville, Calif., and with more than $13 billion in assets, Rabobank provides a wide range of financial products and services for individual, business, and food-and-agribusiness customers. Its 100 branches, multi-function ATMs, and online and mobile banking resources empower Californians to bank when, where and how they want. Committed to service, Rabobank’s more than 1,500 employees take pride in improving their communities personally and professionally. Rabobank, N.A. is a Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender. Visit www.rabobankamerica.com.
The County of San Luis Obispo has granted $300,000 in economic development funds for a project that will set the foundation to develop future jobs on the Central Coast. On Tuesday, April 23, the County Board of Supervisors approved a $300,000 grant agreement with the Hourglass Project to be used for the development of a Central Coast Jobs Roadmap and Action Plan. The grant funding provided by the County will make up about 35 percent of the total funding required for the project. Non-governmental agencies and organizations in the private sector will provide most of the remaining funding needed for the project. “The economic health and vibrancy of our community is critical to this place we all love to call home and our region needs a path forward with the coming closure of Diablo Canyon,” said Guy Savage, Assistant County Administrative Officer. “This project is a public-private partnership that will provide an actionable approach to helping us all work together to restructure and build a stable local economy.” The funding was made possible through Senate Bill (SB) 1090, which was authored by Senator Monning and signed into law by Governor Brown in September 2018 to, in part, ease the local impact of the closure of Diablo Canyon Power Plant. SB 1090 ensured that the community would receive $85 million in Community Impact Mitigation Funds, which are broken into two components: The Economic Development Fund ($10 million) and the Essential Services Mitigation Fund ($75 million). Roughly half of the Essential Services Mitigation Funds will go to local schools to support and maintain critical programs. To date, the County has received $400,000 of this funding. The remaining $100,000 will be held for other grant purposes or for use to further assess the local impacts of the closure of the power plant. For more information, visit www.slocounty.ca.gov
Carstairs Energy provides fast, professional, and affordable energy compliance documentation including Residential and Commercial Title 24 and HVAC Design Services in all areas of California. Carstairs Energy also provides Home Energy Rating Services, whole house energy audits, and Green Point Rating in San Luis Obispo County.
Energy-Wise Realty is a full service real estate agency serving all of San Luis Obispo County specializing in new construction and energy efficient properties. We guarantee dedicated service and personal attention to all our client’s requests from the first point of contact to the signing of the purchase agreement and beyond. Our listing package includes professional photos, Virtual house tour, online and social media advertising as well as agent hosted open house events.
Cheri Grimm Bookkeeping has been in business here in Los Osos since 1996. Cheri is a “Julie Orr trained” bookkeeper both in technique and in community involvement. Anyone who met Julie knew that she believed owning a business in Los Osos came with it a responsibility to contribute to the wellbeing of Los Osos. As Julie was, Cheri is very involved in many different community projects – including the LOBP Chamber, Kiwanis Club of Bay Osos, the Finance Advisory Committee of the LOCSD, among others. As a small, home-based business, Cheri Grimm Bookkeeping has provided jobs and training for several local people over the years. She says one of the joys and privileges of being an employer is working with people who start with little experience to the job, mentoring them for a time, and then helping them move on to another job with more “career” opportunity. She loves sharing in their success. Another real joy for Cheri is having clients who have been with her for 20 years. She says, “I have the best clients in the world. They are wonderful people, running great businesses, and I’m honored to be their bookkeeper.” She works with several different kinds of businesses and loves the variety. Cheri is also excited to announce that Cheri Grimm Bookkeeping is becoming CG Bookkeeping – her daughter, Christina Grimm, has come on board as her partner. Cheri says, “I love my job, and will continue to work as long as I’m physically and mentally able – and now I get to turn over the daily running of the office to Christina. This is the best of both worlds!”
Your career is what you make of it, and putting in the extra effort from the moment you land that interview sets you off on the right foot. It’s not just about putting on your best interview outfit and a smile before you meet the hiring managers. The best interviewees are the ones who know the company and its goals while being able to clearly demonstrate how they will contribute to its overall success.
Prepare and Practice
For a lot of us, it’s not so easy to get over the butterflies before you meet with hiring managers, but that nervousness is easily spotted, possibly making you look weak. The keys to being ready for your big interview are preparation and practice. To prepare, do your homeworkand look into what potential questions interviewers present in your field. Look over industry topics that may be brought up so you aren’t caught off guard not knowing what they’re talking about. And, of course, have your resume and portfolio professionally printedso you have easy access to your work history in case it comes up during the interview.
One way to prepare is to have a friend lend a hand. Write out interview questions you expect to be asked and role play with your companion until you’re comfortable giving the answers that demonstrate your unique qualities. Once you feel comfortable, step away. Over-rehearsingcan end with you sounding insincere and fake, which can be just as bad a deterrent as being underprepared.
How to Learn about a Company
Unless it’s a startup in its very early stages, you should be able to find out a lotabout the company’s values and goals through online resources like their webpage and social media accounts. Business accounts for platforms like Facebook and Twitter are great resources when you want to get a feel for “who” the company is. Notice the tone of the copy and any outside-industry posts they make that possibly reflect the culture. Aligning yourself with the company identity from the get-go communicates to hiring managers that you’re a great fit.
Reviewsfrom former employees on sites like Glassdoor and Indeed can be helpful, but note that reviews do not reflect objective quality. Rather, reviews are highly subjective, capricious, and circumstantial. Furthermore, only a tiny subset of people actually leave them compared to the actual number of those who have worked for the company. Feel free to gloss over former employee reviews, but take them with a grain of salt.
The Day of the Interview
When it’s finally time for the big show, make sure you are well-rested, well-groomed, and presentable. Have at least five copies of your resume, a list of references, and your portfolio if you have one. Go over your notes and possible questions so they are fresh on your mind. It also helps to come up with a go-to transition phrase that you can use when you’re trying to catch your thoughts. Instead of letting dead air between the question and answer, fill it with something like “Now, that is a great question. I think I would have to say….”
Another thing that can really help before a big interview: meditation. While the word may conjure up images of New Age practitioners and yoga classes, the truth is some of the most successful business people in the world meditate on a daily basis. Before you leave for your interview, sit in comfort and concentrate on your breath. Set your intention to succeed in your interview and land that dream job. Any negative thoughts or emotions that pop up during your meditation should be recognized then dismissed. After about 10 to 20 minutes of mindful meditation, you’ll be ready for your interview.
Interviewing for your dream job is nerve-wracking, but you can land the job if you walk in prepared. Do diligent research not just on the company’s products and services, but also their company culture and values. Wrangle a friend to help you with practice interview questions but avoid over-rehearsing. Finally, put yourself in the right headspace before you meet with hiring managers by meditating on your intention to get that job you want.
Luis Quiroz, owner, and staff Connie and Hope are long time residents of the Central Coast, they look forward to personally addressing your insurance needs…we are Farmers..
Pictured left to to right: Lynette Tornatzky, LOBP Chamber Board Secretary; Luis Quiroz and Hope Cornejo of Farmers ; Jim Stanfill, LOBP Chamber Past President.
(Pictured left to right) Chamber Board Member Tony Lindstrom, Golden State Water; Kathy Van Beurden, Leon Van Beurden, Kai the dog, Jill Stow, James Gaberel, Jennifer Buentiempo of Bay Osos Brokers & Property Management
We are a full-service Real Estate and Property Management Company with more than 30 years of experience specializing in the Central Coast, from Pismo Beach to Cambria, including houses and properties for sale in Morro Bay, Los Osos and Cayucos. Additionally, we manage hundreds of rental properties and multiple storage facilities, giving the residents of the Central Coast a one-stop shop for all of their Real Estate needs.
Golden State Water Proudly Serves Los Osos With Quality Water and Exceptional Customer Care
(Pictured left to right: Gabriel Quiroz, Farmers Insurance; Tony Lindstrom, Melissa Ruiz, Mark Zimmer of Golden State Water; Jim Stanfill and Lynette Tornatzky)
Golden State Water Company (Golden State Water) has proudly served the Los Osos area since 1976, providing high-quality and reliable water to approximately 2,678 customers through the Los Osos System.
Under the leadership of Coastal General Manager Mark Zimmer and Operations Superintendent Anthony Lindstrom, Golden State Water’s local six-person staff is supported by more than 500 scientists, engineers and water experts throughout the state who share the focus of providing exceptional customer care and delivering water that meets all state and federal quality standards.
Water delivered through the Los Osos System is 100 percent groundwater pumped from the Los Osos Valley Groundwater Basin through wells owned and operated by Golden State Water. The Los Osos System includes approximately 25 miles of pipe and six active wells.
Golden State Water is a participating member of the Los Osos Valley Groundwater Basin Management Committee and works in collaboration with neighboring providers to restore and protect the· health of the local bc;1sin. As such, Golden State Water has recently completed key projects such as the Rosina Nitrate Treatment Plant and Los Olivos Well 5 in an e·ffort to combat sea water intrusion into the basin.
In addition to its membership with the Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce, Golden State Water is actively involved in helping th.e community of Los Osos with significant assistance to Celebrate Los Osos, the Community Resource Center, and other various organizations, including annual turkey contributions to local non-profits through the Operation Gobble program.
Golden State Water’s local customer service office is located at 1140 Los Olivos Avenue in Los Osos and is open weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm (closed from noon-1 pm and holidays). For the convenience of customers, the company also operates a 24-hour call center at 800.999.4033 and provides information on Facebook and Twitter @GoldenStateH2O.
Thank you to the local businesses and organizations that participated in this years Bear Festival. The community voted for their favorite bear(s) during the Family Fun Fair on September 9th. Winners were Farmers Insurance “Bear in Bee Hive” and Los Osos Valley Memorial Park “Día de los Muertos Bear”. Other participants included: Los Osos CSD, Rotary Club of Los Osos, Lyrics & Melodies Music Studio, Volumes of Pleasure Bookshoppe, and Treasures by Local Artists.
The Kiwanis Club of Bay-Osos is again selling See’s Candies as a fundraiser to support the children in Los Osos and Morro Bay. See’s Candy is a much-appreciated gift for your friends and clients. If you would like to purchase case quantities…and receive a $0.50 discount per box…please place your order NOW. We will deliver your order to you in Los Osos or Morro Bay before Thanksgiving.
To place an order, or if you have questions, please call George Janeway at (805) 801-8793. The deadline for placing your order is October 25.
Please make checks payable to: Bay-Osos Kiwanis Foundation
|Assorted Chocolates||1 lb. boxes||24 boxes/case||$480.00|
|Dark Chocolates||1 lb. boxes||24 boxes/case||$480.00|
|Milk Chocolates||1 lb. boxes||24 boxes/case||$480.00|
|Soft Centers||1 lb. boxes||24 boxes/case||$480.00|
|Nuts & Chews||1 lb. boxes||18 boxes/case||$360.00|
|Peanut Brittle||1 ½ lb. boxes||12 boxes/case||$240.00|
|Bridge Mix||1 lb. boxes||21 boxes/case||$420.00|
CI Destinations along with Los Osos/Baywood Park Chamber of Commerce will be offering a fully escorted tour of Spain & the Sunny Costa del Sol March 20, 2019.
$2899 based on double occupancy
Spain’s Costa del Sol stretches along just over 90 miles of the Malaga province and is one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations. The Costa del Sol is known for its beautiful landscapes, delicious food, all while experiencing the warmth of its people Here you will also discover a rich cultural heritage, fabulous beaches, coastal sites, and charming villages. On your tour you will travel to the nearby towns of Seville and Ronda to take in such sights as the Alcazar Palace and Plaza de Toros, the oldest bull ring in Spain. Your tour includes the #1 attraction in all of Spain, Granada and the Alhambra Palace. Visiting the Costa del Sol would not be complete without a tour to Gibraltar to view the infamous Rock of Gibraltar.
- 7 Nights at a 4 star hotel
- Alhambra Palace
- Plaza de Espana
- Maria Luisa Park
- Seville Cathedral
- La Giralda
- Round Trip Airfare and Airport Transportation
- Airline Fuel Surcharges, Taxes and Fees
- 7 Nights First Class Hotel
- 14 Meals (7B, 2L, 4D)
- Sightseeing Per Itinerary
- Admissions Per Itinerary
- Professional Tour Manager
- Baggage Handling
- Hotel Transfers
$599 – Optional 2 night Madrid Extension – This tour includes transportation to Madrid, breakfast daily, Madrid city tour, and transportation to the airport. Sure to be a highlight will be the ancient buildings of the Barrio de la Moreria, the old Moorish quarter.
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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.
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 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.
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.