Category Archives: San Marcos Chamber of Commerce

San Marcos is the home to the The Belgian Waffle Ride

The Belgian Waffle Ride sprung from Michael Marckx’s desire to build a Belgian-style cycling classic in North County San Diego. The event blends road racing tactics with jarring off-road sections that are a test for all riders. This year 2,800 riders will pass through San Elijo Hills and summit Double Peak and finish at The Lost Abbey Brewery in San Marcos on May 3rd, 2020. Belgian Waffle Ride is expanding from its original San Marcos location to include events in Asheville, North Carolina and, Cedar City, Utah for, 2020.

Hot Mama Jamz at the San Marcos Farmers Market, Tuesdays, 3-7pm

Meet the Sweet before the Heat with Hot Mama Jamz, an amazing spicy and flavorful twist to traditional preserve.

Summer is here, so you can be sure that you’ll be within a briquette’s throw of a sizzling steak, seared chicken, fish or combination of. Dress your delights with Hot Mama Habanero Jamz – which will be sure to add a kick to anything off the grill.

Keep in mind, that Hot Mama Jamz is always good to have on hand. It works great as a morning spread on toast, with peanut butter, over cupcakes …….. or as an amazing dip for any charcuterie board.

Enjoy the perfect balance between sweet and spicy.

Be sure to visit Hot Mama Jamz at the San Marcos Farmers Market, Tuesdays, 3-7pm, 1035 La Bonita Drive, across from Decoy Dockside at Lake San Marcos.

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Meat at the Market!

Meat at the Market!

Da-Le Ranch is a family owned and operated farm located in Lake Elsinore, Ca. Their 65+ acre ranch promotes sustainable farming and natural concepts in living, offering up the BEST Organic, Pasture Fed, Free Roaming Protein. Enjoy Beef, Pork, Lamb, Fowl & Fresh Eggs.

The Da-Le Ranch team is passionate about what they do, and they strive to bring the highest quality and ethical meats and eggs to their customers throughout 24 farmers markets in Southern California. At the San Marcos Farmers Market, Da-Le Ranch can be found every Tuesday, 3-7pm, 1035 La Bonita Drive, across from Decoy Dockside in beautiful Lake San Marcos.

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San Marcos Farmers Market every Tuesday, from 3pm-7pm across from Decoy Dockside)

When it comes to buying fresh and local in San Marcos, look no further than the San Marcos Farmers Market. Located across from beautiful Lake San Marcos, shop flavorful fresh fruits and veggies from Martinez Farms and Divine Harvest …. just to name few.  And with a year-round growing season, there’ s always an abundance of fresh and healthy goods up for grabs.

Feast on delicious prepared food items, while packing your tote with all the other amazing items available each week. Shop cheeses, meats, fresh fish, breads, flowers, artisan gifts and more.

Shop local, eat fresh, and check out the San Marcos Farmers Market every Tuesday, from 3pm-7pm, 1035 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos (across from Decoy Dockside).

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San Marcos wins state award for helping businesses expand

The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) recently honored the City of San Marcos with an Award of Excellence—its highest prize—for helping local businesses grow over the past two years.

San Marcos has helped four San Marcos companies secure nearly $1.4 million in state income tax credits since 2017, allowing them to collectively create 79 local jobs.

“We’re proud to have helped these businesses connect with the resources they need to grow in San Marcos,” said Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster. “These companies will undoubtedly boost our local economy, which is a really big win for our whole community.”

CalEd awards San Marcos for economic development effortsThe Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) awards these credits, which are applied to reduce a company’s state income taxes. Those savings are then invested back into the company.

Winning these credits is highly competitive, so city staff guided business owners each step of the way. This included calling on the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (San Diego Regional EDC) for added expertise in the area.

“Helping these business owners put their best foot forward was a team effort,” Sangster said, pointing out that the City appropriately won the award in the Economic Development Collaboration category. “By bringing San Diego Regional EDC to the table, we were ultimately able to win against stiff competition.”

In fact, only 63 companies across the state were awarded tax credits in the last round—and San Marcos was the only city in northern San Diego County to make the list.

To date, the City has helped: Wholesale Shade earn a $500,000 tax credit that will create 26 jobs; Cliniqa earn a $350,000 tax credit that will create 24 jobs; Creative Electron earn a $446,700 tax credit will create 22 jobs; and Quick Charge Power earn a $100,000 tax credit that will create seven jobs.

These companies are all are part of San Marcos’ booming manufacturing industry, the City’s second-largest economic sector. Data recently compiled by the San Diego Regional EDC shows that manufacturing accounts for nearly 7 percent of local gross domestic product (GDP), or about $550 million annually. It also provides 11 percent of local employment, which is about 4,300 jobs.

Sangster—who formally accepted the award on Thursday, March 28 during CALED’s annual conference in Anaheim—said she hopes to help even more businesses apply for tax credits.

“The City is eager to support its business community, and this is one of the many ways we’re happy to continue doing that,” she said.

For more information about CALED, please visit For more information about the City’s economic development division, visit or contact Economic Development Manager Tess Sangster at or (760) 744-1050, ext. 3120.

San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones delivered her inaugural State of the City Address

San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones delivered her inaugural State of the City Address on Tuesday, Feb. 26 to an audience of more than 400 as part of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce’s Business Awards.

“After serving for more than a decade on the San Marcos City Council, it is with tremendous pride that I and your city council have the opportunity to reflect back on our community’s progress, and to set the tone for the coming year,”

Presented at California State University San Marcos to an audience packed with leaders, entrepreneurs, non-profits, local businesses, residents and others devoted to San Marcos, Mayor

Jones’ address outlined progress in the areas of public safety, economic and community development, traffic and transportation, and other quality of life issues.

“By embracing the hometown qualities that attract young families, celebrating education, welcoming business and partnering with our community, our city is transitioning from a “drive-through” community to a “drive –to” destination,” said Jones. “The priorities of the city are safety, economic development, and ensuring future generations experience the same quality of life or better that residents enjoy today.”

Recent achievements included a crime rate drop by 19 percent, above average San Marcos Fire Department response times, maintaining and improving city infrastructure, a balanced budget of nearly $70 million, and an increase in number of local businesses.

In 2019, the City has plans to break ground on the highly anticipated Creek Infrastructure Improvement Project, launch a citizen reporting mobile app and improve overall traffic flow.

Mayor Jones also applauded the city’s economic achievements and commitment to fiscal restraint. She also praised San Marcos as North County’s education hub and noted that the new City Council will be participating in a March strategic goals workshop to outline our vision for the coming years.

Jones said, “As the City’s star continues to rise, your city is committed to meeting new challenges that a growing community experiences.”

With more than 95,000 residents, San Marcos is also home to an award-winning school district, the state’s largest community college, Palomar College, and California State University San Marcos, along with several private education institutions.

In her address, the Mayor stressed the importance of the community partnerships to tackle the various issues facing the city—issues such as economic and population changes, state laws that threaten local control, traffic and school capacity.

“Together, your City Council is focused on getting to work so that residents now and future generations can discover life’s possibilities right here in San Marcos,” said Jones.

To review a text copy of the speech, visit The 2019 State of the City Address will be rebroadcast on San Marcos TV during the month of March on Cox Communications Channel 19, Spectrum Cable Channel 24, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 or on demand at



Sunday, October 14, 2018
9 AM – 5 PM
Via Vera Cruz
between San Marcos Blvd
and Grand Ave
San Marcos, CA 92078
The Fall Festival & Street Fair is
a great family outing and
a favorite day of fun for all ages.


Packed with Pleasures-

The fair features displays from more than 200 local and nationwide vendors. A Kid’s Festival is featured inside the fair and includes carnival rides; local talent including children’s acts performing on the San Marcos community stage. Highlights of the fair include a wide variety of awesome food choices, a beer garden and local live bands!

Be sure to check out the BEER & WINE garden featuring San Marcos acclaimed Brew & Wine..

For Questions and/or to Participate Contact, and/or to Register Online Please Contact:

PO Box 2817
Vista, CA 92085

Ribbon Cutting for San Elijo Pediatric Dental

Meet Dr. Pham and her staff in their new location in the San Elijo Hills Town Center.
Ribbon Cutting for San Elijo Pediatric and Orthodontics will be this Thursday 9/13/18 from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 1640 San Elijo Rd., Ste. 101. The Ribbon Cutting will be at noon. Dr. Pham is looking forward to meeting neighboring businesses and members of the San Elijo Hills community. There will be refreshments.
Date/Time Information:
San Elijo Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
1640 San Elijo Road, Suite 101

11:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting at noon

Refreshments will be served

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