North County Business Notes, March 27


Friday Operation Connect Workshop

The North San Diego Business Chamber invites transitioning service members to an Operation Connect workshop, held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at 649 W. Mission Ave. Free, with coffee and lunch provided. Operation Connect is a San Diego North Educational Foundation program that aims to connect transitioning service members with business leaders and owners, as well as other community influencers. Operation Connect believes that Veterans are future leaders and model citizens, will enrich our local economy for years to come, and are a community asset worth investing in. The program includes free professional development training, connection with business leaders through free entry to monthly Regional Connect events, and mentorship from a chamber member. The last day to apply is Monday. Sign up at Email [email protected]

Palomar Health president honored

Diane Hansen

(Clay Chapman)

Palomar Health President and CEO Diane Hansen was recently selected as one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare for 2022 by Modern Healthcare. This award honors female leaders who guide improved health care delivery across the country. The annual program recognizes leaders from all sectors of the industry. Hansen became President and CEO in 2017. Some of her most recent accomplishments include improving Leapfrog grades from “C” at Palomar Medical Center Poway and Palomar Medical Center Escondido to “A” at Poway and “B” in Escondido; a reduced average length of stay of seven hours before the COVID pandemic; and reinvest profits in behavioral health, rehabilitation and emergency care. The district has provided the community with other benefits, including expanded services and an immediate and effective response to the pandemic. Hansen stabilized Palomar Health’s finances and led the expansion of services. It increased its operating profit by 214%, or $22 million, thanks to contract negotiations. Visit


One Paseo sponsors an artistic evening

One Paseo, a mixed-use mall, partners with the San Diego Museum of Art for the center’s annual Street Art Block Party from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The free all-ages event will feature local chalk artists and muralists, art supplies for kids to create their own chalk art, and a special kids’ activity led by the New Children’s Museum . Featured local artist is Stefanie Bales, who will showcase works created through her partnership with the San Diego Museum of Art. One Paseo and SDMA will also host a Petal Pop-Up featuring the Native Poppy floral boutique. The Petal Pop-Up is a floral art experience along Caminito Court, where the Street Art Block Party will take place. Guests can participate in a giveaway for two tickets to Bloom Bash at the San Diego Museum of Art on April 12. The event will also feature the Flash Pointe Dance Group, synchronized roller skaters and DJ Jerry Beck. One Paseo is located at 3725 Paseo Place, San Diego. Call (858) 523-2298; go to

The new class of business incubator is starting soon

The National Veterans Chamber of Commerce, SCORE Mentors and the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce recently graduated the second class of their free business incubator program. The Women Entrepreneur Incubator program began last fall via Zoom to help train women entrepreneurs, especially female veterans, to grow their part-time or full-time businesses in one of three tracks: management company social media, virtual assistant company and business/personal. Management. The three professional organizations offer training, technical assistance, mentoring, peer support and financial information. Each entrepreneur also receives in-person coaching and mentoring at the Oceanside Chamber office following the online training sessions. The next cohort begins April 21 from 2:30-4 p.m. and continues on April 28, May 5, and May 12. There are also plans to launch a business incubator summer camp for young people. Donations of street clothes are also needed for student mock interviews. To participate as a business owner, program trainer or event sponsor, contact [email protected]

Boston company opens local office

Boston-based Halloran Consulting Group recently announced the opening of its second 2,500-foot office at 3040 Science Park Road, San Diego, in the heart of Torrey Pines. Halloran is a life sciences consulting firm that provides integrated development strategy, regulatory, quality, clinical and organizational consulting. Halloran will host virtual and in-person collaborative local events, post and share information at industry events. Visit


A group opens a bookstore to support the library

Friends of the Oceanside Public Library recently opened Jane and Evie’s Used Books, a storefront selling gently used books, DVDs, CDs and puzzles. Initial hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 323 N. Coast Highway across from the Civic Center Library. The showcase provides another way for the community to support the library and honors longtime library friends Jane Cheadle and Evie Magaña. Friends support and promote the services and resources of the Oceanside Public Library through community involvement, volunteer activities and fundraising. Visit or call (760) 435-5560.


Innovate 78 organizes the event on April 7

Join Innovate 78, a coalition that supports businesses along the Highway 78 corridor in North County, for an in-person networking event and panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. on April 7. This year’s programming will follow the life cycle of new businesses – starting with best practices for securing seed funding. Learn how to secure it, leverage it, and be part of North County’s thriving culture of innovation. Caitlin Wege of Tech Coast Angels will moderate a panel discussion. The event takes place at the Cal State San Marcos Extended Learning Building/Innovation Hub, 288 Campus Way, Suite 102. Register at

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