1st San Miguel Business Forum

posted Oct 10, 2011, 3:17 PM by Laverne Buckman

Have you thought about opening your own business or expanding an existing one? Come find out why San Miguel is the place to successfully operate your business at the San Miguel Business Forum. The inaugural event will be Thursday, April 24th from 9 am to 1 pm at The Ranch, the upcoming hotspot of the north county. Ranch owners, Marty and Sheila Elisararras will give an exclusive preview of their plans to open a live country western music band venue, mircro brewery and steak house.
A special program is lined up to give business owners resources and information regarding projects in and around San Miguel: District One Supervisor Harry Ovitt will open with county process and projects; John Fowler from Mission San Miguel will give an update on the Mission restoration project; Brent Grizzle will present plans for the San Miguel Ranch development, LT Colonel Trutanich will present plans for military housing at Camp Roberts and the Economic Vitality Corporation will introduce the many resources they offer to small businesses.
San Miguel businesses will be showcased and numerous information tables with various resources will be on display. San Miguel businesses can get registration details at *this link.
A business card is required for admission.
The business cards will be entered into a drawing for some great prizes including dinner and show tickets to the grand opening of The Ranch.
For more information contact Charlie Fruit at 805-547-6107. Sponsored by the San Miguel Resource Connection with grant funds from PG&E and FHL Bank's AHEAD program.

20 years for
San Miguel Parade!

Poster artwork by Mary Kalvans
Friends of the San Miguel Library working with the San Miguel Native Sons, the San Miguel Fire Dept. and the San Miguel Resource Connection are organizing a parade, book sale, craft fair and BBQ for the 20th Annual Sagebrush Days Parade! Parade entries include fire engines, military vehicles, classic cars, horses and antique equipment. Help make this parade the best ever by strutting your stuff as a parade entry or coming to cheer for those in the parade! *Click here for a flyer. *Click here for an entry form or pick one up at the Country Mountain Ranch Floral and Gifts at 1277 Mission Street in San Miguel or call Mary at 805-610-6747. Deadline for parade entry is April 21st. No late entries.
The San Miguel Volunteer Firefighters will be hosting a tri-tip BBQ in front of the firestation after the parade. Tickets are $10 per person.
The parade was at risk to be held this year as for the first time a significant fee was to be imposed for a CHP officer to be on duty. Historically, San Miguel parade organizers have had very little money to work with and have relied heavily on volunteers; with the Native Sons of the Golden West handling road closure duties.  The new costs threatened the continuation of both the Sagebrush and Christmas Parades in San Miguel.
The problem was presented to Supervisor Harry Ovitt's office and they were able to identify a different section of the Vehicle Code that spoke more directly to parades.  In that section of the code, the use of volunteers is an available option if the County adopted an appropriate enabling resolution.  Negotiations on that basis allowed the CHP to reconsider their original position and to agree to San Miguel's continued use of volunteers.

Local Accounts Mean
Funds for Students

Bank check for San Miguel students
Pictured from L to R; Dean Smith, Sara Celedon, George Nunez, Sheila Lopez and Mitch Massey with check for Lillian Larsen School.
The new branch of Heritage Oaks Bank in San Miguel celebrated their grand opening with a Week Of Welcome. For the first 50 new checking accounts opened during that time the bank donated $10 per account to an education program at Lillian Larsen School.
School Superintendent, Dean Smith, accepted a $500 check at the San Miguel bank branch on Friday, March 14th. Funds will go to the LEAP and Masters At Their Trade after school programs.

Funds are especially appreciated at a time when deep budget cuts by the state mean deleting programs, teachers and staff for the upcoming school term.
"If proposed budget cuts become reality it could mean a reduction of six teachers in SMJUSD.  We only employ 27 teachers currently!  The music program and reading program are subject to being cut completely.  Class sizes will be dramatically increased.  The District will also have to look at its classified staffing and services, too.  Cuts in SMJUSD do not involve carving into some sort of "fat" laden beast, but in fact, mean cutting into the very bone of an already eviscerated animal.  Pending cuts will impact and limit our children's educational experiences.  California is 46th out of 50 for educational funding in the USA.  Our challenges are greater than most all the other states. Parents and stakeholders need to advocate on behalf of fully funding Proposition 98 and our schools.  Abel Maldonado and Sam Blakeslee are representing education well in Sacramento, but too often, they are standing alone.  Other districts and regions need to get involved and let their political representatives know how their constituency values education". - submitted by Dean Smith, School Superintendent  

Drainage and Sidewalks
in Downtown

Newly poured concrete for downtown block
Newly poured cement and landscaping along Mission St.
SLO County workers are hard at work under the direction of Steve Frank to install a new drainage system along Mission St. in San Miguel. Flooding has been a problem for the town since Cal Trans built Highway 101 in the late 1950's. The new drainage system will include a "major engineering feat" channeling water underneath the railroad tracks.
The project underway is part two of a three phased Downtown Improvement Project designed to provide sidewalk, lighting and landscape improvements along the westerly side of Mission Street.  The first phase of the project, between 12th and 13th, was completed last year.  The current phase is for the block between 13th and 14th streets which is critical to facilitating drainage from the downtown area to the Salinas River. The final stage, from 11th to 12th is still in the early funding stage and is expected to be constructed by early 2009. 
New banner poles have been installed at the corner of 11th and Mission Street for the community to post special event banners across the main thoroughfare. The San Miguel CSD will have jurisdiction over the banner installations.
District 1 Supervisor Harry Ovitt continues to be the driving force in securing the necessary funds. Funding largely comes from Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

Florist and Gift Shop Opens!

Floral and balloon bouquets now in San Miguel
Shannon Brown and Traci Tellant behind the counter at their new shop.
Country Mountain Ranch Floral and Gifts opened their doors just in time to celebrate Valentine's Day and is already moving to a new location on Mission St. next to "The Ranch" in San Miguel. The new store features fresh flowers, houseplants, etched glass, rocks and fossils, antiques and collectibles. Delivery of balloon and flower bouquets are available in town.
Shop in San Miguel for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. Country Mountain Floral & Gift store hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Call the shop for more information at 805-467-2956 or visit their partner website.

PG&E Award to San Miguel Resource Connection

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. logo
The San Miguel Resource Connection (SMRC) was awarded a grant of $2,500 for their Economic Development projects. SMRC is working towards bringing new businesses to the downtown core and enhancement projects such as park expansion, sidewalks and signage.
The Economic Development committee is currently working with a grant writer to find additional funds for projects that benefit the town. SMRC is working with architect intern, Shana Reiss to create a brochure to attract potential businesses. A business forum is planned in April to network commercial property owners, prospective business owners and the resources needed to open a new business. Visit our Merchants Info page with a list of resources to open a business in San Miguel.