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If you were to read the news, it would seem that the best places to start a business are places like Silicon Valley, Austin and Boston. Those places all deserve their reputation, but I believe that Carmel Valley is also a great place to start or grow a business. There are many great places to work in San Diego with downtown, all the wireless companies at Sorrento Mesa and the life sciences cluster in Torrey Pines. While Carmel Valley is an easy commute to many of those locations, it is also a hub of a ton of activities, events and opportunities of many gatherings of entrepreneurs, service providers and investors.
What caused all of this activity to come to Carmel Valley? Much of the credit is due to the influx of law offices that have created public spaces that cater to the needs of the business community. I’ve been to dozens of events in Carmel Valley at a number of law offices and the following is just an overview of some of the groups that meet in their conference rooms or auditoriums. Most of these events are open to the public although many of them charge a fee so you should check out their websites and sign up for their email notifications.
We may not want smokestacks and high rises or heavy manufacturing in Carmel Valley, but despite our suburban appearances, Carmel Valley is very often the place where connections are made, business deals are completed and new ventures are launched. Check out some of the opportunities right in our front yard to start or grow your business.
Mike Sick is an independent marketing consultant that has worked businesses and clients around the world from his home office in Carmel Valley since 2003. Having worked with over 50 businesses in a cross section of industries, Mike will write about tips and tricks learned along the way to help you grow or start your business. Prior to starting his business, Mike was a migrant marketing worker that traveled around the country as a corporate marketing executive. He has worked for many well known brands including Jack In The Box, Pearle Vision and Arby’s where he was a Marketing VP. Having worked with a number of inventors, Mike was inspired to invent his own product, a body surfing paddle called the Surf-Grip. So now even a trip to the beach has a business angle! A long time volunteer with Connect Springboard, Mike will also introduce San Diego start-ups and Carmel Valley entrepreneurs in his column. The Sickness is the belief you can get better every day. Go for it!