September 25, 2022

North County Business Briefs, Sept. 24


UnitedHealth Group hosts virtual job fair

Optum, a health services company and part of UnitedHealth Group, will host a virtual job fair from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday for customer service representatives to support its HouseCalls business. Interested candidates are encouraged to register online at to learn more about the openings before the job fair. The positions will be based at the Optum office in San Diego. HouseCalls is a program that offers people a yearly wellness visit with a licensed clinician from the comfort of home. The clinician helps coordinate care with a patient’s primary care provider or specialists, conducts health screenings and provides education on managing chronic conditions.


City updates source for local jobs

The city of Carlsbad recently refreshed its Life In Action website, which includes links to local jobs. The website first launched in 2017 to support the city’s industries and connect them to talent. The site has now been refreshed with new information and easy-to-find resources for businesses and job seekers, including 1,000-plus job listings and other job board resources. Visit


Business owner to join leadership council

Beth Booth

Beth Booth

(Courtesy photo)

Beth Booth, owner/designer of Spaces Renewed, has been asked to join the Leadership Council for the California branch of the National Federation of Independent Business, the largest small-business lobby group in the nation. The nonprofit NFIB is nonpartisan and member-driven, helping small-business owners understand where candidates stand on the issues that are important to them. Spaces Renewed is a husband-and-wife-owned design, renovation and home-build firm specializing in custom coastal whole-home renovations and new construction.

Their projects have been featured in Modern Luxury Magazine, Warrior Home TV, Houzz, and Home Bunch. Spaces Renewed can be reached by appointment only at


City helps company earn tax credit

San Marcos city staff recently helped Piercan, a manufacturer of niche polymer products, secure a $1.5 million California Competes Tax Credit. The income tax credit is set up to help businesses that want to grow and stay in California. Winning these tax credits is very competitive, so city staff helps guide business owners through the process.

With this assistance, Piercan will expand its San Marcos operations and hire 62 new employees. The company will be investing more than $7.5 million in wages, equipment and improvements within the next five years. Piercan’s San Marcos headquarters specializes in containment isolator and glovebox gloves and bladders that are used to form unique carbon fiber components. These components go to aerospace and recreational markets to create propellers for airplanes, forks for bicycles, wing spars for drones and bows for violins, among other products.

San Marcos has helped five companies secure nearly $3 million in state income tax credits since 2017, allowing them to expand and create new jobs. Contact Economic Development Director Tess Sangster at [email protected]; (760) 744-1050, ext. 3120.


Free online video workshops offered

The Economic Development Department is presenting free online video workshops for businesses. Learn about the upcoming workshops or view the archived ones at

The next series is “Adapting & Thriving in the New Reality: Four Lesson Workshop.” It starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday with “Managing Health & Well-Being of Employees,” and continues with “Pivoting to What’s Next” (Oct. 1), Digital Transition & ECommerce” (Oct. 8), and “Keeping Customers Engaged” (Oct. 15).

Sign up for one or more with an RSVP to: [email protected]

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