Chambers “Mix” It Up at Santee’s Sportsplex USA


Around 100 businesspeople gathered at the Sportsplex USA facility in Santee’s Town Center Community Park on Wednesday, September 15, for a networking mixer. The event was sponsored by the Santee and East County Chambers of Commerce and drew guest from throughout San Diego County. It was also an opportunity to showcase the very successful Sportsplex USA complex, which features fields for  indoor/arena soccer and softball/baseball, batting cages, and a sports-themed play area for kids.

Board members of both Chambers of Commerce were there in force to greet regular members and guests. Many of the business owners attending had not had an opportunity to meet with those of other Chambers, so this was a chance to broaden their networks. The Santee Chamber took the opportunity to promote the upcoming Santee Car Show in October and both Chambers talked up Passport to the Future, the East County’s largest business expo. This event takes place on Thursday, September 23, at the El Cajon Elks Lodge from 5:00-8:00 pm, and is sponsored by the East County, La Mesa, and Santee Chambers of Commerce. For more information on the event, visit the event website.

One of the newer businesses attending was Nushon, a Lakeside-based company that has patented a silicone cushion that protects a woman’s neck from bikini and other straps. The owners and creators, Deby and Deanna Cowan and Sharon Stone, developed the idea on a trip to Las Vegas, proof that not everything that happens there stays there. The original product was a simple clear tube split to fit over the strap, with an opening for the connection (bow, hook, etc.).  have since added a variety of color choices. You can learn more at their website.

A highlight of the evening was a special fundraiser to support the East County Chamber. Two field level tickets to an upcoming Padre-Cubs game were auctioned off, with all proceeds going toward the Chamber’s activities. Rachel Lynch of Marriott Residence Inn was the lucky winner.

Enjoy a few more pictures from the Sportsplex USA Mixer.

L-R: Warren Savage, Santee Chamber Executive Director; Mike Cully, SDEC Chamber President/CEO; John Minto, Santee City Councilman; Roger Roberts, SDEC Chamber Director; John Olsen, Santee Chamber President

Ellen Malin, Director of Outreach for Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, and Rob McNelis, Santee Businessman and City Council Candidate

San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Chair Elect Joe Mackey and Chair Roger Roberts

Jana Bradley, Rob McNelis, and Lisamarie Loveday

Diane Craik of KW Commercial talks with Terry Harris of TGHarris Consulting

Sports Goodies from the Sportsplex USA Kitchen


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