On a hot August afternoon, the NMA attended San Diego East County Chamber’s Taste of East County event at St. Madeline Sophie’s Center. The event began with over 200 attendees who came together to support the community. Over 20 vendors represented various East County businesses from food vendors and wineries, to candle businesses and florists.

In our participation of the event, we decided to hand out goodie bag to the community and were excited to talk about the mission of the NMA to the community. One of the most honorable awards we

received that day came from Supervisor Joel Anderson where he graciously awarded the NMA with a Certificate of Recognition for attending the event. We were ecstatic to accept an award from an official that is committed to supporting family-owned businesses.

Most importantly, it was refreshing to see an event that brought together a community in support of businesses around them. Despite the blazing heat, families were able to unwind, connect with locals, and taste all the wonderful food and drinks brought by vendors.

This event truly showcased the diversity of our community and represented each of the businesses that the NMA aims to empower. We were honored to have the opportunity to connect with different walks of life and network with East County’s local businesses. The NMA is grateful for the invitation by the East County Chamber to join and continue supporting small businesses and our local community.