OBMA Member Information & Resources
The Ocean Beach MainStreet Association (OBMA) is comprised of area merchants and professionals dedicated to building a thriving business district that fulfills the needs of the neighboring community and visitors alike. The OBMA is a 501(c)6 private nonprofit business organization operating with 14 elected Board Members, committed to preserving a healthy active atmosphere for those who work, live and visit Ocean Beach.
Who can join? The OBMA offers 2 types of memberships: BID membership & Associate membership. If your business falls within the Business Improvement District as outlined in the table below, then you and/or your business become an automatic member of the OBMA. If the address on your business license does not fall within the Business Improvement District (BID), but still falls within the 92107, 92106 or 92110 zip code, then your business is eligible for OBMA Associate membership. Or, if you reside in Ocean Beach but your business address is elsewhere, your busness is eligible for OBMA Associate membership.
We are proud to offer a variety of exclusive benefits and opportunities to our members. To enjoy the benefits of OBMA membership, join today! OBMA Committees Committee participation is open to all OBMA members. To join, simply show up at the meeting. If you’d like to be reminded about upcoming meetings, please let the OBMA office know! To learn more about our committees, download this handout or explore the committees' pages through the links below:
As a member of the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association, you are entitled to post special announcements on the OBMA website and/or our monthly merchant newsletter (we will choose which publication or publications will promote your announcement most effectively). If you or one of your employees has received an award or recognition; if you are having a big sale, event, or anniversary; if you have a major new product line; or if you have any other news or announcements, please let us know so we can pass it on!
Sundowners are monthly networking mixers open to OBMA members and their employees. Hosting a Sundowner is a great way to show off your business and market and network with other local business owners! Sundowners are free to attend for all OBMA members.
The OB MainStreet Association has launched a new program focused on community safety and beautification. The goal of the Ocean Beach Clean & Safe Program is to prioritize public safety as well as act quickly to eliminate blighted areas and beautify the neighborhood. Program Goals Graffiti abatement, regular sidewalk cleaning, solar safety lighting and signage will address the physical aspects of cleanliness and security in the commercial areas, while contracted security personnel and community enhancement volunteers will work together to provide a cleaner, safer environment.
Public Right of Way Enhancement/Use Program (PROW) What is the PROW? The PROW is a program that allows merchants more leeway and enlivens the pedestrian experience in our district by allowing merchants to use the sidewalks in front of their businesses for outdoor displays of merchandise, placement of A-frame signs, and outdoor cafés without railings without getting cited by the city’s Code Compliance department.
The Storefront Improvement Program (SIP) revitalizes building facades visible to customers, neighboring merchants and residents. The City of San Diego provides free professional design assistance and financial incentives to small business owners who wish to make a creative change to and improve the curb appeal of their storefronts. In FY2021, the SIP completed 18 projects throughout the City and provided $148,500 in incentives, leveraging $235,400 in private funds.
Ocean Beach MainStreet AssociationOriginally formed in 1978 as the Ocean Beach Merchant's Association, in June of 1998 the OBMA received national and state designation into the "Main Street" program and thus changed its name. The program is grounded in preservation and divides its scope of work within 4 areas: Organization, Promotion, Economic Vitality (formerly Economic Restructuring), and Design.