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This section is for OBMA Member-specific information, events, issues, and news for small business owners in Ocean Beach.

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Advertising Opportunity: PassPort San Diego

Advertising Opportunity: PassPort San Diego

Contact Carolyn Howard for more information on advertising in PassPort San Diego! Carolyn Howard Vice PresidentPassPort to San Diego, Inc. 619-251-4530 (Direct) 619-465-7550 (FAX)www.PassPortToSanDiego.com

SDG&E: Electric Vehicle Day is Sept. 9 at Qualcomm Stadium

SDG&E: Electric Vehicle Day is Sept. 9 at Qualcomm Stadium

The Chargers may have left Qualcomm Stadium, but a new offense in the war on air emissions will take the field at Electric Vehicle (EV) Day on Sept. 9. EV Day is the largest test drive event in San Diego. Once you take a spin, you’ll understand why EVs are growing in popularity, and why you need the chargers to support them on your properties. Team SDG&E will be there to help you get started. We are installing 3,500 EV chargers at San Diego apartments, condos and businesses through our Power Your Drive initiative, and your property could be one of them. EV chargers will:

Uncover savings for your business and get a free energy check-up

SDG&E: Uncover savings for your business and get a free energy check-up

Check out SDG&E’s Business Energy Solutions program. New energy-efficient equipment at no cost or a discount is available to eligible business customers. Simply take a moment to complete the interest form at sdge.com/BES. An authorized contractor will schedule an appointment to evaluate your facility, conduct an energy checkup at no cost, and provide a full report on potential energy-saving opportunities. Eligible customers can apply for On-Bill Financing (OBF) to cover the co-pay portion of their projects. OBF helps qualified business customers pay for energy-efficient business improvements through their SDG&E® bill. Visit sdge.com/obf for more info.

SDG&E: SDG&E has increased foodservice rebates

SDG&E: SDG&E has increased foodservice rebates

Did you know that up to 80 percent of the energy used by business cafeterias and kitchens is wasted by inefficient equipment? SDG&E offers rebates on new foodservice equipment such as ice machines, convection ovens and ventilation controls. And right now – these rebate amounts are increasing!     Rebate Amount New Rebate Amount Ice Machines Up to $400 Up to $580 Electric Convection Oven $350 $1,000 Ventilation Control Retrofit $700 $1,000  

SDG&E: Switch to renewable energy

SDG&E: Switch to renewable energy

SDG&E’s EcoChoice program gives you the option to purchase up to 100% clean, renewable energy. For those who lease or don’t have the ability, either financially or structurally to adopt solar, the program might be a good option. You pay a small premium every month depending on your subscription amount and monthly electric use. SDG&E then purchases renewable energy on your behalf. You’ll be directly contributing to the expansion of renewables in our region. Learn more at sdge.com/EcoChoice.

Prevent the Spread of Hepatitis A

Prevent the Spread of Hepatitis A

As you have likely heard, San Diego County is experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak. This disease is transmitted primarily via fecal matter. In light of the outbreak, our Maintenance Assessment District contractor is following the newly established City of San Diego protocols in cleaning all bodily fluids on the street in the MAD. In addition to the steps we are taking, we encourage all businesses with storefronts and public areas to disinfect any exterior surfaces that people can touch (such as railings, doorknobs, etc.) each day with a disinfectant solution appropriate to the surface you are cleaning. This means a bleach solution or disinfectant wipe. Please do this every day to help prevent the spread of the hepatitis A virus and other diseases.

Restaurants: Enhance Your Customer Experience and Save Money at the Same Time

Restaurants: Enhance Your Customer Experience and Save Money at the Same Time

Your restaurant is known for quality food and service, so why are you settling for outdated, costly kitchen equipment? Now is the time to make an investment in your back of house operations that will pay for itself in a matter of months. SDG&E offers rebates on new foodservice equipment such as ice machines, convection ovens and griddles. And from August 23 – November 10, 2017 – these rebate amounts are increasing! Act now before your equipment goes on the fritz.

SDG&E: Give the people what they (will) want

SDG&E: Give the people what they (will) want

Did you know that nearly 50 percent of United States electric vehicle (EV) sales are in California? Roughly 25,000 of those vehicles are right here in San Diego. More are on the way! Car manufacturers are rolling out new EV models every year equipped with more of the features drivers are looking for in their vehicles. More and more San Diegans will soon be switching to EVs. And they will all need places to charge. Be ahead of the demand. Now is the time to upgrade your facility with EV charging stations. Power Your Drive is SDG&E’s EV charging station program that is installing 3,500 chargers at apartments, condos and businesses. We do the work, you enjoy the benefits.

SDG&E: Act now to receive your free, smart thermostat(s)

SDG&E: Act now to receive your free, smart thermostat(s)

Looking for savings and an increased ability to manage your energy use? Focus more of your time on other parts of your business, and worry less about your energy use. Smart thermostats can help you manage your energy use and give you the ability to:

SDG&E: How to prepare for an emergency at work

Proper planning and preparation in advance can teach employees how to respond, help protect operations, and save lives should an emergency occur. Watch this video on emergency preparedness for businesses. Here are ten ways to stay safe in your workplace.

Green Business Network Survey

Green Business Network Survey

From the San Diego Green Building Council: Are you a business owner or manager? Do you want to save money on your energy, water, and waste bills? Is free marketing and outreach interesting to you? If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions then you should sign up for the free Green Business Network today and take advantage of free waste, water, and energy evaluations and the opportunity to market yourself as a green business! To learn more AND to enter in a drawing for a dozen delicious Sprinkles cupcakes, take the survey below. Ends September 1st.

2017 Board of Directors Election Results

2017 Board of Directors Election Results

Welcome CC Summerfield to the OBMA Board of Directors. She was elected in early July 2017 to the Board. At the July 13, 2017 OBMA Board Meeting, the votes werer counted and ratified. These board members were re-elected for another three-year period: Barbara Iacometti, Matt Kalla, Tevia Oskin, and Craig Gerwig. We look forward to another busy year for our hard-working Board of Directors.

Food Safety & Preventative Maintenance Practices for Commercial Kitchens

Food Safety & Preventative Maintenance Practices for Commercial Kitchens

Food safety is always top of mind when you are operating a commercial foodservice establishment. FSTC (Fisher Nickel Testing Center)  is teaming up with Abraham Wilson, AKA Mr. Food Safety to discuss the important role that preventative maintenance plays in food safety. FSTC's Denis Livchak will talk about the importance of maintaining cooking equipment, refrigeration, ice machines and water heating in relation to food safety. Its going to be an information filled seminar that will have you walking away with tips and tricks to help you keep your food safe!

Mastering the Craft of Sustainable Brewing

Mastering the Craft of Sustainable Brewing

Sustainable brewing is not a watered down science, therefore running an earth friendly brewery is just as important as the beer. The art of making craft beer is energy and water intensive. Learn steps to make your “beer” even more sustainable - looking at all aspects from the brewing process to the brewery. Hear from experts that will provide tips, tricks and tools to help you on your path toward the sustainable pint. Attendees will learn: • Where they can reuse their cooling water • Four areas to reduce energy and water in their operations • How to identify efficient technologies • How to calculate water and associated energy costs

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