Member & Business News

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

Members, if you wish to have an announcement or article published in our Local News section for the general public, please email us your article or announcement here.


A new energy analysis tool for medium-sized businesses

A new energy analysis tool for medium-sized businesses

From SDG&E: Try SDG&E’s newest online energy tool, the Business Energy Analyzer, designed to help medium-sized businesses. It can help you make sense of complex energy data and guide you in creating an action plan to save money. It also tracks your energy-efficiency efforts and offers high-level reports on bill and energy use patterns for multiple meters and accounts. Enrollment is free. Learn more at sdge.com/bea.

North OB Committee Mixer/Happy Hour at Voltaire Beach House

North OB Committee Mixer/Happy Hour at Voltaire Beach House

The OBMA North OB Committee cordially invites North Ocean Beach merchants to a mixer/happy hour at Voltaire Beach House, 4934 Voltaire St., on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, from 5:30pm to 7pm. Attendees will receive a complimentary well drink. Please join the committee members to learn about their efforts to improve North OB! (This event is in lieu of the regularly scheduled North OB Committee meeting, typically the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10am.)

Secrets to Getting Money Back for Employee Training with North Park Main Street

Secrets to Getting Money Back for Employee Training with North Park Main Street

North Park Main Street presents: "Get your money back" HAPPY HOUR! Secrets to Getting Money Back for Employee Training! Wednesday, March 15, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mike Hess Brewing, 3812 Grim Avenue Enjoy complimentary beer and food provided by Mike Hess Brewing and City Tacos and Tostadas restaurants! REGISTER AT: http://bit.ly/npmsworkshop Come and learn how to receive free monty for training your current employees or for hiring new employees. Improve employee performance with improved skills to help them and your business succeed. Employers are invited to learn how to apply for training subsidies, wage reminbursements, free HR help and other hiring resources at this workshop.

Prepare for Heavy Rain

Prepare for Heavy Rain

Merchants: A series of heavy storms are headed to San Diego. High tides and a storm surge are expected. Please take proper precautions TONIGHT to protect your building including sandbags and any other measures your particular location requires. Do not wait for the deluge in the morning!

Cooperative Advertising Opportunity: San Diego Magazine Visitor's Guide

Cooperative Advertising Opportunity: San Diego Magazine Visitor's Guide

Hi Ocean Beach businesses! I’m working together with the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association to help promote your Ocean Beach business to San Diego visitors through the San Diego Tourism Authority’s Visitors Guide!  Would you like to be a part of this co-op with your fellow Ocean Beach businesses? This is the premier official guide for all of San Diego County through the San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) and is ‘the’ guide people get at the Visitor Centers, Airport, Car Rental Facility, hotels, etc.  It is available in print and online.  And they can request a copy via mail before arriving to San Diego.

Vote NOW for OBMA People's Choice Awards!

Vote NOW for OBMA People's Choice Awards!

OBMA members are invited to vote for People's Choice selections for our committee awards for the 2017 OBMA Annual Awards Celebration! Winners will be announced at the event. VOTE HERE by noon on Monday, January 16, and don't forget to join us on Thursday, January 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Point Loma Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, for the big night!

New Sales Tax Rate for 2017

New Sales Tax Rate for 2017

California City & County Sales & Use Tax Rates (effective January 1, 2017) San Diego (City) – 7.75% Sales Tax Rate This is .25% lower than the rate in 2016.  Please make sure to adjust your sales tax rate on your online stores and your in-store registers.  

Training funds available for retail employers

Training funds available for retail employers

Sage Business Education has shared with us that the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) received a grant to help retail employers conduct employee training to increase their skills in a wide variety of areas, from customer service to leadership to software. So, they have "FREE MONEY" for training current employees, but the money must be allocated before the end of February.

2016 Merchant Holiday Packet

The holiday season is here! To help you take advantage of the spirit of the season, increased foot and online traffic, and advertising opportunities, we've prepared the 2016 Holiday Packet for you. The packet includes information on our popular storefront decorating contest, OB holiday events, advertising info, and the holiday homes contest.

2016 Storefront Decorating Contest - Enter Now!!

2016 Storefront Decorating Contest - Enter Now!!

Dear OBMA members... NOW IS THE TIME to let us know if you want to participate in this year's contest! See all the details below. Are you in? Email Isabel in our office at isabel@oceanbeachsandiego.com if you want the chance to win great prizes as you help to create a beautiful and seasonal Ocean Beach!!! You MUST notify us by 9 a.m. on Friday, December 2, if you will participate!

OBMA Member Event: Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration

OBMA Member Event: Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration

Please join us for an evening of fun at the 38th Annual OBMA Awards Celebration & Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at the Point Loma Masonic Center, 1711 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., 6pm-8pm(ish). Enjoy light dinner, beverages, and desserts from our local businesses! We'll be selling raffle tickets to win one of several prize baskets... $5 each, arm's length for $20, or wingspan for $30! This free event is open to all of our members, their employees, and special guests!

OBMA Member Event: March Sundowner at Details SalonSpa with Tami Fuller's Real Estate Team and Raglan Public House

OBMA Member Event: March Sundowner at Details SalonSpa with Tami Fuller's Real Estate Team and Raglan Public House

Our March Sundowner is on Thursday, March 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Details SalonSpa, 4993 Niagara Ave, Suite 205 (upstairs), co-sponsored by Raglan Public House and Tami Fuller's Real Estate Team. This event is open to OBMA members and their employees. Bring your business card for our free prize raffle. Hope to see you there!

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