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.


Advertising Opportunity: CityBeat Go Guide

Advertising Opportunity: CityBeat Go Guide

San Diego CityBeat is publishing the San Diego Go Guide, which will be distributed with the regular CityBeat issue as well as placed at airports, hotels, and local hot spots. They are planning a special section for Ocean Beach and hoping to surround that with ads for OB businesses. If you're interested in placing an ad, please contact Jenny Tormey ASAP: 559-801-8267 or jennyt@sdcitybeat.com

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: December Sundowner

OBMA Member Event: December Sundowner

Our December Sundowner is on Thursday, December 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Brown Marketing Strategies, 3867 Voltaire St, Suite C. This event is open to OBMA members and their employees. Bring your business card for our free prize raffle. Bring an unwrapped toy for the OB Food & Toy Drive and receive an extra raffle ticket. Hope to see you there!  

OBMA Member Event: Annual Marketing Breakfast

OBMA Member Event: 2017 Annual Marketing Breakfast

The 2017 Annual Marketing Breakfast on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at 8:00am at OB Warehouse (4839 Newport Ave) will inspire you to promote your business and have your best year yet! Enjoy free delicious breakfast and an informative seminar on tourism and destination marketing – plus learn all about OBMA’s marketing opportunities coming up in 2017. Free for all OBMA members and their employees. Doors open at 7:30. Update: Thanks to all who attended the breakfast! Access the handouts and presentation below:

OBMA Member Event: Sundowner at Chameleon Hair Lounge & Boutique

OBMA Member Event: Sundowner at Chameleon Hair Lounge & Boutique

Our October Sundowner is on Thursday, October 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Chameleon Hair Lounge & Boutique, 4728 Voltaire St. Co-sponsored by The Chameleon Hair Lounge & Boutique, OB People's Organic Food Market, Mike Hess Brewing, G-Man Custom Woodworking and Fabrication, and Anya Feldman, LMT, this special Sundowner is "Costume Optional" and will feature a fun Halloween theme! This event is open to OBMA members and their employees. Bring your business card for our free prize raffle. Hope to see you there!

OBMA Member Event: Sundowner at OB Brewery

Our September Sundowner is on Thursday, September 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at OB Brewery, 5041 Newport Ave. 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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