Member & Business News
This section is for OBMA Member-specific information, events, issues, and news for small business owners in Ocean Beach.
The Small Business Consulting Program at San Diego State University pairs astute students with small businesses in the San Diego area. As a client, you meet your student team, led by a graduate assistant, and design the project plans to meet the scope of the project. This 16 week experience will give you the opportunity, to discover and apply, important primary and secondary market research, utilizing the 100+ hours of student enterprise, concluding in recommendations and an action plan. Not to mention the lasting positive impact made in students’ lives and your company. If the program interests you, please visit our website for more information. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 8th, 2018.
Discover how to distill your message down to a 15-second elevator pitch that is both repeatable and memorable. Learning to Sell Energy- Efficiency Effectively (see link to class below) is a must class for any professional in the energy industry interested in getting insights, focus and skills to maximize their closing ratio. Will be held on Friday, November 3rd from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Or check out SDG&E’s Fundamentals for Effective Business Energy Management (see link to class below) class on Tuesday, November 7, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
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 for a limited time – these rebate amounts have increased! For a complete list of eligible foodservice rebates, visit SDG&E’s Foodservice page.
A disaster such as a fire or earthquake can disrupt your business without warning, sometimes at great cost. Being prepared can help you restore operations faster and limit your losses. You’ll find the basics outlined in our four-minute video, “Emergency Preparedness for Businesses,” at sdge.com/business/emergency. Steps you should take include: developing a written plan; training staff; practicing emergency procedures; stocking emergency supplies; maintaining defensible space; backing up and storing information securely off site; and periodically testing equipment, such as electric generators and smoke detectors.
Every few years, SDG&E submits a forecast of future costs to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to set rates that adequately provide safe and reliable gas and electric service to our customers. The proceeding, called the General Rate Case (GRC), is subject to a rigorous review process by the CPUC and other stakeholders and interested parties. Recently, the CPUC ruled on several changes that will become effective December 1, 2017. What changed and why? The decision established new time periods for Time-of-Use (TOU) rates and changed the month of May from a Summer month to a Winter month. The new seasonal periods are: Summer: June 1 – October 31 Winter: November 1 – May 31
Spread holiday cheer this season by decorating your storefront! The OBMA invites you to create a festive and beautiful business district. Attract holiday shoppers, beautify OB, and compete to win great prizes!
Dear OBMA Members, It's that time of year again to do everything we can to keep the neighborhood bright, the businesses profitable, and our members well informed. We're pleased to present our holiday packet that includes information about the storefront decorating contest, the schedule of OB holiday events, advertising opportunities, information on Small Business Saturday/Shop Small, and the holiday homes contest. Click here to download your packet! Happy Holidays!!
From the San Diego County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures We have previously reached out to you to share information about the locally declared public health emergency due to the ongoing hepatitis A outbreak and what you can do to disinfect public restrooms or common areas you may have as part of your business operations. We wanted to follow up and share with you the attached posters that you can print and display at your place of business as a reminder that washing hands stops germs, can prevent the spread of hepatitis A, and keeps us healthy. Please feel free to also share this information with your membership or partner contacts.
Dear Ocean Beach Restaurateurs, The 2017 Annual Restaurant Walk will take place on Tuesday, November 14, 2017! Organized by the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association, the Restaurant Walk raises funds for the Ocean Beach Town Council’s OB Holiday Food & Toy Drive, which helps over 90 local families and seniors. Participation in the Restaurant Walk is an excellent marketing opportunity and a wonderful way to introduce your restaurant to hundreds of potential customers. We hope you will consider participating in this fun annual tradition for a great cause!
Our 2017 Shop Small campaign is going to be the best yet!! There are plenty of ways for all our members to get involved. SHOP SMALL PASSPORT CARD: We are creating a Shop Small OB Passport card. 20,000 cards will be distributed along with the Beacon throughout Ocean Beach and Point Loma. Participating businesses will receive a special hole punch; customers will come to your storefront to receive a punch starting at our launch event on Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25). On or before December 20, they’ll turn in their cards for a chance to win great prizes! Participation is FREE for OBMA members!!!! You must provide at least one prize worth at least $25 (merchandise or gift card).
October 3, 2017 Dear OBMA Member, As a longtime member of the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association, I’m enclosing some current information regarding the services of Music As You Like It, a full-service entertainment production company. We are dedicated to bringing the best entertainment and decor available to your special event. Please keep our card on file for future reference and pass it along to your clients if they need entertainment. Music As You Like It has performed at over 26,000 events throughout San Diego since 1973. We offer a variety of entertainment including bands, disc jockeys, novelty acts, and customized theme parties that include props and decor. All of our entertainers are state-licensed, bonded, and carry a million dollar liability policy.
Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) are on a trajectory to surpass cars with internal combustion engines in the next two decades, according to Bloomberg News. Automakers around the world are working on plans to phase out petroleum-driven cars and focus on EVs, and with that will come increased demand for charging stations at commercial and residential properties. San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is installing 3,500 EV charging stations at apartments, condos and businesses in the region through its Power Your Drive initiative. Visit sdge.com/PowerYourDrive to join the interest list and learn how we can help you install the infrastructure you need to attract and keep quality tenants at little or no cost to you.
Whether you're a trade professional, business owner or homeowner, you can gain basic and advanced skills in green buidling practices. Classes are designed to teach you how to improve performance and become more energy efficient. Specialized energy efficiency and sustainability courses are a great way for businesses to completitively get ahead and keep current on the latest technologies that can help your business reduce its energy usage. Check out SDG&E's classes at seminars.sdge.com.
See the newly-consolidated Business Energy Efficiency Rebates Catalog and to review our policies and procedures, read the Energy Efficiency Business Rebates Handbook. • Free smart thermostats including free installation o Control multiple thermostats anytime, set up and receive alerts, modify occupancy schedules and more. For details see sdge.com/thermostats. • Streamlined Ag Efficiency Program o A refreshed program that can help Agribusiness customers save time and cut energy costs. Read more at sdge.com/agbiz. • Instant lighting rebates
Do you have a commercial kitchen or use refrigeration? For a limited time, SDG&E is providing higher rebates for ice machines, refrigeration cases, electric fryers and more – available through November 10, 2017. Learn more at sdge.com/foodservice. See all available business rebates in the 2017 Business Energy Efficiency Rebates Catalog.
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