Member & Business News
This section is for OBMA Member-specific information, events, issues, and news for small business owners in Ocean Beach.
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!!
Save the date for the 2018 Annual Marketing Breakfast on Tuesday, January 9! More info coming soon.
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.
Ocean Beach Elementary School's PTA sent us the following information about a great opportunity for local businesses to support their upcoming event: Dear Potential Corporate Donor, The Ocean Beach Elementary PTA is hosting our annual jog-a-thon for the 2017/18 school year on January 19th, 2018. This event serves as the primary fundraiser for our arts program in the children’s education.
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
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:
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.
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