Member & Business News
This section is for OBMA Member-specific information, events, issues, and news for small business owners in Ocean Beach.
January is a great time to sharpen your skills on energy-efficient technologies, codes and standards, and green building practices. From certifications in lighting controls and HVAC, to a specialized bootcamp class that gives you ideas on how to sell energy efficiency. Whether you are a business owner or a trade professional looking to learn the latest in building technology, the Energy Innovation Center has a class for you. Register today at seminars.sdge.com.
Your energy costs are based on how much electricity you use and when you use it. Energy use aligns with two seasonal periods and the winter season now includes the month of May. Winter: November 1 to May 31 (previously November 1 to April 30) Summer: June 1 to October 31 (previously May 1 to October 31) The year-round On-peak period, when electricity is needed the most and you pay the highest price, is 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Shifting energy use to Off-peak or Super off-peak hours can help you save energy and money. Review your pricing plan at sdge.com/myaccount to understand how these changes might impact your business.
Buildings don’t use energy – people do. Your employees affect a building’s energy performance. Many people already save energy at home. Show them the connections between those good behaviors and what they can do at work. It’s the little things that, when added together, can make a big difference. High utility costs can be a result of paying for energy that is wasted by lights, equipment, and HVAC systems that are left on for long periods while not in use. According to Energy Star, office buildings waste up to one-third of the energy they consume. Your business can use less energy and lower its costs if you:
From San Diego County Health Department: The flu is hitting San Diego hard this season. A total of 45 flu deaths have been reported in San Diego so far this season as compared to five deaths this same time last season. Also, more than 7,300 laboratory-confirmed flu cases have been reported so far, which is over 8 times more than the total number of cases for the entire season last year. We are sharing important information provided by the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) on what you can do to protect yourself and those around you from becoming ill with the flu.
Dear OBMA Members, The OBMA Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration is coming up on January 25, 2018! We are currently in search of table sponsors (just a few available) and contributions to our raffle prize baskets. Contributing to our annual awards is a great PR opportunity for your business! If you'd like to make a contribution, please access the forms linked below and return them to us by Friday, December 29: Table sponsorships formRaffle prize contributions form
Property upgrades are expensive, but necessary. They increase property value and keep quality tenants, who are drawn to locations with state-of-the-art amenities. If an opportunity to upgrade your property with new, in demand infrastructure presents itself at a fraction of the cost, is that a deal you’d let drive by? Not a chance. San Diego Gas & Electric is installing 3,500 electric vehicle charging stations at apartments, condos and businesses in the region through the Power Your Drive initiative. As a program participant, you’d pay little to nothing to have onsite EV charging stations installed on your property for the exclusive use of your tenants.
Already have a good understanding of air conditioning units? Then take this advanced class at the Energy Innovation Center on December 7th that focuses on the energy efficiency of unitary systems. You earn continuing education units too! This class is for building engineers, facility managers and maintenance staff. Check out our free HVAC classes in December at seminars.sdge.com.
There are a variety of ways you can reduce costs in your business when it comes to energy. By assessing the needs of your employees and your customers, you’ll be able to make a plan that helps you cut costs where you need it the most.
A portable electric generator or small permanent standby generator can help keep your essential equipment running during a power outage. Before you run a generator for the first time, however, state law requires you to notify SDG&E. For safety tips and a video on choosing and using a generator, visit sdge.com/chooseagenerator.
Your energy costs are based on how much electricity you use and when you use it. To better reflect energy use patterns and the impact on the electric grid, the California Public Utilities Commission recently approved these changes, effective December 1, 2017. Seasonal periods Energy use aligns with two seasonal periods and the winter season now includes the month of May. Winter: November 1 to May 31 (previously November 1 to April 30) Summer: June 1 to October 31 (previously May 1 to October 31)
Contact Carolyn Howard for more information on advertising in PassPort San Diego! The deadline for the next issue is December 15, 2017. Carolyn Howard Vice PresidentPassPort to San Diego, Inc. 619-251-4530 (Direct) 619-465-7550 (FAX)www.PassPortToSanDiego.com
There is a CA Competes Tax Credit Presentation on Friday December 8th, 2017, from 9:00-10:00 at SD City Council Chambers. From Jan 2-22, 2018, interested business owners can submit grant applications for these credits. $100M in credits will be available and 25% must go directly to small businesses. This is a competitive application process. Below is a flyer for the Dec. 8th Presentation and a flyer that outlines the criteria used in evaluating applications.
From Apple Pay's representatives: Hello Ocean Beach Merchant, Apple Pay is hosting a neighborhood “Lose Your Wallet” campaign in Ocean Beach to promote participating local businesses in the area on Dec. 16 & 17th from around 10-6pm and we'd like you to participate! Apple will promote the event via social, digital media, and radio to drive more traffic to the neighborhood and encourage people to shop locally. Apple Pay representatives will also be able to help you assess your capability to accept Apple Pay and get setup for the event. Additionally, there will be an event footprint at the Cafe Bella parking lot with activities such as custom tote bag silkscreening, caricature artists, leather stamping, each for $1 with Apple Pay.
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.
Our March 2018 Sundowner is on Thursday, March 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Electric Chair, 4944 Newport Ave, Suite A, co-hosted by The Philosopher's Stone and Helm's Brewing Co. Entertainment will be provided by Marauak. This event is open to OBMA members and their employees. Bring your business card for our free prize raffle and $5 for the new 50/50 drawing. Hope to see you there!