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Seeking Table Sponsors and Raffle Prizes for OBMA Annual Awards!

Seeking Table Sponsors and Raffle Prizes for OBMA Annual Awards!

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 form
Raffle prize contributions form

If you have any questions, please contact the office at info@oceanbeachsandiego.com or 619-224-4906.

See you at the celebration!

-OBMA Staff

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SDG&E: Don’t let a good deal drive by

SDG&E: Don’t let a good deal drive by

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.
Once the installation is complete, your work is done. SDG&E handles operation and maintenance of the charging stations, including repairs, support and billing. Your tenants pay for charging through their SDG&E account. It’s a win-win for property owners.
Don’t be left in the dust. Visit sdge.com/PowerYourDrive to join the interest list today and get started.

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SDG&E: Learn about advances in new HVAC technologies

SDG&E: Learn about advances in new HVAC technologies

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.

To learn more about the Energy Innovation Center’s self-guided sustainability tours, tool lending library, and free classes visit sdge.com/eic. See what our customers say about the Energy Innovation Center! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2ng86bgNko
 

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SDG&E: Winter energy-saving tips to reduce business energy costs

SDG&E: Winter energy-saving tips to reduce business energy costs

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.

1.    Don’t heat what you don’t use. This may seem obvious but it’s easy to oversee. Only heat the rooms and areas of the building which are in use every day. Rooms with low usage should have their heating turned down or off until they are in use. You can also keep temperatures low in hallways as they are not used for more than a couple of minutes at a time.
2.    Motivate and involve staff. Encourage employees to take part in brainstorming sessions. Employees can be delegated responsibility to offer their own innovative ideas to cut down on energy costs. Having an open dialogue about the things that could be changed about energy usage in your business is very important. This will allow you to create efficient work culture in your company.
3.    Schedule an energy audit for your facility. SDG&E offers free energy assessments to help ensure you are using energy efficiently. Learn more at sdge.com/BES to find out if areas can be identified to trim down your energy needs.
4.    Look out for small drafts that may leak air. Small drafts can result in businesses losing sometimes substantial portions of their heating and cooling costs. Proper air sealing of the work environment can eliminate those drafts.
5.    Keep control of your heating. Keeping your office temperature one degree down during winters can reduce the power it uses by up to 10%. Consider purchasing a smart thermostat, too.

By considering these steps, you could see changes in your energy bill. People often underestimate the little things they do at work, so promoting awareness about energy issues is very important. Not only will you be lowering your energy bill, you’ll also be promoting a healthy environment within your own workplace. For more ideas on how to save energy in your business, visit sdge.com/business.
 

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SDG&E: New seasonal and peak periods are here

SDG&E: New seasonal and peak periods are here

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)

Time of use periods
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.
You’ll receive more information about these changes in the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please call our Business Services team at 1.800.336.7343 or visit sdge.com/TOUplans.

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CA Competes Tax Credit (Presentation Dec. 8)

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.

 

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Apple Pay Activation in OB: December 16-17, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 6:00pm12/16/2017 6:00pm 12/16/2017 6:00pm Apple Pay Activation in OB: December 16-17, 2017

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.

As part of the campaign, Apple Pay will work with merchants to determine an offer for the weekend to drive purchase and will provide custom signage. Merchants are encouraged to promote on their social media page.

Our local representatives may have visited you already or contacted you via phone. We would love to share additional details regarding the program if you're interested.

Please email John Anderson at janderson@factory-360.com or call 212-242-2417 to learn more.

We look forward to talking soon!

Best,
John

 

From their recent event in Austin, Texas:

 

America/Los_Angeles public

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.

As part of the campaign, Apple Pay will work with merchants to determine an offer for the weekend to drive purchase and will provide custom signage. Merchants are encouraged to promote on their social media page.

Our local representatives may have visited you already or contacted you via phone. We would love to share additional details regarding the program if you're interested.

Please email John Anderson at janderson@factory-360.com or call 212-242-2417 to learn more.

We look forward to talking soon!

Best,
John

 

From their recent event in Austin, Texas:

 

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Small Business Consulting at No Cost from SDSU

Small Business Consulting at No Cost from SDSU

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. APPLY HERE

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