Business Development Series: Health & Finance Program

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 8:00am

Please join us for the next 2017 Business Development Series event on Thursday, March 2, at 8:00 a.m. at Wonderland Ocean Pub, 5083 Santa Monica Ave. Hosted by Erik D. Karlson, financial advisor at Edward Jones, this Health & Finance Program will include information on promoting your physical and financial health. Don't miss the delicious free breakfast and top-notch class! To reseve a space for yourself and a guest at this educational workshop, please call 619-223-8357 no later than Friday, February 24, 2017.

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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

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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!

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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.

Lots of editorial, with insider tips and recommendations – just like a friend would be referring them for things to do while in San Diego!

•         Official guide put together by the San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) for all of San Diego County
•         80,000 printed copies annually available at the airport, visitor centers, car rental facility etc (and available on SDTA’s website to be mailed to visitors domestically and internationally) – 24,000 copies are picked up at the airport and 56,000 are mailed to those requesting them domestic and internationally.
•         Available online and formatted for the following products: apple, android, tablets
•         Bi-annual publication – next issue Spring/Summer, April – Sept 2017
•         34 million visitors travel to San Diego spending $9 billion annually
•         Current issue:

**Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association is agreeing to subsidize some of this cost for you, so you’re getting a fantastic rate to be included in the guide.  It will be a full page ad with 8 businesses on a page (page size is about the same size as a regular piece of paper).  Each slot is $93.82 per merchant/per month (for 6 months).  View the last ad we did for OBMA; view the media kit.

Would you like me to save you a spot?


Shauna Francisco
San Diego Magazine
San Diego Pets Magazine
Exquisite Weddings Magazine
San Diego Tourism Authority's Official 2017 Visitors Guide

P 619-744-0504
C 858-208-0173

707 Broadway, Suite 1100
San Diego, CA 92101

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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.

Here are the details:
•    SDWP will reimburse minimum of 50% of training costs, with some types of training being 100% covered = 100% free!
•    SDWP needs to allocate all funds before the end of February 2017.
•    See attached for more info.
•    They also have many other reimbursable training programs, such as OJT, still available too, that non-retail employers can access.

Learn more at

Photo courtesy of San Diego Workforce Partnership

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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. Those of you with storefronts in the Business Improvement District and Voltaire Street Corridor will be receiving a hard copy of this information as well, but we encourage all our members to review the online version!

Don't forget this year's Storefront Decorating Contest -- let us know you are entering by 9 a.m. on Friday, December 2, to be included in the judging and People's Choice competition!

Remember, our website is a popular destination for residents and visitors who want to know about Ocean Beach and our local business community. Traffic increases significantly during the holidays, and advertising on our website is an affordable option to reach thousands of potential customers 24 hours a day! Please contact us if you're interested in a web ad.

Hope you all have a festive and profitable holiday season!

Tevia Oskin
Promotions Committee Chair

Click here to download your holiday packet!

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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 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!

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!


Notify OBMA BY 9 A.M. DECEMBER 2 that you are entering.

Pictures will be taken of your storefront the same morning to be posted on the Facebook album for voting for People’s Choice. Encourage customers and friends to vote for you at
Voting is from 5 p.m. December 2 until 5 p.m. December 16.


Judge’s Awards - Judging on Friday, December 2, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

(Please let us know if you will not be open during this time.)

  • Most festive inside ($150 prize)
  • Most festive outside ($150 prize)
  • Best use of this year’s holiday theme, The Year of the Pier with Holiday Cheer ($150 prize)

Chosen by Facebook likes:

(vote at, Dec. 2-16).

  • People’s Choice Award ($150 prize)

PLUS the winning storefront photos will be featured in the Peninsula Beacon holiday edition!


Decorating Tips

Windows should be attractive day and night. Set up timers for your lights to make sure the street is festive and brightly lit until midnight every night. Timers are available for purchase at OB Hardware. Check your lights and displays each day to make sure everything is functioning properly and looking great. Not sure where to get lights? Try CVS, Rite Aid, or Supermax.

Questions? Contact Ocean Beach MainStreet Association: or 619-224-4906

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