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Fall Mixer with Corbin’sQ!

You are invited to join us in celebrating the fall season and Corbin’s Q 2nd Anniversary of serving the College Area!

The College Area loves a good party so we not only want to celebrate the fall season, we can also help Corbin’sQ celebrate their 2nd Anniversary of being an integral part of the neighborhood!

It seems like only yesterday we welcomed Corbin’sQ to the College Area, it’s been 2 years and in that time, Corbin’sQ has become a College Area staple.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm for some fun with business and community members. Enjoy appetizers and drinks from one of the College Area’s favorite destinations.

Event Details:
When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Where: Corbin’s Q (6548 El Cajon Boulevard)
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Cost: $10 Per Person – Light Refreshments & 2 drinks included

Get Your Adavance TICKETS Here

We look forward to celebrating with you!


Make It Market

You are invited to stop by our Make It Market, a monthly artisan pop-up market happening Tuesday, October 8, 2019 3pm- 7pm outside Black Market Brewing Co. SDSU (4800 Art Street, San Diego 92115)

Stop by for relaxing evening at the College Area’s only tasting room in Black Market Brewing Co. SDSU. Enjoy the ambiance, beer and foods before or after you shop the vendors wares.

Event Details:
DATE: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
TIME: 3:00pm – 7:00pm
LOCATION: Black Market Brewing Co. SDSU (4800 Art Street)

The Make It Market offers you an opportunity to shop small, shop local in an intimate outdoor atmosphere with vendors offering unique items including:
• Handcrafted Jewelry
• Beauty Products
• Clothing & Accessories
• Art & Décor
• Pet Products
• Earth-conscious Items
• Candles & More!

Bring your friends and families to meet the vendors and feel good supporting small, neighborhood businesses!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Best Western Hotel Grand Re-Opening

You are invited to celebrate and tour the newly renovated Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Suites at SDSU. They have just completed the renovations of the lobby area, and exterior with plans to continue renovating all 60 rooms.

Stop by to see how this investment has beautified the College Area Commercial Corridor. Meet the management and staff of this long-standing hotel, serving the College Area and San Diego State University visitors since the 1940’s. Mix & mingle with other businesses and neighbors while you enjoy light refreshments from local restaurants.

Mark your calendar now to attend this soirée!
DATE: Wednesday, October 2, 2019
TIME: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
LOCATION: Best Western – 6474 El Cajon Boulevard
COST: FREE

We look forward to celebrating with you!


Free Instagram Strategy Workshop

With Instagram being the number 1 social media platform learn how to take your business account game to the next level. This workshop is for the advanced user, someone who already has a basic understanding of the platform and is looking to elevate their engagement, following, and overall strategy.

You will learn the latest tips, tricks and Instagram trends as presented by South San Diego Small Business Development Center experts to help you spend less time and get the greatest response.

Have your business use Instagram efficiently by learning the strategies to increase engagement, improve customer experience, use advertisement effectively!

Event Details:
DATE: Wednesday, October 2, 2019
TIME: 9am – 10:30am
LOCATION: College Area Business District Office (4704 College Avenue).
COST: Free!


Free Instagram 101 Workshop

Join South San Diego Small Business Development Center experts for a free workshop where you will learn the basics of using Instagram.
This workshop is for the beginner user, we will go over each component of Instagram. From how to post a photo, to the importance of using all of their tools.

Instagram has became the number 1 Social Media platform in the world, which makes it a very important tool for your business.

Take advantage of this free workshop to help you gain more customers!

Event Details:
DATE: Thursday, September 26, 2019
TIME: 9am – 10:30am
LOCATION: College Area Business District Office (4704 College Avenue).
COST: Free!


College Area Choice Awards Mixer

You Voted – – – We Tallied – Now it’s TIME TO PARTY!

You (the public) have nominated your favorite businessses in the following catagories:
* Best New Restaurant
* Best New Business
* Best Coffee Shop
* Best Storefront Makeover
* Best Long-Term Business (20+ years)
* Business of the Year

Voting is NOW CLOSED but you are invited to join us for the College Area Choice Awards Mixer!

Join in on the fun of celebrating the Award-Winning Businesses of the College Area Business District! This event promises to be an evening full of FUN with food & drink by Black Market Brewing Co. drawings for prizes and, the highlight of the evening- -UNVEILING OF THE AWARD-WINNING BUSINESSES!

ADMISSION is $20 per person, or $15 per person for College Area Business District Members. Available online or at the door. Click here for TICKETS

We look forward to celebrating the best of the best with you!


College Area Business District Annual Meeting & Elections Mixer

Mark your calendar NOW for the College Area Business District’s Annual Meeting & Elections Mixer!

The Annual Meeting & Elections will be held at Penelope’s Mexican Food located at 7102 El Cajon Boulevard. The evening wiill be full of networking, discussing the accoplishments of the organizations over the past year and of course, the Board of Directors’ Elections!

Meet the candidates, incumbents and other business owners of the College Area Business District and enjoy some amazing food & drinks from the area’s newest Soon-To-Be-Opened Restaurant, Penelope’s Mexican Food!

DATE: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
TIME: 5:30pm – 7:30PM
LOCATION: Penelope’s Mexican Food (7102 El Cajon Boulevard)
COST: $10 per person. CLICK HERE to BUY your tickets NOW!

Parking will be available in the parking lot behind Penelope’s and pleanty of on-street parking is available.

Board of Directors Nominations being Accepted NOW!

Nominate Yourself or Another Eligible Business Owner/ Commercial Property Owner

It is time again for the College Area Business District’s annual elections for the Board of Directors.  This year we have eight (8) two-year term seats open on the Board.

Make Your Nominations to Our Board of Directors!

All Nominees and those making the nominations must be eligible businesses with a current business tax certificate or a commercial property owner in the College Heights Maintenance Assessment District current with their assessments. Associate Members are also eligible to participate with this process. 

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please complete the Nominations Form return the form by mail to our office (4704 College Avenue, San Diego CA 92115). You may also drop it off, or email it to mail@collegeareabid.com. All forms must be received by Friday, March 8, 2019 at 5:00pm. If mailing your form, it must be postmarked by the Friday, March 8th deadline.

All nominations will be presented and reviewed at the Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Once accepted, the nominees will be included on this year’s election ballot which will be mailed out and available online.

The election results will be presented at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Here is the Election Timeline:

  • Request for Nominations: Now until 5:00 pm Friday, March 8, 2019.
  • Nominations gathered, verified and accepted: During the Board Meeting on March 20, 2019
  • Ballot created and made available: Between Friday, March 22, 2019 and Friday, April 5, 2019 (Ballots received or postmarked after this time will not be accepted or counted).
  • Election & Annual Meeting Mixer: During the College Area Business District Annual Meeting Mixer on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, time and location to be determined. Notices will be sent to all eligible members.

Your service as a Board Member can make a great difference to the College Area Business District! 
If you did not recieve your Nominations Form CLICK HERE to fill it out and return via mail or email.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone at (619) 582-1093 or via email at mail@collegeareabid.com.

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City’s Storefront Improvement Program Workshop

Join Us for the City’s Storefront Improvement Program Workshop

The Storefront Improvement Program is available to any small business (25 employees or less) or commercail property owner that leases to small businesses in the City of San Diego. Property must be first floor and facing the street along a commercial corridor.

You are invited to learn about the City’s Storefront Improvement Program directly from the City staff as they come to the College Area Business District office to explain this popular program in detail and answer your questions!

The City of San Diego is offering you the best ROI possible on your business facade improvements.

DATE: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 TIME: 8:30 AM – 10 AM LOCATION: College Area Business District (4704 College Ave, San Diego, CA 92115)

Mark your calendars today and plan to attend! RSVP, seating may be limited!

This workshop is FREE!

Get a headstart, click here for the City’s Storefront Improvement Program Website:

The Storefront Improvement Program is available to any small business (25 employees or less) or commercail property owner that leases to small businesses in the City of San Diego. Property must be first floor and facing the street along a commercial corridor.