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Mangia Per Una Causa!

Join us for our next installment in the “College Area Business District Mixers Series”.

What better way to spend your Tuesday evening than with friends, drinks, and some favorites such as garlic knots and pesto alfredo?!

Swing by Pesto Italian Craft Kitchen on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 between 5:00pm – 8:00pm and show or mention this “Eat for a Cause” event and 25% of your purchase will be donated to the College Area Business District!

If you support and appreciate your neighborhood and local businesses here in the College Area Business District, come hang out with us during this fundraising mixer to let us know–we’ll be happy to see you!

If you’re interested and able to attend, please RSVP on the Facebook Event Page. Also feel free to bring family and friends–the more the merrier!

We can’t wait to see you all at Pesto!

Pizza with a Purpose Mixer!

Join us for the first in the “College Area Business District Mixers Series”. Who doesn’t like a good party with pizza, beer and supporting a great cause?
Come in to Woodstock’s Pizza on Thursday, February 27, 2018 between 4:00pm – 8:00pm and show or mention this “Pizza with a Purpose” event and upto 25% of your purchase will be donated to the College Area Business District!
If you enjoy your neighborhood and all of the great things happening here in the College Area Business District, show your gratitude support and apprecaition by participating with this fundraising mixer.
Event Details: 
When: Tues. Feb. 27, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Woodsock’s Pizza
Check Facebook for updates!

Just show or mention one of these fliers! (Click on Image to save or print)


County Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s Coffee with Constituents

We ask so often, What can the City do for our community?” We neglect to remember that there is another level of government that can impact our lives as much or more! That’s right, the County of San Diego. Here is your chance to meet your County Supervisor, Dianne Jacob over a cup of coffee in your neighborhood with Scrimshaw Coffee.
Come visit Dianne Jacob with us at Scrimshaw Coffee, for a morning of warmth, both from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and, of course, Scrimshaw Coffee.  Enjoy a coffee, ask questions, share your concerns or just learn more about how the County positively affects our neighborhoods!


Event Details: 
When: Friday, January 26, 2018
Where: Scrimshaw Coffee (5542 E Cajon Boulevard)
Time: 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Cost: FREE (Food & Drinks not included)
Check back on our Facebook for any updates regarding this event. 

Hosted by the College Area neighborhood groups, including:


2017 Holiday Mixer

2017 Holiday Mixer

Join us for a mingle and a jingle at Eureka! SDSU! Complimentary appetizers will be offered as you celebrate the upcoming holiday season with us.
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm for some fun with business members and community members.
Event Details: 
When: Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Where: Eureka! (5140 College Avenue)
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Cost: FREE
For more details stay apprised of our Website, andFacebook page. Also, make sure to keep an eye on your mailboxes, as an invite will be in there for you soon.
We look forward to celebrating this holiday season with you!

Snappy Dog | Open House Celebration

Snappy Dog has made quite the entrance to the College Area Business District last month, but we still need to show our welcome.

Come help us celebrate the Opening of  Snappy Dog on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 5:30 pm.

Share the refreshments while you mix and mingle with fellow business owners, & community members and meet the owner, Scott in person!.

Event Details:

When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Where: Snappy Dog (5854 Montezuma Rd.)

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Plan on attending? RSVP!


We hope to see your community support as we welcome the newest business to invest in our neighborhood!

Grand Opening | Corbin’s Q

Grand Opening|Corbin’s Q

Come and Celebrate the newest business in the District; Corbin’s Q!

A Grand Opening has been set for Thursday, November 16, 2017
Refreshments will be offered while you mix and mingle with fellow business owners, community members, and Corbin himself!.

When: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Where: Corbin’s Q (6548 El Cajon Boulevard)
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

We hope to see your community support as we welcome the newest business to invest in our neighborhood!

Plan on attending? Let us know!


Halloween Mixer

The Halloween season is amongst us, which means it’s time for the College Area Business District to give you a scare at our upcoming Halloween Mixer.
Join us, if you dare, for a spooky evening of mixing and mingling with area businesses and community members.
The evening will include festive flare to celebrate the district’s upcoming annual Boulevard BOO! Parade. 
Light refreshments to be served from area businesses, as you enjoy one another’s company.
Also, a special appearance from a Palm/Tarot Card Reader.
Halloween Mixer Details:
When: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Where: Feathringill Mortuary ( 6322 El Cajon Boulevard)
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Cost: $10 per person
RSVP– Purchase your ticket below!

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Mark your calendars NOW for this wicked affair – You won’t want to miss it, we promise it’ll be a spooktacular evening.
A huge “Thank You” to the below area businesses for donations for the evening!
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ADA Compliance Workshop

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ADA Compliance Workshop

This Workshop is for local businesses and property owners to educate and help reduce the chances of being hit by a “drive-by” lawsuit, improving access for the disabled. Learn about ADA California law, from a Certified Access Specialist. This workshop will give you steps to take to reduce your chances of being sued and help better serve clients.

Take a look at what your business could be facing.

Meet our Certified Access Specialist:

Sandi Miles has 25 years of experience in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, specializing in site accessibility projects over the last 14 years.  Ms. Miles is a Certified Access Specialist (CASp #346) in the state of California and is certified by the International Code Council as an Accessibility Plans Examiner and Inspector. Offering a full range of accessibility compliance including; accessibility site inspections, CASp reports, accessibility plan review, training presentations, training classes, Title II, Title III, and Fair Housing Act review.  In addition, Ms. Miles has performed grading design, construction management and inspection of projects as well as developed a variety of project-specific documents for civil engineering projects.

Accessibility is a topic of deep personal concern to Ms. Miles.  Her compassion is personal and she is dedicated to ongoing continuing education to see the entire scope of accessibility issues instead of focusing on one aspect.

Workshop Details:

Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Where: 4704 College Avenue San Diego, 92115

Time: 8:30 am

Cost: FREE

We look forward to providing all attendees with tools to protect his/her business or property and to better to serve their clients. Arm yourself with knowledge and solutions. 

Want to attend? REGISTER TODAY!

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Business Assistance Workshop

Learn about the various business assistance opportunities offered at San Diego State University. Whether your business is in need of consulting, interns, or job listings, this workshop will clarify questions, and aid in the growth of your business with the help of SDSU.

In this workshop learn from experts about the following:

Aztec Consulting: Aztec Consulting enables students to leverage their existing knowledge from the classroom to further explore real-world business problems and gain relevant work experience by working on consulting engagements with clients. Learn more about Aztec Consulting, HERE

Get assistance with the following through the Aztec Consulting Program:

  • Business Expansion
  • Feasibility Study
  • Advertising and Promotion
  • Integrated Marketing
  • Search Optimization and Social Media
  • Cost Analysis and Control
  • Export/Import
  • Benchmark and Competitor Analysis
  • Exit Strategies

Career Services: Through partnerships, education,  and programming, SDSU Career Services provides students and alumni with the opportunities to define, develop and realize their career potential. SDSU Career Services fulfills this commitment by using technology to streamline processes and enhance the accessibility of services, by responding to and representing the diversity of SDSU and its community, and by providing a centralized campus resource that supports retention, academic success and the affiliation of alumni to SDSU. Learn more about Career Service, HERE

  • They provide first-rate career services to every SDSU student and alum. 
  • They build employer, community and campus partnerships to create career opportunities. 
  • They offer high-quality career counseling, resources, and technology to meet their clients’ diverse and changing needs. 
  • They pride themselves on being integral to the SDSU educational experience, student retention, and life-long learning.

Learn how these services can aid your business, and get pertinent information for your business’ involvement through this workshop. 

Event Details:

When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Where: College Area Business District Office | 4704 College Avenue

Time: 8:30 am – 10: 30 am

Cost: FREE

Register Today!



2017 Annual Awards Mixer

2017 Annual Awards Mixer

Join us THIS WEDNESDAY, July 12th, at 5:30 for the presentation of the College Choice Awards at our Annual Awards Mixer in Balgonte Galeria (5527 El Cajon Boulevard) .

The results of your votes will be revealed, unveiling your choices for:

     ♥ Business of the Year

     ♥ Best New Business

     ♥ Best New Restaurant

     ♥ Best Storefront Makeover

     ♥ Best Long-Term  Business

 A special performance by the world renowned, Fred Benedetti is in store for you as you enjoy refreshments, artwork, and the celebratory nature of the evening.

Event Details:  
When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Where: Balgonte Galeria (5527 El Cajon Boulevard)
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Cost: $10 Per Person (Advance tickets available below or cash & credit card at the door)
Parking: Available at Blessed Sacrament Parish Church (4540 El Cerrito Drive)
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Much thanks to our College Area Businesses for refreshments for this evening:
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Fred Benedetti

Born Fred Masataka Benedetti in Sasebo, Japan, Fred Benedetti began playing the guitar at age nine.
 In 1986, he was one of twelve guitarists chosen worldwide to perform in the Master Class of Andrés Segovia at USC, where Guitarra Magazine wrote, “Fred Benedetti amazed the audience with his performance of the Bach Chaconne.”
Benedetti has performed locally with the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera, the Starlight Opera, the American Ballet Company, the Old Globe Theatre, and with Luciano Pavarotti. As of 2009, he is a full-time professor of music at Grossmont College, where he is chair of guitar studies and is head of the guitar faculty at San Diego State University with George Svoboda, Robert Wetzel, and Celin Romero.
In addition, he has recorded on the SBE label and Domo Records with several ensembles: Camarada (chamber ensemble), Keltik Kharma (a Celtic band), the Odeum Guitar Duo, and the Benedetti/Svoboda Guitar Duo. His album The Guitar Ensemble II includes performances of compositions by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss, and Mozart.
He has performed for dignitaries such as the King & Queen of Malaysia, Mikhail Gorbachev, and President Jimmy Carter.
We are happy to have Benedetti back for the evening, as his performance was breathtaking at this year’s inaugural year of ART Street (all those in attendance know exactly what we are talking about). For all those who have yet to listen to his talents, you are in for a treat!