Category Archives: NewsAndInfo

2017 Board of Directors | Elections

Nominations bannerIt’s that time of year again when the College Area Business District elects new board members. At this time, we are requesting nominations from YOU, the general membership.

Eligible College Area business tax certificate holders and commercial property owners are asked to nominate themselves or another eligible person to run for this election. Some of the incumbents are running for their previous seats, however, every seat will be elected by the general membership of eligible business of the College Area Business District and commercial property owners of the College Heights Maintenance Assessment District. The elections will be held at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

If you would like to nominate yourself or another eligible person, fill out the nomination form sent via mail, and return it to the College Area Business District office (4704 College Avenue) in person or via mail.  All Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, March 10, 2017, to be reviewed and considered for the election ballot.

This year’s Nominating Committee will review the list of nominees and determine eligibility. A final ballot of all eligible nominees will then be presented at the March 15, 2017, Board Meeting.

Ballots will be sent out Friday, March 17, 2017, with voting available online as well. During our Annual Meeting and Elections Breakfast scheduled for April 19, 2017, the ballots will be accepted, counted and announced. The New Board will convene immediately for their first meeting

Annual Meeting & Elections Breakfast:
When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Where: Terra American Bistro (7091 El Cajon Boulevard)
Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Tickets: $10 per person
*Tickets will be available to purchase soon*

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact our office by telephone at 619-582-1093 or email, Executive Director, Jim Schneider.

2017 San Diego Fair Banner Photo-shoot


Gather up your saddles for another FUN fair photoshoot!

“Where the West is Fun” is the theme for the 2017 San Diego County Fair. The good old days of the
Wild West and all of its fanfare will be brought to life at the Fair next summer, giving fairgoers the chance to become part of the Old West with all the fun only the San Diego County Fair can provide.

We will be teaming up with the San Diego County Fair for another themed banner photo-shoot. We look forward to having last year’s participants, and greenhorns alike, join us in representing our neighborhood by partaking in this year’s shoot.

These banners will be displayed throughout the College Area on El Cajon Boulevard from June 2017 through July 2017. Early in August, you will have the opportunity to pick up the banner with your photo to take home as your own memorabilia for free!

It is welcomed to wear your best western attire, having fun with the cowboy/cowgirl theme. While costumes are encouraged, they are not mandatory.  If you choose not to wear a costume, please wear a solid color shirt with no logos/graphics  and no bare shoulders. Please arrive promptly as the photographer will only be here for an allotted amount of time. Once your portrait is taken, you will be free to enjoy the rest of your Saturday!

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017

Where: Campus Plaza Shopping Center (6165 El Cajon Boulevard Suite H)

 Time: 9:30 am to 11:30 am

To participate, just click the “Register Now” button below. You will only need your name and email address to register.

 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the College Area Business District via email, we would be happy to help answer your questions!

See y’all down the road, for another fun fair photo-shoot!


Grand Opening | Pokedon


You are invited to a Grand Opening Ceremony celebrating the opening of our newest restaurant to the College Area, Pokedon!

Help us welcome owner, Dennis Lee who has chosen our neighborhood in which to invest and bring some of the best Poke dishes known.

DATE: Thursday, January 12, 2017
LOCATION: 6353 El Cajon Boulevard

If you intend on joining in on the celebration, let us know! RSVP through Facebook!

The Holiday Mixer


Join us for a fun social evening of mixing and mingling in celebration of the Holiday Season.

 This year we are joining forces with the Diamond Business Association bringing both districts together to mix and mingle. 

We invite you to be in attendance Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at the Ugly Dog Pub from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.
Tickets will be $10 per person, which includes two drink tickets and light refreshments. 
Reindeer games, prize drawings and repartee with colleagues will be a definite at this year’s must attend celebration. 
Holiday Mixer Details:
When: Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Cost $10 per person (2 Drinks & Refreshments included)

2 hour parking will be available at BLVD63 Apartments, in the retail spaces of the parking structure.(6345 El Cajon Boulevard)

 We look forward to bringing in the Holiday Season with you!

A huge thank you to our event sponsors:

To RSVP and Purchase your tickets, Click Here!

Fish Pit Grand Opening | Ribbon Cutting Celebration

15037281_1317201548331015_6683802510309737316_nYou are invited to a Grand Opening Ceremony celebrating the opening of the newest restaurant to the College Area, Fish Pit.

Owner, Zach and Lindsay have invested in our neighborhood by opening their family owned and operated fresh fish specialty restaurant serving high quality sustainable foods. Meet them, hear their story, taste samples of their house specialties and have some fun with your friends and neighbors.

DATE: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
MIX & MINGLE: 11:30AM-12PM
LOCATION: 4632 College Avenue | San Diego

Let us know your coming, RSVP though Facebook!

Stop by and join the celebration and say “Welcome to the neighborhood!”

College Area Business Walk!

csd_f_rev2City of San Diego’s College Area Business District Survey Walk -About: We need 40 volunteers to help us visit businesses and survey them about their needs, successes and challenges. The City’s Economic Development Department is conducting this survey to determine how to improve San Diego’s business atmosphere.

  • DATE: Thursday, October 6, 2016
  • TIME: 2pm – 5PM
  • STARTING LOCATION: College Area Business District Office (4704 College Avenue, San Diego CA 92115)
  • ENDING LOCATION: Pesto Italian Craft Kitchen (6011 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego CA 92115)

Volunteers will be assigned a section of the College Area Business District and asked to survey (written survey will be provided) as many business owners in tier section as possible between 2pm and 5pm. During the visit, volunteers will be asking the survey questions and documenting the answers on the survey form.

The volunteers will be asked to meet up at Pesto Italian Craft Kitchen to hand in their completed surveys and enjoy a debriefing and light refreshments with the City Staff and the College Area Business District Board Members and Staff.

We greatly appreciate the community’s assistance with this project. 

Sign Up to Volunteer

Introductory Office Hours Workshop


The College Area Business District is offering “Office Hours Consulting”: one-on-one consulting exclusively for College Area Business District businesses from the experts of San Diego’s business assistance organizations.

Come to this workshop to meet these experts and learn how you can get FREE guidance for your business from the pros!

This workshop was created as a resource for College Area Business District business owners to introduce San Diego’s premier business assistance organizations. Whether you are struggling with your business’ marketing strategy, looking for business financing, or simply in need of assistance dealing with unrealistic customer expectations, there is an organization that can help you create a plan to tackle whatever business matter you may be struggling with.

In this workshop you will:

  • Get to know the 5 leading business assistance organizations
  • Learn how each organization can assist your business
  • Identify your business’ shortcoming and identify which organization can aid in developing a strategy
  • Have the opportunity to ask business specific questions


When: Thursday, September 29th, 2016
Where: College Area Business District Office (4704 College Avenue)
Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Grand Opening | Mixer | Balgonte Galeria

Balgonte Galeria
A date is set to unveil the astounding artistry behind the walls of Balgonte Galeria! Join us in celebrating this wonderful new business and explore the brilliance of the pieces housed inside.
WHERE: BALGONTE GALERIA (5527 El Cajon Boulevard)
**Parking will be available across the street at Blessed Sacrament Parish Church**
We look forward to seeing you there to commemorate this special occasion.

Social Media & Google Workshop for Small Businesses

Social Media & Google Workshop

Struggling to find the right social media platforms that work for you and your business? How does this all tie in to your Google marketing and SEO efforts? So many business owners feel overwhelmed when thinking about implementing a social media strategy. We’re here to help you figure things out!

This two hour workshop will help you identify the strengths and weaknesses of each social media platform so you can find the perfect fit for your business.

Join us for this free workshop and you will learn how to:
* Determine your social media goals.
* Identify which social media platform will work best for you.
* Promote your business in a way that will earn you real engaged followers.
* The role social media plays and how it works within the Google model.
* And so much more!

Date: Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
Time: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Platt College San Diego – Term 1 Classroom

Please arrive early and on Facebook since seating will be limited. This is not a webinar and will not be streamed live, you need to attend in person. We have free Wifi for our guests!

**This is a FREE Workshop Open to the Public**

About the Instructors:
Natasha Englehardt has been a Social Media Manager for Platt College San Diego for over 4 years. She’s also a board member for the College Area Business District’s Board of Directors. Helping small businesses, artists and nonprofits discover the benefits of social media is something she is passionate about and loves collaborating with the local community. Thanks to her social media and design skills she has had her work featured by the band No Doubt, Disneyland, The San Diego Safari Park, Adobe and NBC San Diego.

Louis Nava is a Consultant and Technology Coach specializing in helping organizations, businesses, and communities grow online for the past 20 years. He is recognized statewide for his work in helping bridge the digital divide and increase digital literacy for the community. In 2012, Louis became a Google partner and community liaison to help deliver new tools and strategies for business owners, enabling them to increase their visibility and revenue. His IT Technology skills include, but are not limited to, technology instructor, computer education, graphic design, web design, video production, photography, Virtual Reality and animation.