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College Area Choice Awards Mixer
Posted: July 11th, 2019

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
Posted: March 18th, 2019

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!
Posted: February 25th, 2019

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 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


City’s Storefront Improvement Program Workshop
Posted: February 4th, 2019

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.

Himalayan Yak & Yeti Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting
Posted: December 10th, 2018

Join us in welcoming Himalayan Yak & Yeti to the College Area Business District with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 5:30-7:30pm!

Himalayan Yak & Yeti is a new restaurant at 6784 El Cajon Boulevard serving delectible foods from India, Tibet and Nepal.

Come in to welcome them to the neighborhood! Let them know you appreciate their investment in your neighborhood by attending! Be a part of the ribbon cutting ceremony, meet the owners and staff, enjoy sample some of the exotic foods and enjoy an evening of celebration!

We look forward to seeing you there!

DATE: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
TIME: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
LOCATION: Himalayan Yak & Yeti, 6784 El Cajon Boulevard

Follow Himalayan Yak & Yeti on Facebook & Instagram!


College Area Choice Awards
Posted: June 8th, 2018


It is that time of year again when we ask for the College Area Choice Award Nominations. You can nominate your favorite College Area businesses in a variety of catagories!
The College Area Choice award winners will be unveiled at the Annual College Area Choice Awards Mixer on Wednesday, July 25, from 5:30pm-7:30pm at 4704 College Avenue! You are invited to attend! Enjoy a great evening with friends & family, sample amazing food & drinks, and celebrate the College Area Choice favorites of 2018!
Nominations are currently being accepted until Friday, June 22, 2018. Click here to show some love for your favorite busnesses by nominating them!
Online Voting will be open from Monday, July 2, 2018 and Friday, July 13, 2018.
Check back often for updates about voting and for more information about the Awards Mixer!
Halloween Mixer
Posted: September 28th, 2017


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
Posted: August 4th, 2017

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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!

Grow your business with the assistance of San Diego State University
Posted: July 17th, 2017

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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!