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Grand Opening | Pokedon
Posted: January 9th, 2017


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
Posted: November 23rd, 2016


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
Posted: November 15th, 2016

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!
Posted: September 29th, 2016

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
Posted: September 14th, 2016


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
Posted: September 2nd, 2016

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
Posted: August 10th, 2016

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.

Google Workshop; Let’s Put Your Business on the Map
Posted: July 12th, 2016

It’s time to put our Businesses on the Map, Google Map that is!

Join the College Area Business District for an exclusive Google workshop that will give you all the tools to make your presence on Google known.

This workshop will include the following tips and tricks, to maximize your business’ web presence:

  • Enhance your business listing
  • Claim and verify your Google “My Business” listing
  • Learn the difference between a Local page and a Brand page
  • Maximize your business’ Google presence, and more!

This workshop will also give you the opportunity to connect with a Google specialist who can inform you about Google’s new 360 Tour.

Active participation is encouraged, so bring your laptop along with you.

Mark your calendars, as this is a must attend workshop!

See you all on Wednesday, June 27th, 2016 at 8:30am in the College Area Business District Office (4704 College Avenue).

Register for the this Workshop, HERE


College Area Choice Awards
Posted: June 11th, 2016

Voting for the College Area Choice Awards is officially over with a lot of love and support shown for the businesses. Thank you to everyone who cast their votes!

Now it’s time to mark your calendars for our Annual Awards Mixer where the efforts of your votes will be revealed, unveiling the winners of; Business of the Year, Best New Business, Best New Restaurant, Best Storefront Makeover, and Best Long-term  Business.

Join us for the presentation of the awards at our Annual Awards Mixer on Wednesday, June 22nd, at 5:30pm located at Woodstock’s Pizza (6145 El Cajon Boulevard, in the Campus Plaza Shopping Center).

Tickets for the mixer are $10 per person (includes 2 drinks and appetizers).
When: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Where: Woodstock’s Pizza (6145 El Cajon Boulevard)
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Cost: $10 per person (2 Drinks and appetizers included)

Purchase your tickets now by clicking the Buy Now Button below!

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Tickets will also be available at the door (cash or credit only)

 We look forward to seeing you there as we celebrate all of the amazing businesses in the College Area!

Thank you also to our event sponsors:

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Bike to Work Day 2016
Posted: May 10th, 2016

Website Banner Bike to Work Day 2016)College Area Business District will be hosting an iCommute Bike to Work Day Pit Stop at Living Room Coffeehouse (5900 El Cajon Boulevard) at 6:00am – 9:00am on Friday May 20, 2016. Stop by for a coffee, snack and for Bike to Work Day swag!
Also planned at our Pit Stop is Pedal Pushing Bicycle Shop to offer on-site bike evaluations and tune-ups.
Register for Bike to Work Day 2016. When you register for Bike to Work Day, you can stop by one of 100 pit stop locations throughout the San Diego region and be entered for a $450 gift card from Bicycle Warehouse!Register online to be eligible for a free Bike to Work Day 2016 t-shirt.
For more information and future updates on our Bike to Work Day Pit Stop, see our  social media. We look forward to seeing you there!