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Introductory Office Hours Workshop
Posted: September 14th, 2016

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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
RSVP: HERE

Grand Opening | Mixer | Balgonte Galeria
Posted: September 2nd, 2016

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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.
WHEN: SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2016
WHERE: BALGONTE GALERIA (5527 El Cajon Boulevard)
TIME: 6PM TO 8:30PM
**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!
Join Us for the College Area Food Experience/ CAFE Event!
Posted: April 29th, 2016

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Join the College Area Business District for the College Area Food Experience, C.A.F.É.  Visit with over 20 diverse dining destinations on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This foodie event promises to be more delicious than ever. Scope out new favorite eateries and visit your regular “go-to” favorites as you satisfy your stomach with scrumptious samples from quaint cafés to budding bistros around the evolving College Area!

 You will work up an appetite on this self-guided tour. Whether you prefer authentic Mediterranean flavors, down home cookin’ like your mom’s, mouth-watering gastropub fare or other  sweet or savory treats. The College Area Food Experience has something just for you. Stop into try some of the new restaurants that call the College Area home like Dirty Birds College Area Pesto Italian Craft Kitchen or Mirch Masala 2go.

Tickets to CAFE are only $25 in advance and $30 the day o the event.  Tickets are available on line (see below) or at some of the participating restaurants. See the list of restaurants and other details here.

College Area Business District’s Annual Meeting and Elections Breakfast
Posted: March 28th, 2016

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This year, the College Area Business District will be hosting an Annual Meeting Breakfast at Bistro Sixty (5987 El Cajon Boulevard). Included with breakfast will be the final vote for the 2016 Board Elections . We encourage all Commercial Property owners and Business owners of the College Area Business District to attend.

This will be the perfect opportunity to mix and mingle with the over 750 members of the College Area Business District and to get to know the board members of the College Area Business District.

Join us for this year’s Annual Meeting and Board Elections at Bistro Sixty. Tickets are only $10 which includes Food and Drinks. Come mix and mingle with your fellow business and property owners of the area, and bring your ballots with you (if you haven’t already voted), to help the College Area Business District pick the best  composition of Board Members to represent, you!

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Where: Bistro Sixty (5987 El Cajon Boulevard)
Time: 8:30 AM
Ticket Price: $10

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Visit us at the Rolando Street Fair
Posted: March 18th, 2016

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Stop by to visit with the College Area Business District at the Rolando Street Fair, Sunday, March 20, 2016 as we offer Early-Bird Special pricing for College Area Food Experience/ C.A.F.É. tickets.

During the Rolando Street Fair ONLY, get your pre-sale CAFÉ tickets for ONLY $20!

CAFÉ will be held Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This foodie event promises to be more delicious than ever. Scope out new favorite eateries and visit your regular “go-to” favorites as you satisfy your stomach with scrumptious samples from quaint cafés to budding bistros around the evolving College Area!

After the Rolando Street Fair, tickets to CAFE are available for $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event.  Tickets are e available online NOW and will soon be available at the participating restaurants. CAFE promises to be one of the best food experiences you can imagine!

Nominations are now Open!
Posted: February 22nd, 2016

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It’s that time of year 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 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 property owners of the College Heights Maintenance Assessment District. The elections will be held at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday April 20, 2016.

If you would like to nominate yourself or another eligible person, Click Here. All Nominations must be received no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, March 11, 2016 to be reviewed and considered for 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 16, 2016 Board Meeting.

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.