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Grand Opening | Corbin’s Q
Posted: November 8th, 2017

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
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!

 

               

2017 Annual Awards Mixer
Posted: June 20th, 2017

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!

VOTE | College Area Choice Awards
Posted: June 5th, 2017

 

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Another year has passed, making it time to recognize our amazing businesses in the College Area Business District.
This is your opportunity to commemorate YOUR favorite businesses in the area, and extending a much deserved ‘Thank You’ for investing in our neighborhood.

 

Voting is open to anyone and everyone, so vote, share, and spread the word!

 

 The results of this year’s voting will be revealed at our Annual Awards Mixer. Details are in the making and will be shared soon, so please stay apprised of future Monday Minutes and our Social Media.

 

Now, share your thoughts and VOTE!

Grand Opening | Beauty and Beast Salon & Barber
Posted: May 30th, 2017

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A Grand Opening has been set for Friday, June 2, 2017.
Refreshments will be offered while you mix and mingle with your new stylist.

Event Details:
When: Friday, June 2, 2017
Where: Beauty and Beast Salon & Barber (5549 El Cajon Boulevard)
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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

Grand Re-Opening Mixer
Posted: May 8th, 2017

Join us for the Re-Opening of Ranchwood BBQ

The College Area Business District invites you to celebrate the long-awaited Re-Opening of Ranchwood BBQ. Enjoy some beers and wines from Next Door Craft Beer & Wine Bar while you grub on your favorite BBQ Parfaits. Mix & mingle with business owners and neighbors in a relaxed social atmosphere.

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When: Thursday, May 25th, 2017
Where: Ranchwood BBQ & Next Door Craft Beer & Wine
(7229-7235 El Cajon Boulevard)
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Cost: $10 
(Includes 2 Beverages)

Save time at the door, pay below!
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Bike to Work Day 2017
Posted: May 2nd, 2017

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BIKE TO WORK DAY – PIT STOP!

We are ecstatic to be joining forces with iCommute and SANDAG in their efforts in promoting biking, by hosting a Bike to Work Day pit-stop. We hope through this effort, recognition is given to the necessity to create dedicated bike lanes in the College Area Business District.

 

Join thousands of people throughout the San Diego region as we GO by BIKE on Bike to Work Day – Thursday, May 18. 

Register for Bike to Work Day 2017. When you register for Bike to Work Day, you can stop by one of 100 pit stop locations throughout the San Diego region on May 18 from 6 – 9 a.m. to pick up a FREE t-shirt*, snacks, and encouragement.
This year our Bike to Work Day pit stop will be located outside of Duet Coffee, where we will be offering Bike tune ups, health related refreshments, Bike Apparel giveaways and raffles, and of course, lots of encouragement. Joining us will be some of our fantastic local businesses that will be enhancing and providing the offerings at our pit stop. Local bike shop, Pedal Pushing Bicycle Shop will be offering the bike tuneups, SOAS the district’s leading manufacturing company for women’s athletic wear will be providing giveaways and special raffle items, and San Diego Blenders will be providing healthy refreshments.

Check out the resources on the iCommute website, including the San Diego Regional Bike Map, riding and safety tips, bike lockers, and information about taking your bike on transit.
Pit Stop Information:
When: Thursday, May 18th, 2017
Where: Duet Coffee – 6526 El Cajon Boulevard
Time: 6 am – 9 am
Thank you to our local businesses for supporting!
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2017 Annual Meeting & Elections Breakfast
Posted: March 16th, 2017

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Finalized, ballots have been sent out!  Votes may be cast via mail, online, or at the Annual Meeting and Elections Breakfast. Only one ballot may be cast per business or commercial property owner.
The final election results will be announced during our Annual Meeting & Elections Breakfast scheduled for April 19, 2017. The new board will convene immediately for their first meeting. Mark your calendars NOW!
 
Annual Meeting & Elections Breakfast
When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Where: Terra American Bistro (7091 El Cajon Boulevard)
Time: 8:30 am – 10:30 am 
Tickets: $10 (breakfast included)
Please let us know your coming, RSVP!

Save time at the door, and purchase your tickets ahead of time.
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We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Annual Meeting & Elections Breakfast. If you have any questions, please contact our Executive Director, Jim Schneider.