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MARCH 2017
DIAMOND RECAP

DISTRICT 4 HOMELESS COUNT

Earlier today we led a community effort to count the homeless in District Four and conducted Veteran Surveys (VI-DSAT). We want to thank all the volunteers who came out this morning including: Darnisha Hunter & Eric Young (Office of Mayor Faulconer); Eric Miller & Mathew Gordon (Office of Council President Cole); Khea Pollard (Office of Supervisor Greg Cox); SDPD Quality of Life Team; Tekara Gainey (Jacobs Center); Leslie Dudley (Lincoln Park Neighborhood Council); Richard Lawrence (APRI); Dree Berry (SD Black Professionals); Michael Priest, Antoinette Vigil, Ernesto Riedel and Randy Minemann (County of San Diego); and Donald Canteen (US Bank).

In This Issue:
Committee Calendar
Marketing & Promotions Committee
Wednesday 3/8|11:30am

Executive Committee
Monday 3/13 | 5:30pm

Economic Development Committee
Tuesday 3/14 | Noon

Board of Directors
Tuesday 3/21 | 5:30pm

Diamond Street Festival
Wednesday, 3/29 | 4pm

All Meetings are held in the Tubman Chavez Community Center.
Partner Resources
Helpful Blogs






Should You Advertise on Local Radio?
GOOD FOOD DISTRICT 
CROSSWALK CELEBRATION

When we first met with the owners of Fresh Garden Market, in October 2015, we asked how we could help their business grow. They told us they needed a safe way for their customers way to cross Market Street. They worried about their customers running across Market Street at the Denby Street intersection  sinc e cars sped by to get on the 
I-805 freeway. How do you get the City of San Diego to install a pedestrian crosswalk? By creating a multi-pronged advocacy campaign. After a lot of hard work and collaboration with various stakeholders in the community, the City of San Diego installed a pedestrian crosswalk in early 2017! Click to learn more about our work in the Good Food District

Watch the story on KPBS  and call our office if we can be of assistance with any of your business needs. It can all start with a phone call. 
LIVE LOVE LAUGH LEARN BANNER SERIES

Sometimes, in this complicated world we live in, we need simplicity to balance our lives. LOVE, LIVE, LAUGH, LEARN are things we all strive for regardless of our socioeconomic situ ations.   

Not only do we need positive images in communities of concern, we also need positive words that speak to our spirits directly.  The goal is to ha ve those words everywhere we look. 

Thanks to the generosity of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation new, LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH, LEARN, banners were recently  installed on Euclid Avenue (between Imperial Avenue & Naranja Street). 

Please call our office if you or your organization are interested in uplifting the community spirit by sponsoring this banner series.   Click to learn more about our LIVE LOVE LAUGH LEARN Campaign

ONE SAN DIEGO
NEIGHBORHOOD EXPERIENCE
Featured Restaurant:  El Patron Mexican
On March 7, 2017, the 2017 Neighborhood Experience showcased San Diego's Unique Cultural, Artistic, Entrepreneurial, and Culinary Diversity. There were over 1,000 people in attendance with at least two restaurants from each Council District. This year, we were proudly represented by El Patron Mexican Grill located at 5065 Logan Avenue, San Diego, California -  (619) 262-7500. Like their Facebook Page
CALIFORNIA MAIN STREET ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Executive Director, Liliana Garcia-Rivera, and Program Manager, Karina Velazquez, attended the California Main Street Annual Conference in Monterey, California. They attended various workshops and learned about topics ranging from Business Retention and Strategies to Retail Trends to Cultural Districts and Managing Online Presence. 

Women's HERstory Month

Women entrepreneurs are a vital part of our economy. Below are a few facts from the National Women's Business Council on the Economic Impact of Women-Owned Business in the US. 
  • If U.S.-based women-owned businesses were their own country, they would have the 5th largest GDP in the world, trailing closely behind Germany, and ahead of countries including France, United Kingdom and Italy.
  • If U.S.-based women-owned businesses were their own country, they would have a greater GDP than Canada, India and Vietnam combined.3
  • Women-owned businesses have an economic impact of nearly $3 trillion.
DIAMOND NEWS
NEW BOARD MEMBERS

RICHARD SEGES - VICE-PRESIDENT, REAL ESTATE & FINANCE
JACOBS CENTER FOR NEIGHBORHOOD INNOVATION

Richard Seges has over 25 years of real estate development, economic de velopment, and corporate real estate experience.  Before joining the Jacobs  Center for Nei ghborhood Innovation, Mr. Seges was the Chief Real Estate Officer for the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso. Before moving to El Paso, Mr. Seges resided in San Diego and served as Vice President, Neighborhood Investm ent, at Civic San Diego where he managed several groups including economic development, public-private partnerships, downtown planning and zoning, the downtown c ommunity parking distric t, and the construction of parks and other public amenities. At the February Board meeting, Mr. Seges was elected Secretary by his peers  on the Board of Directors.

DO NALD CANTEEN - ASSISTANT VICE-PRESIDENT/ BRANCH MANAGER
US BA NK
Do nald Ca nteen has been with US Bank since 2010. Mr. Canteen has been in the banking in dustry for over 25 years and has worked for six different banks. He en joys  working for US bank because he has an opportunity to develop his team to be  successful and work with the community at the same time.  Mr. Canteen is married and has five children. His hobbies include hiking with his family and dogs and date nights with his wife.  Mr. Canteen enjoys volunteering with his family as a way to show his children the importance of giving back. 

2016 - 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
President: Carlos Vasquez (CIVIC San Diego); Vice-President: R. Daniel Hernandez (San Ysidro Health Center); Secretary: Richard Seges (Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation); Treasurer: Marion McCord (Alpha Center); Hugh Muhammad (RBW Security); Brian Maty (Metro PCS); Donald Canteen (US Bank). 
UPCOMING DIAMOND EVENTS
NOTICE
Diamond Business Association's
 Board of Directors Meeting

When: 
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
5:30pm-7:00pm

Where:
Tubman Chavez Community Center
Conference Room
415 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114

What:
Join us for our monthly board of director's meeting. 
ANNUAL CLEAN UP

NEW DIAMOND BUSINESSES
NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
TASTEFUL TOUCH 


Tasteful Touch is a family-owned and operated business run by husband & wife, Roger & Kareena. They first introduced their authentic Louisiana cuisine to the Diamond District during the Fourth Annual Taste of the Diamond. Everyone loved their food!  Roger's passion is cooking and he loves to see how much people enjoy the food that he p repares.  

For more information, or to book them for your next corporate or private event, please contact Roger & Kareena. 

Phone: 619-779-5293
Email: tastefultouch619@gmail.com 
Instagram: tasteful_touch
NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
GRID ALTERNATIVES


GRID Alternatives San Diego bridges the solar divide, bringing solar energy to low-income families who couldn't otherwise afford it while training the green workforce of tomorrow. 

Address: 930 Gateway Center Way, San Diego, CA 92102
Phone: 619-239-GRID (4743)

For more information about GRID Alternatives, please contact Eddie Price, Community Outreach Representative at eprice@gridalternatives.org or call 
619-610-1174.
 
Bowlegged BBQ
Restaurant
4255 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92102
619-244-0171

Car Sales Auto
Auto Sales
4704 Federal Blvd, Suite C
San Diego, CA 92102
619-519-1564
Who's Up Barbershop
Boys & Men Haircuts 
6201 Imperial Avenue, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92114
The Incense Shop of San Diego 
Incense Products 
4852 Logan Avenue, #206
San Diego, CA 92113
619-818-8997

Fashion with Passion Boutique
Online Clothing Retail
619-791-4231
Home-based business

Big Mama's Backyard BBQ
BBQ Mobile
619-408-5277
Home-based business

Veronica Perales
Clothes & Accessories 
619-905-5417
Home-based business
Wondwosen Haile
Taxi Driver
619-888-7633
Home-based business
DIAMOND PARTNER EVENTS
NEFARIOUS PLANS GAMES CONVENTION
Making the Diamond District a Destination Place

The Nefarious Plans' Games Convention aims to bring together lovers of modern tabletop gaming to help support their local game creators and local business owners. They are setting up an event for people who would like to create and test new tabletop and rpg games to the general public. There will be special guests, plenty of table space to sit and play games together, raffles and free giveaways going on throughout the day.

The Nefarious Gaming Convention will be the perfect place to test a brand new game idea, meet new friends interested in tabletop gaming, or just hang out and play with some interesting new games. Food and drinks will be provided by local vendors. The goal is to create a nurturing community that will keep new tabletop game creators inspired and successful for years to come.

Location: Tubman Chavez Community Center,  415 Euclid Avenue,  San Diego, CA 92114
Date: Sunday , March 26, 2017
Time: 12pm to 8 pm
Admission: $8 (a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity)

For more information please email  nefariousgamessd@gmail.com or call  619-674-2208.
DIAMOND RESOURCES
JACOBS CENTER FOR NEIGHBORHOOD INNOVATION CREATIVE INDUSTRIES PROJECT PLACES INTERNS WITH DIAMOND BUSINESSES

The Diamond Business Association has partnered with the Jacobs  Center for Neighborhood Innovation in placing four youth from their Creative Industries Program to intern with local Diamond District businesses.

These businesses include  Alpha Center, Tasteful Touch, Pete Mayo's Original Waffleburgers, Fresh Garden Market & Master Barbers. 


Contact us if you're interested in having an intern placed at your business.
$500 Matching Signage Grant 

Need a new business sign for your storefront? You can receive a $500 matching grant for a new, code-compliant, sign!

Click here  to read more about the requirements and to download the applica-tion.

Grand Openings & Ribbon Cutting

Are you a new business? Are you celebrating an anniversary? We would be happy to coordinate a Grand Opening Ceremony or Celebration for any new or existing business in the Diamond Business District. Please contact our office for more information.