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20 San Diego Uptown News | June 24–July 7, 2011 FROM PAGE 3

MICRO Extolling the benefits of busi-

nesses joining forces, Simon noted the Banker’s Hill Micro District grant will likely be in the $4,000 to $7,000 range. Simon added grant funds can’t

be used by the new Banker’s Hill group for a number of things in- cluding food and travel expenses. What funds can be used for, he said, will be decided by the new group once it’s formed. “Wouldn’t it be nice to have

a business directory with all the businesses in it, would that help?” queried Sutton, when asked about ideas on how the micro grant money might best be spent. “The bottom line is there’s a lot of cool things that we can do.”


Business owner Jake Sutton led a discussion group of about 20 small- business owners in Banker’s Hill at Sanfilippo’s Restaurant on Fifth Avenue, June 21. A varied group of entrepreneurs, from graphic design- ers to artists and barbers, is forming a micro business district in Banker’s Hill with the aid of Warren Simon of the BID Foundation and BID Council. (Photography by Dave Schwab)

Someone else suggested that

the new community group might look into how a portion of parking meter proceeds in the Banker’s Hill area might be reinvested back into promoting local business de- velopment. “It’s a great idea,” commented

Michael Breitenstein of Inscriptu, Inc., a small computer controlled



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laser engraving business that started out of a garage and is now quartered at 3138 5th Ave., about

formation of the new micro dis- trict. “Maybe it will provide more visibility.” “It’s a great way to form a co-

hesive group to let people know where we are,” said Nancy Moors operator of HillQuest, a Hillcrest web portal. Moors is a Banker’s Hill property owner and is past president of Hillcrest Business Association (HBA), the city’s old- est Business Improvement Dis- trict (BID) representing about 1,200 businesses on Banker’s Hill’s border. “Businesses are growing in

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the neighborhood and are becom- ing much more vibrant, and it’s a great opportunity for business owners to get together and form an alliance,” added Moors. Benjamin Nicholls, HBA’s ex-

ecutive director, said the newly forming Banker’s Hill business group has his BID’s blessing. “It’s something that is long

overdue,” he said, noting, “We (HBA) would rather have another strong and enthusiastic business

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group on our border like we do with North Park and Mission Hills.”

Nicholls noted the line sepa-

rating Hillcrest from Banker’s Hill is well demarcated. “Our boundary is Upas, and

their boundary is Upas: It’s a pret- ty solid line,” he said. The city instituted the Micro

District Program recognizing that all neighborhood business dis- tricts may not qualify to become a full fledged BID (a defined area within which businesses pay an additional tax or fee in order to fund improvements within the dis- trict’s boundaries) because they lack a “critical mass” of business tax certificate (business license) holders necessary to generate revenues to establish and main- tain a non-profit corporation. The city subsequently developed “Mi- cro Districts,” informal business groups typically with 100 to 250 members.

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