B2B Offers and News

Buy Local businesses believe in supporting each other's growth and prosperity. The offers below are for Buy Local businesses, by other Buy Local businesses.  For individual and public offers, visit our Local Business Directory.  To submit a B2B offer, email:  buylocalsm@smgov.net.


American Film Market (AFM) - Local PR Opportunity

Help us celebrate the American Film Market’s 28th year in Santa Monica and reach AFM’s nearly 8,000 attendees in town November 1-8, 2017 by offering a discount or special offer!

Deadline to make it in the printed brochure: 9am PST Monday, September 18, 2017!

How to submit: Complete the online form at santamonica.com/afm-form. (Please note that due to AFM contracts with hotels, hotel room rate offers are not eligible for this promotion.)

In order to participate, businesses must offer one of the following types of specials and agree to have offer available and valid for the entire run of show, November 1-8, 2017. Types of specials include:   

  • Percentage off entire purchase/meal (Designated percentages vary between 5%-20%)
  • Dollar value off entire purchase/meal (Designated values vary between $5-$20)
  • Free item (ex. Free appetizer with purchase off entrée, free gift with purchase of $50 or more, etc.)
  • Special service (ex. Guaranteed seating in 15 minutes for AFM attendees, customized AFM prix fixe menu, etc.)

What do you get by participating?

  • Free inclusion on the SantaMonica.com AFM page
  • Mention on AFM website and email blasts to its members and attendees
  • Distribution of printed pieces* to attendees through hotel room placement, local businesses, attendee bags and by welcome team during the market
  • Promotion in high-traffic areas within marketplace

*For inclusion in the printed piece, submissions MUST be received no later than 9am PST Monday, September 18, 2017. Submissions received after this time will be accepted, however, will be listed on the SantaMonica.com AFM specials web page ONLY and not in the printed brochure.

About the American Film Market (AFM):
The AFM is the premier global marketplace where over 8,000 film industry leaders from over 70 different countries meet in Santa Monica November 1-8, 2017 for 8 days of deal-making, screenings, seminars, networking and parties. For more information on AFM, please visit americanfilmmarket.com/about-afm.

For more information regarding submitting an AFM offer, please contact Amy Mason, SMTT Marketing Manager, by emailing amason@santamonica.com or calling 310.319.6263.


Pico Improvement Organization RFP for Business Liaison/Social Media Coordinator

The Pico Improvement Organization (PIO) is seeking a Business Liaison/Social Media Coordinator to manage the relationship between the PIO and business owners on Pico Blvd.  As Liaison/Coordinator, the candidate will actively engage the Pico business owners, physically and electronically, to encourage their participation and update them on PIO programs and activities.  The position will manage social media platforsm, the website, press releases and newsletters as tools to promote Pico businesses.  Read more > > >

This position is on a month-to-month basis at a pay rate of $750-$1,000/month DOE, with a minimum of 30 hours/month.  The PIO board of directors will review the applications.  Qualified candidates will be contacted and asked to present themselves at an upcoming board meeting.  Deadline to apply is September 22, 2017.  Email resumes to pio.santamonica@gmail.com


Add Your Businesss to the "Eat Local SM - Catering + Event Venue Guide 2017"

Here's another great opportunity to promote buying local + eating local in 2017!  If you offer food catering services &/or can host an event at your business, we want to help promote you.  Here's the link to add your business to the Eat Local Santa Monica Catering + Event Guide 2017.  It will be updated annually.  

This guide will be posted on the Buy Local website as a B2B resource and also circulated to the City of Santa Monica and other large employers in town, who frequently ask us for advice on local businesses they can support for their meetings/functions.  It's free to participate.  

To view the current 2017 EAT LOCAL SANTA MONICA GUIDE, click here(To be added, fill out the form above!)


City Garage - Sponsorship Opportunities

City Garage, the resident theatre company at Bergamot Station Arts Center, is looking to match a generous grant of $25,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation  Can your business or corporation join this prestigious national funder a s one of our local sponsors? We need visionary businesses to partner with us in creating a vibrant and diverse program that will serve the entire Santa Monica community in the exciting years ahead at Bergamot. Tax-deductible gifts of $1000, $2500, $5,000 or all the way up to the full $25,000 are gratefully acknowledged in our programs as part of our "Local Business Circle" with the name of your business, logo, and your level of support. Show your Santa Monica customers your commitment to arts and culture in our city. For further details please contact Charles Duncombe, Producing Director at charles@citygarage.com.



Coast: Santa Monica's Open Streets Event - Business Opportunities

Coast: SM's Open Streets Event will be help on Saturday, June 5th from 9am - 3 pm on Ocean Ave. from Wilshire to Colorado Blvd., Colorado from 5th to Ocean Ave., and Main St. from Colorado to Marine.  These streets will be closed with opportunity for everyone to walk, bike, skateboard and find our more about mobility, sustainability and culture in SM.  This event is being organized by the City of Santa Monica. 

There are many ways for our SM Business to participate:

1) Submit a COAST - BUY LOCAL SM BUSINESS SPECIAL that you'd like to feature for the day (6/5) and/or if your business is located along the route (Main/Ocean/CO Esplanade), consider hosting a fun COAST-themed event/activity in your business + let us know so we can help you promote:  submit details + COAST biz specials here > > >

2) Enjoy the party! Encourage your employees, family, friends + favorite customers to join the fun.  For additional info on how to participate and reap the benefits for your business, click here > > >.

 Any questions?:  Contact the CARS Team at 213/365-0605 or email:  mail@carsla.net 


Most Loved Santa Monica Businesses - Social Media Toolkit

The Buy Local Santa Monica Committee in partnership with LA Social Karma has developed a social media guide for all our Buy Local SM Businesses to help you WIN the coveted Most Loved Santa Monica 2017 Businesses contest!  Click here to download the Most Loved SM Toolkit > >

For Most Loved graphics + logos, click here>

For more info on the Most Loved SM Contest + previous winners, click here > > >


Want to increase revenue + beautify your storefront or building?  

Murals increase traffic and add beauty to the community.  To date, BE has transformed over 50 walls in Santa Monica.  Want to be next?....

BeautifyEarth (BE), a 501(c)3, is the locally-founded, movement-oriented organization putting an end to blighted and bland walls around town... You may have noticed some changes in two of their focus areas, Lincoln Blvd and Pico Blvd.  They have also painted the latest murals on Main Street, Broadway, and Santa Monica Blvd, making quite an impressive impact on the fabric of Santa Monica’s streetscapes.  The results speak for themselves.  Businesses with artistic facades have reported seeing an increase in revenue almost immediately, time and time again. It also promotes reduced traffic by creating a walkable environment, deters graffiti, and helps beautify our town centers/commercial districts.  It’s easy to participate in a variety of ways:

Here’s how you can get involved:

1. IDENTIFY YOUR EXTERIOR WALL TO BE BEAUTIFIED - If you have a wall (or other public facing facade) that you know could use a fresh artistic look and bring greater inspiration to your community, please let BE know here.  You will be able to work with them and their expansive artist network on a mural, pattern, or design of your taste.  

2. Paint It Forward - Allows individuals and business to sponsor a wall in their community, and give back by investing in their community. This directly funds the beautification and art application.  March Capital, a local venture capital firm, sponsored this inspiring mural (below) on Main St, which is now featured on www.SantaMonica.com. 

If you would like to get involved in some other capacity with BE, please

  1. “Follow” them on Instagram
  2. “Follow” and “like” them on Facebook
  3. Fill out their volunteer form

Let's Beautify Santa Monica! Please contact BE if you would like to support the City, support their cause, and help do our part in making our city even more awesome!

Recent Wall Sponsors include: Farhang Foundation - 5 future walls coming soon!  Atta Tarki @ Exconsultantsagency.com - Bubble Beach mural coming soon!  ProAudio LA - TRiP Bar mural by Blake Byers.  March Capital - “Anything Can Happen...Anything Can BE” Books and Cookies mural by Ruben Rojas.  Ocean Park Association - “You Are Beautiful” Surf Liquor mural by Spencer ‘Mar’ Guilburt + Ruben Rojas.  

 (First image is the mural @ 3015 Pico Blvd featuring Luca Zamoc.  Ameritech Signs provided their wall.  Pico Improvement Organization joined BE's Paint it Forward to sponsor six new murals and counting on Pico Blvd.  Great partnership!  Second image is the mural @ 2309 Main St by local artist Ruben Rojas.  Book and Cookies provided their wall.  March Capital sponsored the wall via BE’s Paint it Forward campaign.)



Artist Live/Work Space Available @ 18th Street Arts Center

Artist Live-Work Loft for Lease

2,874 square feet, mezzanine loft; kitchen, ½ bath downstairs; shower/sink upstairs; cement and bamboo flooring; 24 foot ceilings, gated patio entrance, enclosed storage room.  To view the brochure, click here.  Email your inquiry to: apply@18thstreet.org


Tis the Season to Buy Local - Social Media PR Guide for Businesses

Compiled by the Buy Local SM Committee in partnership with our holiday PR expert Magdalena Davis of Elegant Events.  This handy Buy Local SM Holiday 2015 Social Media Guide was created as a resource guide and toolkit for all our Buy Local SM businesses + community partners.  It contains sample tweets, posts, local partner handles + helpful social media tips to help you all to promote yourselves, your perfect gifts + your events to our residents!  To download the guide, click here.  Tis the Season to Buy Local...help us to spread the word!

Also, there will be a FREE Buy Local SM Holiday 2015 PR Workshop on Thursday, Dec. 3rd to present the Buy Local Social Media Guide + Tis the Season marketing materials.  It will be held at Downtown SM Inc, 1351 Third St Promenade from 2-3 p.m.  To RSVP, email buylocalsm@smgov.net.  It's free!  All participating Buy Local SM businesses are invited!


City of Santa Monica Bidding Opportunity: Marketing Services

Project Title: Customer Perception Survey About Big Blue Bus
Release Date: July 30, 2015 1:52 PM (Pacific)
Bid Due Date: August 19, 2015 12:00 PM (Pacific)

Please visit Customer Perception Survey About Big Blue Bus for further details!

Notified Categories:
96153 - Marketing Services (Incl. Distribution, Research, Sales Promotions, Etc.)

Posted by the City of Santa Monica.  Find out how you can receive more bidding opportunities today!


Vidiots 30th Anniversary Celebration on 8/13- Sponsorship Request

To kick off Vidiots 30th Anniversary celebration, on August 13th Vidiots together with Annapurna Pictures and VRSE will host the first Virtual Reality Salon. High profile Vidiots customers and major donors will have the opportunity to wear a virtual reality headset and sample a menu of VERSE’s short films.  Guests will mingle in our patio for drinks, food and to discuss their virtual reality experience.  There will be approximately 150 people.  Vidiots is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and this event is a fundraiser designed to increase membership and awareness. We will be sending out a press release and using social media to publicize this event.  We are planning on doing the Virtual Reality Salon on a monthly basis. 

The Vidiot Foundation is looking for a liquor sponsor (150 people) and food sponsor (approx. 3 bites for 75 people) and money to help underwrite the cost of the event which would be about $3,600 (minus food and drink).  Other expenses are staff, marketing, paper goods, etc.  In exchange, placement of company logo on our website, signage in our store, recognition in our mass emails and depending on the amount donated, logos on our digital actual invite.  Plesae contact Patty Polinger, Cathy Tauber or Shari Page at 310-382-8508 or vidiotsfoundation@gmail with any questions or commits.   Thank you!


Social Media Marketing 101: For Business (Free Online Workshop) on 7/28

Our friends at HutDogs, who offered the Most Loved Santa Monica Social Media Workshops, have a FREE online workshop on July 28th from 9-10 a.m.  You’ve thought about what social networks to use for your business or nonprofit, and you’re ready to take the next step. Where do you go from there? This seminar will give you a closer look at the popular social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+.  They’ll show you the benefits of using each, how other organizations are marketing with them, and some dos and don’ts of each channel. You’ll also get tips on how to tell if your social media activity is working.  Register Now!


Million Maps App Summer Special for Buy Local SM Businesses

The new Million Maps App delivers coupons to customers' mobile devices when they are 200 meters from an advertiser's front door. Available for Android and iOS, the Million Maps App is breakthrough in mobile application and geo-fencing technology. The pay-for-performance business model eliminates speculation. Advertisers pay for sales, not impressions. FREE TRIAL OFFER! The month of August is on us. Test the performance for 31 days, and see if the new Million Maps App is right for your business.  For more info:  www.gibbonsmedia.com


Santa Monica's Host Town Opportunities - 2015 Special Olympics World Games

Santa Monica has been selected to serve as an official World Games Host Town and welcoming city for the Brazilian and Romanian athletic delegations, approximately 100 people in total. For three days (July 21-July 24, 2015), Santa Monica will serve as the base camp for these Special Olympics athletes by providing accommodations at Loyola Marymount University and cultural, recreational, and social activities within our community as they prepare for the competition of a lifetime.   The SM's Host Town Organizing Committee for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games is seeking local business sponsors and partners. For more info > > 

www.LA2015.org/host-town/santa-monica   Contacts:  Donna Gentry gentryevents@gmail.com; Alexandra Cantle acantle@santamonica.com 



SM Farmers Markets Vending Opportunity

Calling all Buy Local SM businesses!  If you've been wanting to get involved in the SM Farmers Markets, here's a great opportunity:   Educational + Entertainment Activity Pilot Program for the Sunday Main Street FM (initial applications due 4/10--this is a "rolling" pilot program with Phase I closing on 4/10 and Phase II application deadline extended to this summer): http://ow.ly/L676R

A great opportunity for our local kid's stores, chefs, artists + crafters, entertainers, facepainters, nutritionists, sustainable garden experts, teachers, etc. 

If you have any questions, visit smgov.net/portals/farmersmarket/ or call (310) 458-8712.


Advertising Opportunity for BLSM Businesses 


Hire Local, Work Local with Workpop!

We're excited to introduce WORKPOPa free marketplace and community that provides employers and job seekers with quality feedback, tools and the data needed to search and hire for the right job.  Founded in 2014 by Reed Shaffner and Chris Ovitz, Workpop is revolutionizing the employment experience by fundamentally changing the job seeking process. Starting in the Greater LA Area, this Santa Monica-based company is creating the best experience for hourly-focused job seekers and the businesses, small and large, that hire them. For hourly workers, Workpop empowers them to find jobs that fit their schedule, needs and interests - and helps them develop skills and reputation in the workforce, which can lead to better opportunities and career growth. For employers, Workpop empowers them to hire faster with better candidate information in order to retain the best people and reduce employee turnover .

The days of ugly classifieds, job boards and impersonal job blast sites are behind us. Workpop is re-imagining the job seeking and hiring process with a beautifully designed, human focused solution. On Workpop, you'll find candidates you can't find anywhere else. Give it one try and you’ll never hire the same way again.

Workpop for Employers:

Employers have long had limited options when searching for candidates, relying on minimal information and insight into applicants. With Workpop, employers can create a personalized dashboard in minutes and have access to easy to post job listings, communication tools, scheduling options, offer letters and employee onboarding materials for a quality and seamless hiring experience.  

Workpop for Job Seekers:

Workpop empowers everyone to find a job they love. By fundamentally changing the job seeking process, Workpop is revolutionizing the employment experience. Through a free marketplace and community, Workpop provides job seekers with quality feedback, tools and the data needed to search for the right job. For years, job seekers have spent valuable time applying for jobs via paper applications or online job boards, when most of the time, they never hear back. We keep applicants informed and provide them with the feedback and detailed data they need to land the job they love. 

Workpop is currently with hundreds of amazing employers in Santa Monica and Los Angeles, including Wolfgang Puck, University of Southern California, James Perse, Aviator Nation, Marmalade Cafe, Sweet Lady Jane, and Paligroup just to name a few. For any questions or more info, contact Chris Ovitz, Co-Founder, chris@workpop.com, or visit www.workpop.com 



Opportunities to get involved in SANTA Monica Pub Crawl on 12/13/14!

Mark your calendars for the 6th annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl on Saturday, Dec. 13. This popular community event has quickly become one of the highest grossing days of the year for all participating businesses and brings together the local community to raise money for the Westside Food Bank. Last year, more than 30 bars participated and 6,000 crawlers attended in their best holiday attire, raising more than $20,000 for those in need for the holidays. For more information on how you can get involved and promote your business, visit www.santamonicapubcrawl.com 


B2B Offer from Conduit Consulting LLC - Helping you navigate business success

Conduit Consulting is offering the following specials to Santa Monica businesses:

-10% discount off all service fees will be extended to businesses headquartered in Santa Monica.
-10% discount off all service fees will be extended to businesses relocating to or establishing business operations in Santa Monica.

Services include:  Market Opportunity Assessment, Business Plan Assessment, Business Plan Documentation, Growth Strategies, Strategic Management, Merger Integration,  Strategic Alliance and Joint Venture Formation and Management Business, and Transformation Exit Strategy. 

For more info:  http://www.buylocalsantamonica.com/vendors/conduit-consulting-llc.html or call Jillian Alexander, Managing Director, Conduit Consulting LLC at (310)260-9765.


Special offer to Buy Local Businesses: Free Membership to JetLuxInc. Travel in style, save money.

JetLuxInc offers discounted hotel corporate rates and VIP amenities to small businesses.  They are offering their fellow Buy Local SM businesses free annual membership.  Sign up today @ http://jetluxinc.com/membership/  and use referral code "BuyLocal" to waive the membership signup fee ($199 value).