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.


SAMOHI + Olympic High Grad Nite 2017 - Local Business Sponsorship Opportunities

On June 8, 2017 over 700 Seniors from Santa Monica High School + Olympic High School will be graduating.  Many in the community know that statistically, this evening is the most dangerous night of a young person's life.  Parents, over 27 years ago, created an event to keep the graduates off the street and safe on this celebratory evening.  Grad Nite was born and the 2017 committee is working to make this year's event as fun as always.  

Grad Nite is an all night party held on the Samohi campus with food, games, Casino, disco, Karaoke, and much more.  The Grad Nite Committee actively partners with businesses to help pay for this night and to specifically donate prizes or sponsor attractions.  Your business will be featured on our website, in our brochure which goes to all seniors, and in the case of sponsoring an attraction, signage and shout outs.

We consider this a  collective community hug for these young people.  Keeping them safe and demonstrating that the local businesses care truly shows families why it's important to Buy Local.  We can't do this without you!

For more information about helping please contact Lori Whitesell Co Chair Samohi Grad Nite 2017  lwhite6397@aol.com, and check out our website to find out all about this event.  



Earth Day Fair @ CO Center - Call for Local Vendors

The Colorado Center is home to some of Santa Monica's largest businesses including HULU, Edmunds.com and Miramax Films.  They will be hosting an EARTH DAY FAIR 2017 and would like to showcase local vendors (artists, boutiques, restaurants, stores).  There's no cost to participate.  

Colorado Center Earth Day (2400 Broadway)

Thursday, April, 20, 2017

12:00PM – 2:30PM

Exterior Palm Court Area (we will have parking validations).  Contact: Karen Blaire at kblaire@bostonproperties.com or for more info, click here. 

Note from the Buy Local SM Committee:  We are also planning to have a Buy Local Santa Monica table @ this event.  If you would like to provide us with coupons or give-aways that we can help hand out from our booth, contact Jennifer at BuyLocalSM@smgov.net



Orchestra Santa Monica - Buy Local Ticket Offer

Orchestra SM is offering a special Buy Local discount to all BLSM businesses for their Spring Concert on April 2nd.  For more info:  http://www.buylocalsantamonica.com/events/2017/4/2/orchestra-santa-monica-concert-unique-communities-a-musical.html


Santa Monica Farmers Markets - Request for Proposals for Prepared Food + Packaged Food Vendors

Calling all Santa Monica Restaurants, Cafes, Caterers, Bakers, Food Manufacturers + Farmers Market Vendors! 

Are you interested in being part of the Santa Monica Farmers Markets?  The City of Santa Monica's annual RFP for Prepared Food + Packaged Food Vendors for the SM Farmers Markets is now open (March + April 2017). Click the link below for additional info on the oppportunity + to download the RFP. 

There is a mandatory pre-submittal meeting for all interested applicants  ( Tuesday March 7, 2017, 10:00 am – 11:00 am; OR Thursday, April 6, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm) at the SM Main Library.



Kids' Yoga Day Pep Rally + Concert @ SM Pier - Buy Local Business Exhibitor Opportunity

New in 2017: Free Kids’ Yoga Day Pep Rally & Concert Event Thursday, April 6th from 4 – 6 PM Featuring: Yoga moves with Teresa Power, live music, fun giveaways for kids, and an appearance by Down Dog at the iconic Santa Monica Pier. 

Buy Local SM businesses are invited to participate - exhibitor booths just $150.  Click here for exhibitor and other sponsorship opportunities.  The organizer would like to feature synergistic businesses, such as those selling/offering samples of healthy snacks, yoga items, fitness, kid-centric etc.  For more info on the event:  www.KidsYogaDay.com



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 > > >


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.  Deadline to register hsa been extended to March 1, 2017.


Call for Artists: 2017 Camera Obscura Art Lab Studio Residency

The City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division seeks proposals from artists and artisans living in Los Angeles County for one of two 14-week long Studio Residencies, May 3 – August 9, 2017 or August 9 – November 15, 2017, at the Camera Obscura Art Lab in Palisades Park, Santa Monica. These residencies offers artists a glass-walled studio with a spectacular ocean view in an iconic midcentury park building overlooking the Santa Monica Pier, four blocks away from the terminus of the Expo line.

The City seeks artists whose work offers opportunity for sharing with the public through example and instruction. Individuals and partners/collectives will be considered. Open to all disciplines. An honorarium of $1500 and use of the facility daily and for a final exhibit/presentation is offered to the successful applicant. Notification of the selected resident will take place in early March, 2017.

Submissions are due on Wednesday March 1, 2017 by 5pm.  For submission requirements and the complete Call, please view here.


RFP for COAST Event Production

A new bid request was posted by City of Santa Monica:  

Release Date: December 14, 2016 4:45 PM (Pacific)
Bid Due Date: January 13, 2017 5:00 PM (Pacific)

Please visit COAST EVENT PRODUCTION for further details!

Notified Categories:  91886 - Public Art Consulting; 96234 - Event Planning Services

Find out how you can receive more bidding opportunities today!


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 


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.