Our city is home to so many incredible businesses and so we asked the founders how they came up with the ideas for their businesses and have shared their responses below.

Naomi Wentworth | Founder

I have cared really deeply for our planet for as long as I can remember. There is something so magical about a pristine river, a wild blackberry bush, or a tree that has been living for thousands of years – and I have this unshakable need to protect it. This led me down a road to becoming an environmental consultant. I worked on local government sustainability and climate action plans figuring out exactly where all of our emissions come from in a certain jurisdiction and how to mitigate them. Intellectually it was interesting, but there was something really daunting about bringing the work back to the governments and saying that we needed to undertake massive programs to restructuring our society – how we transport ourselves, how we get our energy, how we take care of our waste. Read more>>

Mark Bell | Owner

I had a friend who started a coffee shop in Mazatlan, Mexico who used his shop to give back to the local community and I got inspired to do something similar in Ocean Beach. Read more>>

Katie Adams | Female Owned Skateboard Company

I started skateboarding when I was a kid, around 7 years old. I loved anything that had to do with being outside and on wheels. It didn’t bother me at the time that I was the only girl in the neighborhood who skateboarded. My love for skateboarding is rooted in the joy it brought me as a kid. Anybody who skateboards knows the feeling. The possibilities and creativity felt endless. As I got older skateboarding remained a big part of my life, but I ended up cruising more on long boards and focusing on surf styles while I prioritized organized sports. When I graduated college I was looking for a job in medical device sales, but serendipitously got a job with Arbor Skateboards as an inside sales rep/customer service manager based in San Diego at the Sector 9 headquarters. Read more>>