Working with the City of San Diego and the SBA.GOV


    The City of San Diego understands the important role businesses play in the local economy and quality of life. The City offers an array of business development programs to assist entrepreneurs in starting and growing businesses. The Office of Small Business provides entrepreneurs with start-up information, development programs, and advocacy and referral services to enhance their success and promote a business friendly climate.

    Along with being an information clearing house on small business resources, the Office of Small Business connects you to the City of San Diego’s:

    • Business Resource Center
    • 10 Key Steps to Starting a Business
    • Business Tax Certificate
    • Gap Financing to Grow Your Business
    • Storefront Improvement Program
    • Bidding and Contracting Opportunities


    Come learn about doing business in the City of San Diego by visiting the “Starting a Business” website at Information is also available via the City’s Business Resource Center web page at

    Lisa Gordon-Hosch
    Small Business Ambassador
    Office of Small Business
    City of San Diego



    The San Diego District Office (SDO) of the SBA serves the two southern most counties of California: San Diego and Imperial.

    Over the years, the SBA has developed many small business loan and assistance programs, special outreach efforts and initiatives to aid and inform small businesses. The following describes briefly all the services and information available through this office:

    • Financial assistance for new or existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders.
    • Free counseling, advice and information on starting, better operating or expanding a small business through (SCORE) Counselors to America’s Small Business.
    • Assistance to businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals through the Minority Enterprise Development Program.
    • Women’s Business Ownership Representatives are available to advise women business owners.
    • Special loan programs are available for businesses involved in international trade.
    • If you’re a veteran, you can get business counseling and information about SBA guaranteed loans.

    Ruben Garcia
    San Diego District Director, SBA.GOV
  • Entrepreneur Day Schedule


    • September 27, 2013
      • 6:00 pm - 9:30 pmA paid ticketed event- Friday Evening Business Networking with Food & Beverages, along with our sponsors and exhibitors, TasteMasters Guest Panelist, ending with our 2013 E-wards. Open to the public. Join our eNewsletter to receive updated information.
    • September 28, 2013
      • 10:50 am - 4:00 pmEntrepreneur Day 2013- Exhibitors, Pop-Up Offices, Consultants, Startup Demonstrations, Product Sampling, Raffles, Give-aways, Fashion Style Art Show & Lounge, Guest Speakers/Presenters, Lounge & Learn Workshops, Main Stage Elevator Pitch Contest for Cash and Prizes, Mobile Apps, and Interactive Events. Join our eNewsletter to receive updated information.
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