Business Assistance

As a service to our member businesses, we like to make certain all of the available resources to make your business successful are at your fingertips.  Here is a listing and links to the numerous and nearby business assistance organizations of San Diego. If we missed one that has been successful for your business, please let us know and we will add them to the list.

CONNECT: Focusing its efforts on accelerating the commercialization of new technology and life sciences products.

Commercial  Financing and Loans

College Area Business District Member Banks:
Union Bank (6010 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92115)
Citi Bank (5998 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92115)
Wells Fargo Bank (4690 63rd Street, San Diego, CA 92115)
Chase Bank (4627 College Avenue, San Diego, CA 92115)
Bank of America (6801 El Cajon Boulevard)

CDC Small Business Finance: Offers an array of Loan programs to help small and mid-sized businesses expand and create jobs.

Accion: A non-profit organization striving to bring economic opportunity and access to financing to small business owners in San Diego County.

City of San Diego

Economic Development Department
Storefront Improvement Program
Storefront Improvement Program Application

City of San Diego Listings

San Diego Start up Co-Working Spaces, Incubators & Accelerators
High Tech Resources

Civic San Diego

New Market Tax Credits for Development

Economic Development Corporations

San Diego Regional EDC
San Diego East County Economic Development Corporation

San Diego State University Resources

College of Business Administration: Aztec Consulting ProgramAztec Consulting Application 
The Small Business Consulting Center (SBCC) of SDSU’s College of Business Administration uses  senior level and MBA business students to provide consulting assistance to local small business owners. The student consultants, working as a three or four person team, work with each small business client for an entire academic semester, with each consulting team guided by an MBA student and a faculty advising committee. Click here to register your business for this program:
Lavin Entrepreneur Center
Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad (ZIP Launchpad)
Zahn Innovation Platform Launchpad Website

Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources

San Diego SCORE: Provides free and confidential business assistance to both prospective entrepreneurs and existing small business owners. They also conduct a variety of low-cost workshops that address many of the essential techniques necessary for establishing and managing a successful business. San Diego SCORE is part of a national association which serves as a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Small Business Development Centers: Offering professional progress- based one on one consulting, comprehensive workshops designed to give you what you need to hit the ground running to start or grow your business. With over 1200 centers across the U.S., The Small Business Development Centers are part of a national association and resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Regional Network Office
North County Office
South County Office
Imperial Valley Office

Small Business Advisory Board: The City’s award-winning Small Business Advisory Board is charged with advising the Mayor and City Council on any matter that will enhance the capability of small businesses in San Diego to succeed, such as the formulation of laws, policies or procedures which may affect the management, operation or financial stability of small businesses. There are eleven board members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.


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