The Daily Transcript partners with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce to produce the official program guide for the Small Business Awards Luncheon and to recognize contributions of small businesses.

  • Business Improvement District

    Joe Banuelos

  • Government contract resources

    Getting started

  • Contractor responsibilities

    Knowing what and how the government buys is essential if a business owner is to be successful in government contracting. Don't think, however, that you can relax once you receive the good news that you have won a contract. Your work is just beginning. If you cannot perform according to the terms of the contract, the government will not get the product or service it needs and you may find yourself in financial difficulty as well.

  • Defining the market

    The U.S. government is the world's largest buyer of products and services. Purchases by military and civilian installations amount to nearly $200 billion a year, and include everything from complex space vehicles to janitorial services to cancer research. In short, the government buys just about every category of commodity and service available.

  • Ten reasons to love small business

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Small businesses are the heart of U.S. economy, and the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration would like to point out the reasons to love them.

  • Advocacy saves small business $6.6 billion in FY 2005

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Office of Advocacy, the "small business watchdog" of the government, saved small business over $6.6 billion in fiscal year 2005.

  • At 25, Regulatory Flexibility Act works hard for small business

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Twenty-five years after its enactment, the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) is successfully working hard for American small business, yet full implementation faces new challenges. That is the consensus of the small business regulatory experts who attended the RFA Symposium, the proceedings of which were released today by the Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  • Profiles of SBA award winners

    Small Business Person of the Year

  • Luncheon honors small businesses and owners

    The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to once again partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration, North Island Credit Union, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and The Daily Transcript to recognize the accomplishments of small businesses at the 2006 San Diego Small Business Awards Luncheon -- featuring the North Island Credit Union "Excellence in the Work Environment" award.

  • More and more people take the plunge into business ownership

    Chez and Tracy Ochoa are your typical small business owners. That means just about everything thing they do is far from typical.

  • Spreading the word, education top priorities for SBA

    Small businesses and recent immigration issues may sound like two very different causes, but for Ruben Garcia they're tied together by the same need -- education.

  • How to do business with the Port of San Diego

    It is the policy of the San Diego Unified Port District ("District") that all businesses be provided equal opportunity to participate in the performance of District contracting and leasing opportunities; and to insure that workers, on public works projects of $1,000 or more are paid the general prevailing rate of per diem wages for regular, holiday and overtime work as provided by California Labor Code Section 1771.

  • North Island Credit Union: superior performance and organizational excellence

    North Island Credit Union is sponsoring the San Diego Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Annual Awards Luncheon and the "Excellence in Work Environment" award. The award honors companies that go above and beyond to demonstrate their commitment to workplace excellence throughout corporate practices, employee services and support programs.

  • House of Blues serves up great food and music

    House of Blues San Diego opened its doors in May 2005. As one of 10 venues nationwide, House of Blues is San Diego's home for live music and Southern-inspired cuisine. A visit to House of Blues could find you at the bar having a drink with one of today's hottest musicians, touring the amazing collection of outsider art that covers the walls or serving up heaps of down home Southern cooking while waving your napkin to the sounds of our world famous Gospel Brunch.

  • Preparing the bid

    Writing procurement bids and proposals requires the utmost care during preparation.

  • Federal procurement and small business goals

    Statutory small business procurement goals for federal agencies

  • Subcontracting opportunities

    Subcontracting with a prime contractor

  • How the government buys

    The government buys many of the products and services it needs from suppliers who meet certain qualifications. It applies standardized procedures by which to purchase goods and services. That is, the government does not purchase items or services in the way an individual household might. Instead, government contracting officials use procedures that conform to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

  • Helpful Web sites for San Diego small business owners

    Many Web sites contain helpful information for small businesses. Some offer information that is common knowledge, others are simply outdated or inaccurate. Instead of spending hours Googling different small business assistance key words to find a good match for your search, try these Web sites.

  • A focus on Coronado -- and San Diego County

    It's a rare opportunity indeed when a bank can service the residents of a small, uniquely located town, but also do business with some 3 million people beyond its ocean borders.

  • Small Business Subcontractors of the Year

    Laurie Freeman

  • Small Business Prime Contractors of the Year

    John Lyons

  • U.S. Small Business Administration award winners

    Small Business Person of the Year

  • SBA Small Business Lenders of the Year

    SBA lenders achieve outstanding results year after year. These two SBA lenders are recognized for producing the most "7a" and "504" loans last year. These lenders were most effective in lending to small businesses not only locally, but nationwide. They also excelled in loans to women and minority-run businesses. They are role models among SBA lenders. SBA's loan programs help businesses that cannot obtain needed financing through conventional means.

  • Small business success center opens in Carlsbad

    North County small businesses, emerging and established alike, have a new place to seek aid. The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Success Center, the only such center housed in a chamber of commerce in San Diego County, opened Wednesday.

  • Historic downtown business heads to the suburbs

    In a community where the economic landscape has changed dramatically over the past 10 years, San Diego Hardware was a mainstay for more than 100 years. Until recently.

  • Snapshot of SBA loan programs

    The SBA offers numerous loan programs to assist small businesses. It is important to note, however, that the SBA is primarily a guarantor of loans made by private and other institutions.

  • Family business: A life's calling?

    Throughout the ages, entrepreneurs have founded companies, developed them and held steadfast to the dream of having their children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren running the business for centuries to come.

  • Growth in Hispanic-owned business no surprise to some

    The number of Hispanic-owned businesses grew at three times the national rate for all companies from 1997 to 2002, the government said Tuesday. Hispanics owned nearly 1.6 million businesses in 2002, a 31 percent increase from five years earlier, according to the Census Bureau report.

Archived Reports

Celebrating Small Business Month - 2015

The Daily Transcript celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit with local success stories.

Celebrating Small Business Month - 2014

The Daily Transcript celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit with small business news and local success stories.

Celebrating Small Business Month - 2013

The Daily Transcript celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit with small business news and how-to articles.

Celebrating Small Business Month - August 2012

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the San Diego/Imperial Region of the Small Business Development Centers honor local small business owners.

Celebrating Small Business Month - May 2012

The Daily Transcript celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit with a look at some stand-out local small businesses, issues and trends, and information from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Celebrating Small Business Month - 2011

Join the Transcript, the Regional Chamber of Commerce and SBA in celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit. This annual issue also serves as the official program guide to the San Diego Small Business Awards Luncheon.

Celebrating Small Business Month - 2011

Read about the latest economic forecasts and marketing strategies for small businesses.

Celebrating Small Business Month - 2010

Join the Transcript, the Regional Chamber of Commerce and SBA in celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit. This annual issue also serves as the official program guide to the San Diego Small Business Awards Luncheon.

Celebrating Small Business Month - 2009

Celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit with this official program guide to the San Diego Small Business Awards Luncheon, hosted by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego chapter of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Celebrating Small Business Month - Aug 2008

Find out how small businesses can survive and thrive in a tough economy.