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

  • Gaining market share through competitive growth strategies

    Market share comes at the expense of competitors. Someone wins the business, someone loses it. This is a fundamental business reality. Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HPQ), for instance, developed a growth strategy based on three Cs: customers, competitors and contribution.

  • Determination pays off for El Cajon trailer manufacturer

    In 2005, after being forced out of his original fabrication facility by a landlord in Tecate, Mexico, and after losing more than $80,000 worth of his equipment and supplies, Frank Tyler had to start his business, T2K Trailers Inc., from scratch.

  • Used bookstore improvements made possible with SBA loan

    In April 1999, Patricia McFarland bought Book Tales from a friend who was nice enough to finance the bookstore for her. McFarland paid the loan in six years, despite city sidewalk and street renovation work in 1999 and 2000, which closed a cross street for six months. McFarland got by, maintaining a second job to help pay the bills.

  • The importance of conducting due diligence on a niche market for your business

    Here is a common business description one often hears from entrepreneurs: "We are a marketing company, we create brochures, design Web sites, ad campaigns, marketing collateral and we help companies with brand building."

  • From struggling bagel shop to successful catering company

    In June of 1998, Richard Bier, president of Isaac's Bakery Deli Inc., dba Isaac's Catering, purchased a struggling bagel shop and immediately began delivery service to the neighboring corporations. Six months later, he hired a chef and began creating menus for corporate businesses and personally visited the local businesses to promote his company. Isaac's is now a successful catering business with 14 employees, featuring a variety of freshly prepared food from pastries to Beef Wellington; everything is prepared from scratch, by Isaac's staff, each morning. In addition to corporate catering, Isaac's offers a variety of services including aviation catering, bar service, equipment rental and event planning.

  • Chamber announces members-only complimentary entrepreneurship training program

    In times of economic uncertainty, many small businesses simply don't have the resources to invest in training and skills improvement programs.

  • 8 low-cost online marketing tactics to protect your market share in a declining economy

    Economic times are tough, marketing budgets are tight and cash flow is unpredictable. Regardless of the economic situation, your clients still expect you to find them and communicate with them on a regular basis. Using the following strategies are a great low-cost, low-risk way to attract and retain clients without spending a lot of money. All it takes is discipline to create a system and protected time on a regular basis to implement and maintain the following strategies.

  • The Golden Rule: Entrepreneurship and enhanced business value

    The paradigm facing many entrepreneurs is that, to enhance their business' value, they often have to create structure and measures -- the thing most thought they could leave behind to seek independence and fortune. Experience shows that business owners who can successfully grow with their business will retire with riches.

  • Businesses seek new ways to stay ahead in tough economic times

    Economic pressures are forcing businesses to use innovative solutions to stay afloat in today's stagnant marketplace. A recent New York Times article explored the question of how to raise prices on products or services to meet the higher costs of running a business without losing existing customers. That question is not an easy one to answer, especially in the current economy, and making the wrong move could be devastating.

  • Finding office space for startups

    Startup companies in need of commercial office space have several factors to consider when budgeting for this operating cost: location, quality, rental rate, furniture, size and so on. Since the failure rate for new businesses over a 10-year period is 64.2 percent, according to BusinessWeek, it's no wonder why landlords scrutinize a new company's financials during the underwriting process. Many landlords have been burned in the past by defaulting tenants and do not desire to have this happen again. Therefore, leasing space for new entities can be a challenge if the framework for these projects is not understood or followed. Notwithstanding location, size, or rental rate, the following four topics will make any startup company's hunt for office space much more fluid.

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Profiles

  • Alliant mitigates risk, provides personal touch for small businesses

    Starting a small business can prove to be a challenge -- and running one is often an even bigger hurdle. Making educated insurance decisions can contribute a great deal not only to the ease of managing business operations, but to peace of mind as well.

  • KiddieCorp: Flourishing in niche market childcare

    Christine Tempesta, president of KiddieCorp, which won the Small Business Administration's Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year award, started out as a marketing consultant who worked with developers, helping them incorporate child care centers into their projects.

General Videos

Comic-Con 2010: 'Kingdom of Loathing'

July 22, 2010 -- Erin Stack, "office guru" for Asymmetric Publications, talks about "Kingdom of Loathing" and the conference's potential change of venue.

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 - 2008

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.