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.

  • Banks, regulations, impending health care changes make for uncertain environment

    Small businesses make up the majority of San Diego County’s economy, and that economy is showing signs of life, according to some small business owners. Customers are returning and the worst of the recession seems to have passed.

  • Defining the benefit in your product

    If you’ve ever taken a sales training class, you may have heard of the features vs. benefits marketing approach. I call this technique the WIIFM (What’s in It for Me) Factor because, by stressing the benefits, rather than the features of a product or service, you are telling your prospects what is in it for them when they purchase from you.

  • California begins steps to enact health care reforms

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The debate over national health care reform has moved to the California Legislature, which this week will begin taking the initial steps to implement the complex series of overhauls prescribed by the federal government.

  • Social media takes marketing to the next level

    Social media presents many opportunities -- and a lot of confusion -- for small business owners. Most social media marketing tools are accessible, free and very simple. However, with limited time and resources, many businesspeople are overwhelmed at the notion of embarking on a social media campaign. Yet with good planning and some creativity, social media can take your marketing to the next level -- one that brings in new customers and connections.

  • Getting the word out: Local law group works to expand services

    Catalyst Law Group is a full-service business and technology focused law firm, working with clients representing a wide variety of industries in San Diego. Based on the experience of the principal within the firm, who has been a successful entrepreneur himself, as well as working for medium and large corporations, the firm has been able to offer smart council for entrepreneurial as well as established businesses with a wide variety of legal services. It has expanded and contracted over time as a reflection of the economy and is again in growth mode, bringing on additional attorneys into the firm.

  • Profiles of SBA Award winners

    Small Business Person of the Year

  • 2010 Small Business Awards Luncheon

    U.S. Small Business Administration Award Winners

  • Awards luncheon to honor small businesses, owners

    Today, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce partners with the U.S. Small Business Administration and ESET to celebrate the accomplishments of small and micro businesses at the 2010 Small Business Awards Luncheon & Business Exchange. This year’s event will feature keynote speaker Jim Hammersley, deputy assistant administrator of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, U.S. Small Business Administration.

  • New conflict of interest rules in contracting will prove costly burden to small businesses

    San Diego might be one of the biggest small towns in the United States. And many of San Diego’s busiest companies, whether small or large, comprise a local defense contracting community that operates like its own small town. Everybody seems to know everybody else. Much of the federal business that is developed and hiring that occurs in the San Diego region is the result of well-developed, personal relationships. Small-businesses owners, in particular, take advantage of personal relationships as a key first step in developing their companies.

  • Lending environment improving, but small businesses still struggle to secure loans

    San Diego small businesses are still struggling to secure loans, say some local professionals -- although first-quarter numbers from local banks suggest the credit environment is improving.

  • Companies juggle rebuilding, employee vacations

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Small business owners may feel in a bit of a bind this summer. Just as many companies are recovering from the recession and making do with fewer staffers, it's high season for employee vacations.

Celebrating Small Business Month

Profiles

National News

  • California begins steps to enact health care reforms

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The debate over national health care reform has moved to the California Legislature, which this week will begin taking the initial steps to implement the complex series of overhauls prescribed by the federal government.

  • Companies juggle rebuilding, employee vacations

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Small business owners may feel in a bit of a bind this summer. Just as many companies are recovering from the recession and making do with fewer staffers, it's high season for employee vacations.

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 - 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.

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.