In this special report, we offer a variety of resources available to business owners, including advice for getting your business off the ground and growing it to a successful establishment. This report also serves as the program guide for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual Small Business Awards Luncheon.

  • City of San Diego loan, tax-saving programs give small businesses economic boost

    Local startup and expanding businesses, particularly in South County, can get a financial shot in the arm with four loan and tax-saving programs available through the city of San Diego.

  • Determine your business needs before finding the funds

    While poor management is cited most frequently as the reason businesses fail, inadequate or ill-timed financing is a close second.

  • North Island Credit Union: Superior performance, organizational excellence

    The California Council for Excellence (CCE) recently awarded North Island Credit Union the Governor's Award for Performance Excellence. The Governor's Award is reserved for top California Awards for Performance Excellence (CAPE) program recipients that demonstrate consistently superior performance results and organizational excellence in accordance with the national Malcolm Baldrige criteria.

  • Supersize your philanthropy

    Becoming a sponsor of an event should be like joining the board of a company. As a director of a company, you are partly responsible for the success of that company.

  • ACCION San Diego makes dreams come true for small business owners

    ACCION San Diego is a non-profit organization that provides loans and technical assistance to small business owners who do not qualify for loans from traditional sources, such as banks or credit unions.

  • Survey reveals strengths, weaknesses of San Diego's business environment

    Local company Catalyst Advancement, in partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University, recently completed a San Diego Small Business Survey in order to bring attention to small businesses and help the local community recognize how to better serve their needs.

  • SCORE reports assisting 7 million clients nationwide

    SCORE, known as "Counselors to America's Small Businesses," reported recently that it had helped its 7 millionth nationwide client by offering business expertise and training to help small businesses succeed.

  • Forecasting for growth requires strategic thinking

    To be effective as a leader, you must develop skills in strategic thinking. Strategic thinking is a process whereby you learn how to make your business vision a reality by developing your abilities in teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking. It is also a tool to help you confront change, plan for and make transitions, and envision new possibilities and opportunities.

  • Marketing is an important feature of sucessful businesses

    In plain and simple terms, marketing activities and strategies result in making products available that satisfy customers while making profits for the companies that offer those products. Marketing produces a "win-win" because customers have a product that meets their needs, and healthy profits are achieved for the company. These profits allow the company to continue to do business in order to meet the needs of future customers.

  • Retirement plans help attract employees to small businesses

    Many smaller companies experience difficulty offering some of the perks that larger companies do in order to maintain the loyalty, motivation and performance of key employees. But one area where they can find the playing field more level and a bit easier to compete is with employee retirement plans such as 401(k)s.

  • Board of advisers is a key tool for successful companies

    Savvy entrepreneurs know that a board of advisers can provide their company with the credibility, contacts, advice and even cash they so desperately need.

  • The 5 Cs of credit

    Your bank is in business to make money. Consequently, when a bank lends money it wants to ensure that it will be paid back. The bank must consider the "5 Cs of Credit" each time it makes a loan.

  • Woman's journey from China finds success in biomedical business

    How does a woman from China become the owner of a medical devices manufacturing company in America? She believes in herself, in her family and in America.

  • Careful planning a must before taking the leap into entrepreneurship

    Starting and managing a business takes motivation and talent. It also takes research and planning. Although initial mistakes are not always fatal, it takes extra skill, discipline, and hard work to regain the advantage. Take time beforehand to explore and evaluate your business and personal goals, then use this information to build a comprehensive and thoughtful business plan that will help you reach these goals.

  • SBA Contractor Awards

    Small Business Sub-Contractors 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 also nation-wide.

  • Business Improvement District (BID) Council Awards

    Joe Sciarretta

  • Business Improvement District 'BID Businesses of the Year'

    Claudio and Maribel De Lucca, Back From Tomboucto

  • Profiles of SBA award winners

    Small Business Person of the Year

  • U.S. Small Business Administration Award Winners

    Small Business Person of the Year

  • Luncheon honors small businesses, 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 and The Daily Transcript to recognize the accomplishments of small businesses at the 2005 San Diego Small Business Awards Luncheon, featuring the North Island Credit Union "Excellence in the Work Environment" award.

  • The family business: How children can help parents plan for the future

    Most family business owners avoid succession planning. Nearly three-quarters of owners who intend to pass on the business to another family member have no written plan indicating who should assume control of the business upon the owner's retirement or death, according to the National Family Business Council.

  • Nation takes time to focus on small businesses

    The past week was a time of celebration for local and national small businesses. Entrepreneurs were honored for their efforts to create jobs and grow the economy during Small Business Week.

  • New SBA loan program aids Calif. manufacturers

    The Certified Development Company, CDC, Small Business Finance announced Wednesday that a new small business administration loan program is now available for California manufacturers to finance long-term fixed assets, including land, buildings and equipment.

  • Financial fitness for families in business

    The California State Assembly has adopted Assembly Concurrent Resolution 6 declaring April as "Financial Literacy Month."