The San Diego & Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network provides “No Cost" support to entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to start and/or grow through our four locations in Carlsbad (North San Diego), National City (South San Diego), University of San Diego (Innovation Center) and El Centro (Imperial Valley). The SBDC's top priority is to empower small business creation and growth to achieve job creation and retention, capital investments, and dynamic innovation that improves the quality of life in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
Small business owner Christin Evans is writing the next chapter for two historic bookstores.
In 1978, a group of local Hispanic chamber leaders from throughout California convened to discuss the lack of representation of Hispanic businesses in state government. These leaders also recognized the need for an organization that would effectively represent the interest of rapidly growing number of Hispanic-owned businesses in California.
Alfredo Zendejas co-owns Accesorios Zendejas along with his wife, Leticia Sanchez, in Los Angeles, California. A true mom-and-pop enterprise, Alfredo and Leticia work together to design, create and deliver custom decorative pieces for quinceñeras, baptisms, weddings and other special occasions.
Around the country, small business owners are struggling to find qualified employees. In fact, some 40% of American employers cite lack of skills as the No. 1 reason for entry-level job vacancies, especially among young job candidates. Meanwhile, the youth unemployment rate in our country remains considerably high after the aftermath of the Great Recession. Though some small businesses may want to help address this problem while identifying potential talent, they often don’t have the resources to sponsor an internship or mentoring program.
In this economy it’s a notable accomplishment to secure a well-paying, full time job with benefits in your early twenties. But it’s perhaps even more impressive to leave the security of such a position to pursue a dream of becoming a business owner. That’s exactly what Kateri Gutierrez did when she opened her mobile coffee shop, Collective Avenue Coffee, in the fall of 2015. However, when Kateri answered her call to entrepreneurship, it came at a price; it meant leaving behind her employer-sponsored health coverage.
The Fontana Chamber of Commerce strives to be the voice, resource and advocate for business in the Fontana area. Established in 1992, the Fontana Chamber of Commerce serves our growing small business community in the city.
In 1996, the Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce was founded with the mission of putting Discovery Bay on the map. In its over 20 years as an advocate of area business, the Chamber has seen and encouraged the town’s growth from a small, quaint village to a thriving business community. The Chamber is working creatively to find new ways to improve the business climate in our community. By joining the Chamber, you are investing in a thriving and dynamic future for Discovery Bay.
At Resilient Beauty Bar in Fairfield, CA, you’ll experience a warm and inviting atmosphere where the wellbeing of the client takes priority. The proud owner, Dee Naylor, has been a beauty professional and stylist for more than fifteen years, and hopes to eventually open a second location. But her plans to expand her business are on hold, as they hinge on the future of the Affordable Care Act.
As more small businesses look to enhance employee compensation and satisfaction by adding health insurance to their benefit packages, an important partner is an insurance agent specializing in the small group market.
It’s an important relationship, says Michael Lujan Co-founder and chief strategy officer of Limelight Health Inc. in Sacramento, and it’s a relationship not to be entered into lightly.