Business Resources

The City Heights Business Association advocates for businesses within the community and works to ensure a thriving business district along University Avenue. In collaboration with government, non-profit, and business partners, CHBA provides counseling, guidance, and resources to local businesses on a variety of topics, including:

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Business loans 
  • Business plans 
  • Permits
  • Security
  • Starting a new business
  • Storefront improvements

Browse through our resources listed below, or contact us with any specific questions about starting or running your City Heights business.

City of San Diego Business Resource Guide

Here you'll find a comprehensive business resource guide hosted by the City of San Diego. 

Small Business ADA Guidelines

This document is intended to provide explanation and technical guidance to assist owners of small businesses on the accessibility regulations of the State of California as applied to places of business. Under the current governing regulations, places of business are considered public accommodations and commercial buildings.

Accessibility Guide for Small Businesses

City of San Diego Storefront Improvement Program

The Storefront Improvement Program (SIP) revitalizes building facades visible to customers, neighboring merchants, and residents. The City of San Diego provides design assistance and financial incentives to small business owners who wish to make a creative change to their storefronts. For more information, visit the SIP web site

10 Key Steps to Starting a Business

There are several key steps to starting a business in the City of San Diego. The steps may vary according to the type of business you intend to start, but the following 10 steps will give you a general idea of where to start. 

10 Key Steps To Starting a Business

Public Right of Way Enhancement Program (PROW)

The purpose of the Public Right of Way Enhancement Program (PROW) is to optimize the growth and income of retail businesses and restaurants by allowing and encouraging the use of portions of the public right-of-way between the curb and the adjacent property line. The Program will promote an environment that encourages pedestrian traffic. It will also encourage beautification of the streetscape with landscaping placed in planter boxes and pots.

The program's three areas of endeavor are freestanding signs, outdoor display areas, and outdoor dining areas. A business owner will be allowed to locate these items in the public right-of-way provided he or she obtains approval of the Non-Profit Management Corporation having jurisdiction and then conforms to the requirements of this program.

Note: Only those businesses fronting on the public right-of-way and located on the first floor may participate in the program. Please download the program application and guidelines below. 

PROW Guidelines

City of San Diego Small Business Resources

The City of San Diego offers several resources to help businesses succeed. These services are administered by the Economic Development Department