Business Resources

Support for the City Heights Small Business Community

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 resources to local businesses on topics including advertising and marketing, business loans, business plans, permits, security, storefront improvements, and starting a new business. 

The City of San Diego’s Economic Development Department’s web site is a one-stop shop for all things business in the city. You can get a variety of information on how to start and run your business in San Diego. If you can’t find an answer to your questions online, you can call or email the department at 619-236-6700 or

The San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network provides a vast array of no- and low- cost support to entrepreneurs and small businesses through their nine locations/sub-contractors:

  • North San Diego SBDC (MiraCosta College) in Carlsbad
  • Imperial Valley SBDC (Imperial Regional Alliance) in Imperial
  • East County SBDC (East County Economic Development Council) in El Cajon
  • South San Diego SBDC (Southwestern College) in National City
  • Alliance SBDC (Asian Business Association of San Diego with the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce) in Kearny Mesa
  • International Rescue Committee SBDC in City Heights
  • The Brink SBDC at the University of San Diego, a specialty SBDC for innovation-based companies
  • Connect SBDC, a specialty SBDC for innovation-based companies
  • Export SBDC at the World Trade Center San Diego, a specialty SBDC for companies expanding to international markets

The San Diego Workforce Partnership can help you tap into public and private training funds, access to capital, tax incentives and wage subsidies. Call (619) 228-2900 and press 4 or email  to discuss how they can help.

SCORE San Diego volunteers are experienced entrepreneurs, corporate managers, and executives with a diverse set of industries and specialties who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help small business professionals start, develop, and grow businesses. They also offer low-cost business workshops, and numerous templates and tools.

Accessity is a nonprofit, mission-based microlender dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs with the accessible financing and the resources to create or grow healthy businesses.

CDC SBF has an extensive listing of financing opportunities available to small businesses. View the CDC Small Business Finance guide to finding the right small business loan.

Volunteer attorneys provide consultations to eligible businesses on legal issues including questions relating to employment law, commercial leases, insurance, contracts, bankruptcy/restructuring, applications for financial assistance, and more.

A free learning platform for women entrepreneurs who are looking to grow their business.

Civic Communities offers lending and investment services for organizations and businesses that have limited access to traditional capital or financing mechanisms.

Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) helps small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

Spaces as Places is the City of San Diego's comprehensive program to allow permanent outdoor dining and other community gathering spaces within areas of the public right of way.

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