SBA News and Updates from the San Diego District Office

San Diego District Office

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Welcome SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman

California native, Isabella Casillas Guzman was sworn in as SBA's 27th Administrator on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. You may read more about Administrator Guzman here Administrator (


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The SCORE San Diego and the San Diego and Imperial Women’s Business Center (WBC) collaborated to deliver an online event hosting a large group of Woman Owned Small Businesses and aspiring Entrepreneurs.

The Women’s Networking Breakfast was held on March 19, 2021. The successful Zoom event featured guest speaker, Vera Sell. The talented Ms. Sell (Product Marketing Professional & University Professor) gave a powerful presentation, “Got Solution? Find a Problem Instead!” with information on:

  • Step-by step framework Voice of Customer (VOC) Playbook
    • Uncover your customer’s true needs and creating experiences that delight
  • How to engage and capture feedback from customers
  • Solution Storming & Innovation

SBA San Diego District Office Economic Development Specialist Jamye Pritchett Solorzano (Center of top row in screenshot) participated in the Networking Breakout session, “practice what we learned” which provided an opportunity for the group to reinforce the concepts and ideas presented at the event in a small group setting.

The Women’s Networking Breakfast occurs bi-monthly (every other month). It is a great opportunity to connect with women in business, learn from talented speakers, and meet the awesome Business Mentors leading SCORE San Diego and the leadership of San Diego and Imperial Women’s Business Center. The next event of the series is scheduled for Friday, May 21, 2021 (Info coming soon). Don’t miss it!

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. Accepting applications starting on April 8.


The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant will begin accepting applications on Thursday, April 8, 2021. You can view the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal in anticipation of the program open date. The SVOG program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues. Browse through the resources below in preparation for the program opening.

Don't miss the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Informational Webinar!

Prior to the official SVOG application opening, the SBA will host a national informational webinar to highlight the application process for potential eligible entities from 1:30 to 3 p.m. CT on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.  


SBA Celebrates Women’s History Month with Live Online Panel

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Women-owned small business panel will discuss how to tap SBA’s economic relief programs to help women entrepreneurs

The  U.S. Small Business Administration will host a live online panel session in celebration of Women’s History Month to discuss economic recovery with a dynamic group of women small business owners from various sectors utilizing SBA resources and critical financial lifelines to pivot during the pandemic.

Learn more about the resources available to help women entrepreneurs launch new businesses, compete in the marketplace, and connect with the training and funding opportunities specifically for women to help recover and rebuild.

Thursday, March 25, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (PDT)


WBC Event


Join Union Bank Small Business Experts in a conversation on how to Budget for your business during these quickly evolving times.

A budget requires an understanding of the business activities your company will need to finance the growth and expansion you’ve planned, including estimates of how much these activities will cost, and how to best appropriate sources of financing.

Once you understand the business activities you need to finance, you can develop an annual budget and estimate your capital requirements for at least the next two years. Many experts recommend a three-pronged approach to plan:  worst-case, realistic, and best-case scenarios.

Thursday, March 25, 2021 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. (PDT)



SBA Small Business Resource Guide 



View and download our "Small Business Resource Guide for San Diego and Imperial Counties.” This Guide provides an overview of SBA programs and services, local SBA resource partners, and general guidelines and contacts for starting a business in San Diego and Imperial Counties. View it at: 2020 San Diego Resource Guide

Additional Information

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Small Business Training Calendar Links

The SBA and its resource partner organizations offer many workshops and training events, for entrepreneurs and small business owners, on an on-going basis. Please take a moment to review our upcoming events now, and bookmark the sites listed below for future reference. We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our future events.

SBA Calendar

SCORE San Diego

SBDC San Diego and Imperial Valley Network

San Diego & Imperial Women's Business Center

SOCAL Veterans Business Outreach Center

Procurement Technical Assistance Center

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