SBA San Diego District Office Updates

San Diego District Office

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SBA San Diego District Office Collaborates with the Local 7-Eleven Franchise Owners Association

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Photos above: (Top left) Monthly meeting (outside) socially distancing, (Top right) Small Business Owners/Vendors, (Bottom) Meeting with Board Members

 The San Diego District Office has collaborated with franchise owners in 7-Eleven Franchise Owners Association, San Diego to take advantage of their professional networks to get the word out about SBA programs quickly. This collaboration smoothed the way to bring federal programs and economic aid dollars into our local communities. Jamye Pritchett Solorzano presented and delivered service to the 7-Eleven Franchise Owners Association, San Diego. The Association includes nearly 300 storefronts, a large cohort of small businesses, and the many local vendors that supply the franchises. The Association and the District Office share the same jurisdiction, (San Diego and Imperial Counties) covering nearly 8,800 square miles.

More than ever the pandemic created a resurgence of networks and partnerships among government and small business advocates such as professional organizations. These partnerships enable the SBA to quickly share new program information and educational tools to reach more people. Special thanks to President, Bic Sidhu and all the board members for providing a forum for the San Diego District Office to reach hundreds of small business/franchise owners quickly! Special thanks to North San Diego Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for supporting the District Office to deliver service.

 


SBA San Diego District Office Nurtures Lasting Relationship with Local Women’s Construction Coalition (WCC)

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Above: Screenshot of WCC Zoom meeting – (Center of second row) Economic Development Specialist, Jamye Pritchett Solorzano, SBA San Diego District Office

The SBA San Diego District Office develops and sustains powerful relationships that lead to true collaboration over years. Historically, the construction industry has had very few women in leadership roles. In 2020, women made up only 10% of the construction workforce. The percentage is even less for leadership in the construction industry. SBA values its ongoing relationship with the San Diego  Women's Construction Coalition (wccsd.org) (WCC). The WCC provides a forum to celebrate the growing role of women in construction and raises awareness of opportunities for women in the construction industry. The WCC provides a forum where women engage to share information, discuss real useful topics, and provide unique opportunities to engage with industry champions dedicated to the advancement of women in construction.

List of Events:

  • Celebrating the 3rd Annual International Women’s Day
  • Sharing best practices for operating during the Pandemic
  • Challenge HER – Women-owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program
  • Construction EXPO 
  • Meet the Primes with San Diego Airport Authority
  • San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Outreach

The pandemic has significantly impacted both small and women owned businesses. Small business in San Diego County, California represents nearly 95% of the region. WCC provides members with valuable information on upcoming project opportunities and how they can prequalify so that members take advantage of the programs available and reach success. The WCC also continues to invest in our up-and-coming generations through targeted outreach and inclusion efforts. The Julian Morgan Society models the way for High School and College Students to pursue careers in the construction industry. By getting the word out and talking with the next generation of girls the WCC encourages girls and young women to learn, take advantage of opportunities, and lean into construction industry careers. The San Diego District Office continues to assist in any way that we can. Economic Development Specialist, Jamye Pritchett Solorzano is a standing WCC member and attends annual events such as International Women’s Day and regular meetings which have been instrumental in sharing best practices for operating during the Pandemic.


San Diego Small Business Development Center CA Relief Grant Office Hours Event!

SBDC Relief Event

 

The SBDC is here to help you navigate the California Relief Grant process and we have advisors on call to answer your specific questions as you move through the application process.  

Sign up for a live virtual office hours where you can log on, get your question about your specific application answered and then depart and continue with your day. You can register and join the office hours anytime between the hours listed.

You do not need to arrive at the start of Office Hours or depart at the end however please note that when you arrive in the virtual meeting we will take questions on a first come, first serve basis. 

 4/28/21
 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (PDT)

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The Women's Business Center Presents: Cybersecurity- Digitally Declutter Your Small Business

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Digital clutter slows down devices over time, makes them less secure, and leaves little space to store files and data, which is why a routine e-clean up is necessary for top performance.

This workshop will feature tips and resources for doing a digital cleaning for small businesses to free up more space, get off unwanted lists, and improve privacy and security.

 5/5/21
 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (PDT)

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SCORE San Diego Is Hosting a Start-Up Series: Getting Ready to Start Your Business

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This program is for entrepreneurs who are just starting out and looking to gather information about the work involved in establishing a new business. Focus is placed on understanding what it takes to start a business, and the advantages and disadvantages of owning your own business.

Topics also covered are the critical success factors in keeping a new business alive, consideration of buying an existing business or franchise versus starting one from scratch, and alternatives such as home-based and online businesses. Finally, you will get a realistic look at the true challenges of starting and growing a small business in today’s economy.

This program is a precursor to SCORE workshops and our one-on-one counseling. It is fast-paced and covers business plans, licensing and regulatory issues, finance, and marketing, among other topics. After the session, attendees have the opportunity to schedule follow-up counseling and/or sign up for future workshops.

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SBA Small Business Resource Guide

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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


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