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Video Series: Grow Your Business in San Diego

The “Grow Your Business in San Diego” video series highlights the entrepreneurial spirit, innovative courage, collaborative environment and City support that make San Diego one of nation’s best places to launch a business.

Learn first-hand from the homegrown companies that are changing the world.


University City

Founded in San Diego in 2006, Envision Solar has grown from a two-person startup to a global leader as local manufacturer of an innovative electric vehicle charger that's making it easier for the world to "drive on sunshine." Envision Solar now employs more than 20 people, including many in San Diego's highly skilled workforce, several veterans and disabled workers. Check out this success story that showcases San Diego's dynamic workforce and its innovation and cleantech economy. (Learn more about the City of San Diego Climate Action Plan here.)


Downtown

Located in the Manpower Building, NEST is the coworking space shared by many startups in nonprofit CyberTECH’s xHIVE incubator program. Check out the largest incubator downtown. NEST-member companies are mostly tech-driven startups in areas of cyber, Internet of Things, Smart City and critical, innovative market needs such as sensors, processing, situational awareness/visualization, big data, predictive analytics, modeling and simulation. (See CyberTECH NEST CoWork in the San Diego Startup Ecosystem Map.)


East Village

Founded in Mission Valley by Jason Kulpa, Underground Elephant went from one-man startup to digital marketing mammoth. It partnered with the City to keep its growing business in San Diego. Check out the video to see its sleek headquarters in what used to be a produce-packing facility and you'll see why this maverick company is part of the innovation movement and renaissance in the East Village. 


Point Loma and North Park
 
Founded in San Diego, Modern Times Beer partnered with the City of San Diego's Economic Development Department to expand its brewery and tasting room. Go behind the scenes with one of the breweries that makes San Diego home to the most craft breweries in America. Learn how the California Competes Tax Credit provided Modern Times with the cost savings to buy giant fermenting tanks and a state-of-the-art canning and bottling line.

OpenCounter Online Business Portal


 

The City's Economic Development Department is always looking for ways to make it easier for San Diegans to do business with the City. Our Online Business Portal, powered by OpenCounter, can assist you with both business and residential projects. Entrepreneurs can find ideal sites for their businesses through the Zoning Portal. They can learn which permits they might need (and how much they'll cost), depending on their selected location and business type through the Permits Portal. Single-family homeowners, architects and contractors can also use the Residential Portal to find out which permits they might need and get an estimate of the permitting fees if they, say, wanted to put in a pool or add a fence, carport or rooftop solar panels. All three tools (Zoning, Permits and Residential portals) are available 24/7 and in English and Spanish through OpenCounter Online Business Portal (business.sandiego.gov). It can familiarize you with the building process so that you can better plan and be prepared to discuss your project with the City.

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