Explore the City of San Diego Startup Ecosystem Map, which features incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces designed to foster businesses.
The list of resources below provides entrepreneurs with contact information for agencies that can help entrepreneurs plan, finance, site, and market a successful business in San Diego.
City of San Diego Resources
The City of San Diego provides general information on starting and operating a business, significant resource materials, market research information, small business troubleshooting, and regulatory, permitting and licensing information. The most important resource is the City's Economic Development Department, which acts as a clearinghouse for small business assistance information.
There are a number of private organizations that provide business assistance information, market research, technical assistance consulting and networking opportunities.
County of San Diego Resources
Many businesses that operate a business in the City of San Diego must also work with several County of San Diego agencies to successfully complete the process of opening a business. For instance, many businesses will need to file a fictitious business name through the County.
State of California Resources
Many City of San Diego businesses will need to work with state agencies if they intend to incorporate their business, sell alcohol and other goods, hire employees, etc.
U.S. Federal Government Resources
The federal government provides a host of pertinent information and services to small businesses, including consulting services, tax information, export information and wage and hour information.
Several financial resources exist for small businesses in San Diego. However, loans are generally not available to start-ups. Most loan programs require that businesses have at least one year of history.
For additional information on financial resources, visit Financing Your Business.