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The San Diego Regional Chamber Foundation is a 501(c)3 foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to create the most business-friendly region in California through investment in research, education, and leadership. The Foundation focuses its research, education, and leadership cultivation around the issues that influence San Diego’s business climate: workforce development, cross-border business, veterans employment, infrastructure, and quality of life.
The Foundation is managed by Sean Karafin, the Chamber’s Executive Director of Policy and Economic Research.
The Chamber’ Leadership Development Programs seek to cultivate leaders who are well-equipped to serve our communities and the voice of San Diego businesses.
Through our four programs – San Diego Young Leaders, Student Civics Engagement Academy, Public Leadership Institute and soon-to-be launched Women’s Professional Development program – interested candidates will find curricula focused on practical education, relationship-building, and mentorship.
Regional Jobs Strategy
The Regional Jobs Strategy is a coalition of nearly 70 of the region’s business organizations that have joined together in a unified effort to spur economic growth and create jobs for the entire Cali-Baja region.
This data-based initiative provides a diverse range of industry and geographical perspectives, working to match proven solutions to shared challenges, as well as align and leverage existing job creation efforts.
Small Business Resources Center
The San Diego Regional Chamber has partnered with Wells Fargo to create a Small Business Resource Center to assist business owners with financial management, small business planning, workforce development, and more. The Center – which is made possible through the Wells Fargo Works for Small BusinessSM program – is available to everyone. A Chamber membership or Wells Fargo account are not required to access the resources.
For several years our region’s leaders have researched, discussed and debated the shortage of available housing for the growing population. A new study released July 15, 2016, by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and authored by Gary London of The London Group finds that the shortage has become an impending economic crisis as well.
In an effort to drive the conversation about the region’s ongoing housing shortage crisis, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce has released a study authored by Gary London of The London Group on the implications of not meeting regional housing demand. The study confirms that the San Diego region is failing to develop the number of multifamily and single family homes needed by 2020 to accommodate population growth. Of the required annual growth, only 64 percent of single family homes and 44 percent of multifamily units have been added.
The San Diego County Business Forecast – sponsored by Silvergate Bank and conducted by Competitive Edge Research – is a monthly economic report that compiles valuable insights into future trends and topical issues from local businesses that are members of the San Diego Regional, East County, Alpine, Escondido, Lakeside, National City, Santee, and Vista Chambers of Commerce. The Business Outlook Index™ (BOI) is comprised of four self-reported assessments of the next three months: whether a respondent’s business will increase or decrease its number of employees; experience an increase or a decrease in revenue; increase or decrease its employee work hours, and experience an improvement or a worsening of business conditions.
Tax Foundation Study
Each city has a multifaceted tax code with many moving parts, and San Diego is no exception. The San Diego Regional Chamber collaborated with the Tax Foundation to help the business community understand San Diego’s overall economy and tax system from a broad perspective.
Donate to the Foundation
As part of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Foundation has a mission to create the most business-friendly and vibrant economy in California through investment in research, education, and leadership. That means producing and sharing economic and quality of life research that helps to advance our region; engaging the public through events that educate and connect; and establishing a young professionals council to position our next generation of leaders for success.
- The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that allows tax-deductible, unrestricted donations.
- Support research and programs that will trigger change and growth in our regional economy.
- Enable the San Diego Regional Chamber to fulfill its goal of making San Diego the most business-friendly region in California.