2016 Small Business Awards Winners


Six San Diego businesses received top honors at the Chamber’s 2016 Small Business Awards reception on August 23. Presented annually, the awards honor local small businesses with fewer than 50 employees for their significant contributions as drivers of economic growth throughout the region.

The winners are:

Outstanding Nonprofit: Reality Changers for their incredible success in helping low-income students – many of whom joined the program with less than a 2.0 high school GPA – graduate college at an 86 percent success rate. Since its founding, Reality Changers has recorded a total of over $100M in earned scholarships.

Tech Savvy: GroundMetrics, Inc. because their proprietary electromagnetic sensor has become world leader in the oil & gas technology market, helping its customers to use less fracking and drill fewer bad wells.

Only in San Diego: Moniker Group for the owner’s ability to think beyond the “beaches and sunshine” and harness San Diego’s cooperative entrepreneurial spirit to provide a community where designers, makers, artists and tech professionals can thrive.

Cinderella Story: The San Diego Sports Entertainment Center for the owner’s ability to revitalize the business into a thriving company – with plans to expand nationwide – after losing everything during the 2008 financial crisis.

Customer Service Star: Innovative Employee Solutions for delivering on their motto that “excellent service isn’t something you should do, but something you want to do.”

Best For Vets: Miramar Federal Credit Union because their team has demonstrated that – to best serve the military community and fulfill their motto, “Where Military Matters!” – they need veterans on staff who will connect with their customers on a level most civilians cannot.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination – all of San Diego is lucky to have such a robust small business community!

For more on this event read our press release »



Jerry with Small Business Awards winners