Small Business Awards



Do you have a business success story? Is your business/minority business leading in your field? Or maybe you’re a nonprofit whose mission is all about the community… If so, you should consider applying for the Chamber’s Small Business Awards, where we honor our region’s top small businesses that are driving the San Diego economy forward.

Winning an award for your organization is a great way to strengthen your brand, increase your visibility and stand out from the competition. Finalists and award recipients will be recognized at our Small Business Awards Mixer in front of 200+ business and community leaders.

Applications for the Small Business Awards open in the spring and are quick, easy, and free for members. Keep an eye on our newsletters for the announcement of when applications open and read below for more information about the awards.


Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must be a current member in good standing with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Eligible applicants must have 50 or fewer employees in total. Small businesses (including nonprofits) must be independently owned and operated, and home-based, street front or office-based organizations. Organizations may apply to multiple categories. Award winners from the last 2 years will not be eligible to win again in the same category.


Winning an award is an excellent opportunity to gain exposure for your company and earn recognition for your achievements.

Winners receive:

  • Recognition during the Small Business Awards Mixer
  • Award engraved with company name
  • Official award winner logo
  • Digital, and social media recognition
  • Complimentary tabletop exhibit at a future Chamber mixer

Finalists receive:

  • Recognition at the Small Business Awards Mixer and listing in the event program
  • Digital and social media recognition


zeynep_ex“Confirm Biosciences is honored to have received this award as Outstanding Emerging Business. We are grateful for this recognition and would like to thank the San Diego Chamber for their outstanding work in the community and their support of growing businesses.”

Zeynep Ilgaz | President & CEO, Confirm Biosciences


“As a nonprofit agency in the senior space, ElderHelp of San Diego works hard to convey the message that there are too many seniors in San Diego whose safety net has failed them. Those seniors are almost invisible, and we look forward to any opportunity to get the word out. We are very pleased that our Bill Trumpfheller Social Impact Award allowed a new audience to learn about ElderHelp and its social impact for seniors.”

Gretchen Veihl | Director of Philanthropy, ElderHelp


“Being recognized by the Chamber is a huge honor. Participating in award opportunities has helped us to elevate our brand awareness and establish our credibility.  Exposure to different audiences through the Chamber has helped us to gain additional clients, increase our presence in San Diego and allow others the chance to get to know us. We are grateful for the hard work the Chamber does to support small businesses and look forward to being part of the organization for years to come.”

Jennifer Barnes | CEO, Optima Office


2021 Award Categories

Community Minded


This award recognizes an organization that is dedicated to helping others and making a positive impact in the community during this time of crisis/uncertainty.

Best Success Story


Now’s your turn to brag about your organization’s success this past year– large or small – but something you’re proud of.

Outstanding Minority, Woman, Veteran, DBE-Owned Business

This award celebrates the success of a small business that is contributing to the growth and diversity of the American economy.

Customers First

Customer service is what sets this organization apart from the competition.