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Small Business Expo & Awards Mixer

May 3, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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OOPS! Our apologies – our email link was incorrect! Please click HERE to register for the 2019 Small Business Awards!!



The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce annually honors our region’s small businesses for their significant contributions as drivers of economic growth through our Small Business Expo & Awards Mixer. This year, we are expanding our annual awards program and inviting the public to attend an expo of tabletop exhibits, featuring the many industries that make San Diego’s business landscape so unique. The expo will lead into our mixer where guests can enjoy appetizers, drinks, and networking opportunities before we honor our 2018 Small Business Award Winners.

4:30 – Workshop by Title Sponsor: Wells Fargo
The workshop will cover managing credit, what potential lenders look for, the business credit lifecycle, and making sense of financing options. Attendees of the workshop will be entered into an opportunity drawing for a round-trip, all destinations, Southwest voucher.

The first 50 attendees will receive an exclusive swag bag with additional gifts.


Congratulations to our finalists in each of the following categories! Winners will be announced at the Small Business Expo, and Awards Mixer!

Bill Trumpfheller Social Impact
For companies and nonprofits who are dedicated to helping others and making a positive impact in their community

Industry Game-Changer
For companies paving the way with creative forward-thinking and innovation

Up & Comer 
For young professionals who are rising to the top of their field, or companies founded and run by young professionals

Vets Success
For companies owned by veterans or prioritizing the hiring of veterans

Customer Service Star
For companies with exemplary customer service


Tabletops are now SOLD OUT

Chamber members can be part of our celebration of the region’s small businesses and gain instant visibility with a tabletop display at the Expo and Mixer. This is a great opportunity to showcase your company in front of 300 business and community leaders. Chamber members can purchase tabletopin the registration form below.

– Tabletop located in a prominent, high-visibility location at event
– Copy of all business cards collected at the event (upon request)

Early Bird: $250 through April 26, 2018
Early Bird Premium Placement: $350
Regular Pricing: $350 after April 26, 2018
Premium Placement: $450.

Please email with any questions.


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 | Co-Founder & President, Pro Back Office


Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018

Time: 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Building 177 at Liberty Station
2875 Dewey Rd,
San Diego, CA 92106
Click for map/directions

Parking: Free

Contact Details:
Lisa Kelley | 619-544-1343 |

This event is complimentary for Chamber members the public, however, registration is required. Walk-up attendees on the day of the event will be charged $20 at the door. Chamber members enjoy additional exclusive opportunities and events. Interested in membership? Please contact our Membership Department at 619-544-1337.


Wells Fargo




Sponsorship Opportunities:
Numerous sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Click here or contact Sherman Stocker at or (619) 544-1354 for more information.


(Please enter the email address associated with your membership account.)



May 3, 2018
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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