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 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 must be independently owned and operated, and home-based, street front or office-based organizations.


Winning an award is an excellent opportunity to gain exposure for your company and earn recognition for your achievements. Small business award winners receive: 1) recognition during the Small Business Awards Mixer, 2) award engraved with company name, 3) official award winner logo, 4) print, digital, and social media recognition, 5) complimentary tabletop exhibit at Chamber mixer, and 6) complimentary Circles of Influence membership for one year.

“Beyond the obvious joy of recognition and pride, we really feel that this event has helped boost employee morale and attract significant talent to our company. As a technology innovation company, startups and established businesses look up to us to deliver. Receiving the award for Most Innovative Product or Service in 2015 helped us establish more credibility when working with newer clients.”

raj_exRaj Sanghvi
CEO, Bitcot, Inc.


“Confirm Biosciences is honored to have received this award as Outstanding Emerging Business in 2015. 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_exZeynep Ilgaz
President & CEO, Confirm Biosciences


“Challenged Athletes Foundation® was honored to receive the 2015 Most Innovative Marketing Campaign from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. As a local non-profit and business, it is extremely important to be recognized as a leader in the San Diego community. Receiving the award gave Challenged Athletes Foundation a whole new level of credibility – and provided leverage for attracting new business and donors in the community.”

jamie_exJamie Goodwick
Creative Manager, Challenged Athletes Foundation



Submissions must be received by Friday, April 14, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT to be eligible. Finalists will be notified in late April. Winners will be announced live at the Small Business Awards Mixer on May 2, 2017.

Award Categories

Bill Trumpfheller Social Impact

Named in honor of Bill Trumpfheller, the late public relations guru and community leader, this award recognizes a company or nonprofit that is dedicated to helping others and making a positive impact on the Cali-Baja mega region.

Industry Game-Changer

This company has paved the way in its industry with creative forward-thinking and innovation.

Young Entrepreneur

Founded and run by a young professional, this company is setting the standard for the next generation of business owners.

Vets Success

This a company that is either owned by a veteran or has made it a priority to employ veterans.

Customer Service Star

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

2017 Small Business Awards Application