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.

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 Chamber mixer
  • Complimentary Circles of Influence membership for one year

Finalists receive:

  • Recognition at the Small Business Awards Mixer & Expo 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 | Co-Founder & President, Pro Back Office


Submissions must be received by Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PDT to be eligible. Finalists will be notified in early April. Winners will be announced live at the Small Business Awards Mixer & Expo in early May.

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 in the community.

Industry Game-Changer

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

Up & Comer

This award recognizes a young professional, under 40, that is rising to the top of their field, demonstrating excellence and setting an example in their professional performance; or a company that was founded and run by a young professional, and 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.

2018 Small Business Awards Application