The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce annually honors our region’s small businesses and nonprofits 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 (including nonprofits) must be independently owned and operated, and home-based, street front or office-based organizations. Organizations may apply to multiple categories. 2018 award winners will not be eligible to win a 2019 award 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 Chamber mixer
  • Complimentary Circles of Influence membership for one year

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


Submissions must be received by Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. PDT to be eligible. Finalists will be notified in early April and will be asked to give a two-minute presentation at the Small Business Roundtable on Wednesday, April 17 between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. Winners will be announced live at the Small Business Awards in early May.

Award Categories

Making a Difference

This award recognizes an organization that is dedicated to helping others and making a positive impact in the community.

Innovation Leader

This organization has shaken things up in its industry with creative forward-thinking and innovation.

Thank You For Your Service

This award recognizes an organization that is doing something to benefit San Diego’s veteran, active duty, and service member communities (including family members) whether that’s through employment or program/services.

Customers First

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

Marketing Magic

From concept to reality, this award recognizes a creative marketing or promotion campaign that led to measurable success. It could be the social media contest that earned you 1,000 new followers or the print ad campaign that got everyone talking – this category is wide open.

2019 Small Business Awards Application