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. 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 & Summer Celebration, which will be held July 20, 2023.
  • Opportunity to Present Your Business at a Chamber Board Meeting
  • Award engraved with company name
  • Official award winner logo to put on your website, email signature, or marketing materials
  • 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


Submissions must be received by Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. PDT to be eligible. Winners will be announced live at the Small Business Awards & Summer Mixer.

Award Categories

Sponsorships for these awards are available!  

Community Minded

This award recognizes an organization that is dedicated to helping others or an organization that’s leading an initiative/program focused on making a positive impact in the community.

Customers First

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

Outstanding Minority, Woman, or DBE-Owned Business

This award celebrates the success of a small business (either minority-owned, woman-owned or DBE-owned) that is contributing to the growth and diversity of the San Diego economy.

Exceptional Veteran-Owned Business

This award honors a veteran-owned business that has attained outstanding business achievement in its field.

Sustainable Business Award

This award recognizes a small business’ exemplary efforts to reduce its impact on the local and global environment.