America’s SBDCs help make the dream of small business ownership a reality for more Americans — creating jobs and opportunities that build communities throughout the nation.

See how the San Diego & Imperial Regional Network has served its communities.


The SBDC's support was TREMENDOUS. They helped us secure a $1 million loan to go toward the construction of our organic citrus packing facility, which is the first of its kind in the Imperial Valley.

Gina Dockstader, President, Doc's Organics




Capital Accessed by Businesses of Color since 2019


Fay and I had no idea how to start a business. The SBDC instantly put us on the right track and helped us create a comprehensive business plan, and then found us good lenders for the financing we needed to open.

Sean Kelling, Owner, Rose Street Skateshop


NVISNx, Glen Day, Founder/CEO

NVISNx (www.nvisnx.com) is a big data cyber platform. The company's Founder and CEO, Glen Day, served over 20 years in the U.S. Navy and retired at the rank of Commander, as IT Operations Officer of Naval Forces Korea in Seoul, South Korea, before heading up cybersecurity leadership roles with Ernst & Young and Booz Allen. With SBDC's assistance, NVISNx has raised nearly $3 million in investment and increased sales by $300,000.


SBDC PPE Distribution

The State of California Office of Emergency Services provided a large supply of hand sanitizer and masks for the SBDC to distribute in San Diego and Imperial counties to allow for safe operations.


Thanks to the SBDC, we recovered from a fire and opened a new location. SBDC was the only organization that offered knowledgeable advice to help with permits, finances and marketing. Forward after the tragedy.

Rosa Burgueno, Owner, Calexico Indoor Swapmeet


I knew the coffee business extremely well but starting a company was an entirely foreign concept. The SBDC got me up to speed incredibly quickly, and we sprinted from 'idea' to 'startup' in only two months!

Eric Dobbs, Founder/CEO, 7 Seas Roasting Company


The Gluten Free Baking Company, Roanna Canete, Owner

"The SBDC's ongoing support has been nothing short of life-saving! Just a phone call away — they give me the courage to pursue my dreams, knowing there is nothing I can't do with this incredible team on my side."

Prior to Covid-19, the SBDC helped Roanna obtain a loan to open a new location and hire four employees. When the pandemic struck, the SBDC helped her revamp her marketing via Facebook and Instagram, to replace her wholesale business with all retail sales in less than two weeks!


Aya Mini Market, Naw Say Phaw, Owner

Business owner Naw Say Phaw came to San Diego in 2014 as a refugee from Malaysia, with her husband and child. Upon resettling in San Diego, she wanted to start her own business, but she had no previous experience and she was unsure about the various licenses, permits and regulations required on the local, state and federal levels. Naw Say came to the IRC-SBDC for help, and after receiving a wide variety of technical assistance, Aya Mini Market was launched.