Here at the SBDC, for nearly 20 years we have been battling ALL DAY, EVERY DAY to keep San Diego & Imperial County’s businesses hiring instead of firing, and growing instead of closing.

How do we accomplish our mission?

The San Diego & Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network provides a vast array of "No Cost" and "Low Cost" support to entrepreneurs and small businesses through our three locations in Carlsbad (North San Diego), National City (South San Diego), and El Centro (Imperial Valley).

The SBDC's top priority is to empower small business creation and growth to achieve job creation and retention, capital investments, and dynamic innovation that improves the quality of life in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Our North San Diego County Center in Carlsbad is hosted by MiraCosta College, our South San Diego County Center in National City is hosted by Southwestern College, and our Imperial Valley Center in El Centro is hosted by the Imperial Regional Alliance.

With over 1,000 centers nationwide, the SBDC is the largest business assistance organization in the United States.


A strong business economy benefits all businesses. Show your passion for our small business community by contributing to the SBDC and its support of small business endeavors.

Help play a role in revitalizing California's economy by contributing to the San Diego SBDC’s mission to aid entrepreneurs and business owners across our region. Each year we need to raise over $1,000,000 in public and private support to continue to deliver the high quality support services we bring to our region’s small businesses.

The SBDC Mission

Our mission is to provide business advising and training to San Diego and Imperial County businesses resulting in economic growth and prosperity for the region.

We Look Forward To Partnering With You!