Find free and low cost resources to help start, manage, and grow your business:
Free Trainings and Resources
the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. Here you can find free resources on planning, managing, growing, and funding your business.
The San Diego & Imperial Business Development Center (SBDC) Network helps businesses grow and succeed through no-cost advising and training. Discover the range of services provided to assist you in starting, growing, and succeeding with your small business. Services offered span topics including accounting, marketing, human resources, technology security, manufacturing, distribution, and finance.
SCORE provides a wide range of services to established and budding business owners alike. SCORE’s 10,000 volunteers provide free, expert mentoring, resources and education.
SCORE’s Small Business Services:
Available Grant Funding
Local non-profit entities may be eligible for Community Enhancement (CE) grant funding from the County to stimulate tourism, promote the economy, create jobs and improve quality of life.
The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program provides grant funds to County departments, public agencies, and to non-profit community organizations for one-time community, social, environmental, educational, cultural or recreational needs.
The Small Business Stimulus Grant Program is funded by the Board of Supervisors allocation of federal ARPA fundings to provide economic assistance to help businesses and nonprofit entities impacted by COVID-19. Businesses must have 20 or fewer employees (full-time equivalents) and a minimum one-year operating history as of February 14, 2020 to be eligible.
SBA Network of Business Lenders
Start or expand your business with loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration.
City of Encinitas
Here are some quick links to the Encinitas Business Portal:
For Women-Owned Business
California Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) help women succeed in business by providing training, mentoring, business development, and financing opportunities to over 16,000 women entrepreneurs each year.
Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) Federal Contract program
ChallengeHER is a national initiative to boost government contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses with a special focus on the Women-owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program. In April 2013, WIPP, American Express, and the SBA launched ChallengeHER to deliver free workshops, mentoring, and direct access to government buyers.
For Veteran-Owned Business
Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program
The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling, and resource partner referrals to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard & Reserve members, and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business.