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Resources related to the City of San Diego
The City of San Diego offers a well of information, support and answers. The trick is knowing exactly what you need and exactly where and how to get it. Specific questions and challenges can often be tackled on a case by case basis; it’s always a good idea to reach out to your Councilmember in addition to community resources. What we’ve outlined below speaks to the most frequently asked questions and most reoccurring themes and concerns in the neighborhood of Hillcrest as relevant to issues under the City of San Diego‘s purview.
I am a restaurant who is interested in providing patio seating on the sidewalk outside of my business.
There are two ways to get a patio permitted for your business. If you want to serve alcohol you must seek approval from the California ABC and the City of San Diego’s Development Services Department. Here is an information bulletin from the City concerning their process. Here is the contact information for the California ABC.
If you wish to obtain a patio permit with no alcohol sales then the HBA can offer you a PROW permit to use your sidewalk. Here is the information concerning how to apply for a PROW permit for a sidewalk cafe, “A” frame sign or sidewalk displays.
I don’t have a store front business in Hillcrest. Why am I paying a small Business Improvement District fee?
Business Improvement Districts (BIDS) are common across San Diego and the United States. They are a way for businesses to work together to improve and grow their neighborhoods. One of the reasons people love San Diego neighborhoods is because of the work of San Diego’s eighteen BIDS. From clean sidewalks and trees to neighborhood festivals and advocacy most Businesses see a direct benefit from the work of their BIDs. For every dollar contributed by neighborhood businesses the Hillcrest Business Association raises another four in fundraising. The only ways all these improvements work is for everyone to pay their fair share.
I am interested in modifying or redeveloping the facade of my store front. What programs exist to help me?
The City of San Diego offers a Storefront Improvement Program to help business people make their storefronts more attractive. Businesses can receive matching grants to help renovate their store. Depending on the type of renovation you can receive 1/3rd or even 1/2 of the cost of your renovation paid for by the city. Click here for more information about the storefront improvement program.
I need start up funds or additional funds to assist in my small business. Can the city help me with this?
There are many banks that offer loans to small businesses. Some business people are eligible for micro-loans or other programs that can get your business started. Accion San Diego offers lending solutions for eligible business people. Score San Diego offers classes and guidance for small business people. Say the HBA sent you and they’ll wave any fees!
I have been told by city representatives that I need a grease trap. Is there a way to avoid purchasing additional equipment?
Yes. The City of San Diego has a Small Business Liaison who’s job is to help you get your permits fast! Laila Iskandar is the Small Business Liaison she’ll help you through the permitting process. Her information is available here.
City of San Diego resources you might find helpful:
- Ten Key Steps to starting your small business
- Financing Your Business
- Grease Disposal Program
- Street closures related to special events dates
- More information on Signs
- Health permitting information
Hillcrest Business Association
- Main office: (619) 299 – 3330
- The Hillcrest Business Association’s MAD district provides security services in the core of the neighborhood. These services are paid for by your property owners and are here to help your business.You can call the duty security guard to assist you on issues relating to homeless problems, panhandlers, graffiti or any public safety issue.Duty Security Guard: 858 761 5961. In case of an emergency call 911.Here is the schedule for security services in the Hillcrest core for 2017:
Monday – Sunday : 10am – 6pm
Business Improvement District Council
- Main office: (619) 239 – 2437
San Diego Policy Department
- Emergency: 911 — ALWAYS REPORT CRIMES
- Non-emergency: (619) 531 – 2000 (click here to read reporting non-emergencies)
- District representative: David Whitfield (619) 531 – 1540
City of San Diego
- District 3 Council Office: (619) 236 – 6633
- Small Business Ambassador: (619) 533 – 6474
- The Business Opportunities Center: (619) 533 – 7431
- Homeless Services: (619) 236 – 5990
Organizational Partners and Resources
The Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA) supports small businesses in San Diego while advocating for mainstream acceptance of diversity. In 2006 the Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA) was named “Chamber of the Year” by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). The award recognizes GSDBA’s stature as a leader in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender business movement in the United States. Many HBA members are also members of the GSDBA and greatly benefit from their small business networking events and workshops.
ACCION San Diego provides credit and training for low-to-moderate income micro-entrepreneurs throughout San Diego County. With micro-loans ranging from $300-$35,000, clients can increase their inventory, buy equipment and raw materials and stabilize and grow their businesses. ACCION also helps clients build favorable credit histories and improve their business skills with one-on-one training in bookkeeping, preparation of financial statements and credit repair.
- Business Services Guide for SDG&E
- Energy Savings Solutions
- On-Bill Financing Program (0% loans on major energy efficiency upgrades)
- Direct Install (Small Business Energy Audits)
The HBA hosts many events in the Hillcrest neighborhood, we ask that you save the dates for our events that you are prepared when they occur and so that you can act as an ambassador for Hillcrest events as well! Remember you can also view and subscribe to our HBA Calendar.
- Every Sunday 2017: The Hillcrest Farmers Market*
- February 28, 2017: Mardi Gras*
- April 15, 2017: Taste of Hillcrest
- July 14, 2017: Pride Block Party*
- August 13, 2017: Cityfest*
- October 28, 2017: Nightmare on Normal Street*
- December 7, 2017: Taste ‘N’ Tinis
The vibrancy of Hillcrest attracts additional events throughout the year. Although we do not host the events below, we encourage you to mark these events on your calendars.
*Events with an asterisk have street closures in the Hillcrest neighborhood.*