"Courage is not having the strength to go on; it's going on when you don't have the strength." - Theodore Roosevelt
(Updated regularly by County of San Diego)
SAN DIEGO BUSINESS & NONPROFIT CRISIS SUPPORT NETWORK
Building a Brighter Future for All
Empowering San Diego businesses and nonprofits to survive and thrive through uncertain economic times.
WHAT WE DO
Lending a Helping Hand
Founded in March 2020, San Diego Business & Nonprofit Crisis Support Network is a volunteer collaborative providing resources and outreach services to San Diego businesses and nonprofits navigating the economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.
LOCAL COACHES & CONSULTANTS SPOTLIGHT
Looking for the right coach or consultant can be a daunting task. To help in your search, we've interviewed local San Diego-based consultants and coaches offering free services to businesses and nonprofits in need.
PRO BONO CONSULTANTS & COACHES
Sharing Ideas, Sparking New Possibilities
San Diego-Based Support
Several San Diego-based associations, businesses and consultants are concerned about the sustainability of businesses and nonprofits during this time. The below listing offers a range of pro bono services from local professionals dedicated to keeping our San Diego economy strong.
University of San Diego, Rady School of Management - The Rady School Coalition for COVID-19 Business Response, Recovery and Innovation is designed to help businesses in the San Diego region navigate the unprecedented challenges faced by COVID-19. This new initiative draws on expertise from the UC San Diego community to provide immediate pro bono assistance and guidance to businesses during these extraordinary times.
Scatena Daniels Communications - The Resilience Project: Apply for a no cost, in-depth consulting session to develop a strategic communications plan for your business or nonprofit
Good for Others - Free promotion videos for nonprofits. Do you know of a nonprofit that is doing really great work to make the world a better place, especially right now during COVID-19? We are looking for positive stories to share by turning them into videos nonprofits can use to promote their work.
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program - Free COVID-19 Nonprofit Brief Legal Advice Support
San Diego SCORE - Free business mentoring
San Diego Social Venture Partners Free personalized team to address nonprofit challenges
Donation Match Free Cause Marketing & Fundraising Event Coaching
Chairmen's Roundtable - Pro bono business mentoring services
San Diego Business Development Center Free business advising
KCD Public Relations - Free crisis communications consulting
The Nonprofit Success Group - Free fundraising and development consulting
San Diego Business & Nonprofit Crisis Support Network - Offering free marketing, PR and nonprofit fundraising consultations
WEBINARS, PODCASTS & EVENTS
Sharing Knowledge, Strengthening our Community
The UPS Store, Inc.
Productivity - "Entrepreneurs on Fire" hosted by John Lee Dumas is a top, award-winning podcast. Dumas has over 2,000 episodes available to help inspire and educate all business owners whether you are just starting your small business or have been running a small business for years.
Inspirations - "My Wakeup Call" hosted by Dr. Mark Goulston’s helps small business owners on a path towards greater personal achievement and growth. Goulston provides stories of overcoming struggles and how to overcome obstacles.
Motivation - Amy Porterfield’s “Online Marketing Made Easy” focuses on topics covering all online business. If you are looking to expand your business to be fully online and need to know how to grow sales online or develop an email list, this is the podcast for you!
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
How the pandemic is forcing the hospitality industry to devise new solutions and guest services
Lessons and practices that the hospitality industry can learn from other industries
How to meet the challenges of migrating from a legacy system to a next-generation, cloud-based operation
How today’s pace of innovation is making systematic changes both feasible and necessary
What new innovations are possible today and which opportunities exist to bring new solutions to market
- Restaurant executives and Cornell faculty experts discussed solutions to the challenges that operators, employees and guests are experiencing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. With CEO of Hopdoddy Burger Bar Jeff Chandler, CEO of Bagel Brands Jose Dueñas, Professor Cornell Hotel School Alex Susskind and CEO of Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh James Park.
- Small businesses have been hurt deeply by the coronavirus, and the impact will be felt for months. We know you have questions and need help now. SCORE is here for you with our trusted business mentors and resources.
Join SCORE’s expert, business mentors for this LIVE Q&A webinar where we’ll address your questions and concerns regarding the current crisis to help you adapt your business and weather the storm.
University of San Diego (UCSD)
Innovation At the Edge: Future of Work
- We are entering a brave new world of work. What are we doing today and tomorrow to prepare? As we train our workforce for the future ahead, what will the reality of the market look like? On June 25, 2020, our panel of industry experts discussed the trends of telework, locally and globally and the current state of the job market.
Panelists: Elizabeth Lyons, Assistant Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy Josh Shapiro, Director, Center for Research on the Regional Economy at UC San Diego Extension Roberto Alvarez, Executive Director, Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils Taylor Williams, UC San Diego Basement alumna & Illumina Product Engineer
- You lost a key client. You didn’t get the contract. You’re struggling to “bounce back” after a disappointment, setback or destabilizing event.
Small business owners are bombarded with multiple simultaneous stressors more than ever. Resilience is becoming a key factor in maintaining a quality of life and good mental health.
This webinar presented by Lisa Dinhofer, “The Crisis Tamer,” explores the concepts and practices of resilience building and why it's more effective than the traditional “stress management” paradigm for managing the hills and valleys of business ownership.
Inc.com featuring Robert Herjavec
Podcast On Demand
Red Apple Auctions
Small Business Development Center of San Diego and Imperial County
• Learn the 2020 trends you want to absolutely use.
• Learn about influencer marketing and how to best utilize it.
• Create your own 2020 Instagram blueprint for your business.
• Set goals you can actually achieve based on your existing metrics.
On Demand Webinar
Fieldstone Leadership Network, University of San Diego
Small Business Development Center of San Diego and Imperial
Protecting your Online Business and Assets in our New Environment of Covid-19
Key topics include:
How to protect your online assets before infringement occurs;
The importance of trademarks, copyrights, patents and domain names to protect your business; and
Why proactive protection matters when it comes to enforcing your rights.
San Diego SCORE
In this webinar, you’ll learn how to:
Use your website to keep customers informed of critical information, such as how they can still purchase from you
Engage with your followers on social media, even if they aren’t buying right now
Update your directory listings, like Google My Business, to communicate critical information like offering curbside pickup, even if your business is closed
Use email marketing to keep your customers updated on the latest changes to your business, due to COVID-19
Take advantage of other marketing channels for brick and mortar locations, like print marketing and signage, so customers can quickly and easily understand how to engage with your business
Engage for Good
Public Relations Society of America
Michael Smart PR
SBA's San Diego District Office
Pre-Recorded and Live Options
California Restaurants Association
Experts will discuss:
Key Lessons from Critical Moments in the Past
Unique Implications of the Current Situation
Suggested Strategies During a Crisis
Engage for Good
You Will Learn:
Why teams work better, even for virtual programs
The necessary steps to select team leaders for online volunteering
The key to supporting employee teams through webinars and conference calls
How to avoid boring “one and done” opportunities
Innovative ways to ensure your virtual volunteering is meaningful
The Nonprofit Academy
ADDITIONAL CRISIS/RECOVERY RESOURCES
Financial Relief Resources for San Diego Businesses & Nonprofit Organizations
Below is a listing of several grants, loans and other funding vehicles available for qualified San Diego businesses and/or nonprofits. Be aware that some of these programs may have already closed the request for funds but keep in mind some are going to have two or more rounds of offering funds. All information shared is subject to change based on the organization offering the financial relief support.
San Diego-based Offerings
NEW as of July 8: San Diego County Small Business Stimulus Grant
San Diego Grantmakers Women’s Empowerment Loan Fund
City of Poway Poway Emergency Assistance Recovery Loan (PEARL) Program
San Diego Foundation, San Diego County Board of Supervisors, and other Partners San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program
City of Carlsbad COVID-19 Business Loan Eligibility Short-Form
City of Oceanside COVID-19 Business Loan Program
City of San Diego Capacity Building Program for Nonprofits
Cal Coast Cares Foundation San Diego's Small Business Relief Grant Fund
South County Economic Development Council South County EDC's Emergency Business Loan Program
San Diego Regional EDC Resources
United Way of San Diego Worker Assistance Fund
San Diego Grantmakers San Diego Small Business Relief Grant Fund
San Diego Foundation Emergency Assistance Grants
City of San Diego Business Relief Support Fund
Jewish Community Foundation SD COVID-19 Fund
City of San Marcos COVID-19 Business Sustainability Loan Program
California Restaurant Association Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund (Grants)
Verizon & LISC Small Business Recovery Fund
CA Small Business Development Center COVID Resources for Business Owners
PenFed Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Veteran Financial Relief Program
One Fair Wage Support Workers in Crisis Fund
Facebook Small Business Grants
The California Endowment Urgent Funding Response to COVID-19
Sempra Energy Foundation COVID-19 Nonprofit Hardship Fund
PGA of America Announces Golf Emergency Relief Fund
Business/Nonprofit Planning Resources
The UPS Store, Inc. Short- and Long-Term Planning for Your Business During COVID-19
SCORE Association 11 Options If Your Small Business Can’t Pay Its Bills Due to Coronavirus
Small Business Development Center EDD: Rapid Response Services for Businesses
Chamber of Commerce COVID and Business Insurance Reminders (Webcast)
US Chamber of Commerce Business Resilience 101 Workbook
US Chamber of Commerce Top 20 Tips for Business Preparedness
Engage For Good COVID-19 Social Impact Research Collection
San Diego Workforce Partnership Potential Impact of COVID-19 on Employment in San Diego County
USD School of Leadership & Education Sciences Nonprofit Leader COVID-19 Survey Findings
TeleworkSD.com Telework Pilot Project & Survey Findings from 2016
PR/Crisis Communications Resources
International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Communication that Works in a Crisis: Tips and techniques
Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Tips for Professional Video Chat Interviews and Meetings
SCORE San Diego Crisis Communications Planning Checklist
Michael Smart PR Media Pitching During COVID-19
The Communications Network Crisis Comms Triage Kit
Public Relations Society of America COVID-19 Crisis Resources
CA Public Information Officials COVID-19 Virus Resources
Philanthropy CA Guidance for Philanthropic Communications in a Pandemic
Marketing Dive Brands recalibrate to community-building during quarantine
MBT Consulting Marketing Your Way Through Coronavirus
SCORE San Diego Digital Marketing Planning
American Marketing Association Creativity Amid Crisis: How Marketers Can Navigate Outbreaks and Uncertainties
Nonprofit Source Best Social Media Strategies for Nonprofit
Event Planning Resources
American Marketing Association 5 Tips to Pivot from In-Person to Virtual Events
Red Apple Auctions (Free Webinar) Online “Virtual Gala” Options and What’s Right for You
Cancelling Your Event
- Should I cancel my event? COVID-19 Event Assessment Guide
- Controlling the message - Communication with your Event Attendees
- Refund Policy - Converting Cancellations to Donations
Saving your Event
- How to have a successful event amid COVID-19
- Event Safety Infographic Poster
- Emergency Operations and Communication Plan
- Keeping Event Staff and Attendees Safe
- Social media & marketing resources
Alternative Fundraising Ideas
- Exploring alternative fundraising options during COVID-19
- Important COVID-19 Information Social media templates:
- Event Safety Infographics & ready to use social media graphics
SG Engage Nonprofits 10 Things Fundraisers Can Do From Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Engage For Good COVID-19 Social Impact Resource Guide
The Chronicle of Philanthropy Nonprofit Crisis Management: A Checklist
Propel Nonprofits Governing In a Time of Crisis: 10 Action Items for Boards
Northern CA Grantmakers Promoting Equity in a Time of Crisis
Center for Effective Philanthropy Funders, the Time is Now to Talk Recession-Planning with Grantees
Remote Work Resources
SANDAG iCommute Telework Templates & Free Management Resources for Employers
TeleworkSD.com Telework Pilot Project Results/Findings from 2016
MBT Consulting 20 Tips for Successfully Working From Home