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Empowering San Diego businesses and nonprofits to survive and thrive through uncertain economic times.

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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.



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.



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.



Sharing Knowledge, Strengthening our Community



The UPS Store, Inc.

Best Podcasts for Small Business Owners

  • 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! 


Cornell University

INNOVATING FOR A POST-PANDEMIC FUTURE: Challenges and Opportunities in the Hospitality Industry

  • On Demand


  • 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

Cornell University

The Restaurant Business in Crisis: Coping with Slowdowns, Expense Management & the Road Ahead

  • On Demand

- 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. 

SCORE Association

Coronavirus and Your Small Business- Q&A with SCORE Mentors

  • On Demand

- 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

  • On Demand

- 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

SCORE Association

Building Resilience After a Business Setback

  • On Demand

- 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

Honesty, Transparency, and Resilience: Three Leadership Keys in the Age of COVID-19

  • Podcast On Demand

Red Apple Auctions

 Online “Virtual Gala” Options and What’s Right for You

  • On Demand

Qualtrics XM

Four Questions Every Company Should Answer to Bounce Back Stronger

  • On Demand

Small Business Development Center of San Diego and Imperial County

2020 Instagram Strategy Webinar - Covering COVID-19

  • On Demand

Key takeaways:

• 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.

Global Washington

Executing A Virtual Gala in the Age of the Coronavirus

  • On Demand Webinar

Fieldstone Leadership Network, University of San Diego

Multiple Webinars​

Small Business Development Center of San Diego and Imperial

Protecting your Online Business and Assets in our New Environment of Covid-19

  • On Demand

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

Marketing Advice to Combat an Economic Downturn

  • On Demand

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  1. Use your website to keep customers informed of critical information, such as how they can still purchase from you

  2. Engage with your followers on social media, even if they aren’t buying right now

  3. Update your directory listings, like Google My Business, to communicate critical information like offering curbside pickup, even if your business is closed

  4. Use email marketing to keep your customers updated on the latest changes to your business, due to COVID-19

  5. 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

How To ‘Think Outside The Building’ With Rosabeth Moss Kanter

  • On-Demand Podcast


Best Practices for Hosting Digital Events

  • On Demand​

Public Relations Society of America

Digital Communications During COVID-19

  • On Demand

Michael Smart PR

Confronting the Crisis – in PR, in the Economy, in Life

  • On Demand

SBA's San Diego District Office

Bi-Weekly Webinars on SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

  • Pre-Recorded and Live Options


California Restaurants Association

Your Largest Fixed Cost: Rent. What Do You Do?

  • On Demand

NonProfit Focus

CCS Fundraising

Principles of Fundraising: Navigating the Challenges Presented by Coronavirus

  • On Demand​

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

Virtual Volunteering For Employees: Don’t Forget These Critical Steps

  • On Demand

You Will Learn:

  1. Why teams work better, even for virtual programs

  2. The necessary steps to select team leaders for online volunteering

  3. The key to supporting employee teams through webinars and conference calls

  4. How to avoid boring “one and done” opportunities

  5. Innovative ways to ensure your virtual volunteering is meaningful


The Nonprofit Academy

The New Normal: Fundraising in the wake of a COVID-19 Coronavirus Market

  • On Demand​




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​

State/National/International Offerings

Financial Tips

Annunity.org A Guide to COVID-19 and Your Finances: What You Need to Know

Alignable 16 Creative Funding Resources Your Small Business Should Use


PR/Crisis Communications Resources


Fundraising Resources

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



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August 20, 2020

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By Scott Douglas, Runner's World
April 24, 2020

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ABC 10 San Diego News Series - Focused on sharing how businesses and communities are bouncing back and helping each other. 
April 26, 2020

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By Katie Jones, World Economic Forum
April 9, 2020

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PR, Marketing & Event Consultant

HomeAid San Diego Board President

PRSA San Diego Board of Directors

U.S. Marine Veteran (Ret.)

Partner, SD Social Venture Partners

UCSD, Marketing Adjunct Professor

SD Nonprofit Assoc., Former Board of Directors Member

President, Beacon Leadership
USD, Marketing Adjunct Professor
Director, USD Alumni Veteran Network
U.S. Navy Veteran




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