From networking to financing, there are many business resources and financial incentives to help you start and grow your business. Explore what’s available.

Business Friendly - City Government

The City of Encinitas knows that time is money and understands the importance of getting your project or new business underway as quickly as possible. With this in mind, the Development Services Department aims to provide a "One-Stop-Shop" approach to assist you 5-days a week.  Building, Engineering, Planning, Fire Prevention and Cashier staff are available in one location all week long to aid you in your business and construction needs.  As an added benefit, Encinitas offers some of the lowest business registration fees in San Diego County.

Small Business 101 Workshops

Every year, the City organizes a series of free small business workshops for anyone interested in learning more about how to start and operate a small business. From workshops on business basics to educational sessions on accounting, marketing, and digital/online e-commerce--the Small Business 101s offer a range of information for the beginning and experienced business owner alike! 

The final 2019 Small Business Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5th from 2 - 4 p.m. at the City's Community Meeting Center. Click here to register or email [email protected].

Free Small Business One-on-One Counseling

Existing business owners now have a new resource to help them grow their business. The City and North San Diego Small Business Development Center (SBDC) are now offering free one-on-one counseling appointments at the City's Public Works facility, located at 160 Calle Magdalena, Encinitas, CA 92024. 

Get advice and guidance from trained and experienced professionals in many different areas, including securing a loan, creating a business plan, or developing a marketing strategy. In 2019, the SBDC’s consultants helped small business owners obtain over $100M in capital and increase sales by over $65M.

The one-on-one counseling sessions are by appointment only. Contact the SBDC today at (760) 795-8740 to schedule an appointment.

If you do not currently own a business, but wish to schedule an appointment, you will first need to complete the SBDC's day-long entrepreneurship academy. The academy is held on the second Tuesday of each month at the SBDC offices located at 2075 Las Palmas Drive in Carlsbad, CA. Once you complete the academy, one-on-one meetings can be scheduled with an SBDC consultant to help start, manage and grow your business. 

To register for the academy or to make a one-on-one counseling appointment with the SBDC, call (760) 795-8740 or visit www.sdivsbdc.org