Upcoming Webinars

Crisis Communications & Empathetic Marketing

Though its beginning days are behind us, the challenges of open, transparent and timely communications related to the COVID-19 crisis are still being managed by organizations of all shapes and sizes. These organizations are navigating the balance of communicating with their internal teams and continuing to connect with their customers/audiences through external communications and appropriate marketing. On Thursday, April 9, the Downtown San Diego Partnership will host a webinar with local communications and marketing firms to discuss best practices in communications and marketing during times of crisis and how organizations can maintain connections with their audiences and customers at a time when that connection is more important than ever.

Thursday, April 9
11 a.m. – noon

With presentations from:
Hon. Greg Cox, San Diego County Board of Supervisors
Derek Danziger, Katz & Associates
Margie Newman, Intesa Communications Group


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Small Business Relief & Support - April 2, 2020:


Small businesses play a critical role in the San Diego economy and will continue to define the nature of our neighborhoods as we adjust to the realities of COVID-19. Government and organizations from throughout the region are banding together to ensure these small businesses have access to the resources and capital they need to weather this environment of uncertainty. On Thursday, April 2, the Downtown San Diego Partnership, San Diego Regional EDC, and San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a webinar with local leaders to highlight these resources and the next steps small business owners can take to access them.
We invite you to join us and learn about what assistance is available to you and your business.

With presentations from:
Assemblymember Todd Gloria
Christina Bibler, Economic Development Director, City of San Diego
Daniel Fitzgerald, Regional Associate Director, Small Business Development Center


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RESOURCES from Small Business Relief & Support Webinar – April 2, 2020

Downtown San Diego Partnership 


Our Partners at the San Diego Regional EDC and San Diego Chamber of Commerce: 

  • Updates and news about COVID-19, related to the regional business community from the San Diego Regional EDC:sandiegobusiness.org/coronavirus 
  • Coronavirus resources for business and employees from the San Diego Chamber of Commerce: sdchamber.org/coronavirus 
  • For the key takeaways from the first round of data collected to identify the impact of coronavirus on San Diego businesses provided by these and other regional partners, click here 


California State Assembly 


City of San Diego 

  • City of San Diego Business Relief and Support: sandiego.gov/sbrf, includes information on small business relief and support from the local, state, and federal levels  
  • Small Business Relief Fund
    • The goal of the SBRF is to help businesses retain employees and sustain continuity of business operations impacted by federal, California, San Diego County and local emergency declarations regarding COVID-19. Financial assistance, in the form of grants and loans, will range from $10,000 to $20,000 and will be allocated to eligible, qualified small businesses based on the availability of funds, program guidelines and the submission of all required information and supporting documentation.
    • Application (English)
    • Solicitud (Español)
  • Contact the City of San Diego Economic Development Team 


San Diego & Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center 

  • Website: sdivsbdc.org 
  • Request Counseling 
  • SDBC on-demand training webinar, guidance on how to get capital and what to do  
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) & Emergency Economic Injury Grants 
    • These grants provide an emergency advance of up to $10,000 to small businesses and private non-profits harmed by COVID-19 within three days of applying for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). The advance does not need to be repaid under any circumstance, and may be used to keep employees on payroll, to pay for sick leave, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments. 
    • EIDL Application  
  • Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) 
    • The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. 
    • How the Paycheck Protection Plan Works 
    • Find Eligible Lenders 
  • Nonprofit Support

Doing Business in a Time of COVID-19 - March 24, 2020:


The ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 has created an environment of unprecedented uncertainty for businesses in the San Diego region and across the country. The San Diego BID Alliance and Downtown San Diego Partnership are committed to the continued support of our vibrant business community as this situation develops. 

  • What is the current status of COVID-19 in San Diego?
  • What policies are in place to protect my business and my staff?
  • What resources are available to aid my business in this time of crisis?

We invite you to join us as we navigate this uncertainty together and begin to write the next chapter of the innovation that has defined our region.

Moderated by: 
Betsy Brennan, President & CEO, Downtown San Diego Partnership

Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City of San Diego
Thomas R. Coleman, M.D., M.S. Medical Director, MCFHS County of San Diego HHSA
Iris L. Kristoff, Attorney, Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick, LLP
Michael Sovacool, Small Business Administration

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RESOURCES from Doing Business in a Time of COVID-19 Webinar – March 24, 2020 

Downtown San Diego Partnership 


San Diego County 


Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 


Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick 


Small Business Administration (SBA) 



The Downtown Partnership will be announcing more webinars soon and welcomes your feedback. If you have suggestions for future webinar topics, please submit them here. Make sure you are on our email list so you don’t miss out on future announcements, you can sign up here.

If you have questions or need additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.