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IRC Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

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Upcoming SBDC Events & Workshops 

Shop small & do good: How to support IRC client restaurants & businesses during COVID-19

#BLACKOUT2020: Support black-owned businesses in San Diego 

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps local small businesses prosper by delivering no-cost business assistance to small business owners and entrepreneurs through in-language technical assistance, training, and access to microloans to support entrepreneurs to start or expand their business, with a focus on helping refugees, immigrants and low-income individuals.

SBDC Events & Announcements

Upcoming Events  

  • Small Business Stimulus Grant - County of San Diego: The County of San Diego Board of Supervisors has allocated some CARES funding for a grant program for small business owners. The SBDC is here to help you apply. Please request a counseling appointment and we can help. Click here to sign up.
  • Are you a childcare provider? The San Diego Foundation is distributing grants to help childcare providers affected by COVID-19. Apply through September 4 at SDFoundation.org/ChildcareGrants. Need help with your application? Contact us at IRCSBDC [at] Rescue.org.Click here for more information.
  • LISC-San Diego, with funding from Lowe's, has opened the Neighborhood Business Grant program. Click here for more information.
  • IRCSBDC: Introduction to Selling Online - In Arabic  مقدمة عن التجاره الالكترونية. To sign up, click here
  • To check our schedule for upcoming trainings, click here

Past Events

  • Tax Tips for Family Childcare Providers (Focus on EIDL,PPP and PUA tax implications) 
  • Reopening Hair Salons & Barber Shops (Adapt Series)
  • COVID 19 and Adapting your In-home Family Childcare Business
  • Selling Products Online (Amazon, Etsy, Ebay and Shopify)
  • Guidelines for Restaurants - Adapting and Recovery
  • Selling Handmade Items Online with ETSY

COVID-19 Information

​​Assistance Available in the Following Languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Persian (Farsi), Dari, Swahili

Do you need help applying for and accessing COVID-19 business relief support? This webinar will review the capital options that exist as of today and review what help is out there for small business owners. Come learn about:

  • SBA Disaster Loans
  • Traditional Capital
  • State Loan Guarantee
  • Guidance on how to get capital and what to do

Support IRC SBDC client-owned businesses:

You can purchase a handmade protective face mask to support refugee and immigrant designers from all over the world like our client Lili of Lili Kouture. Photo: Carlos Solorio

Stay safe & support other IRC SBDC clients by purchasing a face mask:

For bulk orders, please email our SBDC Team at ircsbdc [at] rescue.org. 

Ali Awow

619-629-1835 | Pick Up (City Heights), shipping available.

Huruma Clothing Company

To order call 619-581-3004 or email princeshamss [at] yahoo.com.

Amera Tooma

Lamiaa Nabki, a local designer and seamstress turned entrepreneur, sells masks for $7-$10. To order and support her small business, call 619-431-6308. Photo: Carlos Solorio

619-888-8387 | Pick up (El Cajon), shipping available, delivery to some areas in San Diego

Samahir Shoka

To purchase and pick-up your order, please call 619-938-5947. 

Lamiaa Nabki

619-431-6308 | Pick up (San Diego), Shipping available.

Lili Kouture

619-218-9686 | Instagram: @Lili_Kouture

Rands Fashions

Owner: Nagiba Gago

Email: nagibag [at] yahoo.com

619-536-6362 | Facebook: Rands Fashions

The Stars Fashion

Owner: Jawan Habib

619-715-2614 | Facebook: The Stars Fashion | Pick up (El Cajon), Shipping available

Order take-out or delivery from a client-owned restaurant or catering business: 

Order from #IRCSBDC client, Alfa Alfajores, for locally made South American sandwich cookies via https://www.alfajoresbakery.com

African Spice Sambusa 619-304-8970  |  Available on Grubhub & Doordash

Alfa Alfajores Bakery  760-822-2949  |  Available for home delivery or pick up by appointment.

Choice Confection  619-752-4864  |  Delivery or pick up by appointment

Farida's Somalian Cuisine  619-264-2995  |  Available on Postmates and Doordash

Mal-Al-Sham: Taste of Damascus 619-401-1005  |   Available on DoorDash

Red Sambusas & Catering 619-245-7946  |  Home delivery available

Sugar Mamma Caramels 619-301-9956   |  Home delivery available

Taste of Africa Cuisine 619-583-5788  |  Available on Grubhub & Doordash 

Too Sabrozo Deli 619-909-2134  |  Home delivery available

Tito's Deli  619 -795-4271 | Order on Yelp, UberEats, Doordash & Grubhub

Vietnamese & Chinese Noodle House 619-477-5643  |  Available on Doordash

Villas Mexican Food 619-337-3990  |  Available on Grubhub

San Diego Black-Owned Businesses:

The IRC SBDC is proud to support #blackbusinesses. Here is an updated list of small and local black-owned businesses you can support: 

The IRC SBDC is proud to support black owned-businesses. This is an updated list of small and local black-owned businesses you can support.

To see more IRC client-owned businesses click here

Contact Us

Questions? Send us an email at ircsbdc [at] rescue.org.

To schedule an appointment, click here