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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 other low-income individuals.

Upcoming SBDC Events & Workshops

To register, please visit: https://sdsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/13224


Upcoming Events  

  • Selling Handmade Items Online with ETSY -I; June 25, 2020 from 2pm - 4pm; register here.
  • Selling Handmade Items Online with ETSY -II; July 9, 2020 from 2pm to 4pm; register 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
  • To check our schedule for upcoming trainings, click here

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.

Rands Fashions

Owner: Nagiba Gago

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

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