Companies based in Chula Vista not only enjoy the convenience of nearby interstate freeways and airports, they also enjoy quick access to major shipping ports in the neighboring National City and San Diego. Moreover, Chula Vista offers many enterprising businesses the unique benefits of twin plant “maquiladora” facilities in nearby Mexico. Firms operating in Chula Vista can take advantage of the vast labor pool of resources on both sides of the international border.
The Role of the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce
The Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce was established in 1927 as a nonprofit nonsectarian and non-partisan organization. With its over 750+ members, the Chamber’s mission is to develop a partnership between business and professional people that promote the free enterprise system. The Chamber believes that responsible economic development is vital to the future growth of our community; a responsible City government is necessary for a healthy business climate. The Chamber serves as the voice for over 750+ local businesses that provide jobs, generate tax revenue, build infrastructure, and provide consumer services for Chula Vista.
The Chamber of Commerce publishes an online quaterly newsletter, Chamber Scene, which informs members of programs, activities and events within the city. It also contains articles written by professional business leaders in the community. Our Chamber Scene, also includes briefs on legislation impacting the business community and major accomplishments of the Chamber of Commerce.
Our members have been and will continue to be a key contributor to Chula Vista’s economy and help foster the growth of new business and commerce throughout the region. They also make significant contributions to the local economy, employing over 30,000 individuals in Chula Vista.
The Chamber will continue to identify major issues affecting the community including economic development, redevelopment/revitalization, the bayfront, healthcare, transportation, education, and the environment.
Small Business Programs
Chula Vista has grown significantly over the past several years, and the small business community has been a solid contributor to this growth. This business sector accounts for the vast majority of Chula Vista’s business population and is growing. These small businesses stabilize our employment base and have contributed to the City’s economic engine for decades. Because of these factors, the City of Chula Vista is committed to creating a “businessfriendly” environment that encourages small business development and success.
Over the past few years, several new business retention, expansion, and attraction programs have been spearheaded by the City. These programs have been implemented to support and promote the economic stability and growth of the small business community.
The ABCs of Starting a Business
This in-depth business resource guide identifies several important steps to starting a business in the City of Chula Vista. The resource guide is available at the City of Chula Vista Economic Development Office, 276 4th Avenue, Building 300. You can also download the guide from the City’s website at www.chulavistaca.gov. For more info, contact Craig Ruiz at (619) 691-5248.
Early Assistance Program
A business retention, expansion and attraction program designed to provide pertinent information on zoning, permit and other regulatory requirements, time frames and estimated costs, to assist the business owner with making informed decisions. Activities also include troubleshooting and permit expediting for key businesses. For more info, contact Miguel Tapia at (619) 691-5291.
These centers provide a unique set of resources to assist start-up and existing businesses and help them achieve success. One-on-one counseling is available for existing businesses for a variety of issues, including:
• Business plan review/sample plans
• Access to business software/internet
• Entrepreneur Library series
• Cash flow management
• Financial analysis
• Human resources management
• Insurance requirements
• Site location
• Advertising/public relations
• Customer service
• International trade expansion
• Import/export regulations
• Exporting to Mexico
• Trade leads
• Publications in English and Spanish
Our training programs, seminars and workshops on small business and international trade issues are offered by industry leaders, experts, and innovators. A complete list of upcoming events is available at the calendar section of www.sbditc.org.