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The San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) announced its 2023-2024 Tourism Accelerator cohort. The initiative, one of the first of its kind in the country, is designed to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the local tourism industry by providing free membership, mentoring, education and networking opportunities to businesses owned by people of color, women, veterans and those who identify as LGBTQ+.

The ATS is pleased to announce the promotion of local businesses owned by people of color, people with disabilities, LGTBQIA+, women and veterans. Our team will promote your business on our website, through email marketing and onsite signage at the conference.

Read more about these diverse businesses below and be sure to visit during your stay in San Diego, CA!

Négociant Winery

Négociant is an urban winery located in Hillcrest’s Uptown District.
Owners – John Rinaldi and Mike Baker
Veteran, LGBTQ+-owned business

Hey Sugar

Hey Sugar is a Southern Comfort dessert shop that provides nostalgic treats that remind you of the good old days.
Owner – Chantanaya Buie
Black, veteran, woman-owned business

Ocean Connectors

Educates, inspires, and connects youth living in underserved Pacific coastal communities through the study of migratory marine life.
Owner – Janaira Quigley
Woman-owned business

Kebab Craft

Kebab Craft is a fast-casual Mediterranean eatery with a California flair.
Owner – Shannon Salhany
Black, woman-owned business

Valdes Language Services

Valdes Language Services provides top quality translation and interpretation services with the goal of bridging the English-Spanish language gap in San Diego.
Owner – Laura Valdes
Hispanic/LatinX, woman-owned business

JA Cooley Museum / Frank the Trainman

JA Cooley Museum was founded by Jim & Carmen Cooley in 1997. Jim passed away in 2019 and Carmen, an immigrant from Mexico, continues to operate the museum with the help of her daughter, Carmen.
Owner – Carmen Cooley Graham
Hispanic/LatinX, woman-owned business

Selfie Station Events

A photo booth business offering two options for events: a PRO and a MINI. One is a printing photo booth (PRO), and one is a digital booth (MINI).
Owner – Lucy Yates
Hispanic/LatinX, woman-owned business


FeMAVEN Getaways is a modern approach to travel, with curated getaways, allowing female travelers to discover the world with like-minded women while indulging in new experiences.
Owner – Jazmin Cornejo
Hispanic/LatinX, Indigenous/Native American, woman-owned business

Ortega's, A Mexican Bistro

Ortega's is a full service upscale casual Mexican restaurant with dine in, take out, a private banquet room, and a full bar.
Owner – John Haugland
LGBTQ+, Guamanian-owned business

Blulite Bonfires

BluLite Bonfires is a family-owned and operated service dedicated to curating unforgettable beach experiences that leave lasting memories and contribute to the improvement and sustainability of our beach community.
Owner – Rene Contreras | Hispanic/Latino-owned business
Info -  1864 Thomas Avenue San Diego, CA 92109 | | (858) 349-0074

Danielle Monique Designs

Danielle Monique Designs is a full-service event design company specializing in elevated floral and balloon decor.
Owner – Danielle Rainey | Black, woman-owned business
Info – 6768 Rio Plato Court San Diego, CA 92114 | | (901) 340-7155

McClean Photography

McClean Photography provides exceptional Commercial and Health Care Art that promotes healing and well-being. All artwork is created by Coast Guard Veteran, Brian McClean. Brian is a passionate photographer with a unique vision for capturing beauty and inspiration in the world.
Owner – Brian McClean | Veteran, Service-disabled, Black-owned business
Info – 4422 Alabama St. Apt 4 San Diego, CA 92116 | | (907) 738-6789

Mya’s Catering Company

Mya’s Catering Company is a baking company that bakes nostalgic desserts with love in every bite. We offer pickup, delivery, personal orders and services for events.
Owner – Amaya Ford | Black, woman-owned business
Info – 6426 Skyline Drive San Diego, CA 92114 | | (619) 288-4560

Neet Sheets

Neet Sheets is ergonomic, patented, and innovative bed linen that addresses the stressful and challenging task of bed-making. Our sheets decrease bed-making time by 47% and reduce mattress lifting efforts by 75%.
Owner – Ruth Young-Loaeza | Hispanic/Latino, woman-owned business
Info – 9450 Mira Mesa Blvd, Suite C #306 San Diego, CA 92126 | | (619) 366-0177

Point Loma Tea

Point Loma Tea is a specialty loose leaf tea shop, tea bar and tea room and gift boutique.
Owner – Sherryann Stevenson | Veteran, Black, woman-owned business
Info – 2770 Historic Decatur Road, Bldg 14, Ste 103San Diego, CA 92106 | | (619) 598-8500

Ringer’s Roller Rink

Ringer’s Roller Rink is San Diego’s premier outdoor roller skating experience, offering a vibrant atmosphere for people of all ages to enjoy.
Owner – Nili Goldfarb | Middle Eastern, woman-owned business
Info – 6060 Federal Boulevard San Diego, CA 92114 | | (619) 889-1550

S&S Friendly Ranch

S&S Friendly Ranch serves as a premiere venue and agricultural host in the Tijuana River Valley for events and local partnerships that foster an environment of learning, financial empowerment, and collective work. As a Black-owned and operated neighborhood ranch, our story began in 1980 and we’re 3 generations into stewarding the land.
Owner – Diamond Brandon | Black, woman-owned business
Info – 2105 Hollister St. San Diego, CA 92154 | | (619) 900-5369

The Mental Bar

The Mental Bar is your own personal source for the highest quality coffee and tea. Our emphasis on serving our therapeutic and restorative refreshments are what set us apart.
Owner – Daneyel Walker | Black, woman-owned business
Info – 6325 Imperial Ave, Suite 103 San Diego, CA 92114 | | (619) 438-1036

The Studio Door

The Studio Door is Hillcrest’s premier art gallery, showcasing an array of contemporary masterpieces alongside of artist studios.
Owner – Patric Stillman | LGBTQ+ owned business
Info – 3867 4th Avenue San Diego, CA 92103 | | (619) 994-2263

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