Here are the 2022 (Doing) Business for Good award winners. They each demonstrate which business practices and public policies work—and which definitely do not—for San Diego businesses looking to strengthen our community.
The Good Award: MEHKOs
In January 2022, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors launched a two-year pilot program for Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operations, or “MEHKOs.”A MEHKO is a food facility operated by a resident in a private home and can serve all different types of hot and cold foods with only a few small exceptions.
MEHKOs gives talented cooks throughout San Diego County who previously had major barriers entry into the food industry—caretakers, immigrants with limited English, and low-income individuals—the ability to legally sell their home-prepared food to the public.
The San Diego Food Justice Project awarded Business for Good and other local organizations $750,000 to be given to MEHKOs in the form of microgrants. This is an amazing opportunity for people to start a micro-business from their homes, while still being able to take care of themselves and their families.
The Bad Award: Delivery Trucks Parked in Bike Lanes
Companies like Amazon and FedEx are making truckloads of money while violating traffic laws and putting our neighbors, employees, and customers in danger.
San Diegans who choose to use these protected bike lanes instead of driving need to be guaranteed safety while doing so. Bike lanes are infrastructure strategies designed to keep cyclists safe and improve public health and air quality for all of us.
By parking in bike lanes, Amazon and FedEx are putting their profits over the health and safety of our communities.
The Ugly Award: NIMBYs
NIMBYs (“not in my backyard”) constantly oppose the construction of more dense, attainable housing in their neighborhoods.
The San Diego Regional Task Force On Homelessness just released a report that showed for every 10 unsheltered San Diegans who received supportive services in the last year, 13 people entered into homelessness for the first time. Remember that this happened during a year with COVID eviction moratoriums still in place. Now, those moratoriums have ended. We know the situation will only get worse.
San Diego needs more housing, particularly dense, urban infill at its urban core. It is time we see the suffering of our unsheltered neighbors for the crisis that it is, and act accordingly.