Steps to Apply
Attend Information Session
Email confirming receipt of registration
Email confirming application status
Decision Letters are sent out ,
Enrollment Form is completed and submitted
Who should apply?
Existing business owners in the industries of construction, manufacturing, retail, professional services and food industry.
Woman, Veteran and Minority-owned businesses.
Start up, micro and emerging small businesses.
Traditional "brick and mortar" or online businesses welcome.
Complete a 10-week specialized training program to build the capacity of local diverse small businesses - grow and expand their capabilities to access new markets, and be prepared to secure and manage new contracting opportunities.
Improve presentation skills to effectively communicate and present their 60 second business pitch.
Receive support and guidance for developing and implementing a Strategic Business Growth Plan.
Learn to better understand your business needs and gain the tools necessary to be better prepared for business growth and expansion opportunities as well as managing risks and liabilities.
Develop your network and continuous development through our Alumni Network.
Learn more about the Bridges Program
With Sponsorship: $750
Limited Sponsorships available to businesses located in South LA, Boyle Heights, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights Communities
Thanks to program supporters, eligible business owners are able to qualify for sponsored scholarships. Scholarship questions are embedded in the program application.
Course Topics Include:
> Discovering your Why: Mission, Vision, Values
> Strategic Growth Plan and Analysis
> Business Operations
> Managing Legal Risks
> Digital Marketing Strategies
> Capability Statements, Certifications, and Procurement and Contracting
> Business Leadership and Growth Mindset
> Financial Management Principles
> Financing Your Business Expansion
“The Bridges Program gave me time to work on proactive measures for my business, rather than being reactive.”