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Steps to Apply

  1. Attend Information Session

  2. Online registration

  3. Email confirming receipt of registration

  4. Email confirming application status

  5. Decision Letters are sent out , 

  6. Enrollment Form is completed and submitted

  7. Program Orientation

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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.

*Space is limited.*

Program Benefits

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

Rate: $1500
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

Participant Testimonial

“The Bridges Program gave me time to work on proactive measures for my business, rather than being reactive.”

USC Bridges to Business Success Program - Natasha

USC Bridges to Business Success Program - Natasha

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