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Riverside County Small Business Thrive Program

Riverside County has been allocated American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to support and help rebuild the Riverside County business startup ecosystem and support businesses that were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding will provide small business startup assistance and support for existing businesses to stabilize and grow by providing needed technical and grant funding for operational costs.

The RivCo Small Business Thrive Program (Thrive Program) consists of training, technical and financial assistance with the collaboration of two partners: AmPac Business Capital (AmPac) and Cal State Fullerton University Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC).

Grants will be awarded in amounts ranging from $1,000 - $5,000, depending on the type of business being started or expanded.  

The program requires applicants attend one of the Thrive training webinars/workshops, receive one-on-one consulting services through ASC and financial literacy training from AmPac and/or SBDC in order to receive a grant.

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Thrive Programs

The following programs are available now or will be in the near future. Make sure to subscribe to the RivCoED Newsletter on our About Us/Contact Us page to stay on top of current events and opportunities.

Eleva Tu Negocio

El programa te ofrece 6 módulos de aprendizaje que se centran en los principales impulsores de éxito para hacer crecer y elevar tu negocio. Al finalizar el programa, los participantes elegibles pueden aplicar para una subvención del Condado de Riverside.

Los talleres se llevarán a cabo semanalmente, del 29 de abril al 10 de junio de 2024 y del 15 de agosto al 19 de septiembre de 2024.

Veterans Entrepreneur Business Start Program

Successfully launch your business in six weeks with Veteran Entrepreneurs Business Start. Throughout the program, we will discuss business planning,
finance, market analysis, digital marketing, social media, licenses, permits, and more. Upon successful completion, participants can apply for a $2,500 grant. Starts July 12, 2023.

Workshops will be held weekly, March 21 - April 25 and August 21 - September 25, 2024.

Level Up

Level Up is a program developed to assist small business owners in identifying when they are ready to expand and drive their business to the next level. Participants are eligible for a $2,500 grant on completion.

Workshops will be held weekly, June 20 - August 1, 2024.

Veteran Owned Business Expansion Program

Veteran-Owned Business Expansion is a program is designed to assist Veteran small business owners in identifying when they are ready to expand and drive their business to the next level. At the completion of the program, eligible participants can apply for a County of Riverside grant of $2,500.

Workshops will be held weekly, May 9 - June 13, and October 10 - November 14, 2024.

California Shop Small - Riverside County Edition

California Shop Small is a 6-week program to help product-based aspiring or existing business owners sell online. At the completion of the program, eligible participants can apply for a County of Riverside grant of $2,500.

Workshops will be held weekly Oct. 2 - November 6, 2024.

For more information:

To learn more about the Thrive Program training , follow the SBDC button below or CLICK HERE.

For additional information on the Thrive Program please contact us at [email protected] or 951.955.8916. As programming is available, information will be shared on our social media and in newsletters. 

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