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Riverside County Small Business Thrive Program

Riverside County has 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).

344 grants will be awarded in amounts ranging from $1,500 - $5,000, depending on 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.


Featured Thrive Program


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 who successfully complete the series will qualify for a $2,500 grant.


Level UP

Upcoming and Past Thrive Programs

The following programs are upcoming or closed. Clicks the links for for information. Please stay tuned.

¡Mi Negocio, Mi Futuro!

¡En tan solo seis sesiones de entrenamiento, obtendrás la información y desarrollarás las habilidades para comenzar tu propio negocio!

Farm to Retail Program

For entrepreneurs and small farmer business owners wanting to sell retail products; 26 participants will receive $5,000 grants.

International Trade with Coupang

will assist existing county manufacturers with selling their products in Korea and will provide 26 participants with a $5,000 grant.

Main Street Digital Program

Will assist existing brick-and-mortar retail businesses to create a digital presence for their businesses. 40 participants will receive a $1,500 grant at completion of the program.

Riverside County MADE

For entrepreneurs and business owners wanting to start a product-based business that will provide $2,500 grants to 30 participants. Starts January 10, 2023.

SBDC Start

Are you interested in starting your own business and unsure of where to begin? SBDC Start is a startup series designed to teach you how!

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 or 951.955.8916. As programming is available, information will be shared on our social media and in newsletters.