The Downtown Long Beach Alliance is dedicated to helping businesses and organizations within the Downtown. One way we offer support is through our grant programs. Keep an eye out for active grants and annually returning grant programs, such as our Woman-Owned Business Accelerator Grant.
Launch Long Beach: Entrepeneurs of Color Accelerator Grant
The Downtown Long Beach Alliance is partnering with the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Ubuntu Institute of Learning to bring Launch Long Beach to Downtown Long Beach and the greater Long Beach community.
Based on a national model similar to Launch Raleigh and Launch Detroit, this program will target entrepreneurs of color and provide them with the resources they need to thrive, including access to capital in grants and micro-loans, technical assistance, and educational workshops, networking, and mentorship.
Furthermore, the DLBA has partnered with Waterford Property Company and Turnbridge Equities to provide the first year of grant funding to support the first cohort of 10 downtown entrepreneurs. 10 selected entrepreneurs can expect to receive $2,500 in seed funding to help cover start-up costs or help to grow their existing business.
Woman-Owned Business Accelerator Grant
The Downtown Long Beach Alliance’s (DLBA) Woman-Owned Business Accelerator, in partnership with the Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at California State University Long Beach and Fuller Management Corporation and powered by Farmers & Merchants Bank, is designed to assist existing women-owned businesses in Downtown Long Beach. The WOBA program provides targeted business assistance and grant funds to support costs associated with recruiting, retaining, or expanding – creating more jobs in Downtown Long Beach.
The program will award up to five women-owned businesses, not to exceed $10,000 in total award money. In addition, all award recipients will receive customized, one-on-one business development support not to exceed five (5) months.
Learn more about the grant program here.