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.


  • Must be located  or willing to locate within the DLBA’s Downtown Business & Parking Improvement Area (DPBIA)
  • Must be a for-profit or not-for-profit business
  • Must have an active Downtown Long Beach business license or in the process of obtaining a business license located within the DPBIA boundaries
  • Must have less than 24 employees
  • Up to five winners with a total award amount of $10,000

Contact Austin Metoyer, DLBA Economic Development & Policy Manager with questions at (562) 522-0523.



The program will award up to five women-owned businesses, not to exceed $10,000 in total award money. Companies that are “pre-revenue” will be considered and encouraged to apply. Preference is given to businesses supporting online/digital customer acquisition strategies. In addition, to grant funding, selected winners will be required to participate in a four-part workshop series provided by California State University, Long Beach’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, covering the following topics:

  • Competitive analysis;
  • Supply chain management;
  • Knowing your customer;
  • Social & digital marketing; and
  • Financial management tools.

And receive one-on-one business development advisement from Fuller Management Corporation, not to exceed a six-month term.

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2021 Woman-Owned Business Accelerator Grant Application

The DLBA Economic Development Committee will award up to five women-owned businesses, not to exceed $10,000 in total grant money. Interested parties must submit an online application between 9/15/21 and 10/6/21 for consideration through the DLBA website. Only existing Downtown women-owned businesses or those in the process of relocating, will be considered for the grant program. Grant awards, application criteria, receiving fund requirements are outlined below. All fields must be filled out for an application to be considered complete.
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