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
  • Must be a woman-owned business or majority woman-owned business
  • 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. In addition, customized, one-on-one business development support should not exceed five (5) months. 

Selected winners will be required to participate in a workshop series provided by California State University, Long Beach’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, covering but not limited to the following topics:

  • Social Media Advertising;
  • Financial Statement Analysis & Decision-Making;
  • Human Resource Management;
  • Financial management tools.

Application Open

We're no longer accepting applications for 2022's Woman-Owned Business Accelerator program.