Steps to Apply

  1. Online registration

  2. Email confirming receipt of registration

  3. Email confirming application status

  4. Decision Letters are sent out , 

  5. Enrollment Form is completed and submitted

  6. Program Orientation

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Who should apply?

Existing business owners in the industries of construction, manufacturing, retail, professional services

Woman, Veteran and Minority-owned businesses

Start up, micro and emerging small businesses 

Traditional "brick and mortar" or online businesses welcome

Program Benefits

Complete a 15-week specialized training program to build the capacity of disadvantaged businesses to grow and expand their capabilities to access new markets, and be prepared to secure and manage new contracting opportunities


Improve presentation skills to effectively communicate and present their 30 second business pitch

Receive support and guidance for developing a Strategic Business Growth Plan

Learn to better understand your business needs and gain the tools necessary to be better prepared for business growth and expansion opportunities

Become a member of the Bridges Alumni Network

Program Information Sessions


Bridges Application Window Opens:

October 2021

Rate: $1500
With Scholarship: $595
Limited Full Scholarships available to businesses located in South LA, Boyle Heights, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights Communities

Thanks to program supporters, eligible business owners are able to qualify for sponsored scholarships.  Scholarship questions are embedded in the program application. 

Course Topics Include

> Business Life Cycle

Mission, Vision, Values 

Strategic Growth Plan & Business Analysis

Business Operations & Legal Structures

Digital Marketing Strategies  

Capability Statements and Core Competencies 

Certifications, Procurement and Contracting 

Business Leadership and Growth Mindset 

Financial Management Principles 

Financing Your Business Expansion

Communications Plan & Business Pitch 

Managing Your Business Risks

Participant Testimonial

“The Bridges Program gave me time to work on proactive measures for my business, rather than being reactive.”