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Steps to Apply

  1. Attend Information Session

  2. Online registration

  3. Email confirming receipt of registration

  4. Email confirming application status

  5. Decision Letters are sent out , 

  6. Enrollment Form is completed and submitted

  7. Program Orientation

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Who should apply?

Existing business owners in the industries of construction, manufacturing, retail, professional services and food industry. 

Woman, Veteran and Minority-owned businesses.

Start up, micro and emerging small businesses. 

Traditional "brick and mortar" or online businesses welcome.

*Space is limited.*

Program Benefits

Complete a 10-week specialized training program to build the capacity of local diverse small businesses - 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 60 second business pitch.

Receive support and guidance for developing and implementing 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 as well as managing risks and liabilities. 

Develop your network and continuous development through our Alumni Network.

Learn more about the Bridges Program

Rate: FREE for the 2024 cohorts!

Thanks to additional funding for this program this upcoming cohort will be free. 

Course Topics Include:

> Re-Discovering Your Why: Mission, Vision, Values 

Creating a Business Plan & Business Model Canvas

> Capability Statements, Certifications, & Procurement/Contracting

Digital Marketing and Communications

Employment Law Basics/ Operational Management

Green Business & Sustainability

Financial Management Principles 

Financing your Business: Access to Capital

Participant Testimonial

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

USC Bridges to Business Success Program - Natasha

USC Bridges to Business Success Program - Natasha

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