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About the Program

The USC Bridges to Business Program is a 10-week comprehensive, capacity-building training program for disadvantaged small business owners including, but not limited to local, women, veteran, disabled and/or minority-owned small businesses.  The program prioritizes serving businesses earning less than $3 million of annual revenue, and located in communities surrounding USC's University Park Campus (South Los Angeles) and Health Science Campus (Lincoln Heights, Boyle Heights, El Sereno). The program is designed for executive-level entrepreneurs who have demonstrated capacity for operating an existing business, may be qualified to become certified DBEs (Disadvantaged Business Enterprises), and have the financial strength to access capital.  Program participants are eligible to receive over 45 hours of classroom training conducted by business subject-matter experts.


Please explore our website and learn more about our USC Bridges to Business Success program's impact. I hope you are encouraged and inspired. Our program provides knowledge and practical tools to grow your business, maintain balance, and connect with a network of peers and mentors you can trust.

The USC Office of Civic Engagement & Economic Partnerships supports business owners and entrepreneurs like you. I know that as you thrive, the community can, in turn, benefit from expanded job opportunities and investments in your time, experiences, and other resources. As a fellow business owner, I am excited to hear your stories and facilitate connecting with others on a similar journey!

Our team is excited to walk alongside you on this exciting entrepreneurial journey and support your success.

All the best, and please know that I am here for you every step of the way!

Alex Smith

Program Administrator for Community Capacity Initiatives

USC Office of Civic Engagement & Economic Partnerships

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