This program focuses on helping individuals start and grow their own businesses, including business planning, development, and scaling. Starting and growing a small business can provide low-income and at-risk individuals with a path to financial independence and economic empowerment. This program can help individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to start and grow a successful business, create jobs, and contribute to the economic vitality of their communities.
A 6-month program providing targeted support to low-income entrepreneurs in the idea stage. The program includes 2 months of personalized weekly 1-on-1 meetings to refine business plans, followed by 4 months of comprehensive business launch assistance. A Small Seed Grant is provided, and only 10 entrepreneurs are accepted annually, verified through tax returns.
Market Ready empowers Los Angeles' transition-aged youth, specifically those at risk of homelessness or formerly homeless, by providing practical work experience and entrepreneurial skills through operating a shaved ice booth (or other concept) at local farmers' markets. Acceptance is seasonal, each cohort runs weekly for 3 months.