Contractors Accelerator for Climate Resilience

Streamlining access to public sector contracts for small businesses.

About the Program

The Contractors Accelerator for Climate Resilience helps diverse-owned construction businesses in Southern California access new revenue opportunities, raise capital, and accelerate business growth in renewable energy and green infrastructure.

Vernon Willie James - Vested Solutions
“The Contractors Accelerator program helped us pursue and get awarded a new contract that is $12.6M for 7 years that starts in July. We were also recently awarded a new contract to provide janitorial services for the San Diego Fair.”
– Vernon Willie James, Eternal Love
Fay Glass - Focus Point Emergency Management Consulting Services LLC
“The Contractors Accelerator program broke down the Requests for Proposals (RFPs) process and recommended contracts that I would benefit from applying for. With the knowledge I have gained, I have successfully submitted two RFPs that are under review!”
– Fay Glass, Focus Point Emergency Management Consulting Services LLC

Program Benefits

Hybrid Education

A live virtual and in-person multi-session training program focused on business management, scalability, and new climate contract opportunities.

Business Advising

Personalized one-on-one guidance to strengthen your business infrastructure, prepare for contract bids, and increase your financial capacity.

Capital Connections

Capital, contract, and partnership connections with industry specific matchmaking and networking opportunities.

Program Eligibility

  • Must be located in Southern California: Kern County, Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Santa Barabara County, San Diego County, or Ventura County.
  • Businesses should have demonstrated capacity to grow their business via public contract opportunities. Evaluation criteria will include: years in business, annual revenues, licensing, and past contract experience.
  • Business should be in the construction trades and interested in working on renewable energy and green infrastructure projects in the residential, commercial, and public utility sectors across California.


Learning Sessions:
6/11/24 – 8/13/24 Tuesdays (9AM – 10:30AM)
Some sessions will be virtual, some will be in-person. Confirmed schedules will be sent to program finalists.

Business Coaching:
6/11/24- 11/30/24
Participants will be able to meet with Business Development Advisors through November 2024.

Program Partners

CMG Alliance is a leading government contract and business consulting firm that specializes in assisting companies in taking advantage of federal, state, and local contract opportunities. With a wealth of experience spanning over 20 years in government contract management and business consulting, CMG has established itself as a trusted partner for small and diverse businesses looking to secure contracts.
GRID Alternatives envisions a rapid, equitable transition to a world powered by renewable energy that benefits everyone. Their mission is to build community-powered solutions to advance economic and environmental justice through renewable energy.
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Program Funders

The Contractors Accelerator was made possible with the generous support of the following funders.

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Pacific Premier Bank
CIT Bank
Ally Bank
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Contact our Small Business Program Associate at [email protected]
Phone: (213) 282-9875
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