Events, opportunities, grants, and more to help small businesses thrive.


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2024 CDFA Equitable Lending Learning Series

Tuesday, July 23 at 1:00 PM | Strategic Partnerships for Sharing Financial Risk

In development finance, sharing risk among multiple capital sources is key to mitigating challenging loans. Speakers will discuss strategic partnerships, risk-reduction tools, and leveraging expertise to build sustainable programs, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

Wednesday, September 4 at 1:00 PM | Development Finance Data Collection and Measurement

Despite the influx of new financial data technologies, many development finance professionals struggle to choose the right platforms. Presenters will overview the fintech landscape, best practices for data collection, and impact measurement, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

Tuesday, October 1 at 1:00 PM| Building Borrower Finance-Readiness

Establishing lending experience is crucial for underserved business owners, and development finance agencies work to increase their readiness for accessible capital. Panelists will discuss assisting borrowers throughout their loan’s life, including technical assistance, business support, and preparing for future capital, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

Tuesday, December 10 at 1:00PM | Equitable Lending Assessment Tools & Spreadsheet Solutions

Integrating equitable lending programs requires restructuring applications and evaluation processes to improve accessibility for underserved borrowers. Leading lenders will discuss assessment tools and review processes to increase capital access while maintaining sound financial practices, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

More events to be added soon!

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RFQ - Small Business Advisory Services

The Center by Lendistry is seeking experienced consultants and firms to provide small business advisory services across various areas including Access to Capital, Business Planning, and Marketing. These services are aimed at supporting local small businesses and entrepreneurs, with a focus on BIPOC-owned, micro, and low-wealth businesses. Ideal candidates should have a track record in delivering tailored multiilingual advisory services.

View the opportunity, scope of services, and response submission instructions here.


Susan Harwood Training Grant Program

OSHA awards grants to nonprofits on through its Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. Grants are awarded to provide training and education programs for employers and workers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces and inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act.

Verizon Small Business Digital Ready

Our online curriculum is designed to give small businesses the personalized tools to succeed in today’s digital world. Learning modules, expert coaching, peer networking and more—it’s all part of our goal to provide resources to help one million small businesses thrive. Complete two courses or coaching events to be eligible to apply for a  Verizon Small Business Digital Ready $10,000 grant – applications now open.

California Dream Fund Training Program

The California Dream Fund is a one-time $35 million grant program providing grants up to $10,000 to seed entrepreneurship and small business creation for businesses started in California on or after July 1, 2019. The grant is available to qualifying businesses that meet all eligibility criteria and complete a small business training program provided by the OCIE SBDC. You must attend every session to be eligible.

Fast Break for Small Business

We’ve teamed up with the NBA, WNBA, and NBA G League to assist communities by helping small business. LegalZoom is committing $6 million in grants and services to help small business owners who need better access to funding and legal services. Our goal is to change the game for small business owners and remove the barriers often faced by minorities, women, immigrants and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

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CA Small Agricultural Business Drought & Flood Relief Grant Program

The California Small Agricultural Business Drought & Flood Relief Grant Program will provide relief to small agricultural businesses that experienced a decline in annual gross receipts or gross profits due to drought or storm flood conditions.

The California Small Agricultural Business Drought & Flood Relief Grant Program is administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA).

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Los Angeles County Rent Relief Program

Los Angeles County, through its Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA), will be providing $68.6M in grants to qualified landlords located within LA County through the Los Angeles County Rent Relief Program. The program will provide direct financial assistance to landlords to help them mitigate the detrimental economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulted in tenants’ inability to stay current on their rent. Grant awards may be used to cover eligible expenses incurred from April 1, 2022 to date.


Black Restaurant Week

Celebrating the flavors of African American, African, and Caribbean cuisine. Black Restaurant Week showcases Black-owned restaurants and culinary businesses across North America. Register today to have your business showcased in a Black Restaurant Week campaign near you.

Immigrants Rising

Founded in 2006, Immigrants Rising transforms individuals and fuels broader changes. With resources and support, undocumented young people are able to get an education, pursue careers, and build a brighter future for themselves and their community.

The Inclusivity Project

The Inclusivity Project is connecting 1,000 Black entrepreneurs and Black-owned small businesses in underserved and socially disadvantaged communities with lifetime business mentorship and access to $100 million dollars in business loans and other types of capital to start their very first business or take their existing business to the next level.

One Million Black Women: Black in Business

Through the One Million Black Women: Black in Business, participants will learn how to better understand their finances, hire their first employee, price their products or services, and much more – at no cost to the business owner.
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