The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has provided $17 million in grants to nearly 70 recipients of the California Small Business Technical Assistance Expansion Program.
The GO-Biz money will allow technical assistance centers to expand their business consulting and training services to businesses and communities that have traditionally lacked resources, according to a statement.
That will include minority, women and veteran-owned businesses, and low-wealth, rural and disaster-impacted communities.
The Riverside Community College District’s Office of Economic Development was awarded $327,601. That money will be used to expand the district’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center’s services, and develop local businesses through business development counseling and training, said Jeannie G. Kim, the district’s associate vice chancellor of grants and economic development.
“The goal of the program … is to target local small and micro businesses, minority, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses as well as historically underserved areas in the Inland Empire and develop businesses to become procurement-ready,” Kim said in the statement.