2020 IMPACT REPORT

Micro-Business Development is Growing in Inland Southern California

  • Good for the Economy
  • Good for the Community
  • Good for business owners and their families

Over 90% of all businesses in River- side and San Bernardino counties are microbusinesses (less than five employees). Though these busi- nesses are small, they account for over 23% of all employment in the region. Helping small businesses grow means jobs for the region, more income circulating locally and a steady tax base.

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What is Micro-Business Development?

Micro-Business Development includes all the programs, products and services that help small businesses start and grow. These include business counseling, training, loans geared for small business called Micro-Loans, business incubators, and entrepreneur network programs.

SUCCESS IN 2019

5, 844

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INDIVIDUALS TRAINED IN SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT SKILLS

1, 900

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INDIVIDUALS RECEIVED BUSINESS COUNSELING SERVICES

998

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JOBS CREATED OR SUPPORTED

$15, 177, 000

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453 RECEIVED MICROLOANS TO START AND GROW THEIR BUSINESS

BETHANY SMITH
B Team Solutions

Bethany Smith came to Coachella Valley Women’s Business Center in 2014 to take part in the “It’s Your Time” Program after seeing an article in the local paper. She says, “it was a direct answer to prayer” to find a program that addressed the specific needs of female entrepreneurs.

After writing a business plan and graduating from the program,
she took LEAP (Local Entrepreneurs Attaining Prosperity) and Ignite business expansion programs. The center provided her with support, focus, and resources to assist in her growth and development. Lift Your Table® manufactures a product that lifts folding tables from seated height to counter height or higher; a product developed out of a need uncovered in their catering business where folding tables were simply too low to work from in a standing position.

Since founding B Team Solutions, Bethany has shattered goals every year. She has more than doubled her previous year’s sales each year she has been in business. The company is certified through WBENC and through the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

To date, the company has created nine jobs and with the assistance of an EIDL loan, was able to increase her business in profits and in units sold during the COVID 19 pandemic.

So far, we’re on track for 2020, but we need your help…

2020 Goals of the MicroEnterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California

9,000

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INDIVIDUALS TRAINED IN SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT SKILLS

250

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BUSINESSES LAUNCHED

1,200

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JOBS CREATED OR SUPPORTED

21 Million

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IN MICROLOANS TO START AND GROW BUSINESSES

The purpose of Microenterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California is to create and sustain businesses and jobs through microbusiness development.

This will be accomplished through the following strategies:

  • Number of referrals to micro-business resources
  • Public awareness of the importance of micro-business development for the economy
  • Support for the micro-business services and microlenders serving the region
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Help us grow
small businesses
in Inland
Southern California

Here’s what you can do:

  • Refer a business owner to the small business resources listed on this website, by clicking here.
  • Join nearly 700 bankers, nonprofits, Chambers of Commerce, Government Agencies, and Universities and Colleges as a Partner of the Microenterprise Collaborative. Sign up on this website.
  • Advocate for support of small business development and public policies that benefit small businesses.