With the assistance of MicroEnterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California, microbusiness development is growing in inland Southern California. This is good for the economy and the community as well as for business owners and their families.

Over 90 percent of all businesses in Riverside and San Bernardino counties are microbusinesses—with less than five employees. Though these businesses are small, they account for over 23 percent of all employment in the region.

Helping small businesses grow means jobs for the region, more income circulating locally, and a steady tax base.

Success in 2017

In 2017:

  • 8,987 persons trained in business skills such as marketing and financial management
  • 1,524 individuals received business counseling to guide the growth and direction of their businesses
  • 1,035 jobs were created from this effort
  • 343 businesses received business loans for a total of $10,427,843 in microlending (up from $2 million in 2015)

2018 Goals

So far we’re on track for 2018, but we need your help.

Our goals for 2018 include:

  • 9,000 individuals trained in small business management skills
  • 1,529 business owners to receive business counseling services
  • 1,500 jobs to be created
  • $14 million in micro-loans to start and grow businesses

The purpose of the Microenterprise Collaborative of Inland Southern California is to create and sustain businesses and jobs through micro-business development. We accomplish that by increasing:

  • Number of referrals to microbusiness resources
  • Public awareness of the importance of microbusiness development for the economy
  • Support for microbusiness services and microlenders serving the region

Help Us Grow Small Businesses

We welcome your help to 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
  • Join over 500 bankers, nonprofits, Chambers of Commerce, government agencies, universities, and colleges as a partner of the Microenterprise Collaborative
  • Advocate for support of small business development and public policies that benefit small businesses

Thank you in advance for your support!