CSU Bakersfield SBDCServing Inyo, Kern, and Mono Counties.
Helping Your Business Start, Grow and Succeed

In this video, you can learn program requirements, ways to qualify, and how to apply for the City of Bakersfield Entrepreneurship Grant Program.

SBDC director, Kelly Bearden and NaTesha Johnson, Program Director for the Entrepreneurship and Workforce Development at Kern Community College District and Bakersfield College Launchpad discuss the nuts and bolts of this newly opened grant program. It is designed to assist local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and will provide technical assistance and capital for entrepreneurs, startup businesses, and small businesses that are income-qualified or located within qualifying census tracts of the City of Bakersfield.

Qualifying clients may be eligible for grants of $5,000, $10,000, $25,000, or $40,000. Grant funding may be used for payroll and benefits, utilities, mortgage or rent payments, license or permit fees, expansion costs, operating expenses, and more.

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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a Grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the California SBDC closest to you.