An intense business start-up program given by the Coachella Valley Women’s Business Center (CVWBC)

Funded by Citibank, participants will attend twelve workshops, work individually with a business counselor, and learn the necessary fundamentals to write a business plan. By participating in the program, aspiring entrepreneurs will learn essential information needed to start and grow a successful business.

One success story this program is Anna Geiger of Jadabugs, an upscale baby boutique in La Quinta. Not only has Anna carved out a market niche for herself but she works with program participants in launching their businesses.

To be eligible for this program, you must be a woman living in Riverside or San Bernardino County and be ready to start a for-profit business. While you do not have to have a business plan formulated as yet, it is important that you have a good idea as to what business you would like to do.

The program not only helps you to formulate and write your business plan but it helps with the planning needed to market your business, finance your endeavor, form the legal entity necessary to run your business and much more.


The cost of the program is between $15 and $100 in total for the four-month class with your cost based on your income level and ability to pay. This cost to participants would be well over $500 if not for the support of Citibank.

As this program is offered only twice a year and space is limited, act now!

All applications which are available at must be received by Friday, February 13th.

Whether you would like to participate or your know someone who would benefit from this help and support, reach out to Kim Scanlon, Training Coordinator of CVWBC. Kim can be reached at 760.345.9200 or by email at

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