Southern California Entrepreneur Ecosystem

About SCEE ( Southern California Entrepreneur Ecosystem )

The Southern California Entrepreneur Ecosystem (SCEE) is designed to develop businesses that scale growth with corporate and government contracts and focuses on three distinct areas:

1) Capacity building  2) Access to Capital   3) Access to networks

Capacity building includes business education, coaching, capital preparation, contractor development, and support through one of our four capacity-building programs: Bridges to Business; Capacity Accelerator; Certified Business Enterprise Supplier Training (CBEST); Next Level Supplier CEO Development Program.

Additionally, SCEE will expose entrepreneurs to multiple means of accessing capital including community partners that include banks, CDFI, CDCs, venture capitalist, investors and other nontraditional lending opportunities.


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Bridge to Business

Technical assistance and awareness of the various Los Angeles County business resources, providers, and support services available.


The Capacity Accelerator

Entrepreneurs are provided with a foundational understanding of business as well as an in-depth education in contracting to build and grow their business offering access to both self-paced education and live coaching for an entire year.

Capital Readiness

Capital Readiness Training

Each month, ecosystem entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to participate in this four-step process to apply for capital and take advantage of SSBCI loans.

Certified Business Enterprise Supplier Training (CBEST) Program

CBEST is a live four month educational program aimed at expanding business capacity for contracting. Businesses are educated by USC professors as well as business experts and receive live coaching and support.

Next Level Supplier CEO Development Program

Designed to train mature business owners to fully transition to the role of CEO and navigate business maturity. This is a four-month program, offered through USC Marshall Executive Education Department.


Finally, participating entrepreneurs will be connected to resources and procurement opportunities through a vast network of alumni, service providers, and anchor institutions that include corporations and local, city, and state governments. The goal of SCEE is that every business secures contracts, to grow and create jobs in the communities they represent.