Founded in the early 1870s, Riverside is the birthplace of the California citrus industry. In 1873, the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent two small navel orange trees to a Riverside resident who, with perfect soil and weather conditions, produced an especially sweet and flavorful fruit. The word spread quickly bringing wannabe citrus barons to the area and gave California its second “gold rush.” Today, Riverside has placed a major emphasis on expanding its technology areas by developing high-tech industrial business parks. Manufacturing still abounds and entrepreneurship is encouraged and supported through small business incubators, accelerators and more. If your business is searching for office space in or around Riverside, you’ll find a variety of business programs ready to help you’re your business:
The Center provides support for small tech startups and features 24,000 square feet of multipurpose, light manufacturing and lab space.
The Brew Crew helps microbrewers gear up for production.
- Business Accelerators can help take business ideas and create prototypes or products ready for market. Accelerators also offer intense mentoring to guide entrepreneurs through organizational, operational, and strategic decisions. The Excite program promotes entrepreneurial research and development of advanced technologies to create high tech businesses.
- Makerspaces combine manufacturing equipment, community, and education to help entrepreneurs design, prototype and create manufactured works. Local partner Vocademy provides a 15,000 foot workshop with tools for every type of business.
Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards
- The Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards program was founded in 2003 to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the Inland Empire's (of which Riverside is a part) top entrepreneurial business leaders.
TriTech Small Business Development Center
- TriTech helps businesses through the critical early phases of their formation through one-on-one consulting regarding business formation, technology utilization and securing capital. TriTech also hosts workshops and events all at no cost or a very low fee.
- Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (IESBDC)
- Inland Empire Women’s Business Center (IEWBC)
- National Association of Women Business Owners: Inland Empire Chapter (NAWBO-IE)
- SCORE: Inland Empire
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