8th Annual

Emerging Entrepreneur Award

The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce is continuing its mission of building a stronger local economy by investing in the next generation of local businesses through the Riverside Business Week Emerging Entrepreneur Award.

"This award was a great recognition and boost for our small business in the middle of a global pandemic and challenging year in general. It was a nice shot in the arm for our team and the greater benefits were networking opportunities and brand recognition for our growing business that may not have been possible otherwise."

- Methode Maniraguha (Current Renewables Engineering, Founder and CEO)

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The Emerging Entrepreneur Award is part of Riverside's Business Week

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Award Includes

  • $3000 Cash Prize
  • 1-Year of Chamber Membership
  • Quickbooks Accounting Training (valued at $200/hour)
  • Business Growth Wheel Analysis
  • Government Contract Certification Training
  • Additional publicity and exposure through the Chamber, City and Media.

How to Apply

To apply, create a business plan answering the following questions:

  • How did you start your business?
  • What problem does your business solve with its products and services?
  • Where do you see your business in the next five years?
  • What advantages to you see in having your startup in Riverside?
  • How would you put $3,000 to use?
  • What part has your company played in giving back to the local Community?
  • What is the Applicant's percentage of ownership in the company?
  • Provide the operational budget of your company and the financial projects you have for the future

Submissions must be received by June 7, 2021.

Entries are open to persons 18 through 35 who have owned/operated a business for at least a year and the business is located in the City of Riverside. Applicant must be the business owner.