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What is The California Mosaic Small Business Center?

The California Mosaic Small Business Center is a project by the International Rescue Committee to provide California’s 880,000 immigrant entrepreneurs easy access to linguistically and culturally accessible business technical assistance, training, and support. Funded in part through a Grant with the California Office of the Small Business Advocate. The main components of The Center include:

  • A multi-lingual (Arabic, Dari, Pashto, Swahili, Spanish, and French) website that provides services available to all Californian entrepreneurs, no matter where they are located
  • Trained multi-lingual business coaches offering personalized small business technical assistance to small business owners on a range of topics
  • A variety of in-language group and workshop-based training opportunities both in-person at Center locations and remotely, accessible through the California Mosaic Small Business Center website, on topics such as business planning, marketing, business operations, financial management, import/export, and more
  • Access to financial products through screening and referrals to community lenders for business loan(s), as well as referrals to IRC financial coaches and foundational credit-building loan products for small business owners who need to prioritize personal financial health and credit first


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About the International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people affected by humanitarian crises—including the climate crisis—to survive, recover and rebuild their lives. Founded at the call of Albert Einstein in 1933, the IRC is now at work in over 40 crisis-affected countries as well as communities throughout Europe and the Americas. We deliver a lasting impact by providing health care, helping children learn, and empowering individuals and communities to become self-reliant, always seeking to address the inequalities facing women and girls.



About the California Office of the Small Business Advocate

The California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) supports economic growth and innovation and ensures that ALL California small businesses and innovative startups have the information and direct support they need to better navigate resources, programs and regulations. CalOSBA serves as the voice of small business, representing their views and interests across the state and advocating for equitable access to capital, markets, and networks so that all California small businesses successfully start, manage, grow and become more resilient.