Entrepreneurs

The City of Burbank champions the entrepreneurial spirit and offers many programs that provide opportunities for the start-up and small business community through our Burbank Entrepreneurship Programming. For more information, consulting appointments, or customized training opportunities, please contact us at 818.238.5198 or econdev@burbankca.gov.

Burbank Entrepreneurship Programming

Untapped  Academy Burbank (Academy): January – June 2023
In partnership with Untapped Ventures, the City of Burbank Economic Development Department is debuting a new entrepreneurship program. The Academy is a self-serve online program with world-class playbooks and tools allowing entrepreneurs to consume content and work at their own pace. In addition to online courses and tools, the Academy will provide on-going support to local entrepreneurs including monthly group coaching calls and workshops. The Academy seeks to benefit early-stage startups and founders in building successful venture-scale ‘ready to launch’ startups. Program qualification details will be released in December.

Burbank Tech Talks – January/February 2023
Your favorite Burbank entrepreneurship programs are back and in-person! Events will cover topics including how launch your new businesses venture, and gaining capital funding. The first two events of the year are planned for January and February, stay tuned for dates and details on networking and educational opportunities to help you launch your new businesses venture.

Startup.Burbank Pitchfest – June 2023
The 5th Annual Startup.Burbank Pitch Fest returns in 2023!

Entrepreneurs will take the stage to pitch their startups and receive feedback and mentoring from an expert panel of judges. Winners will receive a variety of mentoring and business consulting services including an in-kind sponsorship of $5,000 in Product/Market Fit coaching, playbooks, and tools from Untapped. Applications will be released in early 2023.

To sign-up for program updates or for more information, please e-mail: econdev@burbankca.gov 

Click the links below to view previously recorded Tech Talk Webinars:

The Burbank Tech Talks are organized by The City of Burbank and The Burbank Chamber of Commerce, in Partnership with Untapped.

Consulting services in Burbank, CA

Consulting and Job Seeker Services

Consulting
One-on-one professional business consulting services are offered free to Burbank entrepreneurs and businesses in partnership with the Burbank Public Library. Led by experts from SCORE, a nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), a broad range of topics are available for mentorship including:

  • How to Start or Grow Your Business
  • Financing Opportunities For Your Business
  • Operational Management
  • And much more!

Services are currently available virtually online Tuesday's and Thursday's between 11am - 2pm. Consulting services are by appointment only, to sign up for a 1-hour appointment, please visit: Burbank Score

For access to free business templates, eguides, checklists, blogs, infographics, videos and other helpful resources, visit the SCORE website.

Valley Economic Alliance Business Assistance Program
The Alliance helps businesses strengthen their fundamentals through a network of pro bono, reputable advisors. Free consultations are available to help business owners to identify opportunities, resolve problems, and make important decisions that impact their businesses.  For more information, please visit: The Valley Economic Alliance

Job Seeker Resources
Burbank Employment Connection provides access to free tools and resources for job seekers including job search, resume writing, unemployment assistance, interview coaching, and more. Tools for learners and veteran's resources are also available. Click here for more information.

Training opportunities in Burbank, CA

Customized Business Training Opportunities

Free, specialized, on-site training for you and your employees to help meet the unique needs of your business. Limited to Burbank businesses only. Sample topics include:

  • Introduction to Management
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Excellent Customer Service
  • Managing Conflicts

Co-working Spaces

Collaborative work spaces are a hotbed for attracting and fostering new talent and reflect Burbank's entrepreneurial spirit.