Earlier this year, The Center launched two new programs – Digital Literacy Accelerator and Contractors Accelerator – aimed at providing the skills, tools, and one-on-one assistance to help underserved small businesses grow. These programs are providing access to mentorship, networking, and resources that are critical for growth and long-term sustainability.
Public procurement contracts provide billions of dollars each year, yet diverse small businesses face roadblocks that prevent them from accessing these lucrative opportunities. We created the Contractors Accelerator program to help demystify the procurement process and provide diverse small businesses with the wrap-around support they need to access contracts with the public sector and anchor institutions across the country.
During the pandemic, businesses were asked to pivot and move their services and products online in order to stay afloat. Yet, far too many underserved and limited-English-speaking small businesses struggled to adapt and were left behind. During the post-pandemic recovery, the Digital Literacy Accelerator program is helping diverse entrepreneurs overcome long-standing barriers to technology and preparing them to compete in today’s growing digital world.
When we first announced these programs, we received an overwhelming response, demonstrating a need for more programs tailored to the needs of diverse small business owners.
A word from Accelerator program participants:
“The Contractors Accelerator program has taught me how to write Request For Proposals (RFPs) by breaking down the process. I have already applied what I’ve learned and have successfully submitted two RFPs that are under review! I am excited to see what comes next,” said Fay Glass, CEO and President of Focus Point Emergency Management Consulting Services LLC.
“Through the Digital Literacy program, I gained valuable insights into how to properly set SEO and marketing goals, and develop comprehensive plans to achieve those goals. The program has been a transformative experience, providing me with the skills and tools needed to succeed in the increasingly digital world,” said Shahed Mohseni, Founder and Director of InterContinental Music Awards.