Economic Development through Entrepreneurship

Models for Growing Small Businesses

Our Vision

Eliminate barriers to entrepreneurial and small business success for main street businesses, women and people of color enabling them to generate wealth for themselves and the communities in which they live.

Our Mission

Help entrepreneurs gain access to the knowledge, networks and capital needed for success to be possible.

Areas of Expertise

We have expertise in creating programming to support small business development in the following areas:

  • Strengthening the business core 

  • Connecting entrepreneurs to networks of influence 

  • Breaking down barriers that limit access to capital

Our Programs

Women Of Color Connecting 


Women of Color Connecting (WOCCON) is a program launched in 2019 to focus attention on utilizing relationship capital to build the capacity of women of color entrepreneurs to grow, scale, and exit. Our vision is to create $1B in new wealth over the next 10 years through the success of women of color entrepreneurs. 

Small Businesses Need Us

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The majority of small businesses are ill-equipped to sustain through a crisis the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic leaving many of them now fighting for their lives. We are facing an existential threat to the small business sector and the jobs that they create. Join our community-building small business Initiatives at Small Businesses Need Us

The Making Black Angels 


An increasing number of angel investors invest online through equity crowdfunding or organize themselves into angel groups or angel networks to pool resources. Over the last 15 years, the amount of angel capital going to women founders has increased with the number of women angel investors. We believe that diversity and inclusion efforts designed to increase the number of black people involved in angel investing will lead to more black entrepreneurs receiving angel capital...often the first step in getting on the trajectory to venture capital.