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Empowering Black Entrepreneurs (EBE) Accelerator

Objective: The Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce proudly launched its inaugural Business Accelerator Program to empower Black entrepreneurs by providing them with the tools, resources, and networks needed to thrive in today’s competitive business environment. Participants have honed their business strategy, financial management, marketing, and business skills through workshops, mentoring, and hands-on projects.

Duration: 7-8 weeks

Cohort II Start Date: May 7, 2024


Business Education & Mentorship

Interactive workshops will cover crucial business topics such as financial planning, sales and marketing, customer service, and legal essentials for businesses. Participants with a comprehensive understanding of key business areas to successfully sustain and grow their businesses.


Strategic Business Planning

Our experienced branding and marketing experts will guide participants through developing a unique and impactful brand identity and general marketing strategy. This includes crafting a compelling brand story, identifying a target audience, and formulating effective marketing strategies.


Access to Capital, Mentorship & Resources

Unlocking doors to capital. We provide resources, from expert advice to industry connections, aimed at empowering businesses to flourish and succeed. Participants are eligible to participate in the Business Pitch Contest. Offering valuable experience in pitching their businesses a crucial skill for any entrepreneur.

Insights and Industry Knowledge Needed For Your Business to be Successful

Thank you to our Sponsors & Partners!

The program is funded by corporate sponsorships and grants, ensuring it is free for Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce (VABCC) members

As the Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Black Business Directory, we're thrilled to announce our strategic partnerships with esteemed organizations. These collaborations are set to spearhead community engagement for our Accelerator program, bolstering its impact through mentorship, business development, training, and educational resources.

Because it's all about empowering success, our partners' invaluable industry experience and insights will help us enhance the Black Business Accelerator and lay the groundwork for future programs to uplift other underrepresented business owner communities.

We extend our sincere gratitude to these partners. Their continuous advice and support are instrumental in creating a brighter, more inclusive future for all business owners. Together, we're redefining the business landscape.

Sponsorship Opportunities are available for the 2024 Accelerator.

Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce Receives $98,438 Grant from GO Virginia for Launch of Empowering Black Entrepreneurs (EBE) Pilot Business Accelerator Program.

November 30, 2023 – The Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce (VABCC) is thrilled to announce the receipt of a generous grant of $98,438 from GO Virginia. This funding will underpin the launch of the VABCC's groundbreaking initiative - the EBE Pilot Business Accelerator Program.

GO Virginia, a state-funded initiative managed by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), is committed to strengthening and diversifying Virginia's economy and fostering the creation of higher-wage jobs in strategic industries. These objectives align seamlessly with the goals of the program.

We are deeply grateful for the support from GO Virginia Region 6. Their substantial contribution will go a long way in bolstering our efforts to
provide a robust platform for Black entrepreneurs in Virginia.

Go Virginia Region 6
Dominion energy Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce
Prince William county community foundation
Industrial Bank

Frequently Asked Questions

The Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce Business Accelerator Program is a comprehensive initiative designed to fast-track the growth and success of businesses. It offers financial support, access to capital, and a variety of business resources.

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