Mentorship

WENYC

WE NYC (Women Entrepreneurs NYC) is an initiative based out of the New York City Department of Small Business Services that is dedicated to helping women start and grow their businesses.

What to expect: They have great events, mentorship sessions, and support crowdfunding via WeFund. Participating in WE Fund Crowd means NYC will be your first lender, pledging 10%, or up to $1,000, of your crowdfunding goal.

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Business Outreach Center (BOC) Network

Business Outreach Center Network’s mission is to improve the economic prospects of traditionally underserved groups, with a focus on low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs and their communities, and thereby create genuinely brighter futures.

At the heart of our mission is the belief that whatever their differences, people and communities share a common goal: to achieve economic stability and growth. Working in partnership with culturally diverse individuals and organizations in support of this shared goal is the hallmark of BOC.
What to expect: Amazing support building a business that will one day scale!

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Launchpad

A business incubator which provides mentorship and general support to emerging companies. Is affiliated with William and Mary University.

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Catalyst

A business accelerator which provides training and support to emerging companies in Central Virginia
CATALYST (434.co)
They provide 9 months of support and $20,000 in grant funding plus technical assistance to tech companies in industries such as software, hardware, biotechnology, and biomedical field.

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Black Farmer Equity Fund

A microlender which seeks to provide support to black, female, veteran, new, and underresourced farmers in Virginia
Mission — Foodshed Capital (foodcap.org)
They provide loans to black farmers
They also provided a $12,000 grant to the Minority and Veteran Farmers of the Piedmont in Virginia to support their efforts to reach mobile markets
Black Farmer Fund — Foodshed Capital (foodcap.org)

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Lighthouse Labs

This technology accelerator provides 3 months of mentorship and support to emerging technology companies. They also provide $20,000 grants to 12 to 20 promising technology companies per year.

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Virginia Community Capital irginia Community Capital

• Virginia Community Capital (VCC) will expand its Economic Equity Fund Initiative (EEF), and use $1.5 million of additional funding to provide low-cost financing for small-, women-, and minority-owned businesses across Virginia that were disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
• The additional funds will support 15 or more businesses.
• They will also hire a technical assistance provider specifically for this program.

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Life Asset

Providing microloans and training to low-income entrepreneurs who are overlooked by traditional lenders and financial institutions.

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Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD)

The OVBD facilitates the use of all U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs by veterans, service-disabled veterans, reservists, active-duty service members, transitioning service members, and their dependents or survivors. OVBD oversees Veteran Business Outreach Centers (VBOC), which are designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and resource partner referrals. The SBA has 22 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).

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Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA)

The Office of Native American Affairs is part of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Their mission is to ensure that American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians seeking to create, develop and expand small businesses have full access to the necessary business development and expansion tools available through the Agency’s entrepreneurial development, lending, and procurement programs. ONAA contracts with two companies to offer entrepreneurial empowerment workshops and free technical assistance.

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SCORE

SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Since 1964, SCORE has provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs. SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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