New enterprise accelerator aims to help Black entrepreneurs do well

A new accelerator software from Hampton Roads’ Black chamber of commerce aims to aid business people of color access funds and surmount other hurdles.

Black Manufacturer began the initial iteration of its B-Force Accelerator method on Feb. 25. As a result of mid-May well, 17 Hampton Roads startups will discover strategic and money organizing, accounting, banking, marketing and other organization techniques from system mentors.

“The biggest obstacle that all (modest) business homeowners facial area is access to funds,” said Blair Durham, Black Brand co-founder and president. “You can envision that that obstacle is especially heightened for Black business owners.”

The method will choose participants by means of most features of the startup approach, Durham said, together with arranging, advertising and finance, getting obtain to money and studying to pitch to traders.

The 17 companies involve a bakery, a restaurant, a wellness-targeted synthetic intelligence platform and a personalized hair-piece business enterprise for all those struggling from hair reduction owing to most cancers treatment.

Durham said Black Manufacturer tried using to make the software as available as feasible. Beyond currently being free of charge, the software did not put any limitations on the range of business people who could join. The software is also making its workshops readily available in the mornings, evenings and weekends to meet with entrepreneurs on their personal time.

The system is a collaboration in between Black Manufacturer and the Norfolk Condition College Innovation Lab, which is supporting the effort and hard work by way of consultants and other methods. The method is getting funded by means of the GO Virginia economic advancement initiative and Truist bank.

Durham stated Black Brand ideas to hold an additional iteration of the plan this slide. For much more details about B-Force, go to

Trevor Metcalfe, 757-222-5345, [email protected]