ELEVATE – MBE Executive Education

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CNHED has partnered with the George Washington University School of Business to develop a training for local entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C. through our new ELEVATE program. ELEVATE, which stands for Executive Leadership Education Venture Advancing Talented Entrepreneurs, aims to provide best-in-class training to minority small businesses located in the DC to acquire new skills that will allow them to more effectively and efficiently manage their business’ products and services and increase revenue and employment.

About the Curriculum

The ELEVATE curriculum, developed by the George Washington University School of Business Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE) and led by faculty members, Professors George Solomon and Ayman El Tarabishy, will provide training to minority small businesses in the District of Columbia to prepare them to more effectively and efficiently manage their business’ products and services while increasing revenue and employment.

The curriculum will be informed by a needs and training gap assessment focused on providing the knowledge and skillset to competently manage a small minority business concentrating on competing in institutional and government procurement sectors.

Upon completion of this curriculum, ELEVATE students will be able to:

  1. Succinctly and critically analyze and evaluate various business opportunities
  2. Develop an entrepreneurial mindset to help create a digital corporate strategy
  3. Comprehend the complex roles of entrepreneurship, leadership, and management throughout the development of organizational strategies
  4. Recognize new opportunities for introducing innovation in wide-ranging organizational settings
  5. Develop a strategy for contracting and procurement with anchor institutions and corporations
  6. Understand various financial valuations of your firm

Entrepreneurs are the foundation of our economy and our community vitality. Designed to educate business owners and leaders who are already making an impact,  ELEVATE will empower and connect the community of District entrepreneurs. We are thrilled to partner with CNHED and Ascend to promote this to benefit our community.

- Anuj Mehrotra, Dean of the George Washington University School of Business

ELEVATE Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a registered business and located in the District of Columbia
  • Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Minimum 51% minority-ownership

Must meet at least two of three criteria:

  • In business for at least five or more years
  • Minimum of 10 full-time employees
  • Annual revenue of $500K or more

Apply

Applications for the ELEVATE curriculum are currently open and will close on Monday, December 21.Interested and qualified MBEs are encouraged to apply.

For questions or additional information, email ELEVATE@cnhed.org.

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About Ascend

ELEVATE is part of JPMorgan Chase’s national Ascend program, which is a national initiative that provides minority-owned and women-owned businesses access to capital, public and private market opportunities and advanced management education. Ascend connects minority entrepreneurs to business schools, suppliers and community partners to improve access to the 3-Ms: management strength (through business education), markets (business-to-business and consumers), and money (seed capital, flexible credit and equity investment). Ascend was developed by the University of Washington Foster School of Business. It links business schools, business service-providing organizations and Community Development Financial Institutions to provide tools and resources that are not always available to businesses in underserved neighborhoods.

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