Applications Now Open for ELEVATE’s Female-Only Cohort IV

November 30, 2023

Home News and Updates Applications Now Open for ELEVATE’s Female-Only Cohort IV

Please Note:
ELEVATE Cohort IV is designed exclusively for minority, female-owned businesses.

CNHED is no longer accepting applications for ELEVATE Cohort IV

The Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED) and the George Washington University, School of Business (GWSB) are pleased to announce the launch of the fourth round of ELEVATE, a three-month executive education program designed for minority-owned businesses located in the District of Columbia.

ELEVATE Cohort IV is designed specifically for minority, female-owned businesses. ELEVATE will convene twice monthly on Saturdays from February 17, 2024, to May 18, 2024, to provide best-in-class instruction to sharpen further the business acumen of the minority, female-owned businesses to enhance their competitive advantage and prime them for growth. Through this program, participants will acquire new skills that will assist them in increasing revenue and employment while also more effectively and efficiently managing their business’s products and services.

CNHED is no longer accepting applications for ELEVATE Cohort IV.

Program Eligibility & Criteria

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

Must meet at least TWO of the below criteria:

  • In business for at least five years
  • Minimum of five full- or part-time employees
  • Annual revenue of at least $300K
Launched in 2020, CNHED’s Executive Leadership Education Venture Advancing Talented Entrepreneurs (ELEVATE) Program provides best-in-class training to minority-owned small businesses (MBEs) located in DC. Through ELEVATE, MBEs work to acquire new skills that allow them to more effectively and efficiently manage their business, products, and services, as well as increase revenue and employment.
ELEVATE is the only minority executive education program in DC that is backed by a university partner. The 3-month ELEVATE curriculum, developed by the George Washington School of Business (GWSB) Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, is led by GWSB faculty members.
The ELEVATE curriculum is tailored to enhance and cultivate new skills that will enable MBEs to compete in the private, institutional, and government procurement sectors. MBEs completing ELEVATE will leave the program with a newfound clarity and dynamism that will catapult their business to the next level.

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