Introducing ELEVATE’s Second Cohort!

September 23, 2021

Home News and Updates Introducing ELEVATE’s Second Cohort!


This week, ELEVATE, CNHED’s executive leadership curriculum for minority small businesses (MBEs) in D.C. officially launched its second cohort with a kick-off event and student orientation. ELEVATE, which stands for Executive Leadership Education Venture Advancing Talented Entrepreneurs, aims to provide best-in-class training to MBEs located in 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.

ELEVATE will convene every other week on Saturdays through December 2021. The curriculum, developed by the George Washington University School of Business Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE) and led by faculty members, will prepare the MBEs to more effectively and efficiently manage their business’ products and services while increasing revenue and employment.

Upon completion of the 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 their firm


“Thanks to the businesses for forwarding what we hope to do through philanthropy in the region by bridging the racial wealth divide… It is the voices of businesses that have guided JPMC. Thank you for guiding us and helping us show up more intentionally. I’m excited about this work.”

- Dekonti Mends-Cole, Vice President for the Mid-Atlantic at JP Morgan Chase



  First Name Business Name Business Overview
Adedoyin A.D Adedapo DAPO Group  A full-service real estate firm that serves sellers and buyers in the MD and DC Metro area specializing in a first home buying program.
Clarence Cook CD&A Services, LLC CD&A Services specializes in commercial janitorial and post-construction cleaning.
Thomas Dominique Battle’s Transportation, Inc. Known as one of the best transportation companies in the Greater Washington, DC metropolitan area.   BTI provides transportation management and consulting services and offers its clients a diversified fleet (i.e. passenger vans, NEMT wheelchair vans, minivans, minibusses, yellow school buses, and motor coach buses).
Joyce Doyle Aureum Solutions Aureum Solutions is the first project management and health service company to integrate the clinical skills of communication science with stakeholder engagement and team performance.
Latrell Duncan Fitchett Promoting Love & Wisdom Home Childcare Center, LLC PUSH ACADEMY Promoting Love & Wisdom Home Childcare Center, LLC is located in Ward 7 in Washington, DC.  Promoting Love & Wisdom Home providing educational services that offer high-quality care in low- and moderate neighborhoods.
Angela Gray Fastsigns FASTSIGNS® of Washington, DC is a locally and independently owned and operated sign, graphics, and visual communications company that provides comprehensive visual marketing solutions to customers of all sizes and across all industries.
Victor Holt V-Tech Solutions, Inc. V-Tech is a HUBZone certified, Veteran, and Minority-Owned Information Technology and Professional Services company.
Keil Ifill Aridai Consulting, LLC Aridai Consulting LLC provides socially conscious and equitable management consulting services to identify and resolve challenges for the government and private sectors.
John Johnson MBDM Inc MBDM, Inc is an Advanced Decision Modeling, Precision Manufacturing, Industrial Engineering & Scientific Research Company.
Monique Lilly-Moore DP Management, LLC d/b/a Faria Management Faria Management’s mission is to provide a brand of LUXURY AFFORDABLE HOUSING® which is a high-quality boutique style form of management services, to owners of income-restricted housing. Faria’s primary focus will be ensuring LUXURY AFFORDABLE HOUSING® brand of rental management, which resonates through to each community as well as to the customer experience.
Andre McCauley Primary Enterprises, LLC Primary Enterprises, LLC is a family-owned, licensed, and insured electrical contracting firm licensed in DC and MD. The electrical firm has specialization in government, commercial, industrial electrical construction, and service work since 2003.
Selena Spencer Lispcomb Clean Green and Professional, LLC Clean Green and Professional, LLC delivers exceptional certified green cleaning services and products to all of its commercial and residential clients. The company also is a selected partner with several local businesses and agencies for their COVID-19 remediation needs.
Tracey Turner Turner Development Turner Development LLC (TDL) is a development company serving clients through acquisition and construction of private and government properties including new commercial and multifamily structures.  TDL is a Veteran Own Small Business located within a HUBZone.


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