Program participants will engage in various program activities that positions them to increase their organizational capacity, increase business opportunities and referrals, and increase brand awareness and visibility.

Program Activity Purpose
Cohort Kick Off Networking and program orientation.
Business Assessment Identify business strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
Accelerated Growth Plan Development & Implementation Creates a plan of action to remedy business weaknesses and threats, and capitalize on strengths and opportunities.
Strategic Planning Assistance Achieves goals faster; facilitates capacity building; increases company’s chances of experiencing growth and sustainability.
Executive Cohort Sessions Helps minority business owners understand their capabilities as leaders; provides tangible solutions for short and long-term implementation.
Advising & Mentorship Promotes accountability relative to completing goals; becomes a source for motivation, guidance, and partner in creating results driven solutions to business challenges.
Access to Key Decision Makers Increases the potential of securing more contracts/business opportunities; identify who makes purchasing decisions; identify what company buys what goods and services.
Peer Support Network Source of referrals, close-knit network within the Chamber/MBA program; business advocate.
Education on Capital Opportunities Increases awareness of capital options available for businesses; increases knowledge of how to secure additional funding for capital needs.
"Fit 3" Chamber Membership Expands business network; increases business opportunities; provides a platform for advocacy.
Exposure and Networking Events; Strategic Referrals/Introductions Increases brand awareness, company visibility, strategic introductions, potential client referrals, etc.
Pitch Sessions Promotes current business to a group of top level business executives; exposure and networking opportunity.
Peer-to-Peer Review Sessions Produces results-driven solution to challenges impacting their business by collaborating with program peers; facilitated by business experts that provide additional insight and point of reference.
GTCC Annual Meeting & Small Business of the Year Awards Increases exposure, networking, and media coverage; brand visibility and awareness.

Additional Benefits

Local Business Community

The Minority Business Accelerator provides a way for the local business community to support diversity and economic inclusion efforts in Tampa and Hillsborough County. Other benefits include:

  • Increased competitiveness
  • Ability to identify qualified minority owned businesses
  • Enhanced corporate brand

Tampa and Hillsborough County

  • More diverse and inclusive business community
  • Job creation
  • Positive economic impact

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