St. Louis Regional Chamber Launches New Program for Diverse- and Women-Owned Businesses

by St. Louis Regional Chamber | Dec 03, 2018
The St. Louis Regional Chamber, the region’s largest business organization with a core mission of economic development, is excited to announce the launch of a program for diverse business owners looking to advance their enterprises. In the span of three months, the program walks business owners through how to develop their business goals, market and communicate their services, make meaningful business connections and prepare for growth. This program teaches diverse business owners to build the capacity to operationally execute contracts, attract capital, find new contracts and expand existing agreements.

Participants will learn to develop the perfect business pitch, create collateral that demonstrates value, define an effective advisory board, and to prepare and execute operationally efficiencies that allow them to scale. The curriculum features in-class workshops, homework, a mentoring connection, pitch competition, access to regional procurement professionals, and financial institutions committed to participant success.

The Regional Chamber is dedicated to creating a business community that provides opportunities for diverse business to grow. 
"I believe we have a responsibility as the Regional Chamber, the region’s largest business organizations, to play a role in the success of our region’s small diverse- and women-owned businesses," says Program Manager Lakesha Mathis.

This program supports a friendly business climate which spurs economic development. Participating companies are small and mid-sized diverse- and women-owned business with two or more employees and with at least $1 million in revenue.

The application
is open now and closes January 22, 2019. The first cohort is scheduled to begin the week of February 18, 2019.

Apply now!