The DC Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Accelerator Program (SBAP) is a 5 month training and development program designed to accelerate & create access for under-resourced, DC based small business owners.
An inaugural cohort of 5 selected entrepreneurs will engage in monthly training workshops, 1:1 mentoring sessions and receive access to Chamber resources and exclusive ecosystem events.
At the end of the program entrepreneur’s will have experienced significant impact and growth in their strategies, sales, brand recognition, headcount and key partnerships with access to deeper networks.
The Small Business Accelerator Program (SBAP) is designed to fast-track the development of emerging and under-resourced local small businesses in DC by teaching them in a few months what would have taken them years of trial and error to learn.
Under-resourced & Diverse Entrepreneurs
Emerging: 18+ Months in operation
Teams less than 10 employees
Revenue generating: $10K+ MoM
Ability to meet mandatory participation requirements
Monthly in-person training
The DC Chamber of Commerce would like to thank our sponsors.
In person training workshops for the SBAP will be held at the the DC Chamber of Commerce’s main HQ. (1133 21st St. NW m200, Washington, DC 20036)
Cohort participants are required to maintain a District of Columbia registered company to be eligible to participate in the SBAP.
Our inaugural cohort will feature 5 entrepreneurs.
Selection criteria is based on:
The SBAP is currently not an investment accelerator.
Cohort participants will receive access to training, mentorship, Chamber resources, exclusive program events and deep network connections.
Cohort participants are expected to attend mandatory monthly, 1 – 2hr training sessions in-person. (August – December, 5 total training session)
Participants also commit to meeting 2hr/week (8hr/mo) with their program mentor.
The SBAP is for any company that fits the program’s acceptance criteria. View acceptance criteria.
Yes. We’ve designed this accelerator to benefit companies that are in the earlier stages of their growth but are already doing business. The ideal company has at least 18 mo’s in business, recurring revenue, significant traction and an existing customer base.
We are not designed to work with founders in the idea stage, pre product market fit or pre mvp.