Join Our B-Force Accelerator!

Black BRAND is here to invest up to $15,000 in your business!

As part of B-Force Accelerator, you will receive access to legal, accounting, branding, contracting, and marketing services at absolutely no cost to you.

What is B-Force Accelerator?

A 12-week intensive for black and latinx businesses that are at least 2 years old to prepare them for capital access. B-Force Accelerator also provides free legal (key business document preparation and advising), accounting (quickbooks training, tax preparation, financial statements, and projections), and marketing resources (website development, branding assistance, social media planning, etc.).


Note: For the upcoming B-Force Accelerator cohorts, Black BRAND is targeting the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth. The business owner must physically reside in one of the cities or the business must be located in one of the cities in order to qualify. If your business is in Norfolk and you live in Portsmouth, or if your business is in Portsmouth, and you live in Norfolk, you are eligible to apply for either cohort. The programs are the same.

Virtual Investment Forum

12-Week Business Accelerator

Individualized Support

Guidance Expert

Grow Your Professional Network

Join a Collaborative Community

What will I walk away with?

  • A Capital and/or Loan-Ready Business Plan
  • Five-Year Pro Forma Financials
  • A Professional Capital-Ready Pitch Deck
  • A Rolodex of Business Advisors

What is B-Force's Mission?

B-Force exists to:

  • Provide free strategic, organization, and financial planning leading to access to capital for existing black and latinx businesses.
  • Provide free technical assistance in the form of accounting, legal, marketing, and contracting services to program participants
  • Provide access to traditional capital and venture capital resources to program participants

Interested in becoming a B-Force Consultant, click here to submit your application.

B-Force Staff

Program Manager


Brian is a Virginia Beach-raised creative and business professional with a passion for the people. He began his journey of entrepreneurship through music. Owens has been a professional musician and music business strategist for over a decade. His band, The Special Guests, has been especially impactful in the 757 by raising money and awareness for Hampton Roads based charitable causes, working with local business owners, planning shows at the Norva, and opening First Fridays on Granby St in Norfolk. Owens was Chief Communications Officer and co-founder of the neuroscience-based music-tech startup, Secret Chord Laboratories. He has been responsible for fundraising, corporate strategy, establishing and growing strategic partnerships, and communications both internally and externally. Through SCL, Owens has been able to nurture an expanding network of business mentors, tech startups, entrepreneurs, investors, music professionals, community leaders and influencers.


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