Apply to B-Force Accelerator!

Black BRAND wants to invest up to $15,000 by providing FREE services for 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 city of Norfolk. The business owner must physically reside in Norfolk or the business must be located in Norfolk in order to qualify.

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 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.

Client Services Support

 

Rebecca Richardson is a native of Hampton Roads and is passionate about science and community service. She is currently a graduate student and teaching assistant at Old Dominion University completing doctoral studies in chemistry. She has served in several facets of academia including adjunct chemistry professor for Norfolk State University, supplemental instructor for Tidewater Community College, and has provided private and volunteer tutoring services for high-school and collegiate level students for over a decade. In 2014 she helped establish the Fight Hunger, Feed Hope Feed the People initiative to assist families struggling with food insecurity in Hampton Roads and surrounding areas. She believes that serving one’s community is a privilege and has enjoyed volunteering with organizations such as Kempsville Presbyterian Church’s Clothing ministry providing resources to families in crisis, Operation Inasmuch (OIAM) an annual Portsmouth Baptist Association sponsored community outreach initiative, local food banks, community gardens, and the Portsmouth Humane Society.

Consultants

Supporters & Sponsors

Testimonials

Edwin Street

“I have already begun to tell others about the new program. The program expanded my outlook and taught me how to scale. I am now turning my craft into a company. I have been in business for 5 years.”

Anita Lumpkin

“B-Force Accelerator is an amazing 12-week program that helped build our investor readiness. We now have a credible business plan that will allow us to take our company to the next level. Along the way, we have built a great network with other startups facing similar opportunities and look forward to the continuing support of the B-Force Accelerator family over the coming years.”