Hampton Roads Black Chamber of Commerce Launches Accelerator Business Program

A new accelerator program from Hampton Roads’ Black chamber of commerce aims to help entrepreneurs of color access capital and surmount other hurdles.

Black BRAND started the first iteration of its B-Force Accelerator program on Feb. 25. Through mid-May, 17 Hampton Roads startups will learn strategic and financial planning, accounting, banking, marketing and other business skills from program mentors.

“The biggest challenge that all (small) business owners face is access to capital,” said Blair Durham, Black BRAND co-founder and president. “You can imagine that that challenge is especially heightened for Black entrepreneurs.”

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