Elevate Business

Elevate Business is a multi-partner initiative committed to providing equitable and inclusive support to meet the unique needs of businesses through direct service, while driving long-term economic growth for the region.

Elevate Business began as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the goal to provide business resources that support all business owners, especially people of color, women, and other underserved business owners that have historically experienced disparities and were further disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

The initiative has since grown into an innovative model that utilizes a digital platform to serve entrepreneurs at every level across the region. Elevate Business currently offers the following:

Business Advising 

Up to 25 hours of one-on-one consultation with private and nonprofit business advisors and consultants to provide practical business support in a variety of areas.

Peer-to-Peer Roundtables

Reoccurring and facilitated small group discussions segmented by industry and areas of participant interest with a focus on sharing best practices and problem solving.


Industry and subject matter experts discuss issues facing employers to help them meet workforce needs, grow their business, and solve the everyday challenges of owning and operating a business.


Investment in Elevate Business demonstrates a commitment to the growth of a more equitable and inclusive regional economy through support of small businesses. Companies that chose to support this initiative will help us serve 3,000 new businesses in 2022. Investment begins at $5,000 with a variety of customizable benefits.