Spartanburg City Council receives update on African-American Business Accelerator Program


The business training and development program will run for 10 weeks.   File photo

Community Services Director Mitch Kennedy presented updates about the EMERGE African-American Business Accelerator Program during a recent Spartanburg City Council meeting.

Since its program launch in August, the city received 35 applicants for its pilot class. Participants will have Saturday morning classes at the Spartanburg Community College’s downtown campus, where they will be given lessons, guidance and expert advice with regard to all phases of opening or growing a business. 

The business training and development program will run for 10 weeks, which aims to assist entrepreneurs in determining their business venture and plan development. Financial education, accounting and securing financing are also part of the training. A start-up stage and growth phase will be offered throughout the program with about 10-15 entrepreneurs per group.  

The EMERGE African-American Business Accelerator Program aims to identify, prepare, empower and sustain African American business owners who wish to establish their business in the city or looking to situate a business in an area of the city which is mostly African-American.

Applications for the program's second class are beginning accepted.

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