Level Up Entrepreneurship Program

Level Up is a program designed to uplift small and minority-owned businesses in our local communities. A collaboration between FSC First and our partners – the Bowie Innovation Center, the Financial Empowerment Center at Prince George’s Community College, FSC First, the Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce, the City of Mount Rainier, Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation and Seed Spot, this program intends to impact small businesses within Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert and Montgomery Counties. The program provides small businesses with access to capital, training and mentorship to elevate opportunity and accelerate post-pandemic recovery. By providing practical, affordable tools and recovery assistance, entrepreneurs can level up and achieve without limits.

Current Program Offerings

Scale-Up Accelerator Program

As a business owner, you pivoted successfully during the pandemic, and now it’s time to grow. You’re eager to scale up, but do your finances align with your vision? Designed to strengthen your company’s bankability, the Scale-Up Accelerator is coordinated by the Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC), a hub for business acceleration in Prince George’s County, in partnership with FSC First. In four sessions, the program will help you secure the financing to accelerate your recovery—and grow.

During FREE weekly virtual sessions on March 4, 11, 18 and 25, on Fridays from 9:00 – 11:00 am, you’ll access the information and motivation to scale-up from experts at Capital One and KDuncan & Company Financial Services. Explaining the financing process in full, topics cover:

  • Business credit
  • Financial statements
  • Cash flow
  • Bankability

 As an added benefit, attendees may participate in Bowie BIC’s free, one-on-one “Open Door” sessions on legal, accounting and government contracting matters.

Are you good to grow? Register here or contact: crystal.clark@bowiebic.com for more information!

Federal Contracting: Closing the Deal

Sponsored by the Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce, this FREE virtual program opens the door to federal contracting opportunities, widening access for small and minority-owned businesses eager to participate. Detailing the process from the inside out over six moderated sessions facilitated by Value Business Consulting, LLC, the program runs on March 9, March 23, April 6, April 20, May 4 and May 18 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Topics cover:

  • Federal government contracting for small businesses
  •  8(a) and HubZone certification preparation
  • The business development process
  • The capture management process
  • What primes look for
  • The essentials of teaming

Are you ready to close the deal? Register here or email info@marylandbcc.org for more information!

Capital Matters

This value-driven, FREE technical assistance program powered by FSC First provides small businesses with mentorship, targeted support and clear pathways to capital. Topics cover:

  • Roundtable discussions and webinars
  • Business advisory services
  • Financial management clinic
  • “How to” series
  • Access to capital

Capital Matters is an invaluable tool in an entrepreneur’s toolkit. Check out our next session here:

Powerful Beyond Measure: Women in Entrepreneurship  

If you’re a woman in business, or aspire to be, claiming your seat isn’t easy, but there’s plenty of room at the table. Bowie BIC and FSC First present a FREE, virtual evening of inspiration at Powerful Beyond Measure: Women in Entrepreneurship, an offering of our Capital Matters series. Blending experience and expertise, our panel of women business leaders explore the challenges and the opportunities ahead for female entrepreneurs. Join this virtual evening of empowerment on March 24 from 6:00 – 7:30 pmRegister here!

Want more information? Contact:

Kellyann Few

Level Up Program Manager, FSC First Consultant
C.L. Russell Group, Inc. 

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