Selected by over 1,600 community members in greater St. Louis, 10 Black and Latinx business owners will participate in a six-month development program to accelerate the growth of their businesses.
Designed to accelerate community-owned wealth building and job opportunities in St. Louis, Elevate/Elevar equips entrepreneurs of color with the resources and skills they need to take their businesses to the next level. The program supports the cohort with curriculum, connections, community, and access to capital through grants and interest-free loans.
WEPOWER saw a need to uplift entrepreneurs in underinvested areas such as north St. Louis, especially for entrepreneurs of color who have historically been overlooked for funding. The cohort includes entrepreneurs who own their own sustainable coffee shops, cleaning businesses, holistic herb shops, nail salons, and more.