Accelerate Her

Backed by JP Morgan Chase, Accelerate Her is a training program designed to accelerate the growth of already established Black women-owned businesses by creating a network of support necessary to scale their businesses, secure contracts, and grow their capital access. The goal: to have a lasting impact on not only the participants but also the community.

As one of the most under resourced groups in the country, Black women have great prospects for opportunity if the right initiatives and resources are built to support them.

Accelerate HER will accelerate the growth and maturity of 100 Black Women-Owned small businesses over the next three years.

Partnering with Morgan Stanley Boyd Group, CUL is dedicated to helping women achieve their financial goals. With seasoned professionals, premier trading platforms, and a full range of investment options, we tailor strategies to each woman’s unique needs. We work together to preserve and grow wealth for a brighter future.

Accelerate Her provides targeted, wrap-around services including courses, coaching, mentorship, capital, and contracting opportunities for Black Women-Owned small businesses that are:
— Entering the growth phase
— Positioning to take advantage of the existing and expected demand for diverse suppliers in Columbus.

In the short-term, Accelerate Her will create the space for initial operation increases and boost supplier diversity in Columbus with the cohort participants and facilitate long-term change through providing the tools necessary to scale across markets.

Contact us today or complete the form on this page to get started!


Our Team

Andrea D. Wilkes
Regional Director
Helen Tewolde
Program Coordinator
Terri Stevenson
Business Navigator

Sharon Francis
Program Navigator
Rosita Torres
Social Media Coordinator


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Questions? Contact the Accelerate Her team at or call 614-619-6693

Special Thanks to Our Partners: