Ready to Get Certified?
The 12-Week MENTOR ME Program can help!
We have officially launched our first Mentor ME program, and things are going well. While there is nothing that can guarantee success, the program was specifically designed to provide the knowledge, resources, and unspoken but understood nuances of procuring government-sponsored contracts necessary to effectively compete in this lucrative market.
We invite you to watch this space for updates, participant testimonials, and most importantly, results.
Why MWSBE Certifications are Important
MWSBE certifications were designed to help ensure under-represented Minority, Women, and Small Business Owners have a fair opportunity to successfully secure government-sponsored contracts.
As the Small Business Consortium continues to evolve, MWSBE Certifications have proven to be a powerful tool in the effort to protect and promote participating business owners’ interests and talents.
To help increase our overall presence in this lucrative arena, we decided to develop the 12-Week Mentor ME Program, designed to help participants:
Mentor ME will support participants’ efforts to become MWSBE-certified companies.
The application process is free, and companies may hold more than one MWSBE certification at a time.
Click here to get more information on available MWSBE certifications to determine which are the best fit for your company.
As with most things in business, who you know – and who knows you – is critical. Often, these relationships are key to who ultimately is included in a successful project.
Mentor ME participants will have opportunities to openly network with like-minded business owners in various stages of development. Giving established companies a chance to discover new talent, and emerging companies the chance to meet and get to know important business allies.
There is power in numbers and opportunity in access. Therefore, attracting and developing successful, like-minded business owners will result in greater inclusion and opportunities for us all.
Empower ME will position the city of Charlotte as the premier provider of business opportunities for MWSBE business owners.
“All business is personal…
Make your friends before you need
– Robert L. Johnson
What You Will Gain
This program has been carefully designed to produce concrete, measurable results.
Participants who successfully complete this program will:
- Apply for/Obtain MWSBE Certification(s)
- Understand the RFP process
- Submit a proposal for a government-sponsored contract
“I am where I am because of the
bridges that I crossed.
Sojourner Truth was a bridge.
Harriet Tubman was a bridge.
Ida B. Wells was a bridge.
Madame C. J. Walker was a bridge.
Fannie Lou Hamer was a bridge.”
— Oprah Winfrey
What You Will Experience
We understand that MWSBE certifications are the tools – Successfully securing contracts is the goal!
During the 12-week session, participants will receive:
- Special invitation to attend the Business Certification Summit on February 28
- Opportunity to promote their businesses on the SBC Winner’s Circle
- Consistent information, support, and accountability as you complete the MWSBE application process
- Personal contact with government officials providing guidance about the process of securing both certifications and government contracts
- Insight into internal and systemic barriers to success via goal-oriented discussions with like-minded professionals