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Success Circles

A Small Business Capacity Building Program Powered by the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Get real help

from real experts

to achieve real growth

up to 10 entrepreneurs will be selected in 2020 to share $1,000,000 Worth of capacity-building support resources

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Success Circles Philosophy

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Women of Color are starting businesses at higher rates than anyone else, yet we get less capital, have fewer successful exits, and produce less income for owners. It's time for this to change. Access to capital is a legacy challenge with roots deep in our American history. While there have been innovative capital solutions in recent years, capital constraint remains a defining problem for the majority of Women of Color entrepreneurs. It's time we attack this problem from a different angle. We can share our expertise to help fill knowledge gaps, we can roll up our sleeves to help get things done, we can consciously create the connections that open doors to opportunity. Let's not just talk about wanting to help, let's be the help that Women of Color entrepreneurs need to succeed. It's time to change the way we do business, together.

Jill Johnson

CEO/Small Business Champion

Your Success Circle Will Help You:

Connect with Networks of Influence

Develop a Community of Support

Strengthen Your Business Foundation

Increase Your Readiness to Access Capital


Woman of Color Business Owner/Entrepreneur/Founder

Revenue of $100,000 or other evidence of traction

Full-time in your business

Minimum of 3 years in business

Scalable business model

Business must be based in the United States

We will consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

Evaluation Criteria


Ability to benefit from capacity building resources

Potential for significant growth

Contract readiness/Market scalability

Future exit potential


What it means to have a Success Circle

Meet Adrienne Fudge, 40 Dreams Catering.

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Success Circles Application

Don't miss this opportunity to get the help you need to succeed.

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