The first cohort of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Bridging the Gap Academy, a business accelerator for minority- and women-owned businesses, graduated on Dec. 14.
The 11 business owners who participated in the cohort from October through December gained valuable knowledge from an array of talented instructors who helped them start or grow their business.
The cohort will now be paired with current GBC members who will serve as Thought Partners – or mentors – for six months.
Ideally, the Thought Partners and graduates will communicate monthly and attend one networking event together.
The 11 participants who participated in ‘Continuing Your Growth,’ a robust four-week program to help business owners in the Greater Baltimore region are:
- Sarah Attman, Sarah Rose Public Relations
- Alan Bowman, Bowman Construction
- Delali Dzirasa, Fearless Solutions
- Jennifer Hannum, Blue Heron Environmental
- Charles Jones, C&S Jones Group LLC
- Laurie Lessans, OGS Order Green Supply LLC
- Ernesco Oliver, BI, LLC
- Parth Patel, Intelect Corporation
- Rebecca Teaff, Redstart Creative
- Lisa Thompas, Maryland Speedy Tag and Title Service
- Keyia Yalcin, The Yalcin Group LLC
The following business professionals taught the following courses:
- Paul Taylor – Session 1: Your Business Plan, The Certification Checklist and Renewal, Networking
- Roger Barnes – Session 2: Access to Capital/Bonding
- Tiffany McGhee and Bradley Ryans – Session 3: Human Resource Management/Employee Benefits/Insurance
- Jetheda Hernandez and Anthony Butler, Esq. – Session 4: Strategic Partnerships, Joint Ventures and Contract Law
The academy’s selection process was based on annual revenue, commitment and business experience.