Project 500™ is a business development program to help diverse businesses scale in terms of revenue, staff and investment retained. Our goal is to recruit and retain up to 500 businesses to receive hands on training, capacity building, mentoring and networking to advance the economic success of their businesses and their communities.

The program is free of charge and open to any DC based business, with preference for entrepreneurs located in wards 7 and 8. Our goals are to:

• Provide entrepreneurs with training and support, with a laser focus on business and financial capacity

• Work with local city officials and agency leaders to eradicate policy barriers that exacerbate the gap between start up and growth stages; a place where many businesses cease to exist

• Provide catalytic capital for select entrepreneurs as well as convene local bankers and investors to develop new capital products to meet the needs of our participants