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Do you have an interest in government contracting?

Does the government contracting process give you a headache?

We get it.

Apply for ELEVATE 615, a 1-year business accelerator equipping small businesses with beneficial tools and resources needed to understand the government contracting process, get certified, and accelerate business growth.

Through the program, NBIC helps business owners learn how to write and submit proposal responses and identify suitable teaming partners. You will also learn how to compete for local, state, and federal contracting opportunities

What’s in it for you?

Getting certified is the first step to winning government contracts. We’ll help you understand the certification process for HUBZone, 8(a), DBE and more so you can diversify your income.

Choosing the right bank for your business can make the difference. We’ll teach you how to build banking relationships that position you to secure a minimum of $50,000 in funding.

Increase productivity by learning how to develop time-saving processes in your business for core functions like Operations, Accounting, and Marketing.

Get help setting up an accounting and payroll system so you can easily track revenue, create bids and estimates, pull financial statements, and process payroll.

To get new clients, you must promote your business. We’ll help you identify your target audience and create a digital marketing strategy to reach them.

We’ll help you understand employee management, develop an employee handbook, and implement mandatory laws related to W-2 employees so you can build the team you need to scale.

Business owners who participate in ELEVATE 615 typically walk away with: 
  • The knowledge and confidence to respond to proposal requests
  • Proposal writing best practices for submitting more competitive bids 
  • Clarity on pricing strategy and job estimates to manage profitability
  • Stronger banking relationships and access to capital
Entrepreneurs in ELEVATE 615 also benefit from:
  • A community of like-minded professionals
  • A proven business development curriculum
  • Access to our network of subject-matter experts and successful entrepreneurs
  • Mentors who partner with you to ensure you reach your business goals
  • Building relationships with individuals who purchase products and services on behalf of government entities

But hurry. Cohort sizes are limited.

*Open to Davidson County residents only with businesses generating a minimum of $100,000 annually and with at least 2 employees. Must be a registered vendor with Metro Nashville.

ELEVATE is explicitly offered through our partnership with the Metro Nashville Office of Women and Minority Business Assistance.