The Full Story

Programs

Our mission is to improve lives by connecting those in need with a network of resources.

 

Elite Skills Development and the Black Resource Center have partnered together to provide:

 

  • LIFT OFF - programming that supports small business development 

  • Heritage Park - The recognition and celebrated; to preserve and enrich our customs and traditions; and to help promote the advancement of our community in the city and the region., and the

  • Youth Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) - The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is a groundbreaking and exciting afterschool program that transforms local middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs.

  • Black & Well LBC

LIFT OFF 

Helping Businesses Grow​

from dream to reality!

We help entrepreneurs to start, manage, and grow their businesses.

In December 2020, Elite Skills assisted 6 Black-led non-profits in securing $190,000 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. The grantees provided culturally affirming services, such as free mental health counseling, COVID Care Packages, vaccination clinics, healthy living printed guide and videos.  Elite Skills provided assistance in organizing records, securing business license and insurance, writing their grant proposals, identifying resources and registration with the City’s Planet Bid purchasing system.

 

ELITE SKILLS assisted the grantees with the preparation of their monthly and final grant reports.  A second round of funding is anticipated in 2022 under the federal and local American Recovery Act and ELITE SKILLS, working through the newly created Black Resource Center, will continue to work with Black owned and Black-led small businesses, nonprofits, and organizations.