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Investing in small businesses across the nation!

ELEVATED CITIES is supported through Mastercard’s “In Solidarity” initiative, a program launched in 2021 dedicated to investing in underrepresented communities across the U.S. by generating funding and opportunities for small businesses. 


ELEVATED CITIES builds on Our Village United’s ELEVATE program which works to provide wrap-around support for solopreneurs and microbusinesses through targeted capital grants, technical assistance, shared professional services, and wellness support for the business owner.

ELEVATED CITIES impacts small businesses across Atlanta, Los Angeles, St. Louis, New Orleans, New York City, Dayton, Birmingham, Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia to deliver strategies and practices that will scale these businesses for growth. At the end of each cohort, a small number of businesses will be selected to participate in a highly competitive pitch competition for a chance to win grant funding ranging from $10,000-15,000.

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Our most popular training is Elevate, a 12-week incubator tailored to serve the most urgent needs identified by small businesses.

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Get targeted technical assistance and professional services that empower you to focus, grow, and scale your business.

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