Elevate. Empower. Equip.


The economic outcomes of growing and sustaining a business transcends the immediate outputs and touch every facet of the entrepreneur, their teams, the communities they operate within, and the individuals they serve. For women of color founders and CEOs this sentiment is a driving factor within their continued entrepreneurial journey. The Women's Center for Economic Opportunity launched the Hire 1 Women's Business Accelerator to be your resource in catalyzing your growth specifically by deepening your business knowledge and skills, expanding your business network in high growth industries, funding, mentoring and coaching.


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Program Experience

Engage. Master. Coach. Thrive.

Hire1 Accelerator (H1A) offers a comprehensive 6-month program consisting of over 100 hours of master-class style instruction, coaching, and mentoring.

Our curriculum focuses on helping established

women of color CEOs position themselves to expand into high-growth industries like tech, healthcare, financial services, e-commerce and more attain enough traction to hire at least 1 full-time employee.

Unique within the business ecosystem, we integrate local experts with lived entrepreneurial experience, and corporate growth partners willing to break down barriers to entry, mentor and provide contract opportunities as the critical force-multiplier
for our program participants.

Developed using a human centered approach, H1A consists of three multi-session workshops over a six month period:



Building stability & solving your business challenges in a business environment still dominated by an uncertain economy



Further mastering the core business competencies, while expanding knowledge into new areas.



Extensive learning on what it takes to lead your business through innovation and grow your CEO presence. 

For Participants

  • Capacity-Building, Growth-Centered Curriculum 

  • Executive-level Coaching and Mentoring 

  • Direct Connections with Business Leaders & Growth Partners

  • Receive Business Certification Funding & Application Support

  • Compete for a $25,000 Business Grant

Criteria To Apply

  • Women of color in business for 3+ years

  • Minimum revenue of $50,000

  • Seeking to pivot or grow their businesses as a supplier in Ohio's fast growing industries like ecommerce, healthcare, retail, small manufacturing, tech/chip manufacturing, food, transportation 

  • $99 Nonrefundable application fee

Application Deadline: June 10, 2022

Become a Growth Partner

Our growth partners are made up of enterprise level organizations truly seeking to strengthen their supplier-diversity programs with procurement-ready vendors. A partnership with us not only translates into accessing new organization's suppliers but also a pathway to further develop your organization's current vendors. As a growth partner you will play an active role within the accelerator as a mentor to program participants, as well as helping
to open up potential contracting opportunities for our graduates.

Become a Strategic Sponsor

Our sponsors play a critical role in helping us to achieve H1A’s programmatic outcomes. These outcomes aim to achieve root-level impact for women of color entrepreneurs across the state of Ohio. We take a lot of pride in being stewards of your support, and work to ensure your  organizational priorities are translated in a way that maximize the impact of your contributions.


For more information on becoming a growth partner or sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Keena Smith via email at keena@womensceo.org

Chief Underwriter


1409 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43205
(e) keena@womenceo.org

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