Posted by: Tampa Bay Chamber on Friday, June 25, 2021

The Tampa Bay Chamber is recruiting for its fifth cohort of the Minority Business Accelerator (MBA). This program helps Black and Hispanic business owners who are concerned with their lack of business growth and want to learn how to compete in the market more effectively. The MBA helps these businesses identify and overcome growth barriers, connect to corporate decision makers, and uncover potential funding opportunities. By providing practical tools for change, program participants are positioned to increase capacity, create jobs, and build wealth.

The Community Information Session will be held on Wednesday, June 30th from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Tampa Bay Chamber. The information session is held prior to the application period to allow business owners to learn more about the program before applying. Applications will be available at starting on Tuesday, July 6th and will close on Wednesday, September 15th at 5pm. The participants for the fifth cohort will be announced at the Chamber’s 135th Annual Meeting on December 10th.

The Minority Business Accelerator kicked off in December 2017 with the announcement of the first cohort at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting. Since then, the first cohort graduated from the program in November of 2019. There are two cohorts currently going through the program, with one of the two graduating later this year, making it the third class to graduate from the program.

More information about the MBA program can be found at For media interested in attending the Community Info Session, please contact [email protected]  

Community Info Session

June 30, 2021 @ 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Tampa Bay Chamber Office

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Founding Sponsors for the Minority Business Accelerator:

Tampa General Hospital


Valley National Bank

Vinik Family Foundation


Community Partners for the Minority Business Accelerator:

Citi Bank

Cliffton Larson Allen (CLA)

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida