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GULLAH BUSINESS UNIVERSITY

HELPING GULLAH ENTREPRNENUERS DESIGN, DEVELOP, DEPLOY AND DISTRIBUTE COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT RESORCES, CREATE SUSTIANBLLE CUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES

 

THE GULLAH BUSINESS ACCELERATOR (BBA)

The Black Business Accelerator

The Black Business Accelerator, is a start up, grassroots nonprofit rapidly scaling to be a disruptive challenger to legacy approaches that support entrepreneurs and micro business. The BBA is committed to creating value via a platform that harnesses and creates a large, scalable network of embryonic, emerging and established enterprises and customers, both individual and corporate.

GROWING ENTREPRENEURS BEYOND SURVIVAL

It is our mission to build a dynamic ecosystem partnering with entrepreneurs, corporations, incubators, CDFIs and other Black business advocacy organizations, to grow entrepreneurs beyond survival.

The BBA is committed to creating value via platforms that harness and create large, scalable network of embryonic, emerging and established entrepreneurs and customers, both individual and corporate.

The depth and breadth of the structural racism and inequity embedded in America’s social, economic, and political systems has perhaps never been more widely apparent. The disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on communities of color an the continued mistreatment of African Americans at the hands of the police have given rise to an extraordinary moment in the history of the Greater Philadelphia region, the country, and the world- a moment in which centuries of racial and economic injustice are calling out for leadership.”  The Economy League

Founder & President 

Donavan West is a seasoned, high energy, multi-dimensional leader. His CV is linked HERE. Donavan founded the BBA, deeply moved by this historic moment and the compulsion for accelerated action across the board.

His current thoughts and feelings are well reflected in this quote:

“The depth and breadth of structural racism and inequity embedded in America’s social, economic, and political systems has perhaps never been more widely apparent. The disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on communities of color and the continued mistreatment of African Americans at the hands of the police have given rise to an extraordinary moment in the history of the Greater Philadelphia region, the country, and the world – a moment in which centuries of racial and economic injustice are calling out for leadership.” (Economy League of Greater Philadelphia|

Donavan S West

Founder & President BBA

WHO WE ARE 

The Black Business Accelerator (BBA), is a start up, grassroots nonprofit rapidly scaling to be a disruptive challenger to legacy approaches that support micro-entrepreneurs and enterprises. Our purpose is to advance entrepreneurs into generational sustainability. Together, we are building a dynamic ecosystem partnering with entrepreneurs, corporations, incubators, CDFIs and other Black business advocacy organizations, to grow entrepreneurs beyond survival.

MISSION

The BBA is committed to creating value via platforms that harnesses and creates a large, scalable network of embryonic, emerging and established entrepreneurs and customers, both individual and corporate.

Accelerating Change

Accelerating change by equipping entrepreneurs with digital technologies that enables them to connect with opportunities, upskill and operate in mainstream business landscapes they would ordinarily not have access to

Leveraging Data

Leveraging cutting-edge insights, data analytics and disruptive business models to link entrepreneurs to business opportunity in markets previously unobtainable to them.

Shifting Mindsets

Continuous messages of change to accelerate mindset shifts from all sectors of society. Urging governments to mandate and incentivize growth in black businesses sectors and communities to support black businesses.

AREAS OF FOCUS

DIGITAL ECONOMY

Up-skilling Black entrepreneurs in growing technologies which have revolutionized the way we work, live, play – and most importantly, generate revenue by also leveraging mobile technology while enabling wider reach for B2B and B2C.

EMPOWERING ENTREPRENEURS

By providing a platform we will have a way that new revenue opportunities can find you in addition to you finding new customers, partners and opportunities.

BUILDING CAPACITY

In order to create greatest impact in the shortest possible time-frame we will enable entrepreneurs to have the right skills and tools which are in-demand. We also will introduce coopetition-based strategies for qualifying and pursuing top tier opportunities

MAINSTREAMING OUR INFORMAL BUSINESSES

Since the pandemic, our informal business activity has grown rapidly while other business die quietly. Unrecorded and undocumented, we are locked out of access to capital and need organized advocacy and a platform to overcome these barriers. We will increase the presence & voice of these entrepreneurs as they positively impact our business economy.

VALUES

BBA Acceleration Inventory
There is no shortage of talent and passion to succeed. There is only a shortage of resources and opportunities. To close this gap, we provide opportunities for talented entrepreneurs who qualify for our innovative incubation initiatives. With access to our digital platforms, we nurture, and water these seeds of our future economy. We link them with opportunities they would not ordinarily have access to in the mainstream business landscape. Once they have sprung enough roots to survive, we teach them how to thrive.

We provide:

Critical skills to sustain their business, assist them with
Solutions to infrastructure challenges
Training
Market Linkage
Mentorship
Critical digital skills to thrive in the digital age
On-demand Service Platform
Traditional ways of networking and getting new business are a thing of the past.
Black entrepreneurs need a new platform that facilitates interactions, opportunities and growth. High frequency digital interactions are the currency of the digital economy.
Users – it is anticipated – will join the platform to interact with other users, and therefore the primary network effect is between the users of the platform. Users will attract users, who attract more users. In that sense, the platform is a one-sided platform for similarly situated Black entrepreneurs.
The launch strategy for the BBA Interaction Network is quite well understood. BBA, Inc would develop constituent Black entrepreneurs who may already interact with each other, create a critical mass of interactions on the platform and build up the network effect adding more and more users to the platform.
Service Platform
This platform will be designed to deliver end-to-end services fulfilled by a network of independent Black entrepreneurs, micro-enterprises, home based businesses, service providers & contractors.
This On-Demand Platform will integrate discovery, order, payment, fulfilment, certification and confirmation of the service under one banner. Price, quality standards and the fulfillment processes will not be set by the platform.
Our constituents have substantial skilled services and offerings to provide. Service availability can best be manifested in this economy through the network effect of an On-demand Service.
Prototype currently under development.
Watch this space to view demo or click here for advance demo viewing or to participate in application user experience testing.

Beneficiary Onboarding Platform
  • Full vetting of documentation
  • BEE verification
  • Records auditing
  • Match making of Business – Opportunities – Funders – Corporates
Bid Process Management
  • Support SMME’s  with the management of the bid administration process (including access to tender adverts
  • Support SMME’s with solution architecture design
  • Support SMME’s  with bid pricing
  • Support SMME’s with bid printing and binding services
  • Support SMME’s with bid compliance and qualification
Channel Partner Program
  • Support last mile channel distributor channel
  • Idea maker
  • Business case canvas
  • Assist with end to end tender process management
  • Support internal procurement
  • Business development support
Skills

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