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Lift ME

Level the playing field. Increase representation. 
Foster new networks. Turn up your financials. 

Applications are open from April 10 until April 17 at 11:59 p.m.


Applications open: April 10

Applications close: April 17

Cohort announced: April 22

Kick-off meeting: April 29 

Are you a professional service provider or technical assistant looking to engage with Black-owned businesses?

Program Benefits

  • No cost to participate. 

  • Become a member of the all-Black cohort of business owners at the CMURC. 

  • Designed to accelerate their business with trackable milestones.  

  • Weekly workshops with peer discussions to build community connections, develop skills, and collaborate with program participants.  

  • Opportunity to network with local business owners, and community members.  

  • Your businesses will be promoted across multiple sectors that make up the CMURC membership ecosystem.  

  • Access to technical assistance that supports the continued growth of Black owned businesses. 


  • All participants must identify as Black.  

  • Applicants must be for profit pre-established business owners – while CMURC offers programming for entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey, this program is an established business accelerator.  

  • Businesses must be founded or currently conducting business within Saginaw, Michigan.  

  • Businesses must not be a franchise nor affiliated with a national chain.  

Program Application

Program Application

Eligibility Questions

Does the applying business owner identify as Black?
Does the applying business owner have 51% or greater ownership stake in the business?
Is the applicant’s business a for profit pre-established business?
Is the applicant’s business founded or currently conducting business in Saginaw County, Michigan?
Is the business a franchise or national chain?
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