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Lift ME

Level the playing field. Increase representation. 

Foster new networks. Turn up your financials. 

Applications are open from February 28 until March 31 at 11:59 p.m.


Applications open: February 28

Applications close: March 31

Cohort announced: May 4

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 first all-Black cohort of business owners at the CMURC. 

  • Develop a custom work plan, designed to accelerate their business with trackable milestones.  

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

  • Bi-Monthly individual check-in with administrators. 

  • Weekly Strategize Me Virtual Sessions 

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

  • Collaboration on a social media campaign – designed to advertise your business across CMURC’s platforms and audiences.  

  • 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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