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An Innovation of the CHCTDC Small Business Center

The Congress Heights Community Training & Development Corporation (CHCTDC) launched the BLACKBONE Project in March 2023 with the support of the community, and JP Morgan Chase. The CHCTDC Small Business Center is the brainchild of Monica T. Ray, the President of CHCTDC. She envisioned creating a center to help us accomplish our mission of pushing innovative Black entrepreneurs to new heights. With the understanding that Black entrepreneurs receive less than 2% of venture capitalist dollars, Monica assembled a team of diverse investors, staff, experts, and professionals to help democratize access to information and capital among DC’s underserved Black communities.

Entrepreneurship Begins With Innovation


the public about innovation and its role in inspiring new businesses and transforming communities.


innovators and entrepreneurs, creating a community of supportive peers.


a vast network of mentors, investors, and consultants to support emerging and growing businesses


with other organizations and institutions to broaden the local knowledgebase and maximize available resources

Why? And How?

To provide Black woman-identifying founders with access to community, capital, and capacity building in order to meet business milestones that lead to economic advancement through entrepreneurship. We ignite civic engagement and hyperlocal infrastructure at the intersection of business support services, supplier diversity, and social and financial capital.

Our training is a 17-week incubator tailored to serve the most urgent needs identified by small businesses.

Get targeted technical assistance and professional services that empower you to focus, grow, and scale your business.

Never go alone with access to wellness coaches, mentors, and our community of driven entrepreneurs to help you thrive.

Looking to join a welcoming community?

Complete an application today!