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Jumpstart 2024 with GROWTH!


Hello fellow entrepreneur!


I hope you're having a great holiday season!


If you're like me you're taking advantage of a bit of downtime between Christmas and New Year's Day to reflect and plan for 2024.  I promise I'm only working a few hours each morning in my pajamas and doing more than my fair share of binging on Netflix. 


Angie Hancock & Associates in partnership with JKA Solutions has had the honor of helping over 70 local entrepreneurs map out strategies and access resources to grow via Opportunity for Growth.


Opportunity for Growth is a FREE business education program offered by Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund designed to accelerate the growth of businesses owned by women and entrepreneurs of color. This four-month entrepreneurial experience will utilize the nationally recognized and award-winning Interise curriculum, The Streetwise 'MBA'


The curriculum covers finance, marketing, government contracting, human resources, and much more!


Program Benefits

  • Achieve immediate results as you create your customized three-year Strategic Growth Action Plan™

  • Explore your business through live case studies in intimate, interactive classes with fellow entrepreneurs and business experts.

  • Connect with fellow business owners with similar growth challenges through peer mentoring and accountability sessions.

  • Get advice and guidance from finance, marketing, government contracting, and human resources experts.

  • Join an alumni network of more than 8,000 graduates nationwide and a local network of like-minded business owners.

  • Receive a $2,000 implementation grant upon successful completion of course requirements.

Space is limited for applicants who meet the following criteria*:

  • Businesses operating for at least three years

  • $70K - $10M in revenue

  • At least 1 full-time employee

  • Located in NYC


Classes meet virtually Thursdays, 9-11a EST**

Classes begin February 2024


*You're welcomed to apply if your business does not meet 100% of this criteria but you're 100% committed to scaling your business.

** Session 0 and Final Presentations meet in person at Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund.



With over three decades of professional security experience in firms ranging from small start-ups to multi-million-dollar corporations, Jean Kristensen has worked her way through the ranks of a male-dominated industry. Ms. Kristensen is best known for her expertise in M/W/DBE certification consulting, where she is breaking barriers by assisting small, minority, and women-owned firms develop, grow and form strategic alliances. JKA Solutions is a certified MWBE with the City of New York, the Port Authority of NY/NJ, and the National Supplier Development Council.


Angie Hancock brings over 25 years of diverse business leadership experience in marketing and accounting with Fortune 500 corporations such as Sara Lee, Ann Taylor Inc, Mars Inc. (M&M’s), Ernst & Young, and leading media institutions such as ESSENCE and EBONY Magazine. As the Founder and President of experienceHARLEM & Angie Hancock & Associates, she has provided impact-driven marketing solutions, event planning, and business development services to small businesses and nonprofit enterprises in Upper Manhattan since 2006. 



Over 70 local businesses have participated in Opportunity for Growth since launching in 2017. Nationally over 9,000 businesses have benefited from the Streetwise MBA curriculum.










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