Minority Business Development & Small Business Assistance Program in Durham, NC

INVICTUS FORWARD OUTREACH 

This small business assistance program in Durham, NC began providing business consulting and mentorship to ethnic minorities in 2010 and established it's first coworking facility in 2015.Learn more about the iNvictus mentorship program in Durham

As the non-profit arm of the iNvictus brand, its mission is to provide aid, mentoring, access to funding and support for minority owned businesses and entrepreneurs. In addition to this, iNvictus Forward Outreach provides education, consulting, and business structure development to communities with specific initiatives and outreach programs.

Through our belief and research we understand that entrepreneurs play a vital role in the economic development and social impact of our communities and subsequently our nation. They are key contributors to innovation, job growth, and investing in community-based initiatives.

iNVICTUS - Minority Business Assistance Center in Durham

iNvictus has positioned ourselves on the national stage to lead the efforts in correcting the systemic problems inherent in the entrepreneurial funding. With our minority business assistance center in Durham and mentor-based minority entrepreneurship curriculum being the core of iNvictus Forward Outreach. We are the HUB of minority entrepreneurship. We locate and nurture the talents of a growing pool of freelancers, visionaries, and innovators. Our leadership are themselves entrepreneurs and educators who have built strong, sustainable businesses.

Five years and almost 300 businesses later, we continue to expand our network through strategic partnerships we cultivate to aid in our efforts to continue our impact and affect growth and sustainability amongst minority-owned firms and throughout the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our goal is huge, but simple; to drastically change the landscape of minority-owned businesses on a national level. Through our efforts and the intentional development of pipelines that foster entrepreneurship in the previously underserved communities throughout the southeast via programs that are targeted to youth, adolescents and young entrepreneurs.

SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVERS

iNvictus Forward Outreach has established a unique partnership with Scholastic Achievers, a Durham, North Carolina based educational enrichment company, in developing a KIDPRENEUR CURRICULUM to expose children (ages 9-12) to the foundational concepts of entrepreneurship. The program also offers a 6-week entrepreneurial camp that allows children to imagine, create and begin establishing small businesses.

MIDDLE SCHOOL ENTREPRENEURSHIP 

My Brother’s Keeper, a mentor-based social entrepreneurship club, was established to offer male students in grades 6-8 the opportunity learn about entrepreneurship through male modeling and mentoring. Under the advisement of iNvictus Office Center, the innovative club exposes minority males to entrepreneurship by linking them with a community mentor. Through the reciprocal mentorship process, students are able to shadow small business owners, discuss business practices and organized ideas for business actualizations.

HIGH SCHOOL ENTREPRENEURSHIP 

Over the summer of 2015, iNvictus sought to close the youth entrepreneurial gap by establishing a partnership with public, private and charter high schools. iNvictus Forward Outreach  developed a curriculum to spur entrepreneurial growth for students in grades 9-12. The interdisciplinary format of the program allows high school students to create business opportunities that are aligned with the educational standards of North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction. Our curriculum can be tailored to any State's guidelines.

NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY 

One of our nation's best and most impactful Historically Black Colleges and Universities and iNvictus Office Center team up to tackle minority entrepreneurship. iNvictus's intentional efforts to include direct relationships with colleges and universities in its mission is an integral part of programming. NCCU’s partnership with iNvictus Office Center in Durham, North Carolina exposes students to the basics of small, medium and high growth businesses and entrepreneurship such as strategic planning, budgets, finance, marketing, operations, organization, accounting and human resources. Through semester and year-long academic courses, NCCU students: Integrate academic theory with practical experience in a professional field of interest; Clarify career goals; Develop content specific and transferable skills while building a professional network; and establish mentoring relationships with professionals in a career field of interest.


FORWARD CITIES

Recognizing the opportunity for cross-city collaboration and learning, a group of national partners led by Forward Impact and Friends of New Orleans, and including the Aspen Institute, the Urban Institute, and Issue Media Group, have launched a robust national learning collaborative project under the banner of “Forward Cities.” This initiative is a two-year pilot effort between New Orleans, Louisiana, Detroit, Michigan, Cleveland, Ohio and Durham, North Carolina that seeks to:


  • Identify ways to develop/support more business entrepreneurs, social innovators and neighborhood change-makers from low income communities of color, and working in them, in addition to ensuring that there is a vibrant pipeline for the next generation of local entrepreneurs and citizen problem solvers, including opportunity youth;

  • Figure out best strategies for harnessing the talent and creativity of our local entrepreneurial/innovation ecosystems in order to address the most critical issues/challenges that exist in our cities' most distressed neighborhoods/communities.



  • Strengthen existing networks and accelerate entrepreneurial activity within the participating cities, and their surrounding areas;

  • Foster best practice sharing, relationship building, and entrepreneurial activity among the participating cities, and their surrounding areas; and

  • Serve as a dynamic knowledge resource for others that are looking to build out their innovation ecosystems.

  • Forward Cities' gives participating cities an opportunity to: