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Limited Space. Application Closes May 21st 2017.

Target Businesses: Annual Revenues of $100,000+/-
Scholarships Available for Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, or Veteran-Owned Businesses
60-Day Mini-Accelerator Hosted at National City Southbay Campus
Session Date
How to Leverage Growth Opportunities & Trends in Your Community June 1
Strategies for Growing Your Business June 15
Techniques for Leading A team and a Growing Business July 6
Strategies for Presenting Your Business To Win Key Partners July 20
Pitch & Presentation Day: August 3, 2017 / JCPenney's Plaza Bonita Shopping Center
  • 10 Minute Presentation
  • Opportunity To Win Cash Prize for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place
  • Winners Qualify to Participate Founders Fall 2017 Bootcamp

About Program

$5000 Elevate My Business ChallengeTM, an 60 Day introductory business mini-accelerator program developed and delivered by LIFT Development Enterprises, Inc.,, a not-for-profit social responsibility and community impact organization, whose mission is to provide community organizations to deliver economic development programming and resources to introduce, encourage, motivate and guide under served, under presented micro small business owners about the latest entrepreneurial and innovative growth strategies, techniques and tools to support small business growth with an impact to grow employment base. $5000 Elevate My Business Challenge is hosted by the National City Chamber of Commerce.

This 60 Day program is conducted through (4) four onsite engaging and interactive sessions, with follow-up hands-on assignments designed to guide the mico small business entrepreneur through the journey of growing into a larger, sustainable, profitable, employer-based small business. The program will culminate with a pitch completion with ideally 10 finalist, where a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winner is selected based upon feedback from a distinguished panel of judges. These top winners will earn cash prizes of 1st, $3000 2nd $1250 and 3rd $750 prize and selection to participate in the next Founders Business Growth Bootcamp.

To participate members must complete an application. Applications will be reviewed to confirm participants meet revenue requirements. Upon acceptance participants will receive a notification and ability to payment button to complete their program registration. All program sessions will be recorded and available in a digital format, within 24 hours after each session, to allow review online after each session along with ability for participants to submit assignments. Upon completion and on a quarterly basis participants will be expected to provide updates via quarterly surveys to determine overall impact of program on business acumen and ongoing performance. Program designed to support 50 members of chambers of commerce or other affiliate organizations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Call us at 619 / 477 9339 or email Jacqueline Reynoso at

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No. Your name will be on the participant list.

What is required to participate in the program?
Complete the application and answer all questions about you and your company. Your company must have generated at least $100,000.00 in annual revenues last year to qualify to participate in the program.

How much does it cost to participate in this program?
The tuition to participate in this program is $150. You may be eligible for a discount of $75 If you are an active member of Chamber of Commerce, active client of SBDC or Southbay Economic Development Council.

Are there scholarships available?
Yes. You maybe be eligible to receive a $75 scholarship to be applied toward program tuition if you are a women-owned, ethnic minority-owned or military veteran-owned business. If you would like to be considered for this scholarship you will need to your status in your program application.

What are the requirements to participate in the pitch competition?
You are required to attend all four (4) of the work shop sessions, complete all of the assigned activities, and be selected to as a finalists from session four to advance to the pitch completion. Once you’ve been selected to give your ten minute presentation at the pitch competition, you will required to have a final presentation and one page business overview submitted at least 24 hours prior to your presentation to participate in the Pitch Day competition.

How do I apply for the $5000 Elevate My Business program?
To apply for $5000 Elevate My Business program you will need to do the following steps:
a) First, Click the APPLY NOW on the program home page located at
b) Next, Click the Create a Team Button and input information about your team.
c) Next, Answer questions about you and your company.
d) Next, Press the submit button.

How do I apply for the Founders Bootcamp program and $1600 Bootcamp scholarship?
If you are selected as a Elevate My Business Challenge finalist to present at the Pitch Competition then you are eligible to participate the Fall 2017 Founders Bootcamp program. You can apply for the Founders Bootcamp scholarship by completing this form
Apply here:
If you are selected as a winner of the Elevate My Business Challenge you will automatically be approved to receive the Founder Bootcamp $1600 Scholarship. You must complete the application to receive the scholarship. Once processed you will be sent a link to process, pay for your Bootcamp registration. Finally you will receive a confirmation email with information to attend the Orientation Bootcamp.

What is the refund policy?
There is no refund for the program.

How do I can I pay for Bootcamp Tuition?
Bootcamp Tuition may be paid using two payment methods using paypal, single payment of $1497 or three payment installment plan; $597 due at registration must by August 15th. $465 paid by September 15th, $465.00 paid by October 15th. Note: The second and third payment will automatically be processed on these dates.

Where will the program workshops take place?
The four workshop sessions will take place at the National University Southbay Campus located at 660 Bay Blvd #110, Chula Vista, CA 91910. The Pitch Competition will take place at JCPenney's Plaza Bonita Shopping Center, 3040 Plaza Bonita Rd, National City, CA 91950.


As of April 21, 2017
  • Tuition for participation is $150 for non-members or $75 for members or with scholarship.
  • Your application will be reviewed for selection to confirm your qualifications within 2 business days submission.
  • National University Southbay Campus located at 660 Bay Blvd #110, Chula Vista, CA 91910
  • JCPenney's Plaza Bonita Shopping Center, 3040 Plaza Bonita Rd, National City, CA 91950