Do you WANT to be your own boss?

Do you HAVE a business idea?

Do you KNOW what it takes to start a business?

Learn what to consider when starting a business, why you need a business plan, why market research is important, and where you can secure financing.

The mission of this program is to provide aspiring entrepreneurs who start or relocate their business to the City of Spartanburg with access to training, coaching, and support services so they can be successful. 

Our business accelerator for African Americans is a program of the City of Spartanburg designed to identify, prepare, empower and sustain African American entrepreneurs who desire to locate a business in the City of Spartanburg or others looking to locate a business in a predominantly African American area of the city. This program will guide participants through all stages of opening or expanding a business so they will be lender ready to up and running. 

This program is a 10-week business training and development program that will support entrepreneurs in identifying a business venture, business plan development, financial education, accounting, and securing financing. Classes will be held weekly beginning in Spring 2020 and will be taught by business experts and experienced entrepreneurs who share advice, guidance, and lessons learned. Two phases, start-up and growth, will be offered during the program year with approximately 10-15 business owners in each cohort.

To learn more about becoming a participant, contact Natasha Pitts, Minority Business Coordinator at


Become a mentor!


  • To match students with experienced business people who will interact with students for three-six months. 
  • Increase the success rate of our students and improve retention, engagement, and likelihood of long term business sustainability while shortening their learning curve.
  • Give experienced business people who are committed to the Spartanburg community a new and exciting way to give back.

We need successful entrepreneurs to help create more successful entrepreneurs! Apply below.

For more information on how to become a mentor, please contact Natasha Pitts at 864-596-3449 or email

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Who To Know

Natasha Pitts

Equity and Inclusion Manager & Assistant to the City Manager
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2020 Advisory Council 

The MBA Advisory Council provides guidance to the program as well as serve as ambassadors for the program in and around the Spartanburg community – this includes within their respective organizations. The guidance provided by the council is centered on optimizing performance through program structure, programming content, adhering to the program’s strategic objectives, and providing solutions for participants in the program.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Brenda Lee Price- Community Advocate

Gerod Allison- Business Owner

Terri Hendrix-Carolina Foothills Credit Union 

Phase I: Start-UP Completed in December 2018

Phase II: Start-UP Completed in July 2019

Phase III: Start-UP begins in April 2020

Staff Advisors

Martin Livingston

Neighborhood Services Director
(864) 580-5323
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Natasha Pitts

Equity and Inclusion Manager & Assistant to the City Manager
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