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Celebrating Success: A Recap of the 2023 Business Planning Accelerator Cohorts

Updated: Apr 4

Aventi Enterprises is thrilled to highlight the remarkable achievements of the 2023 Business Planning for Profitability Accelerator, sponsored by Rev1 Ventures. With a total of four cohorts, and 34 dedicated entrepreneurs completing the rigorous program, we witnessed an inspiring journey of growth, learning, and empowerment.

Throughout the year, Aventi received 80 applications, accepting 62 participants and welcomed a diverse group of emerging business owners, with each cohort bringing its unique blend of talent, ambition, and innovation. The Winter cohort saw ten determined individuals complete the program, followed by eight in the spring, five in the summer, and eleven in the fall—each cohort representing a vibrant tapestry of entrepreneurial spirit.

At the heart of the Business Planning for Profitability Accelerator is the mission to equip entrepreneurs with the essential skills and knowledge needed to develop robust business plans and compelling pitches. Through a 9-week curriculum, participants immersed themselves in the intricacies of business modeling, financial analysis, and effective communication—all essential elements in attracting potential investors and lenders.

We are proud of our graduates, who showcased their newfound expertise and confidence at the graduation ceremony held on December 6th, 2023, at Rev1 Ventures studios. This collaborative partnership with Rev1 Ventures has been instrumental in providing invaluable support and resources to minority business owners in Central Ohio, ensuring they have the tools and opportunities needed to thrive.

Patricia Hanna - Fable Home Decor

Yphounne Neal - Sweet Honey Pie

Sean Adams - The Rugg Oasis

Rachael Pinckney - Virago Consulting, LLC

Ashley Spencer - Dirt Rich Brew

Domenic Ashburn - Theta Design

Brandy Sheppard - Good Shepherd Holdings LLC

Spencer L. A. Stultz - Whimsical Black Girl, LLC

Phree Finney-Durham - Essence of Phreedom

Mikia Williams - Fuchsia Wonders Myiesha McCrary - Life & Everything Beautiful, Inc.

Dr. Nicolya Grigsby Williams  - The Elevate Method

Alice Ragland - Together We Compost DBA Black Green Joy

Jaleesa Eppsaimy - Kindred Kids Wear

Kyra Crockett Hodge - Onus Project, LLC.

LaCole Wynn - Engele Essentials

Mimi Rivers - She is Crowned dba LLKB, LLC

Alia Baukman - AILA Reading Program

Ashequka Lacey - Baby Bays Natural's LLC

Brishundra McGrier - Math Tutoring on the Go

Carlotta Penn - Daydreamers Press

DeAndra Harrison - The Crowned Mindset

Destini Benjamin - Sum Sweet Bakery

Patricia Fultz - My Deliciously Vegan LLC

Ramona Cogmon - Mobile Business Services USA LLC

Yolanda Adams - Best Days Senior Living

In addition to the education received, each cohort had the opportunity to participate in a pitch competition, where participants presented their business ideas to a panel of judges. We are delighted to congratulate the winners of the 2023 pitch competition:

These remarkable entrepreneurs exemplify the spirit of innovation and determination that defines the Aventi community. We look forward to continuing our journey of empowerment and collaboration, supporting aspiring business owners as they turn their dreams into reality.

For information about the Business Planning Accelerator or to apply, visit 

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