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Incubator's Business Blitz to help underrepresented entrepreneurs establish, grow businesses

The Greater West Dayton Incubator is accepting applications for its first Business Blitz, a free boot camp that will help underrepresented entrepreneurs establish or grow their businesses.

“Our goal is to help entrepreneurs legitimize, digitize and capitalize their new and existing businesses,” said Whitney Barkley, incubator director. “These are the common areas that businesses struggle with and we want to remove barriers to help businesses get the essentials they need to succeed.”

Each session, held on Saturdays in February, will include a deliverable, such as a web page. The series will culminate with participants applying for an LLC with the $99 fee covered by the incubator. 

“This program is important for entrepreneurs of the West Side because it is designed to meet you where you are with your business and figuring out how to get to the next level,” said Deirreon Durant, CEO of D2 Contracting Solutions and member of the incubator’s advisory council.

The Greater West Dayton Incubator offers Black, woman and other underrepresented entrepreneurs access to working space, consulting, training, capital and other resources. It was developed in partnership by community leaders of Greater West Dayton and the University of Dayton to help create a more inclusive economy, which can drive positive change in the community. It is also supported by the Entrepreneurs’ Center.

Applications for the Business Blitz are being accepted through Jan. 31. Seats are limited. Apply online at


News and Communications Staff