Together we can make a difference. 

Corporate Volunteer Program 

We're calling all business professionals to join us on the front lines to serve.

While the COVID-19 pandemic poses an immediate threat to our health, it has the potential to decimate our small business community and impact our economy for many years to come. “Main Street” businesses in our local communities will be crippled and the capital-starved small businesses in our most resource-poor communities are facing the threat of extinction. Government relief efforts will not be enough to help many struggling business owners survive. 

We are inviting companies to mobilize their team members in support of businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While medical professionals are on the front lines saving lives, business professionals must join together to save our small businesses and pave the way for economic recovery. 

Volunteer Expectations

  • Provide support as agreed 

  • Adhere to the timeline as discussed

  • Track your hours spent using our online tracking form  

  • Join the team periodically for a virtual team progress update

Volunteers are NOT expected to do more than the work to which they committed, continue to work with the entrepreneur beyond the project period, or provide services for free or at a discounted rate beyond the project conclusion.


  • Develop and implement a customer acquisition or retention strategy

  • Implement a logistics system to facilitate delivery/e-commerce business

  • Develop systems/processes that enable scale-up

  • Create a marketing plan, sales literature or a press release 

  • Re-design website structure or revise website content

  • Review and help develop sales, marketing or investor presentations

  • Provide input on logo design, branding direction or elevator pitch 

  • Create a financial model with projections

  • And more!

Examples of Ways to Contribute


Getting Started

Step 1

Say “YES” to joining us as a corporate volunteer partner and let us know what resources your company will provide.

Complete an Adopt-A-Business enrollment form >>

You set the amount of time and level of service that is right for your company, organization or agency. 


Service contribution - 20 hours of corporate legal services


Expertise contribution - John from accounting volunteers 10 hours of financial modeling assistance and Patricia from marketing volunteers to create a social media calendar


Resource contribution - Free use of space to work for 12 months for four (4) entrepreneurs 

Step 2

Get team members involved!

While the commitment to support this movement is at the company level, your employees will use an online form to indicate the amount of time they will contribute individually. Whether they have two hours per month or two hours in total, their volunteer contribution will make a difference. We can even set up a customized page just for your team enrollment.

Step 3

Participating employees will be assigned to projects.

We make our volunteer assignments based on the needs of the entrepreneur and the expertise and time commitment of each individual volunteer. Each volunteer is presented with the specifics of the volunteer opportunity and asked to accept before an introduction is made to the entrepreneur. 

Small businesses need our help to survive. 

Don't delay! Join the Adopt-A-Business program today.



Together we can make a difference.

The Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL), founded in 2002, is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports economic development through entrepreneurship. We are experts in creating and implementing small business programming in support of larger economic development objectives. Our services and programs help ambitious “every day” entrepreneurs gain access to the knowledge, networks, and capital necessary to succeed in business.


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