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Together we can help save small businesses.

Welcome Financial Experts!

Are you looking for meaningful ways to give back?

You can make a difference in helping small business owners by partnering with us.
Your talents and expertise will help small business owners to thrive.

It’s no secret that small businesses are still taking a toll from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This toll is especially felt among small business owners in the Black and Latinx communities.


At IFEL we’re committed to help historically excluded communities succeed as small business owners. You too can join us in the fight to help these small businesses survive and thrive. 

The best part, we make it easy to participate and it only takes two hours of your time to make a life-changing difference


Small businesses are the backbone of local communities; together we can help pave the way for a thriving economy. We launched our “Small Businesses Need Us” initiative in May of 2020 to help small businesses survive in the wake of the current crisis. 

How It Works

Small Business Hackathon Series


Use your professional expertise in Financial Projections to help save small businesses

These powerful hackathons are 2-hour online events during which each participating business owner is paired with a volunteer to work on a specific deliverable. The area of expertise — financial projections overview. 

All the sessions are conducted remotely via video conferencing. We provide easy-to-use templates for the deliverables so there is minimal preparation needed.

 All work is done remotely by video conferencing. 

Select your onboarding date with an IFEL Team Member.

Attend a 15-min onboarding call with an IFEL Team Member.

Select your event
dates for Financial Projections.

 Join the fight to save our small business community
and stimulate our economy using your professional skills.

Register here!

We're All In This Together

Small Businesses

The small businesses we love need our help to survive. 

Don't delay! Join the fight to save our small businesses.

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Subscribe for updates on how COVID19 is impacting small businesses and inspirational stories of how people from all walks of life are coming together to use their talents to save small businesses in our local communities. Join our mailing list >>

Together we can make a difference.

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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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Small Businesses Need Us is funded in part by a generous grant from the Verizon Foundation.

Go to Verizon to learn more >>

Corporate Volunteer Partners

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