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Small Businesses Need Us

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Together we can help save small businesses.

For Volunteers

Use your professional expertise to help save small businesses

Welcome Team Ellevate!

As a community, what we do best is to support one another, to be there for each other when it’s needed the most. As COVID-19 continues to have a destructive effect on America’s most vulnerable small businesses, one way you can step up is to lend your time and expertise to make a difference, while developing yourself further through short projects.


Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership is on a mission to eradicate the systemic barriers that prevent people of color from being able to access the knowledge, networks, and capital required for entrepreneurial success and wealth creation. Do you have a few hours to volunteer your skills? 


We are grateful to the Ellevate community for stepping up like we always do, and like we will forever continue to do.

Team Ellevate, we are asking you to carve out a few hours to use your professional skills to support 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. Together, we can pave the way for economic recovery. 


Sign Up to Volunteer

 All work is done remotely by phone and video conferencing. 
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We can use whatever time you have available:

  • Work on a short project

  • Contribute a set number of hours per week

  •  Answer questions online

  • Offer a webinar or free business services

It's easy to get involved and make a difference.

Tell us your area of expertise and how much time you can volunteer.

We match you with a small business that can use your expertise.

We provide easy to use project management and tracking tools. 

Make a difference for our small business community and help rebuild our economy.

We need expertise in many different areas:


Administrative support


Business model reinvention

Copy writing/Content development

Culinary arts/Restaurant management

Human resources


Loan packaging




Presentation development

Public relations

Real estate - commercial leasing

Real estate - development

Relationship development/Networking

Sales strategy/Sales training

Social media

Strategic consulting

Supply chain management


Website development

And more!

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

 All work is done remotely by phone and video conferencing. 
Contact Melissa Parker at 973-353-0610x121 or
This program is supported by Ellevate as an Adopt-A-Business Partner.
Community 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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We're All In This Together

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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.

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