THE ACCELERATION PROJET 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW

OUR MISSION: The Acceleration Projects mission has a dual focus to: 1. support the vitality of local economies by providing strategic advice to accelerate small business growth; and 2. empower professionals to make a meaningful impact in the community while continuing their career development.

2016 HIGHLIGHTS A banner year for The Acceleration Project, we…

  • Served 39 clients through our Strategic Advisory and Speed Consulting Programs
  • Doubled the size of our team
  • Won the award "Outstanding Advocate for Small Business" from Westchester Magazine 914 Inc.

OUR CLIENTS

To support the vitality of local economies, we offered a new service this year, Speed Consulting. In partnership with the Mount Vernon and Pelham Chambers of Commerce and local organizations, TAP delivered speed consulting services to over 2 dozen small businesses to provide high level strategic advice. During this community workshop, TAP consultants facilitated discussions on relevant challenges and opportunities affecting business growth and provided customized feedback and strategies for success for each participant. In addition to participating in this community workshop, the small business owners appreciated the opportunity to meet, network and discuss opportunities with other entrepreneurs in their community.

Speed Consulting in Mount Vernon & Pelham

Our signature offering, the Strategic Advisory Program, continued to serve a number of businesses with varying areas of need throughout Westchester County. Community Capital, a microlender that we partner with, has remained a great resource for motivated and qualified TAP clients. Whether it was a bridal shop or marketing company, the feedback was consistent:

Best money I ever spent. - Bridal Shop, Mount Vernon
Love the outside perspective. Outside, fresh set of eyes on my business is invaluable! -Martial Arts School, Briarcliff
We have gotten so much more out of this experience than expected. A lot of care and thought went into finding us the best mentors. The consultants are clearly mapping out what we need to be working on and how to get there. When we are done with this project, our company will be in a better place - we are thankful to be a part of this program. - Event Marketing Agency, New City

OUR TEAM

TAP's team has doubled in size over the last year and has a growing wait list of applications. A surge in applications was due in part to our sponsorship of iRelaunch: The Return to Work Conference at Columbia University in NYC. With a total of 48 team members, we continue to look for ways to improve our training and development programs. In addition to our two trainings this year, we held an "Elevator Pitch Workshop" to help our team better present their professional identity. We also offer our team seasonal gatherings to network and discuss their projects. Said one new recruit:

TAP has given me the opportunity to use my business experience and skills in a supportive, collaborative and results-oriented environment. Being a part of TAP is a great way to re-engage with 'the working world' and I feel that this experience will foster a natural transition back to full-time employment when that time comes.
TAP Team seated left to right: Claudia Uribe, Beatriz Franco , Nancy Rosenberg, Kate Conlan (Director of Client/Partner Development), Vanessa Siderow (Director of Marketing & Communications), Jane Veron (CEO), Tracy Jaffe (COO), Swapna Kanekar, Loree Potters, Margot Milberg. Standing left to right: Rachel Dugoff, Regina Possavino, Bonnie Sherman, Ann Yaspan, Betsy Weiser, Jessica Weiss, Carol Wolfe, Stacy Martin, May Cowan, Seema Jaggi, Laurie Teichman, Penny Bauersfield, Dalya Khan, Amy Nadasdi, Kim Meyers (TAP alumna)
TAP team workshop, recruiting and training.

OUR RECOGNITION

TAP was named "Outstanding Advocate for Small Business" by Westchester Magazine 914 Inc. The magazine's annual Small Business Awards celebrates the success of local small businesses, the entrepreneurial spirit of their owners and the individuals and entities who support them.

TAP also received a grant from Bird’s Nest Productions, a video production company that offers its services to nonprofits through its foundation. After filming past and present clients, they will produce a promotional video for TAP highlighting our work with small businesses.

FUNDING

TAP is primarily funded by contributions from private individuals, corporations, foundations, and grants. As a non-profit, our clients are required to pay a nominal program fee. 2016 marks the first year that we initiated an official campaign. Donations are used to support the training, programming, and streamlined infrastructure to enable the enormous infusion of value back into the economy.

HEADLINES

“The Acceleration Project Puts Business Talents to Work”

"The Acceleration Project - Outstanding Advocate for Small Business"

"Scarsdale Non-Profit Offers Speed Consulting Workshop for Small Businesses"

CONTACT

The Acceleration Project | P.O. Box 335 | Scarsdale, NY 10583

www.theaccelerationproject.org

info@theaccelerationproject.org

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