OUR MISSION is to support the vitality of local economies by providing strategic and tactical advice to accelerate small business growth; and to empower professional women to make a meaningful impact in the community while advancing their skills.


With demand for our services at an all-time high and fueled by an enthusiastic team, this year...

We served 34 clients through high-touch services. TAP assists a wide variety of clients with an emphasis on women- and minority- owned entities. Of clients served, 33% are minority-owned and 70% are women-owned small businesses.

We began offering high touch consulting services and workshops in Spanish to Latino entrepreneurs and business owners.

We grew our team by 30%. We hired our first paid employee and onboarded 21 new team members from across the tri-state area with broad experience in banking, marketing, product management, technology, communications and law.

TAP was chosen as a TOP 10 FINALIST for the 1010 WINS / Canon Maxify Small Business Grant Challenge.



Our signature offering, the Strategic Advisory Program, served nearly a dozen small businesses with varying areas of need throughout Westchester and Rockland County - clients cut across a wide variety of industries, and include manufacturers, service providers, apparel retailers and businesses in the food service industry. Topics we advised on include marketing, financial management, inventory controls, customer communications and more!

Beyond our usual advisory practice, TAP ventured into implementation in its engagements with two Strategic Advisory Program clients. We have seen an increased appetite for our consultants to remain working with clients beyond the recommendations phase and into testing, implementing, and evaluating results. We look forward to meeting that demand as we continue to expand.

The success of our work is measured by the satisfaction of our clients. Whether from a marketing agency, a martial arts studio or a new restaurant, the feedback was consistent - our consultants are incredibly smart, experienced and relatable women who are so easy to work with. Here is what some of our clients had to say about working with us this year…

"Both (consultants) got the issues I have...they were able to address the big issues and give me valuable outside recommendations that I can use."
"...recommendations were well thought out and strategic. They helped us identify a new target market and new business sales program that we recently implemented that was originally not on our radar."
"To have two people who have knowledge, particularly on the financial side, look at my numbers and tell me where I'm doing well and where I'm not, that was extraordinary."
"TAP has really helped me define and articulate my product differentiation; they are doing a fantastic job helping me communicate this effectively via my packaging, marketing materials and social media."


This year TAP embarked on a unique TAP Project at the request of our partner, Community Capital. Funded by a grant from JP Morgan Chase Bank, we created a rubric that identifies the core competencies necessary for growing and sustaining businesses and establishes a mechanism to assess entrepreneurial skills in a variety of functional areas. The diagnostic tool will be used to provide a consistent, comprehensive and measurable approach to assess key skill levels of small business owners and to inform the subsequent delivery of technical assistance. The rubric will be used to uncover and prioritize areas for improvement and to enable technical assistance providers like TAP and their clients alike to track progress over time.


Our Speed Consulting offering continues to appeal to Chambers of Commerce as a means to support their small businesses. This year, we partnered with the Bronxville and Rivertowns Chambers of Commerce to deliver high level strategic and tactical advice to 20 small businesses via our Speed Consulting events. During these workshops, 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 the workshops, the small business owners appreciated the opportunity to meet, network and discuss opportunities with other entrepreneurs in their community.

“Partnering with TAP was a natural fit - a great opportunity for us to offer our members a way to develop their best business practices to attract and support new customers."
"TAP consultants are very smart and provided fresh, helpful and insightful feedback."
"The discussion on branding and value proposition was very useful; I left the workshop with new ideas and intend to use the advice to grow my business."
"The discussion was useful because it allowed us to break down the different aspects of our business. It pushed us to think a little harder about the experience we offer our customers when they visit our store."


TAP continues to support the Buy Local effort in Scarsdale, an innovative and collaborative initiative set in motion in 2014 with the goal of driving more customers to Scarsdale businesses and educating stakeholders on their role in enhancing the vibrancy of Scarsdale’s retail hubs. Our team conducted research, worked with landlords, brokers and current and potential tenants to address vacancies, revived community events and aided in the marketing and promotion of new stores, events and initiatives. The change was seen and heard throughout our community and we are so proud.


After conducting a series of focus groups, TAP found a strong consumer interest in pop-up shops as a way to test the market for new brands and merchandise, or to have ongoing access to sale items. In response, several Village businesses worked with building owners to lease temporary space and create hugely successful pop-up shops.

In addition, TAP welcomed new tenants, I Am More and PopoJito, and worked with both on their successful launches. We also recently created a New Merchant Handbook to help them integrate into the community.


In an effort to increase foot traffic and bring vitality to the Village, TAP helped organize and promote the successful pilot of a new Farmers Market. In addition, we partnered with the recently re-energized Scarsdale Arts Council to sponsor two community-building events: Rock the ‘Dale and Art the ‘Dale. In the absence of an active Chamber of Commerce, TAP also helped put together an ad hoc group to organize and sponsor Light the 'Dale, the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony, in Scarsdale Village.


In 2017, we hired our first paid employee, taking a step towards ensuring the long-term sustainability of our organization and an invaluable investment as we seek to institutionalize our practices. In addition, we recruited and trained 21 new team members with a wide range of skills and expertise. This growth improves our ability to offer advice and services to an increasingly diverse demographic.

Providing opportunities for our consultants to advance their skills is part of our mission. To that end, we offered training on Social Media for Small Business: techniques and advertisement opportunities small businesses should be using and LinkedIn: how to leverage the latest LinkedIn techniques for self-branding. In addition to those skill-building opportunities, participation at various brainstorm sessions to share best-practices for client engagements, a focus group for one of our retail clients and networking and team-building events were available to our team. Two of our consultants made the transition back to paid employment this year, and while it may be bittersweet, it is a true measure of success for our model.

Clockwise from top left: TAP consultants enjoy a lunch and learn workshop; Marc Halpert, LinkedIn expert presents to our team; TAP consultants brainstorm; Nancy Rosenberg leads a focus group for a retail client.



To have been chosen as a TOP 10 FINALIST for the 1010 WINS / Canon Maxify Small Business Grant Challenge was an honor! Our team sat down with 1010 WINS for a conversation about what we do, click below to watch.


Who's wearing the Volunteer New York! hat on #GivingTuesday?, November 2017, Lohud The Journal News

Nonprofit Organization TAPs Into the Potential of Small Businesses, November 2017, The Examiner

Letter to the Editor: Support the 'Dale: Farmers, Pop-ups, PopoJito and more..., September 2017, The Scarsdale Inquirer

TAP Examines What Works in Downtown Area, June 2017, The Scarsdale Inquirer


TAP is primarily funded by contributions from private individuals, corporations, foundations, and grants. Donations are used to support the training, programming, and streamlined infrastructure to enable the enormous infusion of value back into the economy. As a non-profit, our clients are required to pay a nominal program fee. Our services would not be possible without the support of our donors.

We are so pleased to report that year over year, our annual campaign donations increased by 28%. Continued support is critical as we build out a staff to manage our growing business, secure flexible meeting space to accommodate our expanding team and invest in technology to help increase our efficiency and productivity.


A look at TAP by the numbers since inception...

Client Development, Management and Satisfaction

  • 61 clients served through TAP's high touch programs
  • 100s of businesses impacted through large scale TAP Projects
  • 70% of businesses served women-owned
  • 33% of businesses served minority-owned
  • 19 markets in Westchester & Rockland benefited from TAP's service offerings
  • 100% of TAP clients would recommend TAP services to a friend or colleague

Talent Recruitment, Management and Satisfaction

  • 76 team members
  • 8 consultants transitioned back to paid employment
  • 50-100 hours donated on average per project
  • 1 paid employee (as of 6/1/17), 5 person management team
  • 100% of TAP consultants are satisfied with their TAP work
  • 90% of TAP consultants felt that working with TAP increased their confidence
  • Over 90% of TAP consultants who plan to re-enter the paid workforce considered TAP a bridge back


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



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