accelerators & networking
The Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC) is a business accelerator and expert network serving minority-owned businesses in Prince George’s County and the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area. Our accelerators educate businesses on becoming bankable; equip businesses to pursue government contracts; and elevate business performance in all areas during rapid growth and expansion.
The 8(a) COE is a place where HBCUs and 8(a) firms can collaborate to pursue federal procurement opportunities that advance efforts in research and development, entrepreneurship, and workforce development.read more
The award-winning Bowie BIC 8(a) Accelerator Program combines practical business training in a small group setting with access to mentors and structured networking activities to help federal government contractors in the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) business development program learn how to win more federal government contracts and generate more revenue for their companies.read more
The Capital Accelerator prepares businesses to access capital and develops a roadmap to “bankability”. The Capital Accelerator includes training and one-one-one technical assistance to help businesses improve their financial capacity.read more
InnovateBowie! Celebrates the growing and dynamic City of Bowie entrepreneurial ecosystem. We highlight emerging technologies and market trends that can inspire these existing and emerging entrepreneurs. In 2023 – 2024, the Bowie BIC is assisting local businesses with developing eCommerce strategies and technology solutions.read more
The Bowie BIC Membership program assists current and future government contractors with developing growth strategies targeting local, state, and federal government agencies.read more
The most valuable asset of the 8(a) Accelerator is bringing the small business cohort together as a group and inviting legacy graduates to participate as speakers.
Joining this accelerator program was a game-changer for us. Just three months earlier, we had secured our 8(a) certification, and a month before that, we landed our first major subcontract, expanding our team from 3 to 16 members. By the time we concluded the program, we had gained a more profound insight into pinpointing financial risks, effectively utilizing fractional resources to maintain accuracy and oversight on our financial records, harnessing legal expertise for safeguarding our business and ensuring compliance, enhancing our probability of winning through tailored processes and tools, and forging robust and efficient teaming partnerships.
As a result of attending the Power of Business Credit Open Door, I was able to locate what items a bank needed to see on my credit report would influence my business credit.
I feel donors continue to support the BIC based on our government contracting expertise and resources, reputation in the county, proven track record with small business.