Three programs instituted by the National Minority Supplier Development Council ( are making it possible for owners and management of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) to aim for and succeed in growth opportunities. The newest program, Catapult, joins the Minority Business Executive Program (MBEP) and Advanced Management Education Program (AMEP) in providing initiatives for MBE executives.

Catapult, an innovative business development initiative offered by Capital One’s Supplier Diversity team in conjunction with NMSDC, is designed to be an intensive seven-month transformational journey that will assist diverse business owners in developing solutions to a critical business challenge – whether it is solving a complex business problem or creating a new product or service – by leveraging learnings from the program. Limited to 10 companies that will be selected through a competitive application process (open now ­– applications due by 12 noon EST on January 27), Catapult offers instructional courses and culminates with a competition, centered on a 15-minute pitch, with the winner receiving a year of business coaching and a cash grant, among other considerations.

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