Expand your business
in an online platform

Benefits of the Program

Professional digital marketing for 40 local family-owned business valued at $1,000.

Support every step of the way via a student intern dedicated to your business.
Access to an elite network of mentors, partners, and resources to help you build your business plan.

Who Qualifies?

Your business is in the food industry or professional services industry

Your business has no online presence or you have just started and need help

Your revenue is less than $100,000 a year

You are able to commit to 8 weekly classes and the homework they entail

About the HCC Business Digital Academy

Through an 8-week program, the HCC Center for Entrepreneurship-Southeast will support small business owners on how to leverage social media platforms to reach a new market, build a stronger brand, and have a professional online presence.

Thank you to the COVID-19 fund support from Capital One and the Verizon Innovative Learning Program, business owners will participate in FREE virtual marketing and financial workshops every week from October to December.

Businesses will also have a board-room style meeting with HCC mentors and interns that will support and guide you each step of the way, transform your business, and diminish the digital divide.

Only 40 businesses will be selected depending on the needs showcased in the application.

Business Spotlight

Food is a journey… A story of both origin and movement 

The best chefs have a story to share. They show the world their unique perspective through the food they create. COMMON COOKERY highlights the simple beauty of multicultural food. A place where food creatives can share their heritage in both traditional and contemporary ways. Whether you’re from Lafayette, Louisiana or Lima, Peru we believe that distinct flavor of regional food craft is something to celebrate.

Moses Iku is the Founder of Common Cookery; a curated digital marketplace that connects diaspora eaters to featured specialty restaurants and food creatives, who provide family-style and individual meal prep options for easy scheduling and pickup.

For more details, follow them at:

Founders Marisol Garcia and Stephanie Goni-Fuentes wanted to continue grandma’s unique and spicy salsa and created Cascabel Salsa Gourmet.

This handcrafted Mexican Spicy Roasted Chili Oil salsa includes simple and natural ingredients, (olive oil and a blend of three different chili peppers) following a traditional family recipe and preparation methods passed down from generations.

The result is a chili oil that will delight your taste buds: spicy, but with a distinct delectable smoky taste.

For them, Cascabel Salsa Gourmet is more than salsa, it’s family!

For more details, you can visit their website:

We Are Also Looking for Mentors

Interested in becoming a mentor for this program? Click on the button below to apply!