Prior to 1960, downtown Rock Hill had a very thriving African-American Business District. During the 60’s & 70’s, those businesses were torn down as part of the federally funded Urban Renewal program. Since then, not many African-American owned businesses have re-emerged in the downtown area.
Thanks to a new initiative created by BELL of Rock Hill, community leaders, and business owners, the BELL Prize program will help reestablish a strong and diverse small business community, by offering individuals the opportunity to compete for capital to start their business. Check out this video to learn more about the mission behind this initiative.
What if I cannot attend a session?
Will the boot camp always be from 6pm to 10pm on Tuesdays? If that time frame does not work, will there be other sessions in the future on different times and days?
Currently, the sessions are scheduled for every other Tuesday, July 2nd – September 10th @ 6pm – 10pm. Based on the doodle poll done with those interested in the program, that was the most chosen day and time. We hope that the program is super successful and that we would be able to do it again at some point. However, we don’t have any current plans established. Please continue to monitor the website and keep an eye open for communications from us.
If I am not able to attend, does that automatically disqualify me from the workshops?
Yes, you do have to attend the boot camp sessions to be considered for the workshops.