K.C. Kye, owner of K-Mama Sauce

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Activate Network


The Activate Network is an Elevate Hennepin advisor offering Hennepin County businesses up to 25 hours of services at no cost, including:

  • One-on-one business advising or coaching
  • DBE, WBE Certification advising
  • Navigation of Elevate Hennepin resources and referrals

    The Activate Network is a psychologically safe, supportive, and global community for Black Women and Women of Color on a journey to create, maintain, and thrive in the workplace, business, and, most importantly, life. Activate Network also offers the cohort training opportunity, Certified Access Academy , which supports entrepreneurs in accessing government and corporate contracting opportunities, with a focus on women of color.

    Learn more about Certified Access Academy


    • Advisors and Consultants
    • Cohort Learning and Networking
    • Coaches and Mentors
    • Certification - SBE, DBE, MBE, WBE
    • Business & Strategic Planning
    • African American or Black
    • Asian and Pacific Islander
    • Disadvantaged businesses
    • Women
    • Latinx
    • Idea stage businesses
    • Early growth businesses (1-9 employees)
    • Startup businesses (0 employees)
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    Languages spoken

    • English


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