Live Work Unit Accelerator
Launched in spring 2014, the Live-Work Unit Accelerator Program provides low-to-moderate-income (60% or below area median) entrepreneurs who live where they work with an opportunity to start-up and/or grow their business with low overhead while receiving much needed support. This SBA Accelerator Award winning program helps to revitalize neighborhoods by enabling participants to reside in affordable housing while running a business in the same space. Each participating business engages in the program for up to two years.
Each program participant is provided with start-up education (if needed), technical assistance, business education including financial and human resources, mentorship, access to capital, financial literacy and credit counseling, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities. Each program participant is connected with a variety of additional sources to grow their business and receive technical assistance which is tailored to their specific business.
Ms. Chocolatier participated in the live work unit accelerator program and in less than two years, her business has grown exponentially. Chef Janie Romo is the founder of Ms. Chocolatier, a family owned and operated business that creates locally sourced artisanal chocolates and confections. A San Antonio native, Janie honed her culinary skills at the Hyde Park, NY campus of the Culinary Institute of America. Her talent and passion for her work is evident, and you may find out for yourself every week at the Pearl Farmers’ Market and at Larder, a boutique provisions store located in the acclaimed Hotel Emma.