Our Mission

• Speed up the growth and success of start-ups and existing businesses in Rock County that are owned and operated by Black entrepreneurs

• Provide immediate access to business coaches, professionals (lawyers, accountants), mentors, and other entrepreneurs

• Provide marketing assistance, market research, marketing analytics tools, access to loan facilitators, grantors, and legal advice

• Develop ongoing workshops (for new and existing businesses) that deliver a consistent and intensive entrepreneurial skills development training program

• Provide a physical workspace that’s meant to foster networking among Black entrepreneurs and their coaches, mentors, and the professionals who train them

• Provide a physical workspace where these Black entrepreneurs can enjoy a collaborative workspace where they can grow and thrive

• Provide a free 10-week accelerator program designed to further develop existing businesses

Rock County Jumpstart members are eligible to apply to participate in a free 10-week accelerator course. Participants join a cohort and meet once a week to work through a curriculum taught by successful and skilled entrepreneurs.

Our curriculum is designed to help business owners:

• Better define their business model

• Gain a better understanding of marketing strategies

• Learn more about the legal aspects of running their business

• Develop an effective sales strategy

• Learn about the importance of credit and where they can secure funding even if they have bad credit

• Learn the importance of business owners becoming leaders in their community

• Move Black entrepreneurs closer to closing the wage gap in Rock County

• Help Black entrepreneurs provide vehicles for economic growth in their own community

Contact Us

Rock County Jumpstart

Our Partners

BlackHawk Technical College Madison Black Chamber of Commerce Madison College Center for Enrtrepreneurship

Rock County Jumpstart is a fiscally sponsored project of Center for Community Stewardship
(C4CS), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.



Rock County Jumpstart
6004 S County Road G
Janesville, WI 53547 - 5009
608.743.4450