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ORLANDO, FL – JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the International Business Innovation Association will release playbooks as resources which focus on the growth of specific communities and demographics of US-based entrepreneurs. These underrepresented groups include women entrepreneurs; emerging urban neighborhood-built communities; and minority entrepreneurship. Each book in the series will tackle commonly held trends and perspectives through the aggregation of best practices, enabling practitioners to serve these populations with greater success. The series is made possible by JPMorgan Chase & Co. through Small Business Forward, a five-year, $150 million initiative connecting underserved small business with the capital, targeted assistance and support networks to help them grow faster, create jobs, and strengthen local economies.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. and InBIA are extremely proud to announce the release of the first playbook in our series: Elevating Women in Entrepreneurship. Erika R. Smith and Brita Belli draw upon their combined decades of personal experience and supplement their knowledge with cutting edge research and interviews from major industry players supporting women entrepreneurs, including the Women’s Business Development Council, AccelerateHer, Springboard Enterprises, and Pipeline Angels, among others.

Elevating Women in Entrepreneurship seeks to teach entrepreneurship centers how to best recruit, select for their programs, and create access to unprecedented resources for women entrepreneurs. This playbook will specifically demonstrate community outreach techniques, how to develop a female-supportive network, solutions for work-life balance, how to fix the pipeline to encourage more women investors, and more. Practitioners will be able to read this playbook and immediately implement these strategies to best serve women entrepreneurs.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. and InBIA will be releasing the last two playbooks on revitalizing emerging economies and supporting minority entrepreneurs over the next few months to further promote tangible practices towards equity and inclusion in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

ABOUT the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Small Business Forward Initiative
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of customers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at


ABOUT the International Business Innovation Association

InBIA is a global nonprofit with over 1,300 members that lead entrepreneurship centers in 62 countries. For over 30 years, InBIA has provided industry best practices through education while enabling collaboration, mentorship, peer-based learning and the sharing of innovative ideas for entrepreneurs across the globe. InBIA is the premier organization for business incubators, accelerators, coworking spaces, and other entrepreneurship centers.

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