Business Navigator Accelerator Program (BNAP)

About the Program

The Business Navigator Accelerator Program (BNAP) is an exciting Catalyst Connection initiative funded by the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council. Through this Program, Catalyst will assist small, diverse, and underserved businesses to help them grow their business, develop and launch new products, improve their bottom line, and obtain critical business skills. The BNAP is focused on helping women- and/or minority-owned businesses in Allegheny County.

How it Works

  • Women- and/or minority-owned, small manufacturers located in Allegheny County request assistance.
  • Catalyst Connection staff conduct a call/site visit to identify the company’s particular needs and confirm the project’s potential for quantifiable impact.
  • A no cost proposal and scope of work is developed. Once the company and Catalyst Connection reach agreement on the project scope, the proposal is signed, and a kick-off meeting is scheduled.
  • An application is completed by those companies who wish to apply for one of five $2,500 mini-grants.
  • Six to twelve months after completion of the project, the company completes a secure, confidential on-line survey documenting the economic impacts of the project.


  • Networking with and learning from small manufacturers, including other women and minority owned businesses.
  • No cost consulting assistance to help you:
    • Develop your strategic plan
    • Improve your sales and on-line marketing
    • Conduct customer discovery
    • Commercialize new products
    • Conduct supplier scouting
  • Attend one or more of Catalyst’s training workshops and webinars at no cost

Training Classes

Eligible business owners could participate in training courses offered by Catalyst Connection trainers at no cost. Visit our upcoming trainings listing by clicking here.

Contact Us

For more information or to see if you are eligible, contact In’dea Carter, Workforce Specialist, at