The Cannabis Nurses of Color (CNOC) has launched a new Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Accelerator Program, aimed at empowering BIPOC nurses in the cannabis industry. The program has been designed to educate, advocate, and train participants on how to become certified as a WOSB and navigate the process of government contracts and business grants and funding.
The first cohort consisted of eight nurses who were taken through the step-by-step process of applying and becoming certified as a WOSB. The program has successfully graduated four SAM.gov registered nurses and six WOSB applicants, with two more nurses in the pipeline. The graduates of this cohort are eligible to continue through additional program offerings to learn how to compete for government contracts and business grants and funding.
The WOSB certification program is essential for small businesses seeking government contracts as it allows them to compete for set-aside contracts for women-owned businesses. CNOC recognizes the unique challenges that BIPOC nurses face in the industry, and the WOSB certification program is one of the many ways the organization is working to level the playing field.
According to CNOC founders Ivory Davis MN RN and Sandra Guynes MSN RN, “The WOSB accelerator program is just one of the many initiatives CNOC is undertaking to help our members succeed in their careers. We believe that every BIPOC nurse in the cannabis industry deserves access to the resources and support necessary to thrive.”
CNOC’s WOSB Accelerator Program is a significant step towards empowering BIPOC nurses in the cannabis industry. Nurses who are members of CNOC are eligible to apply for the upcoming cohort. The program offers opportunities for nurses to network, access funding, and receive training and support to succeed in their careers. The organization’s commitment to education, advocacy, and training is vital in addressing the unique challenges that BIPOC nurses face in the industry.
CNOC is an excellent example of a community-driven initiative that seeks to empower BIPOC nurses in the cannabis industry. The organization is providing much-needed support to its members, and its efforts are commendable. For more information about the WOSB Accelerator Program, join the waitlist.