The Congress Heights Community Training & Development Corporation (CHCTDC) launched the BLACKBONE Project in March 2023 with the support of the community, and JP Morgan Chase. The CHCTDC Small Business Center is the brainchild of Monica T. Ray, the President of CHCTDC. She envisioned creating a center to help us accomplish our mission of pushing innovative Black entrepreneurs to new heights. With the understanding that Black entrepreneurs receive less than 2% of venture capitalist dollars, Monica assembled a team of diverse investors, staff, experts, and professionals to help democratize access to information and capital among DC’s underserved Black communities.


“In the tapestry of progress, every thread counts. Our community-based program weaves together opportunities for skill enhancement, cultivating a mosaic of empowerment in inner city neighborhoods.”