About the Academy

BHFL Business Academy is a non-profit organization that develops women and minority-owned business  owners to understand their role and contribution to the economy in relationships with the community, economic  growth, and social equality. 

Most non-profit entrepreneurship programs teach the basics of starting a business – BHFL Business Academy focuses on offering advanced development to help our clients successfully manage each life cycle of the business. 

Our Mission: 

  • Shift women and minority business owners’ mindset to think and act boldly to grow and sustain  their business. 
  • Improve business creditability through education, training, coaching, and implementing processes,  policies, and systems to minimize risk factors. 
  • Partner with large corporations to invest in women and minority business owners as partners of their  social mission to build sustainable economics in minority communities. 

BHFL Business Academy is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 84-5037852. Donations are tax-deductible. We are classified by the IRS as a Charitable Organization. To make a charitable donation, go to

BHFL Business Academy understands success is a mindset. We provide a well-rounded approach to assist  women and minority-owned businesses in developing their leadership skills; and build, scale, and sustain a  thriving business that creates jobs, impacts local communities, and recruits and retains talent. 

Business Academy Programs

CEO Development Program


CEO Development Program

This program is designed to provide a transformational experience for CEOs not only for their business but also for their personal lives. Developing participants as a catalyst for change, the CEO Development Program offers participants experience-driven insight to create tangible solutions to fixing fatal mistakes, finding balance, and managing success without burning out. 

The program consists of: 

  • Mind Your Business 12-Step Signature Coaching Program. This 12-week CEO peer-group coaching program is for business owners who are seeking to elevate their skills and acumen. We offer facilitated exercises to examine myths, personal barriers, old beliefs, and obstacles to building and scaling a successful business. Participants will learn from each other and develop an action plan to take their company to the next level.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn the skills, behaviors, and mindset of successful CEOs and business owners and how they influence and inspire others to believe in their dream
  • Learn how to communicate your vision, purpose, and aspirations with people and build a network that energizes you.
  • Strengthen the skills required for effective leadership, proven through science and research.
  • Develop the skills needed to drive transformational change to succeed in today’s environment.
  • Improve insightful awareness to overcome sabotage behaviors and how to break the pattern.
  • Learn and receive help with problems and ideas when you don’t have the answer.
  • Build a broader network with other fellow CEOs and business owners, and benefit from ongoing program and MYB community activities.
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Founders and Entrepreneurs Leadership Development Program


Founders & Entrepreneurs Leadership
Development Program

Research shows that women and minorities are often “diamonds in the rough” and hard to find amongst the lights. With the right support and development, they can build businesses that rival fortune designated companies. The Founders & Entrepreneurs Leadership Development Program (FELDP) is designed for founders and entrepreneurs to develop leadership skills. We prepare them to tackle finance, sales and marketing, risk management, supply chain, and human resources problems. 

FELDP is a comprehensive entrepreneurship development program designed for founders and people planning to leave their job or retire and ready to start a business. This program is designed to develop knowledge, abilities, and behaviors needed to excel and run a successful business, build high performing teams, and prepare for success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the basics of organizing and building a legitimate business.
    Prepare founders and entrepreneurs to be ready to lead, build capabilities and capacity.
  • Develop communication and influential skills to attract and inspire talent to join their organization.
  • Identify strengths, gain personal insights, and identify ways to further their professional growth.
  • Equip participants with knowledge, skills, and strategies to manage their organization and teams successfully.
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Workforce Development, Diversity & Inclusion


Workforce Development,
Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity, inclusion, and equity research shows the return on investment as a business strategy – this is also true for  women and minority business owners. Inclusive businesses offer a culture that is innovative, profit-driven by customer  service and human capital. Having business initiatives that foster the development of resources and inclusion is good  for business. 

Our consulting services help women and minority-owned business define strategies to attract the best and brightest  talents from diverse backgrounds, foster an inclusive industry culture, and, most importantly, help our clients and their  leaders to understand, interact with, and ultimately provide support to diverse employees with a level of competency  required for success. 

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Other Business Academy Services

To support your success and growth, the academy offers the following services:

Business Coaching


Business Coaching

Our team of really experienced business coaches helps entrepreneurs, business owners, and professionals grow and overcome the challenges of starting, growing, and scaling a business. We help our clients:

  • Identify gaps and target goals
  • Develop new strategic relationships
  • Create a growth strategy
  • Think BIG!
  • Sustain performance
Business Certifications


Business Certifications

SBA Women and minority business certifications are an excellent opportunity to diversify your revenue portfolio, create new market opportunities, and create new strategic relationships. 

Minority Certifications Offered

  • Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB)
  • Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB)
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business  (VOSB)
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SD/VOSB)
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone)

Commercial Diversity Supplier/State Certifications Offered

  • Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Certification
  • National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
  • Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification

Our experienced specialists take on the tedious burden of preparing the application and ensuring you met all the requirements necessary. 

How Does the Process Certification Work?  

BHFL team is proud of our 100% rating for clients who received their certification. Here is how we accomplish this rating:

  1. First, we do a review of the certification criteria and requirements.
  2. Next, you will complete an intake questionnaire to set up your online account.
  3. You are then assigned a specialist who will help you gather all necessary documents, and they vary by business type.
  4. Your specialist will communicate weekly/bi-weekly your progress by phone, email, or ZOOM.
  5. Last, before we submit your application, we check and double-check all requirements.

Certified, Now What?

Post-certification, the academy offers business coaching to help our clients create a business development strategy to leverage their newly awarded certification to support target revenue goals.

Meet Expert Team Members

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Marvin Hamlin, CPA

Board Member, Chief Financial Officer

Gwendolyn J. Brown, CPA

Board Member, VP of Program Development