IGNITE Program

Take The Next Step To IGNITE Your Business

Are you a small business in Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Park View, Petworth, or Pleasant Plains? Are you ready to take your business to the next level?

If so, joining one of our IGNITE Your Business cohorts. IGNITE is a unique training and development program developed by SeeChange to help local business owners envision, plan for, and realize their entrepreneurial dreams.

About the Program

Over 3-months, this highly dynamic and collaborative program will help you:

  • Produce a draft of your living business plan that is actionable.
  • Gain skills and knowledge in business planning and management to help you run and grow your business.
  • Develop a network of fellow-entrepreneurs and community leaders for ongoing mutual support and business development.

Criteria for Candidates

District Bridges is seeking qualified candidates for  the IGNITE program. Each IGNITE cohort will include a diverse mix of retail and restaurant businesses at various developmental stages. 

Candidates must be:

  • Licensed businesses in good standing with the District of Columbia in the neighborhoods of Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Park View, Petworth, or Pleasant Plains.
  • Committed to the IGNITE program and willing to attend all monthly workshops and coaching sessions.
  • Engaged in supporting fellow-business owners throughout the program.
  • Willing to make an in-kind contribution to the program (in the form of food, space, service or other relevant business offering)

Participants will be selected by District Bridges based on these above criteria.

Meet Anne Pellicciotto, IGNITE Creator & Facilitator

Anne is a consultant, coach, trainer, and the developer of the IGNITE program. A native Washingtonian and Mount Pleasant resident, Anne founded See Change in 2001 and brings 20 years of innovative consulting experience. In 2010, Anne joined the Peace Corps, living and working in  rural Mexico. There she put her business and organization development skills to use to help build sustainable micro-enterprises. She now serves as one of District Bridges network consultants working with small local businesses.