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Exploring Life & Business with Nancy Aichholz of Aviatra Accelerators

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nancy Aichholz. 

Hi Nancy, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Aviatra Accelerators is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2010. Aviatra’s multi-state organization enables women to start and sustain businesses by giving them the resources they need to be successful. Aviatra encourages its members to move forward, embracing them when they return, helping to refuel and reignite their passions.

What We Do:

Celebrating OVER ten years of providing resources to women on the rise, Aviatra Accelerators sole purpose is to support female entrepreneurs with a meaningful combination of education, coaching, mentoring, networking, and access to capital.

Programs:

• LAUNCH®: a traditional accelerator program for young businesses moving to the next level that need to secure funding

• EXPLORE®: an early-stage ideation and business validation program

• GROW®: ongoing sustainability programming for established businesses

• Aviatra365: an online entrepreneurial curriculum platform

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Running a not-for-profit is never smooth sailing, just like running any business. Challenges and obstacles are expected. The most challenging aspect of running an organization like Aviatra is the access to funding to sustain the organization and building revenue streams to be sustainable in the long run. We have had a lot of positive opportunities over the years with Aviatra. While we are a not-for-profit, we are not viewed in the ‘charitable services’ category, so we’ve had to be really creative in securing funding through corporate sponsorships, CRA funds with our banking partners, and grants that focus on advancing women.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc.?
Aviatra’s podcast, Her Million Dollar My$tery — showcases women have made it through perseverance and hard work. I also really like Guy Raz, How I Built This podcast. There are a lot of great books depending on the industry you are entering; great place for women to start is to tackle the underearning issues many of us face — Barbara Stanny’s book Overcoming Underearning is a good one. Building a Business by Building Relationships helps women focus on the power of networking and relationships.

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