The purpose of ComEd’s EESP Incubator Program is to increase the number of local and diverse-owned business participants, generate meaningful revenues and serve low-participation communities. The incubator provides training on the details of each program within the EE portfolio. It helps drive success by providing back-office support to assist cohort members with certification, provide information on how to finance projects and offer support for basic business development. Many of the low-participation communities in the ComEd service area are also diverse communities. To help increase the number of EESP contractors serving diverse communities, ComEd focused recruitment on local business owners who identify as ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQ+, persons living with a disability, veterans and others.