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What is 8 to 14?


Contracts & Capital is the Sports and Entertainment division of Contracts & Grants, LLC. The program is an all-inclusive solution that connects high-profile, individuals to opportunities in the federal and commercial contracting space.  

Under the umbrella of Contracts & Capital - Sports & Entertainment is our flagship program, ACE. ACE is an entrepreneur development program that enables Athletes, Celebrities, a Entertainers to build long-term wealth through entrepreneurship.  

As a member of ACE, you can permanently strengthen both your financial footing and your personal brand by appropriating the valuable skills and disciplines you cultivated as a pro athlete to create a successful business. ACE assists professionals that have a shorter than average occupational life cycle with using government and commercial contracts to build financial security for their families. 


The average pro athlete has a career lifespan of less than 5 years. The average NFL player will spend just 2.8 years in the league before retiring. The average NBA player is out in about 4.5 years. 

Most athletes who go pro do so right out of college. In some cases, these talented, hard-working athletes will sign with professional ball clubs right out of high school.  

The biggest challenge many athletes face isn't landing a high-value contract. 

It's learning how to keep and grow their money after signing the contract, as many players enter professional sports franchises without even basic money management skills. 

The result is players retire after a few years in the league and find themselves completely destitute by their early 30s, at a time when their non-athlete peers are just hitting their professional strides.

ACE for Business partners top-performing business with high-profile Athletes, Celebrities and Entertainers. Download our Statement of Capabilities to learn more about how we can help companies reach a wider audience.

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The Contracts & Capital - Sports & Entertainment team is excited to welcome Josh Powell to the fold. 8 to 14 is tailor-made to suit the help profesonal athletes meet the unique challenges of transitioning from the court or the field to the board room. 

When we partnered with Josh, we knew he would be an excellent representation of the dedicated franchise pro basketball players who are valuable members of their teams, but who usually aren't afforded the same opportunities as more popular players (usually the 7 players who get the most court time) to create multiple streams of income through endorsements or large contracts. 

The name speaks volumes about our commitment to ensuring ALL professional athletes can build lifelong financial security WITHOUT the typical endorsement deals. 8 to 14 is administered by Contracts & Grants, LLC to bring entrepreneur development to active, former, and retired professional athletes through advocacy, outreach, awareness, and opportunities.  

Joshua Powell is a seasoned professional athlete. In an industry where the average career spans only about five years, his 14-year career playing professional basketball has been peppered with a string of achievements.  

With two NBA Championship rings from his time with the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as championship wins with the WBA and the EuroLeague, Joshua has seen and experienced the challenges that go along with being a professional athlete, starting in an urban environment and rising to prominence. 

Throughout his professional career, Joshua Powell has worked to use his resources, relationships, and status as a professional athlete to help others. His nonprofit, 21 Reasons to Give provides resources and outreach to socially and economically disadvantaged youths.  

His own experiences as a professional athlete have helped him to understand the need for the 8 to 14 campaign, which provides support and resources to professional athletes and other professionals who have shorter than average occupational life cycles.  

Josh's involvement in Contracts & Capital's 8 to 14 campaign helps bring much-needed awareness to the untold stories of so many professional athletes and entertainers whose families and legacies will benefit from learning how to use their own talent, relationships, and resources as a foundation to build long-term wealth.




Contracts & Capital - Sports & Entertainment Founder Linda Chatmon and 2019 AFL champion Maurice Leggett

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We eliminate the learning curve and cut own your time investment by fully managing the process of building your business to best perform in both the public and private sectors. Then we find, vet, and bid on the federal proposals and commercial contracts that your company is best-suited to perform.

  • Manage the acquisition of an existing business 
  • "Stand-up" and manage the launch of a new business 
  • Business development and strategic planning for athlete-run businesses 
  • Manage day-to-day operations support for new businesses  
  • Find, administer, and manage and contracts 
  • Match businesses with commercial and government contracting opportunities

NFL Cornerback Allen Rossum and his business team training with Linda at the Contracts & Grants office 

Pursuing Government and Commercial Contracts 

As part of our core offering to athletes, we provide services that enable you to make a successful transition into the government contracting space and/or the commercial contracting space. 

Pursuing government contracts usually requires you to have training to understand how to navigate the federal space, OR you need to have the time and resources to learn by trial and error.

Our mission is to partner with major sports franchises and vendors to create turn-key small business participation programs that will enable athlete-run businesses to bid on and secure commercial contracts to deliver the products and services vendors are already buying. 

Athlete-run small businesses that qualify to participate in the Contracts & Capital - Sports & Entertainment program will also be eligible to participate in the vendor's bid process to compete for commercial contracts.

Baller Business Network

As a member of ACE, your company is automatically included in the Baller Business Network (BBN). BBN is a matchmaking tool that teams new and emerging athlete-owned businesses with existing businesses. More, BBN matches athlete-owned businesses with sports franchises, commercial buyers, and even government contractors that currently have a need for the products and services ACE companies sell. 

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Linda Chatmon, CEO of Contracts & Grants, LLC

Contracts & Grants, LLC is a Metro Atlanta-based consulting firm that provides business development, program management, acquisition, proposal, and contract support for government contracts.  

The company has been responsible for more than $12.2 billion in government contract negotiations and awards.Contracts & Grants, LLC is a Metro Atlanta-based consulting firm that provides program management, acquisition, proposal, and contract support for government contracts.  

Founded in 1995 by CEO Linda Chatmon, the C&& team has been responsible for more than $12.2 billion in contract negotiations and awards.  

Since launching Contracts & Grants, Linda has worked as a government contracting Subject Matter Expert. She is also the founder of C&G Federal and The App Diva, and creator of the Fast Track training program for government contracts. Linda is an author, trainer, and political appointee.  

Linda and the Contracts & Grants team provide proposal and contract support to private companies, as well as Program Management to support government agencies.

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