MBA Spotlight: S.U.R.E., Pastor Martha Evans

Posted by: Dr. Nika White on Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Greenville Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator Program helps accelerate the development of high potential minority business enterprises (MBEs) to strengthen and expand the regional minority entrepreneurial community. Occasionally, we spotlight the participating companies and their success stories or other MBA news of interest.

Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) is a program of the Greenville Chamber which actively seeks to improve the capacity of minority owned firms by increasing recognition of the value of minority businesses as suppliers, strategic partners, and, ultimately, as effective engines for job growth, economic development and wealth creation. MBA prepares high potential minority-owned businesses for accelerated growth and expansion through business development services, mentoring, targeted training, access to large corporations for partnership opportunities and custom roadmap to sustainable growth. MBA helps MBEs overcome growth barriers creates access to new opportunities for ethnic diverse businesses, connecting them with the right resources and results-driven strategies to fuel their growth and build capacity.

 MBA Facts:

  • 1 of 6 Chambers in the country to offer a Minority Business Accelerator program
  • Approximately $15.5 MIL in contracts awarded since inception
  • Approximately 203 jobs created since inception

S.U.R.E.

Pastor Martha Evans established Southside Urban Revitalization and Economic Development Corporation, (S.U.R.E.) in March of 2002 to help the community with education, job training, and financial literacy. S.U.R.E’s vision is to bring a sense of community back to the south and west Greenville side. S.U.R.E. operates in a community coffeehouse and pizzeria in the 912 Building. While they are there, they employ and train local individuals to not only be good employees, but teach what it takes to succeed and have great careers. Evans decided that this need is great. In five years, Evans would like to be franchising this model in low-to-moderate income communities across South Carolina. She sees that we have a population of under-served youth and young adults that deserves a chance to become self-sufficient and employable and wants to give back and improve their lifestyles and community. Advice Pastor Evans has for future entrepreneurs is to write down their vision and goals. Keep speaking the vision of those goals every day to everyone you meet. Run with it. Do not lose heart, do not give up, and do not faint. Trust in God that in His time it shall surely come to pass.

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