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.
- 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
The MAP Agency
Nichelle Harrison is the owner of The MAP Agency which was established in 2016. MAP stands for Modern Access to Professionals. This innovative workforce developing staffing business connects professional, experienced women, who have an extended absence on their resume, to companies who know the value women bring to the workforce.
The MAP Agency specializes in assisting women with a career break, to re-enter the workforce. Or women who need to pivot in their career to avoid an extended absence. Nichelle formed her business from personal experience. She observed other women go through the same experience and wanted to fulfill a need in the workforce development of our state. When asked what the greatest reward has been for Nichelle regarding her business she stated, “Realizing that I could actually help empower and re-direct the lives of women and their families while positively impacting the community.”
Nichelle is the most excited about the opportunities to grow in multiple areas of her business with the help of the MBA program. In five years, Nichelle sees The Map Agency as the "go to" experts for companies in this area to engage, attract and retain smart, capable, experienced women. A piece of advice to entrepreneurs from Nichelle is to pray. Entrepreneurs should have a vision, set goals, and be able to step outside your comfort zone.