Minority Business Accelerator Class of 2018
The Greenville Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator is proud to utilize the award- winning and internationally-recognized StreetWise ‘MBA’™ curriculum from Interise. Interise is an innovative non-profit organization that promotes the economic revitalization of lower income communities by providing diverse groups of small business owners with the entrepreneurial education, connections and access to markets needed to grow their established businesses through a proprietary curriculum called the StreetWise MBA™. Learn more about the StreetWise MBA TM Curriculum.
MBA aids business owners in developing a three-year Strategic Growth Action Plan™ customized to their individual business, and details the strategies and tactics the owner and staff will take to increase revenue, financial management and improve access to capital. Interise’s program, taught over a 6-7 month period, equates to more than 100 total hours of work performed by business owners, including 13 in-class sessions, CEO peer mentoring groups, and the application of the Interise live-case analysis method to their business. This work transitions business owners from working in their business to strategically working on their business. The curriculum is designed to build the resilience needed for growth and to integrate the small business owner into a network of
peers who support each other as they move toward that goal. Access to seasoned local business experts from a variety of industries and institutions is included in this part of the curriculum. At the end of the program, participants will have a strategically-sound growth plan and the knowledge to execute it. This small business executive education curriculum is focused on outcomes for participating small businesses: job maintenance, creation and quality; revenue growth, increased access to capital.
2018 MBA Cohort
Charlita Atchison, Atchison Transportation Services, Inc.
Hardy Auston, HD Auston Moving Systems
Tracie Blue, Health Systems of SC
Zachary Brewster, The Bridge Builder
LaChandra Brown-Reynolds, Logan Chris Salon
Antron Buckhanan, RAATTA Consulting
Laura Corbin, Spencer Pest Services
Nancy Davis, Down to Earth of the Upstate, Inc.
Latoya Dixon, The Queen Photographers
Martha Evans, Southside Urban Revitalization and Economic Development Corporations (S.U.R.E.)
Nichelle Harrison, The MAP Agency
Frank Henderson, Antioch Group LLC
Srikanth Kodeboyina, Blue Eye Soft Corp.
JoAnne LaBounty, Spartanburg Meat Processing Co.
Paul Pappy, Sonfast Corporation
Amy Pecoraro, PECULIAR, LLC
Marina Ponton-Arena, Greenville Natural Health, Inc.
Dionne Sandiford, A Celebration of Us!
Tina Stevens, Secondary Solutions
Diana Stevenson, Grace Outdoor Advertising
Jennifer Sutton, BRIGHT +Co
Latal Zimmerman, VBW Hauling LLC