MBA 2017 Class Group

Minority Business Accelerator

The Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) is a program of the Greenville Chamber’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative designed to advance economic inclusion. As one of the Greenville Chamber’s principal economic development initiatives, the MBA has been established to serve as a catalyst to drive a positive community economic impact, by increasing the overall capacity of locally-based high potential MBEs located within the market area. The MBA program prepares minority-owned businesses for growth and expansion to create a competitive advantage for Upstate, SC to become the most inclusive business community in the world. The MBA program grows the economic success of disadvantaged organizations through business development services, mentoring, technical assistance and access to large corporations for partnership opportunities. The program is focused on reducing disparity in the region's business community by driving economic activity for high-potential minority owned firms. Compelling evidence exists in other comparable areas that this type of program can lead to more viable and competitive MBEs that have the ability to grow and create meaningful job opportunities.

The MBA's mission is to help accelerate the development of high potential minority business enterprises (MBEs) and to strengthen and expand the regional minority entrepreneurial community.

The MBA delivers on its mission by using a two-pronged strategy: improving the readiness of local MBEs to serve as effective engines for economic development, and engaging the corporate community to more effectively utilize MBEs through local supplier diversity efforts. Both actions are essential for improving the overall economic base of Upstate South Carolina.

To learn more about becoming a MBA participant, contact Nika White, Senior Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion at


2018 MBA Advisory Council

The MBA Advisory Council provides strategic guidance to the MBA program and its operating team, as well as serve as ambassadors of the program in and around the Upstate community – this includes within their respective organizations. The advice provided by the council is centered on optimizing MBA performance, through proper program structuring, contributing to programming content, adhering to the program’s strategic objectives, and providing value-driven solutions for participants in the program.

Erwin Carter, Newbold Services, LLC
Louise Connell, BMW Manufacturing
Todd Davidson, Nexsen Pruet, LLC
Johnny Dowback, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Justin Force, Michelin NA
Jimmy Fowler, County Bank
Rich Hagins, US&S
Berri Heinz, Greenville Health System
Dominique Milton, CVMSDC
Toby Stansell, Cherry Bekaert, LLP
Mia Sullivan, Fluor
Beth Veach, Entrepreneur Acumen, LLC
Carlo White, WH Trucking
Nika White, Greenville Chamber

2018 MBA Coaches
While Advisors are highly encouraged to serve in the capacity of “Coach” to at least one participating MBE, there may also be non-Advisors that serve in the capacity of “Coach”, as well. Coaches are individuals that agree to work one-on-one directly with the CEO of at least one MBA participant, to help them achieve a successful outcome through the MBA program. Typically, the assistance provided by the Coach is centered on specific goals established by the participant in their three-year strategic growth plan developed during the first half of the program.

Rance Bryan, Bank of Travelers Rest
Erwin Carter, Newbold Services, LLC
Ashley Clark, Kilwins Chocolates, Fudge & Ice Cream
Paul Clark, Concision Law
Louise Connell, BMW Manufacturing
Gail DePriest, Clemson University MBA
David Esche, Piedmont SCORE
Veera Gaul, Oil & Vinegar
Manfred Gollent, QLI International
Jason Holeman, Greenville Refrigeration
Victor James
Rajeev Jindal, Bunty, LLC
James Jordon, Jordon Construction Company
Raymond Joyner
Doug Lineberry, McNair Law Firm
Chris Manley, ENGENIUS
Dominique Milton, CVMSDC
Lizette Pirtle
Beth Veach, Entrepreneur Acumen, LLC
Scott Whelchel, SC Small Business Development Corporation


Check out the 2017 MBA Impact Report.





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