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, VP, Diversity and Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 MBA Advisory Council & Coaches
Erwin Carter, Newbold Services, LLC
Brandon Coker, Greenville Health System
Louise Connell, BMW Manufacturing
Todd Davidson, Nexsen Pruet, LLC
Justin Force, Michelin NA
Rich Hagins, US&S
Berri Heinz, Greenville Health System
Rajeev Jindal, Bunty, LLC
Renee Jones, Skanska USA
Dominque Milton, CVMSDC
Kathy Moca, Beija-Flor Jeans
Lizette Pirtle, DetailXPerts
Carlos Quintero, Sales Effectiveness, Inc.
Ken Smith, Vistage
Toby Stansell, Cherry Bekaert, LLP
Mia Sullivan, Fluor
Beth Veach, Entrepreneur Acumen, LLC
Carlo White, WH Trucking
Nika White, Greenville Chamber
David Willis, NuLevel Solutions
THANKS TO OUR MBA SPONSORS