Published on March 6th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Greenville Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator Enters Second Year
Pictured Nika White, Greenville Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion Vice President
(GREENVILLE, SC) The Greenville Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) program, one of only five in the country, begins its second year after a successful inaugural year with the support of many Upstate business leaders serving as coaches and advisors.
The Minority Business Accelerator, a program of the Greenville Chamber’s diversity and inclusion initiative, is designed to prepare Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBEs) for growth and expansion. The MBA serves 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 stimulates the success of those organizations through business development services, mentoring, and access to large corporations for partnership opportunities. In turn, the goal is for those organizations to stimulate the broader community through sustainable economic outcomes, such as livable wage job creation, establishing a healthy tax base, and community reinvestment.
14 MBEs participated in the program’s inaugural class. Their success was measured through several key metrics, including new strategic introductions and referrals, participation in active RFPs and RFQs issued by locally-based corporations, as well as new and recurring contract awards. These MBEs were also successful in terms of gaining exposure, forming strategic partnerships, and increasing the number of current full-time employees.
“The inaugural MBA program year, by all accounts is considered a success,” said Nika White, the Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion Vice President. “However, sustaining success requires that we refine the program each year for optimal impact. We are thrilled to have the support of so many dedicated business and community leaders.”
The MBA is led by a diversely talented, committed and engaged Advisory Leadership Council, which has identified several new initiatives that will be integrated into the 2015 program, including, 1) segmentation of MBEs for a customized experience, 2) extending the program term cycle, and 4) assigning executive coaches to each participant to ensure the MBEs are better connected, prepared and positioned for growth opportunities. These coaches play a vital role, by working closely with the MBEs to further their development.
2015 Coaches (C) and Advisors (A):
Steve Bailey, Merus Beverage Services (C)
Bob Barreto, GBS Building Supply (C & A)
Erwin Carter, New Bold Services (C & A)
Louise Connell, BMW Manufacturing Co. (A)
Sonya Cunningham, Greenville Health System (A)
Todd Davidson, Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. (C)
Mark Curtis, Greenville Health System (C)
Crystal German, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce (A)
Rich Hagins, US&S, Inc (C & A)
Rajeev Jindal, Bunty, LLC (C & A)
Renee Jones, Skanska (A)
Dr. Keith Miller, Greenville Technical College (A)
Steven Prior, Michelin (C & A)
Ric Ransom, Greenville Health System (C)
Toby Stansell, Acumen IT (C & A)
Nika White, Greenville Chamber (A)
David Willis, NuLevel Strategic Solutions, LLC (C & A)
2015 Minority Business Enterprises:
Alfonso Interpreting & Transport, LLC
Flat Fee Recruiting, LLC
IG Global Sourcing, LLC
JCC General Contractors, LLC
New Wave Logistics, LLC
Professional Healthcare Services, LLC
Talent Management Solutions, LLC
The Idea Group, LLC
White Holdings, LLC
About the Greenville Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative
The Greenville Chamber is dedicated to fostering economic development through diversity and inclusion by building capacity to strengthen the skills, competencies and abilities of people and communities. The diversity and inclusion initiative facilitates building structure within the community to increase capacity, enhance economic development and create leadership opportunities for diverse business owners and professionals. For more information, visit http://www.greenvillechamber.org/diversity-inclusion.php.
About the Greenville Chamber
The Greenville Chamber, now in its 127th year of operation, is the largest business organization in the Upstate with over 2400 investors. The Chamber’s vision is to build one of the premier business communities in the world by driving economic growth and prosperity, serving as an advocate for business interests, training future leaders and facilitating the workforce of tomorrow. For more information, visit www.greenvillechamber.org or call 864-242-1050.