The Greenville Chamber Minority Business Accelerator has accepted 20 participants into the 2018 program.
The internationally-recognized StreetWise MBA curriculum will be facilitated by Toby Stansell, managing director of Technology Solutions at Cherry Bekaert, LLP.
The program was created in 2013 to aid business owners who are minority-group members, women, veterans, or located in low- to moderate-income communities. It has since served about 50 firms, seen over $15.5 million in contracts awarded, and created approximately 157 jobs.
The year-long program involves class sessions, peer-to-peer mentoring groups, and self-analysis case studies.
The 2018 cohort members are:
Amy Pecoraro, Peculiar, LLC
Charlita Atchison, Atchison Transportation Services, Inc.
Diana Stevenson, Grace Outdoor Advertising
Dionne Sandiford, A Celebration of Us!
Frank Henderson, Antioch Group, LLC
Hardy Auston, HD Auston Moving Systems
Jennifer Sutton, BRIGHT+CO
JoAnne LaBounty, Spartanburg Meat Processing Company
LaChandra Brown-Reynolds, Logan Chris Salon
Latal Zimmerman, VBW Hauling, LLC
Latoya Dixon, The Queen Photographers
Laura Corbin, Spencer Pest Services
Marina Ponton-Arena, Greenville Natural Health, Inc.
Martha Evans, Southside Urban Revitalization and Economic Development Corporation
Nancy Davis, Down to Earth of the Upstate, Inc.
Nichelle Harris, The MAP Agency
Srikanth Kodeboyina, Blue Eyes Soft Corp.
Tina Stevens, Secondary Solutions
Tracie Blue, Health Systems of SC
Zachary Brewster, The Bridge Builder
This year, the Greenville Chamber has developed new partnerships, including The Brickyard, which will provide online accessibility of business tools, resources, and individualized communication opportunities with business experts. Wells Fargo Bank is also a sponsor to Accelerate, Greenville’s private sector-fueled economic development initiative.
The Minority Business Accelerator is one program funded by Accelerate.