2022 MBA Class

Midlands 2022 MBA Class graduates (left to right): Allison Sullivan, Niketa Galloway, Will Patterson, Rozalynn Good- win, Nate Abraham Jr., Wendell Jones (instructor), Heather Leigh, Debi Schadel and Elias Lykes.

The Midlands Minority Business Accelerator (MMBA) supports and scales high-potential minority-owned firms by providing targeted training, access to business coaches, and access to large corporations. Participants undergo intensive training following the award winning and internationally recognized StreetWise ‘MBA’™ curriculum created by Interise and led by Wendell Jones. Participants work closely with financial experts, coaches, and peers to develop a three-year Strategic Growth Action Plan™, which is 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.

Graduating from the 2022 program were eight local, small business owners:

Allison Sullivan, Bluestein Attorneys

Debi Schadel, Flock and Rally

Elias Lykes, Defender Firearms & Training

Heather Leigh, Greenhaven Memorial Gardens

Nate Abraham, Carolina Panorama Newspaper

Niketa Galloway, Bizzy Kidz Kab Company

Rozalynn Goodwin, Confidence by GaBBY

Will Patterson, PatCon Industries

At the December 7th graduation ceremony, Niketa Galloway received the MBA Excellence Award for her dedication and growth throughout the program.

2023 MBA Class

Members of the 2023 Minority Business Accelera- tor Class pose for a photo. Their year-long program will launch in January.

The 2023 class will kick-off their program in January:

Alicia Davis, Davis Tax Consulting & Financial Services, LLC 

Brittany Koester, Azalea Coffee Bar

Bryan Tayara, Rosewood Market & Deli

Charity Stewart, The Glow Factory

Cornell Jones, Joseph C Logistics LLC

Eunissa Warnock, The Assignment Agency

Teresa Tidwell-Smith, Meaningful Escapes Boutique Travel Agency

Timothy Clements, Clements Cleaning Service LLC

The Midlands Minority Business Accelerator is a program of the Columbia Chamber in partnership with the South Carolina Minority Business Accelerator. The South Carolina Minority Business Accelerator is a statewide initiative formed by Greenville Chamber, Charleston Metro Chamber and the Columbia Chamber.

Funded with a seed grant from Bank of America, the initiative was designed to advance economic inclusion across the state of South Carolina by helping to reduce the economic disparities experienced by minority owned businesses. The initiative provides opportunities for economic growth and prosperity for high-potential minority owned firms. MMBA is a major economic development tool of the Columbia Chamber and is designed to make minority businesses more competitive.

Learn more at www.columbiachamber.com.

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