Mayor Steve Benjamin demonstrated his commitment to minority business success in the City of Columbia by establishing the Mayor’s Minority Business Advisory Council (MBAC) in 2013.  MBAC assists the Mayor in coordinating City efforts to maximize the opportunities and growth potential of minority businesses.

Through guidance and input on current policies and practices, MBAC is charged with collaborating with the Office of Business Opportunities (OBO) to carry out responsibilities in the areas of economic development, employment, procurement, training, and other matters affecting the economic vitality of the minority business community.

MBAC consists of nearly 20 minorities who are either small business owners or individuals who consistently support the development of minority businesses through their work in private industry, government, and academia.

MBAC plays an active role in proposing amendments to the City’s Mentor Protégé Program (MPP).  Since MBAC’s inception several recommended amendments have been approved by Columbia City Council.

Current Members: 

Greg Davis, Director - SC Department of Transportation
Allen Brown, Midlands Coordinator and Business Consultant - SC Small Business Development Center
Jimmy Chao, President - Chao and Associates, Inc.
Todd Corley, Co-Owner - Corley Construction
Cynthia Hardy, President - OnPoint Media, LLC
Karen R. Jenkins, President/CEO - KRJ Consulting, LLC
Anthony Lawrence, Executive VP and Architect - Brownstone Construction Group
Dr. Louis Lynn, President - ENVIRO AgScience
Vanessa Mota, Owner – Mota Intellectual Services, LLC 
Terris S. Riley, Principal - NewVenue Technologies, Inc.
Cheryl Salley, Director - Benedict College Women's Business Center
Ronald Taylor, Contractor - Taylor Brothers Construction Company
Roscoe Wilson, Jr., CEO - RC Wilson Group

Contact Office of Business Opportunities at 803.545.3950