In 2013, 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). MBAC assists the Mayor in coordinating the City’s efforts to maximize the opportunities and growth of minority businesses.
MBAC is charged with collaborating with the Office of Business Opportunities 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. The Council offers guidance and input on current policies and practices that have an impact on the minority business community. The Council 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. Since 2014, several amendments have been approved by Columbia City Council.
Biography - Mayor's Minority Business Advisory Council (MBAC)
Greg Davis, Director - SC Department of Transportation
W. Lee Catoe, Special Assistant to CEO & VP of Community Affairs - Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
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
Dahli N. Myers, Principal - Myers, LLC-Business Lawyers
Terris S. Riley, Principal - NewVenue Technologies, Inc.
Cheryl Sally, Manager - SC Small Business Development Centers
Ronald Taylor, Contractor - Taylor Brothers Construction Company
Roscoe Wilson, Jr., CEO - RC Wilson Group
Boyd Summers, Executive Vice President - The Congaree Group LLC
Contact Office of Business Opportunities at 803.545.3950