"To strengthen the asset base of diverse populations through policy, education and economic opportunities"


"Economic Prosperity for Diverse Populations"



Our Programs & Affiliates

Women’s Business Center of Charlotte

The Women’s Business Center of Charlotte (WBCC) empowers women by offering tools and support to establish businesses, stabilize their companies, generate sustainable profits, strategize for future growth and contribute to the growth and economic development of the community.

Women’s Business Center of North Carolina

The mission of the Women’s Business Center of North Carolina is to promote economic self-sufficiency for all women in North Carolina through entrepreneurship. 

Women’s Business Center of Richmond

The Women’s Business Center of Richmond drives economic impact by, for and through women-owned enterprises.

Institute Capital (ICAP)

Institute Capital provides debt and investment capital to affordable housing developers, community-based development organizations (CBDOs) and small businesses.

Small Business Transportation Resource Center

The South Atlantic Region Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) provides advocacy and technical assistance training programs that help small and disadvantaged businesses build their capacity to bid on federally funded transportation projects.

Research, Policy & Impact Center

The Research, Policy & Impact Center of the Institute shapes the core direction of advocacy, education, policy development and economic impact analysis on behalf of minority and women owned businesses.

Public Allies North Carolina

Public Allies North Carolina prepares young adults for leadership based on knowledge, expertise and values that promote diversity as a path to broad prosperity.

Minority Executive Education Institute

The Minority Executive Education Institute (MEEI®) delivers comprehensive and robust graduate-level business education designed to help minority business executives strengthen and grow their companies.



Financial & Contract Awards


Years of Experience


High Capacity Business Database


Small Business Database


Clients Served



We have built a staff with over 100 years of experience in the industry, as well as our industry intelligence and expertise in working with Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

In order to move our staff to this new fee-for-service structure model, we had to make changes in our organizational structure to provide more authority to the Program Directors. Each Program Director became more involved, with not only managing their staff, but also their budgets and expected outcomes. In addition, the administrative staff now provides support services to achieve the goals of the program.

Our focus was on:

  • Operational Excellence
  • Program Success
  • Fundraising
  • Leadership Development

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