Minority-owned firms face unique challenges. In order to survive in today’s increasingly global marketplace, CEOs must lead their firms with innovative, clear strategies. In the absence of specialized executive training, few of these firms will be positioned for continual success in the marketplace. 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.  

MEEI® business education builds the capacity and extends the capabilities of minority firms through the following program features:

  • Extensive course content based on proven best practices and research
  • Leading business experts from university and corporate partners
  • Access to new business resources through networking and strategic partnerships

MEEI® programming utilizes the talents of graduate-level professors from universities across the state and leading business experts, creating a powerful learning experience that gives minority and women business owners concrete knowledge that can be used to grow revenue, enter into new markets, or launch new product ideas.

In the ever-changing business landscape, minority-owned firms must begin to aggressively develop a mindset for growth. MEEI® will help to position firms for explosive growth in the marketplace.

Contact the Minority Executive Education Institute

Kaye Gantt, MCA

Chief Operations Officer
(919) 956-8889 |

Public Allies North Carolina is one of 25 statewide, affiliate sites connected to our national movement to advance social justice and equity by engaging and activating the leadership capacities of young people.  Our mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it.

For over 25 years, we have helped thousands of underrepresented young leaders serve the capacity needs of non-profit organizations and government entities, get on successful pathways to higher education and careers, and bring communities together to work for the common good.

Public Allies is a program of the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Our program is made possible through funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Our signature AmeriCorps Ally Program has identified thousands of diverse young adults and prepared them for leadership. Our learning process weaves together four key elements that constitute an experiential journey of self-discovery and professional development:

  • Practical, on-the-job learning through a paid, full-time nonprofit apprenticeship,
  • Rigorous leadership training,
  • Building community through our cohort model, and
  • Mentoring, coaching, and continual self-reflection.

Allies are placed with one of our partner organizations where they help address critical community needs such as youth development, education, workforce development, environmental issues, arts programming and community health.  Our program is a dynamic pipeline for talented young people to emerge as leaders and to strengthen the capacity of community organizations across the state of North Carolina.

To learn more about our program, partner with us or apply to be an Ally, click here.

Contact Public Allies North Carolina

Cheri Selby Pearson, J.D.

Executive Director
(919) 956-2319 |

The South Atlantic Region Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) serves as a regional office for the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).  SBTRC works closely with prime and subcontractors, as well as state and local transportation agencies within the South Atlantic Region.  The main focus of the SBTRC is assisting firms that are interested in doing business with the U.S. DOT directly, or with state and local agencies receiving U.S. DOT funding.

SBTRC supports small businesses in the District of Columbia and the four-state region of Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia to offer:

  • Capacity-building skills and training for small businesses.
  • Counseling and information on procurement opportunities.
  • Access to capital through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Short-Term Lending Program.
  • Assistance obtaining a surety bond.
  • Resource assistance to promote more women and girls in the transportation industry.

Contact SBTRC Staff

Alyssa Mako

Project Director, South Atlantic Region
(919) 956-2331 |

Ryan Humphreys

Project Coordinator, South Atlantic Region
(919) 956-2323 |

Clayton Toppin

Executive Director, DC Metro

Shara Gibson

BEP Coordinator, DC Metro

Women’s Business Centers

The Women’s Business Centers offer tools and support to women-owned and women–led business to assist in establishing businesses, stabilizing companies, generating sustainable profits, strategizing for future growth and contributing to the growth and economic development of the community.

Our small business experts can provide:

  • Customized, one-on-one business counseling.
  • Seminars and classes focused on key business topics, such as marketing, finance, certification and small business resources.
  • Review and feedback on written business plans.
  • Loan package preparation assistance and lender referrals.
  • Certification assistance and review.
  • Networking opportunities to find mutual support, access to resources and business referrals.

The Women's Business Center of Charlotte, the Women's Business Center of North Carolina, and the Women's Business Center Richmond are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Contact WBC

9115 Harris Corners Parkway - Suite 440
Charlotte, NC 28269
(704) 509-5884

Kaye Gantt

Interim Executive Director, Women's Business Center of Charlotte
(919) 956-8889 |

Linda Hughes

Technology & Marketing Administrator, Women's Business Center of Charlotte
(704) 509-1322 

114 West Main Street - 2nd  Level
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 956-8889

Suling Walker

Executive Director, Women's Business Center of North Carolina
(919) 956-8889 |

Dan Stafford

Client Counselor, Women's Business Center of North Carolina
(919) 956-2335 |

Virginia Union University
1500 N. Lombardy Street
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 525-9499

Daniella Gladden-Green, PhD

Executive Director, Women's Business Center Richmond

Tanya White, MSHRM

Business Counselor, Women's Business Center Richmond


The Women's Business Center of Charlotte and the Women's Business Center of North Carolina are members of the Association of Women's Business Centers.