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.

Biography -  Mayor's Minority Business Advisory Council (MBAC)

Current Members: 

Greg Davis, Director - SC Department of Transportation 
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