Earlier this month, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) announced the formation of the Minority Business Enterprise Advisory Council. In recognition of NMSDC’s leading role in advancing minority businesses, the MBDA appointed NMSDC CEO and president, Ying McGuire to the council.
The council will advise and assist MBDA in its continued mission to promote the growth of minority-owned businesses. In addition to McGuire, the council comprises eight private sector members and one representative from each of 10 federal agencies that support business formation, labor development, monetary policy, national security, energy, agriculture, transportation, and housing.
“I am deeply honored and excited to join this important advisory group for minority business development,” said McGuire. “Working alongside such accomplished leaders and experts from both the private and public sectors, I am confident that we can collectively help drive the MBDA’s vision forward, significantly accelerating MBE growth and creating long-lasting generational wealth for the communities we serve,” she added.
Joining McGuire on the council are distinguished leaders:
- Janice Bryant Howroyd, CEO of ActOne Group
- Ron Busby, president and CEO of U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.
- Harry E. Johnson, Sr., president and CEO of the Memorial Foundation
- Frances Perez-Wilhite, program manager of the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC)
- Kip Ritchie, CEO of the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation
- Rosa Santana, founder and CEO of the Santana Group
- David Steward, chairman and founder of World Wide Technology
- Melanie Matter Welsh, executive director of Alaska Unlimited
In addition to the members listed above, representatives from the Federal Reserve System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, and U.S. Department of Treasury will also serve on the council.
You can learn more about the work of the council and the MBDA at https://www.mbda.gov/.