This past Friday, the  U.S. Small Business Administration Great Lakes Regional Administrator Rob Scott, signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum with Wilberforce University,  along with Central State University,the Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, Central Ohio African American Chamber of Commerce, City of Columbus and Ohio Department of Transportation. The mutual agreement will lay the groundwork for supporting and strengthening Ohio’s HBCU community by increasing opportunities for students in the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem through curriculum development, internships, and job fairs.


Men and women holding an agreement signed


The SBA hopes to strengthen this entrepreneurial community by raising the capacity of HBCUs to participate in federally funded programs, strengthen access resources to fulfill their educational and service missions, and provide HBCUs with the information needed to access and compete for federal grants and contracts.

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

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