Charleston Metro Chamber announces Lowcountry Minority Business Accelerator 2023 cohort

January 12, 2023

The Charleston Metro Chamber is committed to leading our region’s businesses in creating an equitable community where everyone has the opportunity to live, learn and earn. The Lowcountry Minority Business Accelerator (MBA), presented by Bank of America, is a Charleston Metro Chamber program that provides opportunities for economic growth and prosperity for high-potential minority-owned firms. This program is in partnership with the South Carolina Minority Business Accelerator, a statewide initiative formed by the Greenville Chamber, Charleston Metro Chamber and Columbia Chamber and was funded by a seed grant from Bank of America.

“We are extremely excited to welcome our second cohort to the Lowcountry MBA program,” said Richard Waring, Vice President of DE&I at the Charleston Metro Chamber. “These entrepreneurs will learn invaluable information about growing their businesses and find ways to make their mark on our region.”

The second cohort will be led by instructor, Wendell Jones, an experienced professional with deep financial industry knowledge and professional and management development training. Wendell will lead the instruction of program participants, preparing these high-potential minority-owned businesses for growth and expansion. He will be utilizing the award-winning and internationally-recognized StreetWise ‘MBA’™ curriculum created by Interise, which aids business owners in developing a three-year Strategic Growth Action Plan™.

“As the instructor for the MBA program, I’m excited and honored to do my part in the uplift of all communities within the Lowcountry,” says Wendell Jones. “As we continue to empower small business owners within disadvantaged groups, they, in turn, will provide solutions for the various economic disparities facing our region. I’m proud to be a team member within the Charleston Metro Chamber as we lead the charge in these efforts.”

The second cohort of Lowcountry MBA participants below represent high-potential businesses from a variety of industries including property management, logistics, IT services, real estate, food and beverage, media and marketing and more.

Leticia Alexander
Z SofTech Solutions

Darian Bailey
Cage Fitness

Radia Baxter
Louie B Co. Consulting

Chenne Feaster
Changing Lives Forever Home Solutions

Christina Gillaspie
CloudShyft LLC

Dr. Cerissa Hugie
MyND Space Mental Health Education & Consulting, LLC

Shateka Husser
Husser Financial Solutions

Rafael Jones
Jones & Jones Painting

Stephen Kohn
Excel Real Estate – Charleston

Daniella Martinez
La Casa Mexicana

Emma McKenney
McKenney Marketing

Debbie McLeod
McLeod Information Systems, LLC

Sharonda Moore
Renee Moore Beauty Bar

Dorian Nixon
Palmetto Family Homecare

Keonta Ramsey
Eloquence Unlimited, LLC

Alexis Scipio
The Thrive Point LLC

Tiquita Stewart
Phit4Lyfe Integrative Health Coaching, LLC

Leroyesha Tyler
Salon Lavish

Dr. Lindsay Vance
Mpowrd Analytics

Mike Vargas & Aaron Jamison
Mavrx Facility Support

Funded with a seed grant from Bank of America, the initiative was designed to advance economic inclusion across the state of South Carolina by helping to reduce the economic disparities experienced by minority-owned businesses.

The Founding Partners of the Lowcountry MBA program include Charleston County, City of Charleston, City of North Charleston, Coastal Community Foundation, Cummins Turbo Technologies, The InterTech Group, Dominion Energy and SCRA. To learn more about the Lowcountry Minority Business Accelerator, visit