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Greenville Chamber Minority Business Accelerator Program Announces New Instructor

Published Tuesday, September 17, 2019 4:00 pm

) Wendell Jones has been selected as the new Greenville Chamber Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) Instructor.

In this capacity, Wendell will lead the instruction of program participants, preparing these high-potential minority-owned businesses for growth and expansion. He will utilize the internationally recognized, award-winning Interise StreetWise ‘MBA’™ curriculum throughout the course.

Wendell brings tremendous credentials and expertise to the program. He has experience in the financial industry, as an entrepreneur and most recently, as the owner of Wendell Jones Leadership Institute where he facilitates professional and management development training. Wendell is a graduate of Wofford College and a distinguished member of Liberty Fellowships. He is an Upstate native.

“As the incoming instructor for the MBA program, I’m excited and honored to do my part in the uplift of all communities within the Upstate,” 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 Greenville Chamber as we lead the charge in these efforts.”

Toby Stansell, Chief Operating Officer of THInc.IT, previously served in this role since inception of the MBA program in 2013. Toby has been heavily involved in all aspects of the program. His unparalleled service has played a significant role in the MBA program’s success. Toby is stepping down to pursue other business and personal endeavors.

MBA was created to advance economic inclusion in the Upstate by increasing the overall capacity of local, minority business enterprises. The program is available to Upstate socially or economically disadvantaged businesses, including those that are minority, veteran or woman-owned, as well as those serving lower income communities.

Since inception, the program has graduated nearly 80 participants, created 239 new fulltime jobs, and participants have seen a combined $23.5 million in new revenue.

Also new in 2020 is the addition of the feeder program, produced in partnership with Greenville Area Small Business Development Center (SBDC), designed to support those organizations that do not yet qualify for the MBA program. Applications are being accepted until November 15th.  

To learn more and apply to the Minority Business Accelerator, visit

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