WBEC South and the SBA Present

Women’s Business Center (WBC) South – Memphis

We provide women-owned businesses with resources, connections, training opportunities, certification guidance and direct support needed to start, sustain and grow.

Women's Business Center (WBC) South

YOUR Women's Business Center

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Small Business Administration (SBA)

Washington | January 2021

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Small Business Administration (SBA)

Washington | January 2021

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced grant funding and the historic launch of 20 new Women’s Business Centers (WBC) across America to serve rural, urban and underserved communities alike.  The opening of the 20 new WBCs (including the Women’s Business Center South) is the largest single expansion of WBCs across America in its 30-year tenure, and the WBCs will be hosted in rural and underserved markets and widen the footprint and partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

“Women-owned small businesses are the backbone of communities across America. At the SBA, we help level the playing field for women entrepreneurs so they can create generational wealth and continue driving our historic economic growth.” 

– Isabel Guzman, 27th SBA Administrator

Training Topics

The Women’s Business Center South will offer a multitude of training opportunities and topics for women-owned companies of all sizes.

Events

Live, virtual, hybrid. FREE resources, networking, insights, & business development opportunities. 

Visit https://www.wbecsouth.org/event/ and mark your calendar for all of our upcoming events!

Women’s Business Center (WBC) South @ Memphis

Community & Economic Development Leader Vonesha Mitchell, Executive Director; Business Owner & Non-Profit Administrator Angelita Parham, Program Manager

Vonesha Mitchell (far left, top) is the Executive Director the Women’s Business Center (WBC) South.
Prior to her role as the WBC South ED, Vonesha served as the Director of Community and Economic Development at the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) where she led a team that focused on creative business recruitment, business support, procurement opportunities and workforce development strategies for the area in and around the medical and academic anchor institutions that make up Memphis’ Medical District. She worked as a senior level management consultant and trainer for Communities Unlimited, a Community Development Financial Institution- CDFI, for more than 8 years prior to her work with the MMDC.
Vonesha has assisted with the successful launch, turnaround, and growth of numerous businesses in the southern region of the United States. She also taught several entrepreneurial courses for Arkansas State University and even spent time in Shelby County
Tennessee classrooms as a math and science teacher. She has dedicated her life’s work thus far to education and economic development focused on empowering young people, minorities, and women.

Amanda Merritt (far left, middle) is the Program Coordinator for the Women’s Business Center (WBC) South. Sis a graduate from the University of Memphis and is proud to call Memphis home. After graduation, Amanda started her career at Girl Scouts Heart of the South in the Program department. While there, she quickly became an integral part of the team delivering increased engagement and quality programming as the Director of Girl Programs. When Amanda is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and 2 children, cooking, and running. She is excited to bring her skills and expertise to the Women’s Business Center South and can’t wait to help us reach our goals!

The WBC South also has a powerhouse Advisory Board consisting of Executives, Professionals & Entrepreneurs across the spectrum serving to provide the Women Business Enterprises that seek out support with the best resources, tools, and connections available.

Contact WBC South

Apply for Support” by Completing the form at this LINK 
Email – info@wbcsouth.org

Phone – 901.275.1919
Women’s Business Center South

1350 Concourse Ave, Suite 434

Memphis, TN 38104
Our Business Hours (appointments recommended): 

Monday           9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday           9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday    9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday         9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday               9:00 am – 4:00 pm (by appointment only)

Please schedule an appointment at info@wbcsouth.org or 901.275.1919 to ensure someone is available to connect with you.

Saturday          11:00 am – 1:00 pm (by appointment only)

Sunday            Closed

The Women’s Business Center South is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Women’s Business Center South does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or status as a protected veteran. 

All WBC and SBA programs and services are provided to the public on a non – discriminatory basis. Accommodations will be provided to clients with limited English proficiency when requested at least two weeks in advance. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Women’s Business Center South at info@wbcsouth.org or 901- 275-1919.