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South Bronx MBDA Business Center

About This Center

The MBDA South Bronx Minority Business Center is located in the hub of the South Bronx. This Center is operated by the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO), and is funded by the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). The Center’s program is designed to provide high-level strategic business consulting services to eligible minority-owned firms that generate revenues of $1 million or more.  The services offer are in the areas of large public and/or private contracts, financing transactions, strategic business consulting, global business development, and export/ import. 

Since its inception, the Center assisted minority business enterprises in facilitating entries into global markets, identified export markets, and overseas market promotion. The Center’s mission, as part of an overarching vision, is to promote growth alternatives through strategic partnerships and teaming arrangements. The Center partners with various organizations to facilitate multi-level transactions with high-value impact on minority-own business expansions, jobs retention, and jobs creation.

The Center’s philosophy:  “Where there is synergy profitability is endless.”

» Visit the MBDA South Bronx Business Center website for additional information.

Staff Information

Sharon Higgins - Project Director

Sharon Higgins is a results-oriented financial professional with demonstrated expertise in financial analysis, commercial financing, and risk management. She has more than fifteen years of commercial lending and underwriting experience with loan financing and with the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 Loan programs. She has made extensive contributions in the implementation and facilitation of several multi-million dollar federal, state, and city economic development small business expansion projects. Her experience includes working in various areas of financing, business development, procurement and contracting, reporting, and implementation processes.   

She created and implemented the strategic plans for the start-up and operations of the MBDA Minority Business Center, U.S. Department of Commerce, operated SoBRO. Under her leadership, the MBDA Minority Business Center, operated by SoBRO, was recognized by the Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce for assisting M/WBEs in generating over $2.8 billion in contracting, bonding, and financing transactions. 

Sharon is also an experienced higher education administration professional, with a background in academic advising at graduate level. She served on the Workshop Committee for the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference.  She holds a Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Higher Education Administration, and Bachelor degree in Accounting. 

Demond Wilkerson, Consultant, has over 17 years of commercial finance, investment management, new market tax credits, federal opportunity zones, and business valuation experience. He’s held key roles at JP Morgan Asset Management, HSBC, and Santander Bank. Demond has partnered with companies pioneering developing technology driven small business lending products, and has focused on advising project sponsors and working with institutions, increasing capital access to under-served businesses. He has been involved in all facets from underwriting to structuring complex commercial finance transactions SBDC’s Minority Business Development Agencies, and major organizations across the country.  

Zulenny Sanchez, Business Coordinator, holds her Bachelors' of Science in Psychology and Sociology degree, and currently provides the administrative support for the Center’s operations. She brings an extensive background in business administration.   

Address

555 Bergen Ave
3rd Floor
Bronx, NY 10455
United States