South Bronx MBDA Business Center
About South Bronx
The Minority Business Center Bronx, NY is operated and managed by the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO). SoBRO’s business programs have a proven track record of providing assistance to minority entrepreneurs since 1972. These programs, in conjunction with the staff expertise of the Minority Business Center, will allow for comprehensive assistance to minority businesses across all categories.
Our Center is committed to providing business owners with the knowledge, skills, and access to resources they need to grow and prosper.
Through strategic and community partnerships, as well as our business assistance programs; such as: PTAC, M/WBE Technical Assistance, Industrial Business Zone program, EAP and Credit Inc. (CDFI), we ensure that entrepreneurs not only reach their goals, but excel beyond them.
The Center’s staff of business professionals will continue to grow strategic relationships with banks, loan officers, city, state and federal agency staff, chambers of commerce, and private sector companies to provide the broadest selection of opportunities for success in the local and global economy.
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Sharon Higgins - Project Director
Sharon Higgins is a results-oriented financial professional with demonstrated expertise in financial analysis, commercial financing, and risk management. With over seven years of commercial lending and underwriting experience with micro loans financing and with the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 Loan programs. She has made extensive contribution in the implementation and facilitation of several multi-million dollar federal, state, and city economic development small business expansion projects. Her work experience includes working in various areas of financing, business development, reporting and implementation processes.
Sharon is also an experienced higher education administration professional, with experience in academic advising at graduate level. She holds a Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Higher Education Administration, Bachelor in Accounting, and Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration.
Andrew M. Hyman, Esq. - Business Specialist
Andrew Hyman has nearly 35 years of experience and expertise in economic and community development, and real estate law. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Hyman has a Bachelor’s Degree from Vassar College and a law degree from Albany Law School of Union University.
Andrew began his career as an Assistant Counsel with the Lefrak Organization, a major residential and commercial real estate developer. He then gained experience in affordable housing issues as a Senior Attorney with the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal, and in commercial lending as Senior Counsel with the Empire State Development Corporation. Andrew served as General Counsel to Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, and as Deputy Director of the Bronx Empowerment Zone Unit with the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (“BOEDC”). He was promoted to the position of General Counsel for the BOEDC.
Most recently, Mr. Hyman served as Commissioner of Public Safety and Deputy Town Attorney in his home community of the Town of North Hempstead. He retired from state and local service in October 2012. Mr. Hyman is married to the former Corbey Rene Low; they have three children: Doriana, Ezra, and Mikayla. Now, as a Business Specialist with the Minority Business Center, operated by South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, Andrew looks forward to serving the Bronx business community.
Mary Olushoga - Business Specialist
In her capacity as a Business Specialist, Mary Olushoga’s role is to support the growth and development of small businesses by providing education, information resources and fostering business development through relationships and networking. She also working with clients to define and execute business strategies to grow their small businesses.
Mary Olushoga is a 2015 Vital Voices Global Leadership Fellow, an IndiAfrica Young Visionary Fellow (2014), a Women4Africa International Media Woman of the Year (2014), a Crans Montana ‘New Leader’ (2014), the first-ever GOOD Maker/Oxfam America International Women’s Day Challenge Winner, a Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) Associate, and an Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet Ambassador. Olushoga received a bachelor’s degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York and a Master of Science degree from Baruch College. She has served as a Public Policy Fellow at the University at Albany, Center for Women in Government and Civil Society and participated in the Sub-Saharan African Women In Public Service Fall Institute.
Olushoga has featured on BBC World News, Arise TV, Black Enterprise, iwantherjob.com, AFK Insider, Applause Africa, BET Networks, and has presented her work on women entrepreneurs at the Columbia University Africa Economic Forum, the United States Department of Labor Strategy Meeting on Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, and Disability, W!se Institute, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the United Nations ECOSOC Youth Employment Forum, and the Rockefeller Foundation Tech Salon. She also writes for GE Ideas Lab and the Huffington Post.
Angela White, Administrative Coordinator
Angela White, Administrative Coordinator, is a graduate of Metropolitan College of New York, and holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration, AAS in Advertising-Media, Marketing and Management, and a Certificate in National Retail Federation. Angela has an extensive background in the retail industry.
Her role currently supports Minority Business Entities (MBEs) in obtaining comprehensive bid and proposal opportunities with federal, state and local government agencies. She is responsible for audit and compliance of client records, coordinates and oversees technical office, and administrative supports.
Angela is proficient in Customer Service, Client Relations, Logistic Assistant, Sales and Merchandising, Database Management, Microsoft Word/Outlook/Excel/PowerPoint, Word Processing and Typing, Filling, Data Archiving, Data Entry, Strong Interpersonal Skills, Telephone Reception, and Office Equipment Operation.
Core Business Services
Global Business Development
Services include identification of export markets, facilitation of global transactions, international trade missions and market analysis, and overseas market promotion assistance.
Access to Capital
Services include identification of domestic and global financing opportunities, equity financing, brokerage of financial transactions, identification and closure of merger and acquisition transactions.
Access to Contracts
Services include identification of procurement opportunities, solicitation analysis, bid and proposal preparation, negotiation and closing, research contract award histories.
Access to Markets
Services include government procurement assistance, private sector contract identification and specialized certification assistance including 8(a), and assistance with market research.
Strategic Business Consulting
Services include sales consulting and forecasting, market feasibility studies, operations management and quality control, bid preparation and bonding (construction), and manufacturing facility leasing.