The Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) is a program of the Tampa Bay Chamber Foundation designed to aide Black and Hispanic businesses prepare for growth. The MBA helps these businesses identify and overcome barriers, which often include limited access to capital, key decision makers, and information. By providing practical tools for change, program participants are positioned to increase capacity, create jobs, and build wealth.

Minorities own almost the same number of companies as non-minorities in Hillsborough County.

However, minority businesses contribute less than 5% of the total revenue in Hillsborough County.

The Minority Business Accelerator Mission

To help black and hispanic businesses reposition themselves to attract capital, scale their business operations, and increase sustainability in the marketplace.

The Minority Business Accelerator is part of the Tampa Bay Chamber Foundation.

Strategies For Success

Attract Capital

  • Foster positive banking relationships
  • Improve credit worthiness
  • Increase opportunities to receive traditional and alternative capital sources

Scale Business Operations

  • Devote time to develop as a results-producing leader and business owner
  • Invest in recruiting and retaining top talent and promote a positive company culture
  • Adapt to industry and client demands


  • Build a robust pipeline of clients and identify future “high-value” business opportunities
  • Generate multiple streams of business revenue
  • Create and maintain a solid business infrastructure to demonstrate the ability to perform exceptionally

Minority Empowerment Program

The Minority Empowerment Program (MEP) is an initiative of the Chamber designed to bring Black and Hispanic owned and led businesses and nonprofits into the community conversation through Chamber membership, resulting in a more inclusive environment and approach toward business growth throughout the region.

2022 Chair

Nikki Pardo – Global Alliance Solutions

Staff Contact

Avril Stinson – Senior Director, Minority Business Accelerator & Economic Inclusion

Past Cohorts

View the companies who have graduated from the Minority Business Accelerator.

View Past Cohorts

Founding Sponsors


Community Partners