Distribution Date: November 1, 2011 Release Date: Immediate
PITTSBURGH: The Diversity Business Resource Center (DBRC), a consulting and referral provider for disadvantaged small businesses and entrepreneurs, has reestablished its partnership with Riverside Center for Innovation (RCI), the small business incubator located on the North Shore of Pittsburgh. The DBRC was originally the brainchild of the MWDBE Governmental Committee, which is a collaboration of the diversity procurement officers of the local public agencies like ALCOSAN and the Pittsburgh International Airport as well as private companies in SW Pennsylvania charged with expanding contracting opportunities for women, minorities, and veterans. The DBRC serves the ten (10) county region which includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland.
The DBRC will reestablish its presence at RCI which will add additional support and training for disadvantaged entrepreneurs. Newly hired Director, Judith Woodson McNeil, starts with a database of over 450 qualified vendors and contractors available to connect with government contracting opportunities and will seek new companies to join the network from surrounding counties. Judy has over 13 years of experience working in the non-profit community with a diversified background in financing, contracting and recruitment of disadvantage individuals and entrepreneurs.
The DBRC program will work with its clients seeking new and expanded business relationships with local government agencies that lead to significant increases in sales. This is in addition to advocating for disadvantaged small businesses on important issues such as access to capital as well as continuing to be a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs to quickly gain access to business development information.
Emily Buka, Executive Director of RCI says, "This venture dovetails well with the mission and re-vision of RCI since our purpose is to create a healthy environment for the region’s entrepreneurs and small businesses by providing incubation support, training, and innovation strategies.". RCI offers entrepreneurial training, workshops, contracting opportunities and shared office services. RCI is a Pennsylvania certified industrial development company that can access state financing programs to assist in the growth of small businesses.
For more information, persons should contact Juan Garrett, Riverside Center for Innovation, (412) 322-3523 or Judy McNeil at 412-322-3272