About

The St. Louis Small Business Empowerment Center is the region’s primary resource for growth for minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses. The Greater St. Louis Empowerment Zone sponsors this 501c3 nonprofit organization.

St. Louis Small Business Empowerment Center exists to uplift minority, women and veterans in their journeys to impactful business ownership. Entrepreneurs who work with SBEC have access to a wealth of small business knowledge, established financial relationships, and community connections.

SBEC partners with entrepreneurs to help them gain access to capital, grow their capacity, and earn SBA certifications, among a bevy of services.

About

The St. Louis Small Business Empowerment Center is the region’s primary resource for growth for minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses. The Greater St. Louis Empowerment Zone sponsors this 501c3 nonprofit organization.

SBEC partners with entrepreneurs to help them gain access to capital, grow their capacity, and earn SBA certifications, among a bevy of services.

Supporters

The St. Louis Small Business Empowerment Center is grateful for the generous donations and grants from the following esteemed organizations.

Partnerships

The St. Louis Small Business Empowerment Center is proud to provide access to the following programs.

Funders

The St. Louis Small Business Empowerment Center works with these financial institutions to procure funding for St. Louis’s entrepreneurs.

Board of Directors

Kevin Wilson, Executive Director
Thousands of St. Louis-area entrepreneurs have benefitted from Kevin Wilson’s ability to help launch successful businesses. Kevin, a highly respected small business consultant and entrepreneurial coach, has decades of experience in SBA lending, deal structuring, tax credits, and business strategy. He is passionate about economic development, small business finance, and building community wealth.  

Kevin is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council and a graduate of Leadership St. Louis. He serves as board president of T-REX, a non-profit innovation and entrepreneur development center dedicated to strengthening the economic vitality of St. Louis. 

Kevin received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Cheryl Walker, Chairman
Transactions Attorney, Walker Commercial Law Group, LLC

Reginald Scott, Co-Chairman

Michelle Stuckey, Treasurer
Vice President, Business Development, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

Board Members
Dr. Joe Frank
Director, Executive and Compliance Reporting, Human Resources, Washington University in St. Louis


John Henderson
Senior Manager, Benefits Service Center, Washington University in St. Louis


Lorraine McKinney
Retired Lead Lender Relations Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration 


Dr. Vernon Mitchell, Jr.

Director, Civil Rights Division, City of St. Louis


Denise Philips

Retired Loan Officer, St. Louis Development Corporation


Alan Richter
Executive Director, Regional Union Construction Center


Mitchell Washington
Senior Vice President, Williamson Financial Management Group