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Minority Business Accelerator Program Alumni Give Back

Posted Jul, 2, 2010

Former clients of the Partnership for the Minority Business Accelerator (PMBA) are helping the mentoring program that made a difference for their businesses. The PMBA is a consortium of the Akron Urban League, Akron SCORE and Kent State University that provides intensive support to African-American and Hispanic business owners in Medina, Portage and Summit counties.

Photo of DeLores Pressley“Their success with PMBA has inspired them to give back to future classes of business owners,” said Veronica Cook-Euell, program manager of PMBA. “I’m very excited about the involvement of our alumni and their desire to continue to work with the program as well as assist current business owners enrolled in PMBA.”

A recent example of this ongoing involvement is the June 16 presentation by Delores Pressley, founder of the Born Successful Institute® and DeLores Pressley Worldwide®. Pressley is a motivational speaker and is a highly sought-after speaker on success, confidence and personal power. Pressley, who has been featured extensively in national media such as Glamour, The Washington Post, Ebony and “The Oprah Show,” conducted a PMBA workshop on how to use public speaking as a marketing strategy. 

Minority business owners currently enrolled in PMBA who attended Pressley’s “Speak to Grow Your Business” workshop said the session provided valuable and actionable information.

“These are the types of tools that our client businesses need to grow their companies,” Cook-Euell said.

Pressley feels it is critical to give back. “I believe that service is the price we pay for being on this earth,” Pressley said. “I feel we should ‘carry as we climb,’ which means as you climb the corporate ladder – take someone else with you. It is important that we support each other.”

The results of the clients’ first six months in the PMBA program are very encouraging. As a direct result of the PMBA program, businesses collectively signed 32 new contracts totaling $2,385,126. In addition, 63 new products and services were launched, and 18 new full- and part-time employees were added.

Pressley has joined other PMBA alumni on an alumni committee that continues to work with the organization. The committee also includes Renea Woods-Baylor of Overstreet Financial Group, Terry Clark of ClarkTel Communications Corp. Inc., Don Carthorn of ASAP Movers and CNA Consulting, Yamatzy DeLeón –Mettee of YDM and Candace Benson of Camp Tech Inc.

“The assistance that these former clients provide is invaluable,” Cook-Euell said. “It opens up yet another door to impact the bottom line. All these folks have given back and have pledged to continue to do so in the future.”

Applications for the 2010-2011 class are now being accepted. The deadline has been extended, and all applications must now be received by PMBA by July 9. Application forms are available at For additional information, contact Cook-Euell at 234-542-4145.

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Photo Caption:
DeLores Pressley gives a workshop to a PMBA class at the Akron Urban League on June 16.

Media Contacts:
Veronica Cook-Euell,, 234-542-4145
Bob Burford,, 330-672-8516