CCC to Sign Strategic Alliance Memorandum with SBA Next Week
CLARKSDALE — Coahoma Community College President Dr. Valmadge Towner will sign a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) with the US Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Mississippi District Director Janita Stewart on Wednesday during a program at 1 p.m., in The Gallery on the CCC campus.
The SAM is part of an initiative that focuses on the commitment to providing entrepreneurial opportunity for CCC’s students and supports minority-owned businesses.
“Coahoma is always open to substantive partnerships that will strengthen our institution and effectively prepare and train our students,” said Towner. “This partnership has the potential to be very meaningful to Coahoma’s mission to prepare our students to enter the workforce, or to continue their education at a four-year college or university. We are very excited to form this alliance with the SBA.”
SBA Regional Administrator Cassius Butts stated, “I am proud that the SBA and Coahoma Community College will enter into a partnership to promote small, minority-owned businesses. I’ve always believed that HBCU’s and their faculty serve as the foundation for strong and thriving communities. This partnership will foster entrepreneurship amongst the young population, especially in minority communities.”
The signing would be the fourth Mississippi HBCU to enter into a SAM agreement with the Mississippi SBA. Others include Alcorn State University, Mississippi Valley State University and Rust College.
In addition, through the Mississippi Small Business Development Centers, SBA has a long-term and on-going relationship with Jackson State University, a HBCU, which receives funding from SBA to provide counseling, training, management and technical assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout their designated territory.
Stewart will also be serving as the program’s guest speaker. She is a graduate of the U.S. Small Business Administration's District Director Candidate Development Program where she took on rotational assignments in directing the SBA offices in Charlotte, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. She received her B.S. Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and has approximately 38 years of federal government service. In addition to the SBA, she also has served at the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers in the Vicksburg and New Orleans Districts in the capacities of Contract Specialist, Procurement Analyst, Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Specialist (SADBU), and Special Assistant and Advisor to the Commander and District Engineer for the Corps’ multi-million dollar Small Business Programs.