In 2013, Commerce Lexington’s Community & Minority Business Development launched a Minority Business Accelerator. The mission of Commerce Lexington’s Minority Business Accelerator is to accelerate the development of sizable minority business enterprises (MBEs) and to strengthen and expand the regional minority entrepreneurial community. Created from the findings of the 2009 study commissioned by Commerce Lexington and the Lexington-Fayette Urban League, and the analysis of our year-long strategic plan, the MBA will actively seek to improve the readiness of minority businesses while increasing the recognition of the value of Ethnic-Minority-owned businesses as suppliers, customers, and investment opportunities. This program has produced direct business to the MBA members totaling over $7.4 million.

The program is supported by the Blue Grass Airport, Fayette County Public Schools, the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, Lexmark, Lexington Transit Authority, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Messer Construction, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, and the University of Kentucky.

Our current MBA members are listed below.

Facilities Maintenance & Services Group, LLC provides top-quality maintenance, janitorial, and cleaning services to clients who appreciate their professionalism and high standard of work. They provide employment opportunities to individuals who enjoy working within the facilities maintenance field. The company specializes in commercial cleaning, pressure washing, construction clean-up, high dusting, residential cleaning, and grounds keeping.

Frank Hall 
2121 Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY, 40502
P: 859-554-6584

Helping Hand, LLC is an Apartment Service Provider specializing in a variety of services that bring comfort to college students and assistance to college housing managers across the country. They provide elite services and amenities for student housing communities in an effort to lend a helping hand to students through their housing communities! All their services are convenient, accessible, and efficient for all parties involved including the residents and the property management staff. Helping Hand, LLC offers valet waste services, moving services, cleaning services, and apartment turnover services.

Chase Minnifield
2458 Palumbo Dr. Lexington, KY 40509
P: 859-576-6187

Lexington Contracting is certified as an 8(a), SBD, and HUBZone contractor in General Construction and Material Supply. We have the skills and experience to deliver a construction project on time and within budget at a fair and reasonable cost. Our experience includes renovation/rehabilitation, restoration of masonry (sand blasting, caulking, tuck pointing, and painting), storm cleanup, roofing, metal building, environmental, paving, and design-build projects with a wide array of variety. We also have extensive experience in site and concrete construction including earth work, site utilities, structural concrete, and commercial development.

Allen Carter
1500 Leestown Rd., Suite 326, Lexington, KY 40511
P: 859-281-6881

TCG America offers a wide range of technology solutions. Our years of experience and proven methodologies are the keys to our customers’ success. Areas of expertise include virtualization solutions, infrastructure design and optimization, data integrity and protection, threat protection and security, critical systems uptime, and monitoring. Technology Consulting Group America, LLC is based in Lexington, KY. Opened in May 2006 with a handful of loyal customers, TCG has experienced steady growth since inception. With decades of combined experience, it is maintaining an intimate customer relationship with our clients that we can directly attribute our success. TCG was the 2008 Commerce Lexington Minority Business of the Year. TCG is also a Certified Minority Business with Tri-State Minority Supplier Diversity Council and is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Tina Williams, Co-Owner
1092 Duval Street, Suite 210, Lexington, KY 40515
P: 859-272-0080

Patriot Group, Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers covers all lines of insurance but concentrates on medium to large company needs.

Lawrence Herring, owner
2304 Hurstbourne Village Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40299
P: 502- 583-4993

For more information about the Minority Business Accelerator, please contact:
Tyrone Tyra
Vice President, Community &  Minority Business Development