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
frankh@facilitymsg.com 
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
chase@helpinghandllc.net
2458 Palumbo Dr. Lexington, KY 40509
P: 859-576-6187

Elaine Allen is a professional construction management firm that offers clients an option to avoid long-term, overhead expenses without sacrificing quality management and expertise.

Bishop Carter
bishop.carter@elaineallenllc.com
1200 N. Limestone Lexington, KY 40505
P: 859-368-7790

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
TWilliams@tcgamerica.com
1092 Duval Street, Suite 210, Lexington, KY 40515
P: 859-272-0080

Equity Solutions Group, LLC (ESG), is a strategic sourcing firm with an emphasis on expense reduction while ensuring competitive participation from qualified diverse businesses.

Ray Daniels, Owner
rayd@esgconsultingllc.com
1591 Winchester Rd, Ste 125 Lexington, KY 40505
P: 803-760-2711

 

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

Lawrence Herring, owner
Lherring@patriotinsurance.com
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
859-226-1625