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The Mission of the Cleveland County Minority Business Development Center (CCMBDC) is to support entrepreneurship through capacity building, education, training and networking.


The CCMBDC is also committed to supporting community revitalization and capacity building, and will continue to partner and collaborate with other stakeholders to promote economic success in small business ownership, skill training and educational services and outreach.

Economic Development

The CCMBDC also serve as a catalyst for economic development through inclusion and empowerment to build a culturally responsive network of client services and programs to ensure economic viability.


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CELA 2022


CELA Leadership Salutes 2022 Graduates

While embracing the premise that leadership and learning are indispensable to each other, the Cleveland Emerging Leaders Academy (CELA) held its third graduation ceremony for a new cohort of emerging leaders on November 17, 2022. The event was held at the Deerbrook Country Club in Shelby, NC. In keeping with its mission to develop a cadre of informed public servants from the minority and underserved communities, CELA welcomed six (6) new graduates, who successfully completed a community leadership program designed to equip participants for leadership service and growth. Class III participants included Janee Boykins, Tara Hawk, Shermunda Ross, Phyllis Toms, Zakiyah Toms and Shaletta Wilson.  

Read full press release here.

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