Our Team

The Cincinnati Minority Business Assistance Center team is here to help move your business forward

Director

Deborah

    Deborah Davis is the Director of the Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) which is one of seven statewide programs funded by the Ohio Development Services Agency.  The Cincinnati MBAC program is housed at the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce.  In her role, she helps Ohio small, minority-owned, and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses with state certifications, government contract opportunities, and business growth and development. As the Director of MBAC, Deborah is responsible for providing strategic direction and partnership for clients and small businesses to create solutions to drive innovation, growth, and market share. From 2017 – 2018, the Ohio Development Services Agency has recognized Deborah with two Partner of the Quarter Outreach Leader Awards and two 2018 Outstanding Business Solutions Partner awards.

    Davis received her master’s degree in Project Management from Keller School of Management and a master’s degree in Communication from Boston University. She also received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University.

    Program Administrator

    Henrietta

      Henrietta Sheppard became a member of the African American Chamber as an Administrative Assistant in the Minority Business Development Organization in 2010. Henrietta is a hard working, organized, and determined member of the team. She has more than 5 years of administrative experience working in the New Business Development department of Great American Financial Resources Incorporated. She has helped her community by serving as a coordinator of the Hospitality area of the Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion for the past 5 years. Henrietta holds college credits from Brown Mackie College where she studied Computer Science.

      Henrietta is an asset to the company through her hard work and acute ability to “pay attention to detail.” A career oriented woman, Henrietta’s infectious work ethic helps to motivate others and her efforts alone show leadership and commitment.

      Business Counselor

      R. Marlene

        R. Marlene Fout is the Business Counselor of the Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) at the satellite office located in Piketon, Ohio. She works with nine Appalachian counties in Ohio (Adams, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton). Her role is to help Ohio’s small, minority-owned, and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses with state certifications, government contract opportunities, and business growth and development.

        Prior to her role with MBAC – Piketon, Marlene worked for many small businesses within the counties she oversees, where she played a vital role in their growth. Her responsibilities ranged from managing daily operations, marketing and advertising, as well as providing customer service management. Marlene’s experience at these small businesses within her select areas has provided her tremendous insight into the needs of small business owners. 

        Marlene received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, as well as her bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in Legal Philosophical Interpretation from Ohio University. Marlene currently resides in Ray, Ohio, right on the border of Vinton and Jackson County. She is an avid volunteer for many organizations, mostly located in Ross County, including the Majestic Theatre and Adena Mansion and Gardens. She is also a member of the League of Women Voters and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

        Outreach Coordinator

        Loren

          Loren McCauley serves as the Certification, Access to Capital and Outreach Coordinator for the Cincinnati Minority Business Assistance Center. In her role she serves 8 counties surrounding the Greater Cincinnati Area (Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, Warren, Brown, Clinton, Highland and Fayette) and helps Ohio small, minority-owned, and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses with state certifications, government contract opportunities, and access to capital assistance. A collaborative leader and team player, Loren is committed to excellence with a passion for diversity and inclusion.

          Loren graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a Bachelors in Science in Psychology with a concentration in Crime and Mental Health, and a minor in Africana Studies and the African Diaspora. She has held Research Fellowships with The Ronald E. McNair Scholar Program and Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Research and Learning. Loren has experience in clinical research, data collection and academic and grant writing.

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          Become an MBAC Client Enrollment is free

          Our services are available without cost to businesses located throughout Ohio and serve the needs of Ohio’s small, minority and disadvantaged businesses.

          Ohio

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          Facebook Page For News & Events

          Following the Cincinnati Minority Business Assistance Center on Facebook is a great way to stay updated on all the latest news and events.

          Main Office

          2303 Gilbert Avenue
          Cincinnati, OH 45206
          Phone: 513-475-7151
          Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

          Satellite Office

          1862 Shyville Road
          Piketon, OH 45661
          Working Remotely: Email
          Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

          Contact Us

          Main Office:
          Contact Form

          Satellite Office:
          Contact Form

          MBAC Cincinnati © 2021 All Rights Reserved | Site created by Kenbur

          Our Team

          The Cincinnati Minority Business Assistance Center team is here to help move your business forward

          Director

          Deborah

            Deborah Davis is the Director of the Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) which is one of seven statewide programs funded by the Ohio Development Services Agency.  The Cincinnati MBAC program is housed at the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce.  In her role, she helps Ohio small, minority-owned, and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses with state certifications, government contract opportunities, and business growth and development. As the Director of MBAC, Deborah is responsible for providing strategic direction and partnership for clients and small businesses to create solutions to drive innovation, growth, and market share. From 2017 – 2018, the Ohio Development Services Agency has recognized Deborah with two Partner of the Quarter Outreach Leader Awards and two 2018 Outstanding Business Solutions Partner awards.

            Davis received her master’s degree in Project Management from Keller School of Management and a master’s degree in Communication from Boston University. She also received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University.

            Program Administrator

            Henrietta

              Henrietta Sheppard became a member of the African American Chamber as an Administrative Assistant in the Minority Business Development Organization in 2010. Henrietta is a hard working, organized, and determined member of the team. She has more than 5 years of administrative experience working in the New Business Development department of Great American Financial Resources Incorporated. She has helped her community by serving as a coordinator of the Hospitality area of the Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion for the past 5 years. Henrietta holds college credits from Brown Mackie College where she studied Computer Science.

              Henrietta is an asset to the company through her hard work and acute ability to “pay attention to detail.” A career oriented woman, Henrietta’s infectious work ethic helps to motivate others and her efforts alone show leadership and commitment.

              Business Counselor

              R. Marlene

                R. Marlene Fout is the Business Counselor of the Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) at the satellite office located in Piketon, Ohio. She works with nine Appalachian counties in Ohio (Adams, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton). Her role is to help Ohio’s small, minority-owned, and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses with state certifications, government contract opportunities, and business growth and development.

                Prior to her role with MBAC – Piketon, Marlene worked for many small businesses within the counties she oversees, where she played a vital role in their growth. Her responsibilities ranged from managing daily operations, marketing and advertising, as well as providing customer service management. Marlene’s experience at these small businesses within her select areas has provided her tremendous insight into the needs of small business owners. 

                Marlene received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, as well as her bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in Legal Philosophical Interpretation from Ohio University. Marlene currently resides in Ray, Ohio, right on the border of Vinton and Jackson County. She is an avid volunteer for many organizations, mostly located in Ross County, including the Majestic Theatre and Adena Mansion and Gardens. She is also a member of the League of Women Voters and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

                Outreach Coordinator

                Loren

                  Loren McCauley serves as the Certification, Access to Capital and Outreach Coordinator for the Cincinnati Minority Business Assistance Center. In her role she serves 8 counties surrounding the Greater Cincinnati Area (Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, Warren, Brown, Clinton, Highland and Fayette) and helps Ohio small, minority-owned, and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses with state certifications, government contract opportunities, and access to capital assistance. A collaborative leader and team player, Loren is committed to excellence with a passion for diversity and inclusion.

                  Loren graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a Bachelors in Science in Psychology with a concentration in Crime and Mental Health, and a minor in Africana Studies and the African Diaspora. She has held Research Fellowships with The Ronald E. McNair Scholar Program and Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Research and Learning. Loren has experience in clinical research, data collection and academic and grant writing.

                  Calling All Entrepreneurs

                  Become an
                  MBAC Client
                  Enrollment is free

                  Our services are available without cost to businesses located throughout Ohio and serve the needs of Ohio’s small, minority and disadvantaged businesses.

                  Visit and like our

                  Facebook Page For News & Events

                  Following the Cincinnati Minority Business Assistance Center on Facebook is a great way to stay updated on all the latest news and events.

                  Main Office

                  2303 Gilbert Avenue
                  Cincinnati, OH 45206
                  Phone: 513-475-7151
                  Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

                  Satellite Office

                  1862 Shyville Road
                  Piketon, OH 45661
                  Working Remotely: Email
                  Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

                  Contact Us

                  Main Office:
                  Contact Form

                  Satellite Office: 
                  Contact Form

                  MBAC Cincinnati © 2021 All Rights Reserved
                  Site created by Kenbur

                  Our Team

                  The Cincinnati Minority Business Assistance Center
                  team is here to help move your business forward

                  Director

                  Deborah

                    Deborah Davis is the Director of the Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) which is one of seven statewide programs funded by the Ohio Development Services Agency.  The Cincinnati MBAC program is housed at the Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce.  In her role, she helps Ohio small, minority-owned, and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses with state certifications, government contract opportunities, and business growth and development. As the Director of MBAC, Deborah is responsible for providing strategic direction and partnership for clients and small businesses to create solutions to drive innovation, growth, and market share. From 2017 – 2018, the Ohio Development Services Agency has recognized Deborah with two Partner of the Quarter Outreach Leader Awards and two 2018 Outstanding Business Solutions Partner awards.

                    Davis received her master’s degree in Project Management from Keller School of Management and a master’s degree in Communication from Boston University. She also received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University.

                    Program Administrator

                    Henrietta

                      Henrietta Sheppard became a member of the African American Chamber as an Administrative Assistant in the Minority Business Development Organization in 2010. Henrietta is a hard working, organized, and determined member of the team. She has more than 5 years of administrative experience working in the New Business Development department of Great American Financial Resources Incorporated. She has helped her community by serving as a coordinator of the Hospitality area of the Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion for the past 5 years. Henrietta holds college credits from Brown Mackie College where she studied Computer Science.

                      Henrietta is an asset to the company through her hard work and acute ability to “pay attention to detail.” A career oriented woman, Henrietta’s infectious work ethic helps to motivate others and her efforts alone show leadership and commitment.

                      Business Counselor

                      R. Marlene

                        R. Marlene Fout is the Business Counselor of the Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) at the satellite office located in Piketon, Ohio. She works with nine Appalachian counties in Ohio (Adams, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton). Her role is to help Ohio’s small, minority-owned, and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses with state certifications, government contract opportunities, and business growth and development.

                        Prior to her role with MBAC – Piketon, Marlene worked for many small businesses within the counties she oversees, where she played a vital role in their growth. Her responsibilities ranged from managing daily operations, marketing and advertising, as well as providing customer service management. Marlene’s experience at these small businesses within her select areas has provided her tremendous insight into the needs of small business owners. 

                        Marlene received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, as well as her bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in Legal Philosophical Interpretation from Ohio University. Marlene currently resides in Ray, Ohio, right on the border of Vinton and Jackson County. She is an avid volunteer for many organizations, mostly located in Ross County, including the Majestic Theatre and Adena Mansion and Gardens. She is also a member of the League of Women Voters and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

                        Outreach Coordinator

                        Loren

                          Loren McCauley serves as the Certification, Access to Capital and Outreach Coordinator for the Cincinnati Minority Business Assistance Center. In her role she serves 8 counties surrounding the Greater Cincinnati Area (Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, Warren, Brown, Clinton, Highland and Fayette) and helps Ohio small, minority-owned, and socially and economically disadvantaged businesses with state certifications, government contract opportunities, and access to capital assistance. A collaborative leader and team player, Loren is committed to excellence with a passion for diversity and inclusion.

                          Loren graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a Bachelors in Science in Psychology with a concentration in Crime and Mental Health, and a minor in Africana Studies and the African Diaspora. She has held Research Fellowships with The Ronald E. McNair Scholar Program and Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Research and Learning. Loren has experience in clinical research, data collection and academic and grant writing.

                          Calling All Entrepreneurs

                          Become an MBAC Client Enrollment is free

                          Our services are available without cost to businesses located throughout Ohio and serve the needs of Ohio’s small, minority and disadvantaged businesses.

                          Visit and like our

                          Facebook Page For News & Events

                          Following the Cincinnati Minority Business Assistance Center on Facebook is a great way to stay updated on all the latest news and events.

                          Main Office

                          2303 Gilbert Avenue
                          Cincinnati, OH 45206
                          Phone: 513-475-7151
                          Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

                          Satellite Office

                          1862 Shyville Road
                          Piketon, OH 45661
                          Working Remotely: Email
                          Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

                          Contact Us

                          Main Office:
                          Contact Form

                          Satellite Office: 
                          Contact Form

                          MBAC Cincinnati © 2021 All Rights Reserved
                          Site created by Kenbur