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SBA Regional Administrator Signs Strategic Alliance Memorandum with Bethune-Cookman University

Release Date: 
Monday, February 18, 2013
Release Number: 
NFL 09-13
Advisory Date: 
Friday, February 22, 2013
Advisory Number: 
Nayana Sen

To Highlight Black History Month and SBA’s Commitment to Minority Owned Businesses


Daytona, Fla. – Cassius Butts, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) with Bethune-Cookman University on February 14, 2013.


Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) is a Historically Black University that has been committed to academic excellence and civic engagement in the Daytona Beach community for over 100 years. Interim University President Dr. Edison O. Jackson signed the SAM on behalf of the University. Dr. Aubrey Long, Dean of the B-CU School of Business, Dr. Weldon Blake, B-CU Business Department Chair, and Wilfredo J. Gonzalez, North Florida District Director were all instrumental in coordinating the SAM. The event was attended by students, faculty members, and members of the media.


Regional Administrator Butts recently stated “I am proud that the SBA and Bethune-Cookman University has entered into a partnership to promote small, minority owned businesses. Bethune-Cookman University is the first of 59 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Southeast with which we are looking to create relationships. I’ve always believed that these institutions and their faculty serve as the foundation for strong and thriving communities. This partnership will foster young entrepreneurship, especially in minority communities.”


“Our partnership with SBA is a huge milestone for B-CU.With the signing of this agreement, B-CU will be able to help the community that surrounds our campus, but more importantly, give our students the tools and resources they need to become successful entrepreneurs” stated Interim President Dr. Edison O. Jackson.


The SAM signifies a joint effort by the University and SBA to promote small business through education and community outreach. The signed SAM allows both entities to work closer together to ensure small minority business interests are adequately addressed in the area.



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