About Us

The Minority Business Center Bronx, NY is operated and managed by the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO). SoBRO’s business programs have a proven track record of providing assistance to minority entrepreneurs since 1972. These programs, in conjunction with the staff expertise of the Minority Business Center, will allow for comprehensive assistance to minority businesses across all categories.

Our Center is committed to providing business owners with the knowledge, skills, and access to resources they need to grow and prosper.

Through strategic and community partnerships, as well as our business assistance programs; such as: PTAC, M/WBE Technical Assistance, Industrial Business Zone program, EAP and Credit Inc. (CDFI), we ensure that entrepreneurs not only reach their goals, but excel beyond them.

The Center’s staff of business professionals will continue to grow strategic relationships with banks, loan officers, city, state and federal agency staff, chambers of commerce and private sector companies to provide the broadest selection of opportunities for success in the local and global economy.

Awards & Recognitions

  • MBDA Highest Dollar ($)Value of Financial Award, nationwide
  • MBDA Century Club Award
  • State of Connecticut Official Statement: Outstanding Work with Diverse Businesses
  • Asian Pacific American Businesses Outstanding Partner
  • National Association of Women in Construction Outstanding Partner
  • National Association of Women in Construction Leadership Award

Performance

The Center assisted Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) in accessing $2.8 billion in contracting and financing opportunities in 2016.

Sharon Higgins, Project Director

Sharon Higgins is a results-oriented financial professional with demonstrated expertise in financial analysis, commercial financing, and risk management. With more than fifteen years of commercial lending and underwriting experience with micro loans financing and with the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 Loan programs. She has made extensive contribution in the implementation and facilitation of several multi-million dollar federal, state, and city economic development small business expansion projects. Her work experience includes working in various areas of financing, business development, procurement and contracting, reporting, and implementation processes.

She created and implemented the strategic plans for the start-up and operations of the MBDA Minority Business Center, U.S. Department of Commerce, operated by South Bronx Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO).

Under her leadership, the MBDA Minority Business Center, Operated by SoBRO was recognized by Minority Business Development Agency, U.S. Department of Commerce for assisting M/WBEs in generating over $2.8 billion in contracting, bonding, and financing transactions.

Sharon is also an experienced higher education administration professional, with a background in academic advising at graduate level. She holds a Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Higher Education Administration, Bachelor in Accounting.