Sheila A. Mixon has 35+ years of business development experience and currently has responsibility for the entrepreneurship programs for the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio. Those programs include the SBDC (Small Business Development Center), the Economic Empowerment Center (AABDP) and ORV~WBC (Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council).
Currently, as Executive Director of ORV~WBC, she manages the day to day operations of the certification process and program development. Provide vision, leadership, organizational governance and strategic direction for corporate members and almost 1,000 WBE's is the states of OH, KY and WV. As Executive Director to the premier WBENC Certification as a third party provider, Ms. Mixon advocates, leverages opportunities and resources for WBE's, governmental and private entities to accelerate the business growth of women owned businesses. To add value for the WBENC Certification, Ms. Mixon created and launched The Ohio River Valley Business Development Program for select high growth WBE's in January 2015 which is based on the Kauffman Foundation's FastTrac Growth Venture Program. Under her leadership, there has been an increase in corporate members, certified WBE's and procurement opportunities. As Director of the SBDC from 2010-2013, through her leadership, the SBDC was selected by the SBA Columbus District as the Small Business Development Center of Excellence and Innovation Award recipient for 2012. Ms. Mixon was recently appointed to the Academic Advisory Council for Business Degree Programs at Union Institute & University and is a member of the City of Cincinnati’s small business commission, the Small Business Advisory Council. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for HCDC. Most recently, Ms. Mixon was appointed to the Kauffman Advisory Group for the Kauffman Foundation. She has garnered numerous awards & recognitions for her service and dedication and most recently was awarded the 2016 Women’s Business Champion by NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Columbus.
Ms. Mixon has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (concentration Finance) from The Ohio State University and a graduate of Leadership Challenge II, an executive training program with Citigroup. She is a graduate of the Greater Cincinnati Urban League’s African American Leadership Development Program (AALDP), Class XVII. Most recently, Ms. Mixon graduated from the National Urban League’s Emerging Leaders Program.