On June 12, 2018, Wilberforce University President, Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard, along with Board of Trustee President Mark Wilson, CEO of Chime Solutions; Vice President, John C. Miller, CEO and President of Denny’s Inc.; and Adrienne Trimble General Manager, Diversity and Inclusion for Toyota hosted the Minority Business Supplier Council for Minority Business Enterprise Day. In attendance were local businesses, and state officials including District 10 Senator Bob Hackett. The inaugural event, which is part of the Wilberforce Renaissance, included a presentation by students in WU Underground internship program at the Mark and Shelly Wilson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Companies represented were; Toyota, Denny’s, Chime Solutions, The Premier Health Group; Airforce Research Laboratory (AFRL), Allied Group, Boxx Wave LLC, Clay Health Network,Dayton Chamber, Ferguson Construction, HBCU Direct, Integrity Deve Corp, Jump Start/KeyBank Center for Technology, Innovation and Inclusive Growth, MAJ Consulting, Minority Business Assistance Center, Ohio Dev Ser Agency, Ohio Development Services Agency,Ohio MSDC, Ohio Senate, Pension Retirement & Pentions Group LLC, Precision Industrial Services, Inc.,Premier Health, The Rising Tide Group,VT Design Solutions,Willis Acquisitions.
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation was established through a generous gift from alumni Dr. Mark Wilson and his wife Shelly Wilson. Dr. Mark Wilson serves as Chairman of the Wilberforce University Board of Trustees and is the CEO/Founder of Chime Solutions, Inc. The mission of The Center is to generate change through entrepreneurship and innovation.
The W.U Underground internship is a 10-week paid internship that gives students the opportunity to explore, plan, and implement Phase I of the Wilberforce University Dining Services. This year’s program partnered with Denny’s for hands on experience in dining. Additionally, the interns attended an entrepreneurial boot camp, an intensive course focusing on the management and marketing components of entrepreneurship.