Meet the WBC Team

WBC Staff

Ms. Cheryl Salley currently serves as Director for the Benedict College Women’s Business Center. She has more than 30 years of experience working with small and minority businesses throughout the Southeast. Ms. Salley has extensive experience providing management and technical assistance, counseling, organizational management, strategic business growth, and recognizing and promoting business development opportunities.

An entrepreneur herself, Ms. Salley has owned several small businesses where she offered services in private online consulting, medical transcription, residential and commercial janitorial and ground maintenance, state government contracting, bookkeeping and payroll, database administration and website development. In addition, she also owned the “Dessert Palace” in Columbia Place Mall.

Ms. Salley brings to Benedict College Women’s Business Center the same passion and drive to support an organization focused on the success of small and minority businesses. Serving in her current role, she gives her all in helping entrepreneurs start, grow and sustain their dreams for business ownerships.

Ms. Renee Joye currently serves as the Benedict College Women’s Business Center case manager as well as the program coordinator for the Business Development Center. With over 25 years of working in the public and private sectors, she has extensive experience providing training and technical assistance to the small business community. Ms. Joye is also an avid fundraiser and community advocate. She currently serves as the executive administrator for the South Carolina Combat Veterans Group, Incorporated.

Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Latoya Lindsay serves as the administrative coordinator for the Benedict College Women’s Business Center. As a small business owner herself, Ms. Lindsay realized her desire to help individuals recognize their dreams by leveraging their talents. Ms. Lindsay currently mentors school aged and young professional entrepreneurs who are interested in marketing and developing their businesses. Within the last year, she utilized her own talents and is now the owner of 4Eva Boujee Cosmetics, a line created to showcase the artistic abilities of makeup lovers and restore confidence in people around the world.

Ms. Lindsay’s mission in life is to create a legacy for her son, Asa, and to empower women who are looking to become financially independent. She believes that in order to achieve your dreams you must be dedicated and work hard every day to manifest the life that you want to live.

WBC-Covid Staff

Project Coordinator

Ms. Tangie Beaty is the project coordinator for the Benedict College Women’s Business Center. One of the fastest growing and largest urban production companies in the state of South Carolina, is owned and founded by Ms. Beaty. She owns Walking on Water (WOW) Productions, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Ms. Beaty is a national award-winning playwright, film writer, and director. With over 17 years experience, she has produced over 25 theatre productions, co-written three film projects, coordinated national touring stage plays, and has claimed her title in history by opening the first Urban Black Box Theatre in South Carolina.

Business Resiliency Advisor

Ms. Michele Dugar currently serve as the business resiliency advisor for the Benedict College Women’s Business Center. Ms. Dugar is both an instructor and marketing practitioner. She welcomes the opportunity to help individuals and organizations “rock out” their brands and increase profits. Her award-winning firm, Vibe Marketing Solutions (formerly Dugar & Associates Marketing), provides strategic plans as well as creative execution consultation. Previous clients have included Wachovia Mortgage and Salvation Army.

Business Resiliency Advisor

Ms. Raquel Thomas currently serves as the business resiliency advisor for the Benedict College Women’s Business Center. Ms. Thomas is a serial entrepreneur turned community builder and servant. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, she took a broken childhood and used it to fuel her passion and purpose. Ms. Thomas has dedicated her life to enriching, empowering and equipping women and children. She is the author of six books, to include: Shifting into Purpose: The Journey to Entrepreneurship, a workbook for novice entrepreneurs, and Wizzieville Adventures, a children’s series of four books that also teaches entrepreneurship.

Technical Assistance Consultants

Technical Assistance Consultants are also available to:

  • Conduct education, training and information sessions to assist coronavirus-affected small businesses;
  • Provide notable counseling and training programs offered by the WBC;  
  • Address challenges faced by small businesses after the effects of coronavirus; and 
  • Assist clients to improve business practices necessary to mitigate the economic effects of COID-19 or similar occurrences.

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