Sheila A. Mixon is Senior Vice President of the Business Development & Entrepreneurship Department for the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio (ULGSO) where she provides vision, leadership, organizational governance and strategic direction for the department. The Department programs include the SBDC (Small Business Development Center), the Economic Empowerment Center (AABDP) and ORV~WBC (Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council). Ms. Mixon also serves as the Executive Director of ORV~WBC, a certifying entity for the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
Ms. Mixon has 35+ years in business development experience and in the financial services industry. During her time with ULGSO she has garnered many awards and recognition for her work with small business owners. 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. In 2011, was selected as the SBA Minority Business Champion. Most recently was awarded the 2016 Women’s Business Champion by NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners, 2016 Women of Excellence and the establishment the Sheila A. Mixon Women’s Entrepreneurial Start-up Fund by the Women of Color Foundation
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 and the Advisory Board for the City’s Department of Economic Inclusion. 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.