Sharon B. Banks, Senior Project Manager at the University of Minnesota, has been named the Minnesota Minority Small Business Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The Minority Small Business Champion award is presented annually in each state to individuals who assist small businesses through outstanding advocacy efforts on behalf of minority-owned small businesses. Yvonne Cheung Ho, President and CEO of MEDA, nominated Banks for this award.
Banks, a native of Pittsburgh, has lived in the Twin Cities since moving from Atlanta in 1979. She describes herself as a "problem solver” and considers her organizational and interpersonal skills her greatest assets. As Senior Project Manager in the University of Minnesota’s Office for Business and Community Economic Development, she is responsible for the inclusion of women, minorities and person with disabilities on University construction projects. Prior to joining the University, she was Manager of Career Development and Diversity at Northwest Airlines.