PVAMU’s SBDC Welcomes New Director

Prairie View A&M University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has a new director, Lloyd Wright. Wright began his tour at PVAMU on April 2, 2019.

Wright’s new duties include managing the SBDC under PVAMU’s College of Business (COB). For nearly 15 years, the center has grown to be one of the leaders of economic development in the City of Prairie View and its surrounding areas.
“Working with the Regional SBDC office and its network, the PVAMU SBDC plays a critical role for the College of Business and the university by spearheading our engagement with local economic development and the small business community,” said Dr. Munir Quddus, dean of the COB. “We are happy to welcome Mr. Wright as the new director of the SBDC. With his background, we hope to build on our record of outreach for the overall development of Waller and Grimes Counties as our primary areas of service.”

Wright anticipates elevating the visibility of the center. To do this, he wants to work on enhancing the many programs and resources it offers to small business owners and entrepreneurs. These efforts include assisting individuals looking to start businesses with business plan development; helping existing companies looking for creative strategies to grow and expand, including contract proposals and export planning; and supporting businesses in need of financial assistance with financial packaging and credit applications.

“It is by focusing on these key areas that we will meet our primary goals of job creation, financial advising assistance, and economic development impact,” said Wright. “It is a very exciting time to take the helm and build upon the aforementioned legacy. I look forward to making a significant contribution and huge impact in the communities the center serves.”

Prairie View A&M University’s SBDC is a business advising and training center of the Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network. The Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network serves 32 counties in Southeast Texas.

Prior to PVAMU, Wright held several leadership positions, including working as a partner at a Houston-based management consulting firm. He is also an entrepreneur who, over the years, has secured over $10 million in venture capital and private equity funding for start-ups in technology, medical and energy markets. In addition, Wright served as a director at the SBDC Regional Office at the University of Houston.

Wright received an Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) degree from Rice University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Finance degree from Howard University. He also earned a Master’s Certificate from the Darden Minority Business Executive Program at the University of Virginia.