Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE)
Ebony Miller-Wesley is the director of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship (CUE). CUE, located on the first floor of the RIT Downtown Center in the former historic Rochester Savings Bank building at 40 Franklin St., provides business and consulting services to urban entrepreneurs or anyone who has an existing business or is hoping to launch a new business within the urban area.
In her role, Ebony, formerly CUE program manager, leads the center’s efforts to raise funds to provide critical assistance to underserved businesses in high growth sectors, and foster outreach and collaboration with the Rochester City School District and entrepreneurship education for dislocated workers. She also maintains partnerships with entrepreneurship and training efforts currently found within RIT’s Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Venture Creations business incubator, as well as other community, government and economic development organizations.
Ebony came to RIT in 2011 as a senior staff specialist for the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. In 2013, she became program manager for CUE where she was responsible for researching, developing and delivering mission related programming; delivering program assessments and evaluation; recruiting, selecting and evaluating training consultants; and mentoring program participants
Prior to joining RIT, Ebony worked as program coordinator at the Urban League of Rochester’s Minority and Women Business Development Division where she assisted entrepreneurs with growing their business and aspiring entrepreneurs with identifying their needs.
Ebony earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications and a Masters of Arts in Informatics from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Ebony, a 2016 Rochester Business Journal Forty-Under-40 honoree, has numerous community connections, including serving as a member of the Salvation Army Board of Advisors, member of the Rochester Prep Board of Trustees, member of the PathStone Enterprise Center Loan Committee, member of the Class of 2015 Leadership Rochester, and a member of the 2013 class of the African American Leadership Development Program.
Program Manager, Center for Urban Entrepreneurship
At CUE, in addition to researching best practices and delivering programming, Yasmin works with entrepreneurs to help them better understand their markets, train them on how to independently conduct sound market research to yield actionable intelligence, and then counsel them on how to effectively navigate various entrepreneurial ecosystems.
She works with several groups in varying roles, including RocCity Coalition (Inclusion Action Team Co-Leader), RIT’s Into the Roc (Advisory Board), and Brightstar Community (Advisor), to do her part in helping to ensure a brighter and more resilient future for the Rochester area.
She earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Political Science from Alfred University (2007) and a Master of Science degree in International Studies from St. John Fisher College (2011), during which time she interned with the distinguished Hudson Institute. A Harlem native and Rochester transplant, Mattox has worked in the legal, mental health, energy, and higher education fields, with the common thread being her expertise and interest in using interdisciplinary research methods as a foundation for informing problem solving for issues big and small.