Cox and Delgado Community College have partnered to host a Small Business Growth Academy to provide continuing education and leadership development to diverse suppliers in the Cox Southeast region service area, which includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Georgia. 

The eight-week program is designed to help diverse suppliers improve their operational sustainability and scalability. The program is now in its fourth year.

“The alignment of our mission with the objectives of Cox comes at a perfect time to achieve the lasting impact we seek to have in the communities we serve, particularly those that are economically and socially disadvantaged,” said Arlanda Williams, vice chancellor for Workforce Development and Institutional Advancement, executive dean of River City Site, Delgado Community College. 

Participants will also learn about developing growth strategies specific to their businesses. Delgado faculty will lead program modules delivered virtually on Delgado’s Canvas platform and in-person at the college’s River City Site in Avondale, LA. 

Certified minority owned businesses that are non-Cox suppliers may apply; however, requests from current Cox suppliers will be prioritized. Participants who complete the program will earn continuing education units. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants, and the enrollment deadline is Friday, Sept. 16.

“Cox is committed to inclusion, diversity and equity. It’s who we are as a company, “said Kevin Monroe, vice president of the New Orleans market. “We are honored to continue our partnership with The Small Business Growth Academy and Delgado Community College. We must do our part to strengthen our supply chain, accelerate the growth of diverse suppliers and demonstrate our commitment to the community.” 

To learn more about the program and enroll, visit, or contact Khalid Gross, Delgado Community College Workforce Development, 504-671-3434,

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