Has led minority program since 2005
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2017) — Commerce Lexington Inc. has promoted Tyrone Tyra to senior vice president, Community and Minority Business Development. Tyra has spent the last 22 years working for economic development agencies and has led Commerce Lexington’s Community and Minority Business Development Program since 2005.
Tyra’s responsibilities include helping companies build connections through public and private sector purchasing assistance, minority business recruitment, business referral assistance, community outreach, advocacy, business certification, technical assistance, and client business plan development.
Tyra also manages the Access Loan small business financing program, which has facilitated approximately $15.8 million in approved loans for small businesses since its inception in 2001, and the recently created Minority Business Accelerator program, which helps accelerate the development of sizable minority business enterprises, further strengthening the regional minority entrepreneurial community.
Tyra is a graduate of LaSalle University.