Delgado and Cox Communications Announce 3rd Annual Small Business Growth Academy

August 23, 2021

UPDATED Sept. 24, 2021

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 of Louisiana, Florida and Georgia.

Among the goals of the eight-week program are operational sustainability and improved scalability of qualified, diverse suppliers. This is the third year Cox Communications and Delgado are offering the program.  

“We are excited to partner for the third year with Delgado Community College on the Small Business Growth Academy,” said Michael Glorioso, Supplier Pillar Lead for Cox Communication’s Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Council. “Program participants will learn core skills related to business management and sustainability topics including accounting, organizational performance and project management.”

Participants will also receive guidance on developing growth strategies specific to their businesses. Delgado faculty will lead program modules delivered virtually on Delgado’s Canvas platform.

Non-suppliers of Cox who are certified minority-owned businesses may apply, but current suppliers of Cox have preference for enrollment. Participants who complete the program will earn continuing education units.

Enrollment is limited to 30 participants, and the deadline to enroll is Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Orientation will be held virtually on Monday, October 18, 2021. This first module will be presented virtually via Delgado’s online platform, Canvas.

“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. “The Small Business Growth Academy and our partnership with Delgado Community College is just one of many ways we work to strengthen our supply chain, accelerate the growth of diverse supplies and demonstrate our commitment to supplier diversity.”

 Likewise, Delgado Community College is committed to increasing access to education and eliminating boundaries that may be presented by economic status, educational background, ethnicity, location or any other factors that might hinder or prevent an individual from achieving success and well-being.

“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/Technical Division Dean, Delgado Community College.

To learn more about the program and enroll, go to or contact Khalid Gross, Delgado Community College Workforce Development, 504-671-5563,

Delgado Community College celebrates 100 years of service to the New Orleans region in 2021. The oldest and largest community college in Louisiana, Delgado provides instruction online and at seven locations. Delgado offers students the most comprehensive array of education and training services available in the New Orleans region. Additionally, Delgado has articulation agreements with most of the state’s four-year colleges and universities that allow students to transfer their Delgado credits to bachelor’s degree programs. As well as offering degrees and transferable college credits, Delgado provides diplomas and certificates in many professional and technical areas. Workforce development is a priority at Delgado, hence the college’s well-known motto: “Education that works!”

Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through technology. The largest private broadband company in America, we proudly serve six and a half million homes and businesses across 18 states. We're dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities, and the characteristics that make each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox.