Toan Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in Brussels and the United States He received a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from UVA’s Darden Business School. Toan is now using his business knowledge to implement social change.
His passion is creating entrepreneurial opportunities for people who don’t have access to capital or training so that they can pursue their dreams. Toan was the driving force behind the creation of the Community Investment Collaborative (CIC), a micro-lending institution in Charlottesville that provides business training, loans, and mentoring to minorities and formerly incarcerated individuals.
In March, 2013, Toan Nguyen and Betsy Patrick founded C’ville Central, a Benefit Corporation with the mission of harnessing the region’s economic power and channeling it to small, women, and minority-owned (SWaM) businesses. C’ville Central is a general contractor that provides services for residential and institutional markets in the Charlottesville area.
For his work in the community, Toan was invited to the White House to meet President Obama in July, 2013 and the Executive Mansion in Richmond to meet Governor McDonnell in June, 2013. Additionally, Toan received the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award from the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the 2013 prestigious People's Navigator Award for leadership in entrepreneurialism in the community from the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC).
Toan is a frequently lecturer at the Darden Business School and the Batten School of Leadership. He was the Keynote Speaker at the 2014 Virginia Main Street Annual Convention and the 2013 Forward/Adelante Annual Award Ceremony. Toan believes in the power of entrepreneurship and wants everyone to achieve their dream of having a successful business!
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