Royce Woods

Executive Director – Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center

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Royce is the Executive Director of the Beverly Gray Business Exchange Center and joined Next Street in 2018. He has always had a passion for helping small businesses gather the resources they need to grow. In his current role, he focuses on helping local entrepreneurs gain access to capital and apply for the M/WBE certifications, and connects small businesses with procurement opportunities.

Prior to joining Next Street, Royce worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.  He spent over 10 years working as a commercial banker in the Pittsburgh and Atlanta markets. In that role he managed the relationships of business clients with revenues between $50-$150 million, targeting their credit needs. He also worked for the City of Buffalo’s Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning, where he was responsible for financial viability analysis of some of the city’s largest development projects. Royce has a BA in Finance from Hampton University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

On working at Next Street

“I continue to be impressed with the expertise and commitment of our firm to creating a more inclusive economy. It is this passion for serving the under-served that lead me to become a member of the Next Street team.”

Outside of Next Street

When he’s not at work, Royce is a dedicated father, workout enthusiast, and golfer.

Get to know Royce

  • Habitat for Humanity Board member
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. member
  • Urban League Young Professional
  • NAACP member