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Minority Business Development Agency

  • A federal agency supporting the growth and competitiveness of minority business enterprises
  • Maintains business centers across the United States, along with specialty centers focused on advanced manufacturing, exports, and federal procurement
  • Oversees an initiative to support minority women entrepreneurs

About

The only federal agency with the sole mission of supporting the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises, the Minority Business Development Agency offers numerous programs and services to meet this goal. They include business centers as well as centers focused on advanced manufacturing, exports, and federal procurement.

Who’s it for?

Minority business enterprises, which are defined as those owned and operated by African Americans, Asian Americans, Hasidic Jews, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders.

Mission

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is the only federal agency solely dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises.

Resources & Services

Business and Specialty Centers

The Minority Business Development Agency maintains several business centers in cities across the United States, providing assistance with securing capital, competing for a contract, finding business partners, and more. These centers are concentrated in areas with a large concentration of minority populations and a large number of minority-owned businesses. In addition to the business centers, the MBDA has centers focused on advanced manufacturing, exports, and federal procurement.

Enterprising Women of Color Initiative

This initiative works to support the growing population of minority women entrepreneurs by advocating for women’s economic empowerment, equality, and economic advancement. The initiative provides support through means such as networking, mentorship, training, coalitions, and opportunity connections.

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