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About this Center
Columbia’s MBDA Business Center, operated by DESA, Inc., is part of a national network of funded Centers located in major cities through the United States. Through its partnership with MBDA, the Center champions economic parity for minority-owned businesses in and around South Carolina.
To help minority-owned firms compete in the global market and to stimulate the economy through job creation, the Center assists Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) that generate a minimum of $1M in annual revenue with access to contracts, access to global markets, access to capital, strategic business counseling and marketing assistance.
Core Business Services
Access to Contracts:
Services include identification of procurement opportunities; solicitation analysis; bid and proposal preparation; research of award histories; and bid negotiations and closings.
Access to Global Markets
Services include export-readiness assessment and assistance; identification of export markets; general market analysis; and facilitation of global transactions and international trade missions.
Access to Capital
Services include identification of financing opportunities; loan packaging; brokerage of financial transactions; equity financing; bonding assistance; and identification and closure of merger and acquisition transactions.
Strategic Business Counseling
Services include sales consulting and forecasting; operations management and quality control; bid preparation and construction bonding; and manufacturing facility leasing.
Services include brand strategizing; graphic design services (i.e., business cards, capabilities statements, etc.); and email, social media and SMS marketing assistance.