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About this Center

The MBDA Federal Procurement Center is located in the Nation’s Capital to provide access to federal procurement officials and prime contractors throughout the region. The Center serves minority-owned firms with annual revenues of more than $1 million. The Center is a part of MBDA’s nationwide services network. It is the first MBDA business center solely focused on federal contracting.

Center representatives closely align with clients to understand their capabilities and unique offerings to the federal government, and assist them in developing customized near-term and long-term marketing strategies. The Center’s personnel maintain strong federal agency knowledge, relationships, and contracting expertise.

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Specific Services

  • Facilitate relationships between minority business clients, and federal program managers and acquisition professionals

  • Align client’s mission, vision and capabilities with targeted procurement opportunities

  • Initiate teaming of minority businesses with other clients, other minority enterprises, and The Center’s strategic partners

  • Provide updates on agency buying trends, policy and program initiatives, and regulatory changes

  • Leverage the programs and resources of The Center’s strategic partnering organizations to enhance benefit to clients


National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)
National 8(a) Association
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)
The Latino Coalition
UNCF Special Programs Corporations

Federal Procurement Location

1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: 202-737-0877
Executive Director: Joe Grabenstein
Program Coordinator: Claudia L. Barrera

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Staff Information

Joe Grabenstein, Executive DirectorJoe Grabenstein is the Executive Director of the MBDA Federal Procurement Center, the only MBDA center that is solely focused on federal government contracting. As a proven business developer with over 15 years of experience, he brings a history of uncovering new opportunities within federal agencies, building winning teams, and capturing federal opportunities. As an integral part of management teams, he has implemented strategies for explosive revenue growth and helped secure contracts valued at over $1 billion dollars for small and minority-owned businesses.

Joe also has an extensive network of federal and corporate relationships which are maintained through regular attendance of industry events, and the use of social media. His extensive knowledge of obtaining and managing of all types of Federal contracts including: IDIQ, Firm-Fixed Price, Cost Plus Fixed-Fee, Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC), Single Award, GWAC, GSA Schedule, Contractor Teaming Arrangement (CTA), among others, will help the center meet the needs of growing minority owned businesses as they compete for federal contracts. Joe is originally from the DC area, attended the University of Maryland, and now resides in Northern Virginia.

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