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About this Center

Pennsylvania Performance At-A-GlanceThe MBDA Business Center of Pennsylvania, a contract from the U.S. Department of Commerce operated by The Enterprise Center (TEC), is the region’s leader in minority business development. The Pennsylvania MBDA Business Center has generated over $290 million contracts and financing, as well as created hundreds of jobs since 2004, when TEC was initially awarded the federal contract from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). These contracts represent significant business activity for minority-owned firms in the Greater Philadelphia region.

A unique approach to assessment, service delivery, and continuous improvement has allowed the Pennsylvania MBDA Business Center to secure key allies such as Disney Studios, Sovereign Bank, and CB Richard Ellis. Working with its banking partners, the Pennsylvania MBDA Business Center has facilitated over $30 million in financial transactions for its clients. The center has been integral in positioning firms for contracts by helping entrepreneurs develop business plans, secure financing and craft marketing strategies.

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» Annual Analysis of State’s Small Business Activities

Core Business Services

Global Business Development
Global Business Development

Services include identification of export markets, facilitation of global transactions, international trade missions and market analysis, and overseas market promotion assistance.

Access to Capital
Access to Capital

Services include identification of domestic and global financing opportunities, equity financing, brokerage of financial transactions, identification and closure of merger and acquisition transactions.

Access to Contracts
Access to Contracts

Services include identification of procurement opportunities, solicitation analysis, bid and proposal preparation, negotiation and closing, research contract award histories.

Access to Markets
Access to Markets

Services include government procurement assistance, private sector contract identification and specialized certification assistance including 8(a), and assistance with market research.

Strategic Business Consulting
Strategic Business Consulting

Services include sales consulting and forecasting, market feasibility studies, operations management and quality control, bid preparation and bonding (construction), and manufacturing facility leasing.


4548 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139
Telephone #: 215-895-4046
Program Director: James Sanders

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Staff Information

James SandersMr. James Sanders has over a decade of professional and management experience across multiple disciplines. Mr. Sanders began his career with The Enterprise Center in August 2008 as a Business Development Manager with the MBDA Business Center of Pennsylvania (MBC-PA). Within 18 months Mr. Sanders was promoted to Senior Business Development Manager, where his responsibilities increased to manage a portfolio of over 100 small to mid-sized businesses representing various industry including, among others, construction, technology, and manufacturing. Mr. Sanders ensured that all services delivered were consistent with the contractual obligations set forth by MBDA. Services included, but were not limited to, management and technical assistance (i.e. business consulting), capital financing advice, procurement services, diversity inclusion strategies, and business to business matching making.

Prior to his work with MBC-PA, Mr. Sanders spent four years at Wachovia Bank as a “Small Business Banker”.  During this time, Mr. Sanders held dual employment with Wachovia Bank and Wachovia Securities as a registered representative under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), with series 6 and 63 licenses as well as Life Accident & Health Insurance license. In that role, Mr. Sanders managed an investment assets and a portfolio of small business clients throughout the Philadelphia catchment area.  Mr. Sanders garnered early success at Wachovia, leading to new opportunities and an advancement of his role. Read complete bio.

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