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About this Center

The MBDA Business Center located in San Francisco, CA is operated by the Asian, Inc.. The center is part of a national network of funded centers located in major cities throughout the United States. The center works with minority business enterprises to generate increased financing and contract opportunities and to create and retain jobs.

The mission of the center is to strengthen the US economy by helping ethnic minority businesses create or retain jobs, and build economically vibrant socially responsible entrepreneurs, businesses, and communities.

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Local, state, national officials and business leaders inaugurate new @USMBDA Business Center in #SF

Nearly 100 guests converged on in San Francisco's Financial District to celebrate the grand opening of the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency's San Francisco Business Center, housed in East West Bank's 555 Montgomery Street location, in the heart of one of the nation's most fertile areas for minority business enterprise growth.

“I know in this geographic location, ideas, businesses, and a lot of wealth is created every single day,” said the guest of honor, MBDA National Director Alejandra Castillo of the U.S. Department of Commerce. “Our goal is to make sure that this wealth creation is inclusive of everyone.”

Betty Yee, Member of the State Board of Equalization, also headlined the event. “[Economic opportunity for all] has been the mission of ASIAN, Inc.; this mission never gets extinguished. Every time there are new opportunities, we want to be sure our communities are right there being part of the economic growth, so we know we're leaving no one behind.”

Representatives of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi and Jackie Speier, Governor Jerry Brown, Controller John Chiang, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano and Phil Ting, Mayor Ed Lee and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu were also in attendance.

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.

Location

555 Montgomery Street, Suite 1625
San Francisco, CA 94111
415-704-7415
Project Director: Nora Li


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Staff Information

About Project Director: Nora Li

Nora has more than 20 year business and management experiences from both non-profit and private sectors, especially in Life Sciences industries. She is naturally a strategic thinker, action and solution oriented, and good at providing business consulting and counseling services. Before re-joining and leading the MBDA SF center, Nora was a freelancing business consultant helping small business owners in the San Francisco Bay Area, worked as Global Marketing Manager for Siemens Medical Solutions, and developed and marketed Siebel (now Oracle) Life Sciences Solutions. She received her MBA degree from Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.