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  • Submitted on 23 March 2017

    Emerging Technology Consortium was awarded $333,788 to launch a pilot to help improve the number and dollar value of contracts awarded to minority serving institutions (MSIs).  The Path to Sustainability Contracting Initiative Project will evaluate existing programs and help develop new minority owned public private research partnerships.

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  • Submitted on 17 March 2017

    The Rutgers University Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development’s (CUEED) Pipeline to Inclusive Innovation (PII) Initiative aims to increase the number of under-represented inventors, scientists and technology-focused minority business enterprises (MBEs) engaged in federally-funded innovation and technology programs. 

  • Submitted on 17 March 2017

  • Submitted on 17 March 2017

    This new, free, and nationwide workshop series provides minority entrepreneurs with upfront credit counseling, business lending options, and technical assistance to help you grow your company. With live workshops hosted across ten cities, you will learn how to effectively fund, contract and expand your entrepreneurial ventures to grow into multi-million dollar enterprises.

    Funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency's Broad Agency Announcement, the program will:

    • Connect you to lenders, investors and prime contractors to expand and grow your business capital in our Capital Connectors meetings.

  • Submitted on 16 March 2017

    The Inclusive Innovation Initiative (I-3) is a national outreach effort to increase the participation of minority business enterprises (MBEs) and minority-serving institutions in the national federal laboratory network. 

    As the leading federal technology transfer clearinghouse for communities of color, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) will focus on expanding opportunities for MBEs engaged in developing innovative business solutions in today’s top emerging industries and the innovations of the future.

  • Submitted on 31 October 2016

    Where Businesses Come to Grow

    The Minority Business Development Agency’s network of MBDA Business Centers are staffed with experienced and highly qualified professionals, ready to help you strengthen, develop and grow your business. 

  • Submitted on 31 October 2016

    Tribal Consultation HeaderThe Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) plans to conduct tribal consultation meetings  with federally recognized tribes, American Indian and Alaska Native business/trade/economic organizations, and American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms, between October 2016 and February 2017.

  • Submitted on 14 April 2014


    The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) provides this information as a summary of the unsolicited proposal process. Parties that submit unsolicited proposals to MBDA are required to review current regulations to ensure the proposal meets MBDA and Department of Commerce requirements and the MBDA mission prior to submission. Please direct all unsolicited proposals and correspondence to:

    Joann Hill
    U.S. Department of Commerce
    Minority Business Development Agency
    1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
    Room 5079
    Washington, DC 20230

    MBDA accepts assistance from public and private agencies and organizations in accomplishing its mission and program objectives. MBDA is authorized under Executive Order 11625 (a) to implement Federal policy in support of the minority business enterprise program; (b) provide additional technical and management assistance to disadvantaged businesses; (c) to assist in pilot and demonstration projects that further the agency’s mission; and (d) to coordinate the participation of all Federal departments and agencies in an increased minority enterprise effort. Organizations are encouraged to submit proposals that are relevant to MBDA’s mission either in response to formal MBDA solicitations and funding opportunity announcements or through self-generated unsolicited proposals.

  • Submitted on 05 April 2012

    Visit our BlogOur Mission is to Keep America Competitive

    MBDA fosters the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. businesses that are minority-owned. MBDA is building minority-owned firms of size, scale and capacity. More than 6,000 new jobs were created and thousands more were retained by minority firms in 2010 as a result of MBDA’s programs and services.

  • Submitted on 02 September 2010

    Office of Native American Business DevelopmentThe activities of the Office of Native American Business Development (ONABD) include the provision of direct services to American Indian and Alaska Natives, fostering of intergovernmental and industry collaboration, and promotion of economic and business development opportunities in Indian Country.  Community outreach has been a critical component of the ONABD’s work resulting in valuable insight and identification of economic development challenges.

    • Coordination and promotion of all Department of Commerce economic development initiatives with Indian Country;
    • Coordination of the Tribal Consultation Policy development and implementation across Commerce and in conjunction with tribal leaders;

    • Serve as Tribal liaison on behalf of the Secretary and the various bureaus within Commerce;

    • Serve as Intergovernmental Indian Country representative for Commerce working with the White House and other agencies on Indian Country initiatives and issues.


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