Office of Legislative, Education & Intergovernmental Affairs
The Office of Legislative, Education and Intergovernmental Affairs (OLEIA) provides strategic guidance, plans and executes the Minority Business Development Agency’s communications, public affairs, strategic alliances, education, and research initiatives. It serves as the primary point of contact for elected officials, news media, business organizations and the general public seeking information about MBDA’s programs, policies, statistics, research, and services. OLEIA also manages the Agency’s speaking engagements and correspondence.
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.
The 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.
MBDA an agency in the US Department of Commerce helps create and maintain U.S. jobs by promoting the growth and global competitiveness of large, medium and small businesses owned and operated by members of the minority and Diaspora communities.
Through a national network of more than 40 business centers and a wide range of domestic and international strategic partners, MBDA provides Agency clients with the technical assistance and access to capital, contract opportunities and new markets that they need to create new jobs.