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Missouri MBDA Business Center

About This Center

HandshakeThe MBDA Business Center located in St. Louis, MO is operated by the Chicago Minority Business Development Council, Incorporated. 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.

» Visit the Missouri MBDA Business Center website for additional information.

Staff Information

Operator: Jose Robles-Michelena
Project Director: Todd Gilyard

Todd Gilyard

Todd Gilyard brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role of Project Director for the Missouri MBDA Business Center. He became active with the minority business community while working as the Assistant Project Lead/Job Developer for the St. Louis Housing Authority’s Job Plus Program, Community Outreach Director at the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and while running his own business, The Gilyard Group, LLC (2014 - 2016). He is a tireless advocate for building wealth in minority communities by utilizing aggressive timelines in integrating corporate supply chains. He is skilled at negotiating contracts and facilitating long-term business relationships. He also possesses an impressive track record of building strong technical and professional partnerships, as well as establishing a rapport with community organizations. Lastly, Todd has the proven ability to successfully analyze the critical business.


911 Washington Avenue Suites 720
St. Louis, MO 63101
United States