El Paso MBDA Business Center
About This Center
The MBDA Business Center located in El Paso, TX is operated by the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 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.
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Terri Reed, project director of the El Paso MBDA Business Center, has over 23 years of experience in business and economic development. Terri knows the small business community of El Paso and the surrounding region very well, having spent years working collaboratively with partners to develop and initiate programs to help these businesses realize their growth potential. Terri is a key member of the El Paso Business Consortium which coordinates several business events per year, including one of the largest procurement and matchmaking symposiums in the Southwest. She also coordinates the efforts of the El Paso 8(a) and Government Contractors Association. Ms. Reeds’ business development, management, organizational, and project leadership skills make her uniquely qualified to continue in this role for the continued operation of the El Paso MBDA Business Center.
Project Director: Terri Reed
Michelle Luevano, a business development specialist, is focused on advocacy. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from Santa Clara University. Upon graduation, she returned to her hometown of El Paso, Texas to pursue a Masters in Businesses Administration. In 2014, Michelle graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with her MBA. Since her graduation, she has been working at the El Paso MBDA Business Center, operated by the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, as a business development specialist. She currently works assisting growing businesses to obtain financing to further fuel the growth of their business in the forms of lines of credit, loans, bonding, etc. In addition, she works closely with businesses to advocate on their behalf at the local, state, and federal levels in terms of public policy and regulations that affect their business.
Elizabeth Rutiaga is a Business Development Specialist with the MBDA Business Center – El Paso. In this role, she is responsible for identifying procurement & financing opportunities based on client needs, and sourcing those transactions for her clients. Elizabeth was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She graduated from St. Mary’s University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations, and from DePaul University College of Law in 2017 with a Juris Doctor. Elizabeth returned to her hometown in hopes of giving back to the community and being involved with the growth and further development of the city. As a business development specialist her primary goals are to work closely with her growing business clients and assist them in any way possible for their success.
Michaele Gabriela Barragan is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, having received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. She has several years of experience working in the non-profit and governmental sectors, with a focus in economic development. She is a lifelong resident of El Paso and is committed to helping create and maintain a sustainable economic presence within the border region. Her current aspirations are to pursue her graduate studies in International Development, as well as to continue to reinvest in the greater El Paso community.
Core Business Services
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
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
Services include identification of procurement opportunities, solicitation analysis, bid and proposal preparation, negotiation and closing, research contract award histories.
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
Services include sales consulting and forecasting, market feasibility studies, operations management and quality control, bid preparation and bonding (construction), and manufacturing facility leasing.