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MBDA Grantees: Pilot Programs and Projects

MBDA Enterprising Women of Color Business Center

Grant Recipient: Operations Hope
Location: Atlanta, GA
                 191 Peach Street Tower, Suite 3849
                 Atlanta, GA 30303
Contact: netashastar.barton@operationhope.org
Phone: 678-709-9433

Operation HOPE to focus on advancing women of color entrepreneurs in key growth industries including tech, exports, food service, e-commerce, transportation, and manufacturing.

Grant Recipient: Young Women's Christian Association of Oahu
Location: Honolulu, HI
                 1040 Richards Street
                 Honolulu, HI 96813
Contact: mbdaewoc@ywcaoahu.org
Phone: 808-695-2627

Young Women's Christian Association of Oahu will offer one-on-one business counseling, innovative workshops, and minority certification training offered in safe, nurturing, and empowering environments.

Grant Recipient: Women's Business Enterprise Council South
Location: Metairie, LA
                 2800 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Suite 180
                 Metairie, LA 70002
Contact: pkmire@wbecsouth.org
Phone: 504-830-0149

Women’s Business Enterprise Council South to establish cutting-edge trainings, access to capital assistance, networking, and procurement opportunities especially for minority women-owned business enterprises.

Grant Recipient: MP Services, LLC
Location: Washington, DC
                 4244 Grant Street, NE
                 Washington, DC 20019
Contact: mpservicesdc@gmail.com
Phone: 301-440-3732

MP Services, LLC will provide unique, specialized training and guidance to support minority women owned businesses by providing entrepreneurship promotion, including educational workshops, network opportunities and training sessions.

Grant Recipient: Washington Area Community Investment Fund Inc
Location: Washington, DC
                 2012 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
                 Washington, DC 20018
Contact: bmiller@wacif.org
Phone: 202-529-5505

Washington Area Community Investment Fund, Inc. will offer business development services, including access to its award-winning Ascend Capital Accelerator a female-focused accelerator that provides 10 to 12 weeks of asset-based development consisting of an interactive workshop series combined with small group matching and individualized support.


Entrepreneurship Education for Formerly Incarcerated Persons

Grant Recipient: Morgan State University
Location: Baltimore, MD
                 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
                 Baltimore, MD 21251
Contact: mildred.ofosu@morgan.edu
Phone: 443-885-4505

Morgan State University will implement a three-phase program to provide options for participants to focus on entrepreneurial training (launch), working with business advisors to address challenges (sustain), or working with seasoned entrepreneurs on future work plans (growth).

Grant Recipient: The Dannon Project
Location: Birmingham, AL
                 2324 5th Avenue North
                 Birmingham, AL 35203
Contact: kerri@dannonproject.org
Phone: 205-202-4071

The Dannon Project will advance their FLEE program-Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship and Education- to offer entrepreneurial programs and business coaching as a pathway to successful community reentry.

Grant Recipient: DESA, Inc
Location: Columbia, SC
                 400 Percival Road
                 Columbia, SC 29206
Contact: dianes@desainc.com
Phone: 803-743-1161

DESA, Inc. will develop uniquely tailored programs to help resolve identity issues, prioritize expungement options, secure temporary employment, and incorporate one-on-one coaching for entrepreneurship opportunities.

Grant Recipient: Defy Ventures
Location: Los Angeles, CA
                 3550 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1550
                 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Contact: mariah@defyventures.org
Phone: 213-221-1163

Defy Ventures will advance its Entrepreneurship Pathway for Formerly Incarcerated Minorities program, which offers executive mentorship, supportive peers, workshops, and training. Defy Ventures.


Inner City Innovation Hubs

Grant Recipient: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Location: Atlanta, GA
                 926 Dalney Street NW
                 Atlanta, GA 30332
Contact: david.walker@osp.gatech.edu
Phone: 404-894-5945

Georgia Tech Research Corporation will provide access to collaborative workspaces for minority business owners to convene and connect both to incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces. This is in addition to university-focused technology, artificial intelligence, technology, research, mergers, and acquisitions.

Grant Recipient: William Marsh Rice University
Location: Houston, TX
                 6100 Main Street
                 Houston, TX 77251
Contact: odegard@rice.edu
Phone: 281-221-2183

William Marsh Rice University to develop the Aerospace Innovation Hub (ASCI-Hub) designed to engage, support, develop, and scale regional minority business enterprises that address needs, problems, and challenges in the aerospace industry.


Minority Colleges and Universities

Grant Recipient: University of Hawaii
Location: Honolulu, HI
                 310 Kaahumanu Avenue
                 Laulima Building Room 202
                 Kahului, HI 96732
Contact: tkhanada@hawaii.edu
Phone: 808-984-3527

Grant Recipient: Miami Dade College
Location: Miami, FL
                 11380 NW 27th Avenue
                 Miami, FL 33167
Contact: mharriso@mdc.edu
Phone: 305-237-3803

Grant Recipient: Salish Kootenai College
Location: Pablo, MT
                 58138 Hwy 93 Box 70
                 Pablo, MT 59855
Contact: rachel_andrewsgould@skc.edu
Phone: 406-275-4800

Grant Recipient: Savannah State University
Location: Savannah, GA
                 3219 College Street
                 Savannah, GA 31404
Contact: riggsn@savannahstate.edu
Phone: 912-358-4427


MBE Equity Multiplier Project

Grant Recipient: The Enterprise Center
Location: Philadelphia, PA
                 4548 Market Street
                 Philadelphia, PA 19139
Contact: dclark@theenterprisecenter.com
Phone: 215-895-4005
Website: https://www.theenterprisecenter.com/business/mbe-equity-multiplier

The MBE Equity Multiplier project will work with businesses at their current stage to navigate the equity investment process and ecosystem to increase access to equity and venture investment and investors. The equity project’s services include developing investment packages, reviewing financial reports, preparing pitch decks, advising businesses about the investment cycle, and facilitating connections with investors.

MBDA Grantees: Pilot Programs and Projects
MBDA Grantees: Pilot Programs and Projects