Petition for Inclusion of the Arab-American Community in the Groups Eligible for MBDA Services

Comment Submission Period is Closed.

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) publishes this notice regarding the petition received on January 11, 2012 from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) requesting formal designation of Arab-Americans as a minority group that is socially or economically disadvantaged pursuant to 15 CFR Part 1400.

The formal designation of the Arab-American community as a group that is socially or economically disadvantaged would allow the members of this community to receive assistance from MBDA funded programs, such as the MBDA Business Center program. The ADC filed a petition, pursuant to 15 CFR Part 1400.3, including information specifically related to social and economic discrimination against Arab-Americans. This Notice provides public notice that the United States Department of Commerce (Department) will consider the petition and requests public comment on the propriety of this designation.

You may submit comments, identified with Docket No. 120517080-2080-01, using any of the following methods:

  • Mail, Hand/Delivery/Courier: Ms. Josephine Arnold, Chief Counsel, Minority Business Development Agency, Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 5093, Washington, DC 20230.Show citation box

  • Electronic mail: Submit comments in Microsoft Word or .pdf format to

  • Comment period ends in 30 days on 6/29/2012.

All comments will be posted on the MBDA Web site. If you wish to submit confidential business information, please submit the comments to the attention of Josephine Arnold and highlight the information that you consider to be CBI and explain why you believe this information should be held confidential. MBDA will make a final determination as to whether the comments will be published or not. View comments received as of June 29, 2012. (PDF 2.7MB)

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