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Aug142018

Please join the Minority Business Development Agency and the Columbia MBDA Business Center in congratulating Dr. Louis B. Lynn for being awarded the Order of the Palmetto. Dr. Lynn, who is a 30-year client of the Center, was given this prestigious award on Thursday, August 2nd by Gov. Henry McMaster. The Order of the Palmetto is the highest award a South Carolina civilian can receive for...

Jun202018

Staring out at the Sandia Mountain range in the Albuquerque foothills, David Wiegand couldn’t help but appreciate the unlikely path that brought him to the precipice of the most important decision of his life. Here was Wiegand, who was born on an Army base in Louisiana and grew up mostly in Saudi Arabia, deciding to embrace a city that wasn’t his hometown and a Native American culture that was an...

Apr042018

Finding and harvesting sea cucumbers takes some effort. These bottom-feeding creatures – affectionately dubbed the “janitors of the ocean” by Popular Science – aren’t the prettiest fish in the sea. But they are increasingly among the most coveted, and well worth the sea-scraping exploration. The founders of Mellish Island, a San Dimas, California-based processor of sea cucumbers, recognized the...

Mar192018

Leasa – winner of the 2007 Supplier of the Year Award from the Florida Regional Minority Business Council – remains a business vital to its community, especially as it grows beyond Miami and the Southeast. Through her work at the MBDA Export Center, Gill is focused now on helping to increase Leasa’s exports to other markets. Leasa is the largest manufacturer of tofu in the region and is primed to...

Mar152018

If you’ve been to a supermarket or a pharmacy recently, there’s an exceedingly high chance that you’ve come across Vista Color’s handiwork. The Miami-based packaging company got its start in the pre-press printing business, specializing in high-quality magazines, catalogues, and coffee table books.

Apr112016

Minority-owned Company Leads Successful Renovation of Vista Restaurant CARBRA Construction and Design, Inc., a minority- and woman-owned general contracting company, recently completed the successful renovation of a new establishment in Columbia’s bustling downtown entertainment district, the Vista. In addition to CARBRA, three other minority-owned businesses provided services for the project,...

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