MBDA Awards $31.5 Million in Grants

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PRESS RELEASE – WASHINGTON: The United States Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is awarding $31.5 million in federal funding to 21 grant recipients as part of its MBDA Business Center Program (29). The program is designed to help minority-owned firms create jobs, compete in the global economy and grow their businesses.

“For more than 40 years, MBDA has led efforts to support minority firms and provide them with the tools and technical expertise they need to excel. This is the very foundation on which this Agency was founded back in 1969. It’s the core of who we are and what we represent,” said MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo. “This funding goes far beyond just the monetary aspect. This is a long-term investment in our community and in our nation.”

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Survey of Business Owners, minority-owned firms in the U.S. increased from 5.8 million in 2007 to 8 million in 2012, and employed 7.2 million people in 2012.

Since 2009, MBDA Business Centers have assisted minority firms with gaining access to more than $31 billion in capital and contracts, while creating and retaining nearly 142,000 jobs.

The grant recipients will join an established network of MBDA Business Centers across the United States and Puerto Rico.

The recipients of the grants include:

  • Georgia Tech Research Corporation ($298,255) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Atlanta.
  • Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. ($312,750) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Chicago.
  • Dallas Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council ($301,675) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Dallas.
  • Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. ($306,300) to operate the MBDA Business Centre in Denver.
  • Michigan Minority Purchasing Council ($310,225) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Detroit.
  • El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce ($285,400), to operate the MBDA Business Center in El Paso, Texas.
  • University of Hawaii ($291,275) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Honolulu.
  • Houston Community College ($321,775) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Houston.
  • University of Southern California ($317, 900) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Los Angeles.
  • Mid-South Minority Council TADP, Inc. ($285,400) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Memphis, Tenn.
  • Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council ($301,975) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Miami.
  • Metropolitan Economic Development Council ($302,400) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Minneapolis.
  • South Bronx Overall Economic Development Association ($321, 800) to operate the MBDA Business Center in New York or northern New Jersey.
  • The Enterprise Center ($304,475) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Philadelphia.
  • Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce ($291,900) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Phoenix.
  • North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development ($294,100) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Raleigh, Charlotte, or Durham, N.C.
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio ($285,400) to operate the MBDA Business Center in San Antonio.
  • ASIAN, Inc. ($377,875) to operate the MBDA Business Center in San Jose, Calif.
  • Asociación Productos De Puerto Rico, Inc. ($285,400) to operate the MBDA Business Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • City of Tacoma ($304,525) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Seattle.
  • Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. ($310,550) to operate the MBDA Business Center in Washington, D.C., or Northern Virginia.

The recipients will receive the federal funds during a five-year period with a start date of April 1, 2016. MBDA will make additional announcements regarding grant winners and future grant opportunities. For the latest information visit www.mbda.gov .