The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) was originally established as the Office of Minority Business Enterprise by President Richard M. Nixon on March 5, 1969. By establishing a federal agency dedicated exclusively to minority business enterprise, President Nixon recognized the impact of minority businesses on the nation’s economy and on the general welfare of the coun-try.. The Agency provides national policies and leadership in forming and strengthening a partner-ship of business, industry, and government with the Nation’s minority businesses. The MBDA is a sub agency of the US Department of Commerce.

In 2011, the US Department of Commerce ‘s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) se-lected the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) to become the operator of one its 34 nationwide regional Business Centers to boost job creation and foster the economic growth of minority firms in Michigan. In 2016 the MBDA also chose MMSDC to become one of its 4 nationwide Advanced Manufacturing Centers.

For more information on the MBDA, please make sure to visit the national MBDA site.

Our 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.

Our Initiatives

Construction
Michigan, and especially Detroit, is a hotbed for construction projects. Every month, new condominiums, stadiums, shops, and restaurants are going up. We want to make sure that our Center clients are a part of that action. Whether it is helping with bids, making connections to the right people, or simply taking clients through the bonding process, we are here to help.

Related Professional: Matthew Kanary

Michigan in Mexico
As manufacturers and large companies move their production operations into Mexico, we want to make sure that our minority businesses are equipped to do business down there as well. The Center is providing its clients information and consulting in relation to tapping into the Mexican market, finding opportunities out there, and entering the exporting process. Through this Initiative, the Center has developed an extensive network of contacts with key state officials, automotive and aerospace clusters, and manufacturing representatives. Additionally, on our staff is Javier Smith who is well-experienced with the business culture and opportunities in Mexico.

Related Professional: Javier Smith

Young Technology
Innovation is all around and technology is always changing. The minority-owned businesses that we work with have a piece of that technology pie and we want to help them along the way. Whether the involvement is with phone applications, computer software, automotive innovation, or otherwise, we want to make sure that those minority-owned businesses get the support that they need.

Related Professional: Silvia A. Mansoor

Access to Capital

One thing that all businesses need—especially when they are starting—is capital. We want to help minority owned businesses tap into all of the capital that is out there. Therefore, the Center is currently building up its Access to Capital program, which will include a variety of resources, including lending, peer-to-peer platforms, private equity, and venture capital. The Center is working on creating an online tool that will pair minority-owned businesses to the appropriate capital partner. Please make sure to stay in touch with Center for updates on this program.

Related Professional: Samuel Spencer

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