Dec. 12, 2011 17:49 UTC

Join MBDA Network to Create Jobs and Grow Minority-Owned Enterprises

Grant Competition for Three MBDA Business Centers Announced

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) today announced a
competitive solicitation for applications from prospective candidates to
operate a MBDA Business Center in three distinct areas of the United
States: Houston, TX, the State of Louisiana, and either the State of
Mississippi or the State of Tennessee. The successful applicants will
join a network of more than 35 MBDA Business Centers across the United
States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The primary objective of the MBDA Business Centers is to provide
strategic business consulting services to minority firms that will
result in increased public and private sector contract opportunities and
capital investments. An outcome of the services offered by the MBDA
Business Centers is the creation and retention of jobs for Americans.

“Job and wealth creation in minority communities around the country is a
high priority for the Minority Business Development Agency. With
minority-owned firms being established at a high rate, our goal is to
unleash their competitive advantages so they are sustainable and
globally competitive. These firms will help America win the future,”
said Alex Doñé, Associate Director for Business Development at MBDA.
“The operators of MBDA Business Center are key partners in achieving
MBDA’s mission. Last year, through their combined efforts, MBDA was able
to contribute to the creation of more than 6,300 new jobs across the
nation and help minority-owned firms secure $4 Billion in contracts and

MBDA intends to award three (3) individual cooperative agreements to
manage and run the MBDA Business Centers beginning April 1, 2012. The
grant award period under this solicitation is four years and successful
applicants will initially be funded for the first award year with
subsequent funding periods subject to MBDA Business Center performance
and funding availability. Awards will range from $1.0 million to $1.2
million over the four year period.

Each MBDA Business Center is strategically located in areas with
significant levels of minority population and minority-owned firms. The
MBDA Business Centers, however, are not limited by geographic region and
may serve minority businesses in all fifty states and Puerto Rico.

Eligible Applicants:

For-profit entities (including but not limited to sole-proprietorships,
partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations), non-profit
organizations, state and local government entities, American Indian
Tribes and educational institutions are all eligible to apply to operate
the MBDA Business Centers. Entities may apply to operate more than one
MBDA Business Center, however, an individual application for each
location (Competition ID) is required.

Submission Requirements:

Applicants must review and adhere to the full Announcement of Federal
Funding Opportunity
(FFO). This document outlines program details
and instructions for submitting an application. The FFO can be accessed
at www.Grants.gov
or www.mbda.gov.

Applications must be submitted electronically and time-stamped at www.Grants.gov
by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on January 17, 2012.
Applications that are time-stamped after the deadline will not be

MBDA will conduct a pre-application teleconference on December 14, 2011
at 2:00 p.m. EST. The goal of the teleconference is to provide a
background and summary of the MBDA Business Center program, as well as
provide potential applicants with the opportunity to ask questions about
the program and the application process. The time and registration
instructions for the pre-application conference will be posted on MBDA’s
website. Applicants should visit MBDA at www.mbda.gov
for more information. Interested applicants unable to participate in the
pre-application teleconference may access a recording of the
teleconference and materials on the Agency’s website the following day.

Note: The MBDA Business Center program is not a grant program to
start or to expand an individual business. Applications must be to
operate a MBDA Business Center and to provide business consulting
services to eligible minority-owned firms as set forth in the
Announcement of Federal Funding Opportunity.
Applications that do
not meet these requirements will not be considered by MBDA for funding.

About the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

MBDA (mbda.gov), a bureau at the U.S. Department of Commerce, serves
minority entrepreneurs across America who are building and growing
enterprises. MBDA helps minority-owned firms become better equipped to
create jobs, impact local economies and compete successfully in domestic
and global marketplaces. With a nationwide network of business centers
and strategic partners, MBDA assists minority entrepreneurs and business
owners with consulting services, contract and financing opportunities,
bonding and certification services, building business-to-business
alliances and executive training.


Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
Public Affairs
Gonzales Young, 202-482-6272

Source: Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)