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The U.S Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency is the only Federal Government agency solely dedicated to the support of minority businesses enterprise.

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The U.S Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is the only Federal Government agency solely dedicated to the support of minority businesses enterprise.

MBDA Center-Tacoma is one of 44 centers providing technical assistance and strategic business consulting to established minority-owned businesses in the Puget Sound region regardless of size.

Our Mission

To promote the growth of minority-owned business through the mobilization and advancement of public and private sector programs, policy, and research

Our Vision

Economic prosperity for all American business enterprises

Our Clients

MBDA Center-Tacoma serves the whole Pacific Northwest and works regionally to help established minority business enterprises owned by the following individuals or groups: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, Native Americans, Asian Indian Americans and Hasidic Jewish Americans

Our Services

With the support of our strategic partners, MBDA Center-Tacoma provides technical, strategic, marketing and planning services, and business consulting to established minority-owned firms.

Our services include:

Access to Capital

  • Financial management and planning
  • Capital identification based on industry specialization
  • Bonding
  • Identification and closure of mergers and acquisitions
  • Financing forums and networking events
  • Mezzanine financing options

Access to Contracts

  • Solicitation analysis
  • Bid and proposal preparation
  • Business certification and registration assistance
  • Targeted teaming arrangements and joint ventures

Access to Markets & Export/Import

  • Market research
  • Feasibility studies and promotion
  • Business-to-business (B2B) matchmaking forums
  • International market analysis and trade assistance
  • Sprearhead trade missions

MBDA History

The MBDA Business Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce through the Minority Business Development Agency.The Center has been hosted at USC since 1996. USC was awarded a new 5-year program effective April 1, 2016.

The MBDA Business Center, operated by USC Civic Engagement and Economic Development, formerly the USC Business Expansion Network, is regarded as one of the best Centers in the MBDA network receiving numerous awards for outstanding performance. Its programs have provided services to thousands of entrepreneurs, helped them access over $200 million in loans and equity investments, as well as $800 million in procurement contracts. As a result of these accomplishments, USC has aided in the creation of thousands of jobs in the city of Tacoma and communities at-large.

Upcoming Events

Events calendar
October 18, 2017
  • University of Washington Supplier Orientations
    October 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    Various Locations TBA

    University of Washington Supplier Orientations:
    The University of Washington (UW) offers monthly orientations for suppliers interested in doing business with the University and the State of Washington.
    The orientations are held at various locations on the Seattle and Tacoma Campuses from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Attendees will receive information about the University and State procurement processes.
    Each session is limited to 15 attendees and will include a short presentation and an opportunity to network with other suppliers and staff from UW Procurement Services, UW Business Diversity, UW Foster School Consulting and Business Development and State Department of Enterprise Services (DES). Register at:  http://f2.washington.edu/fm/ps/suppliers#orientation


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City of Tacoma Hosts Event Connecting Community Members With Family-Wage Construction Jobs on July 27

Tacoma, Wash. — The Community and Economic Development Department’s Local Employment and Apprenticeship (LEAP) Training Program Office at the City of Tacoma invites community members to a Tacoma Works event on July 27, from 6 – 8 p.m., at the Salishan Family Investment Center (1724 E. 44th St., Rooms 101 and 102, in Tacoma) for … Read More

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